Cash-strapped councils continue to slash bus support

2019 - a challenging year for buses

Financial support for local bus services from councils in mainland Britain outside London has fallen by almost a third since 2010/11, according to a new survey of local authorities. Published last week by the Association of Transport Co-ordinating Officers (ATCO), the survey shows that the local authorities provided an average of just £4.61 per head…

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Labour asks Goodwin to advise on UK transport funding

Labour asks Goodwin to advise on UK transport funding Shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald has appointed transport academic Phil Goodwin to advise on reforming how UK transport provision is paid for and funded. Labour says the work will look at “who benefits from transport provision, including indirect beneficiaries, … and draw conclusions about which elements…

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Council Tax levy to fund free bus travel for teenagers

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Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has announced plans for the introduction of a new free bus travel scheme for all 16 to 18-year olds in the region. In what is understood to be a first in the UK, the initiative will be paid for by an increase in the Council Tax bill for residents in…

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Birmingham’s plan to delay NO2 compliance ‘may be illegal’

Birmingham City Council’s proposal to delay the expected date for complying with EU nitrogen dioxide limits could be illegal, the lawyers who dragged the Government through the courts on air quality, have said. Birmingham plans to introduce a Class D Clean Air Zone in the city centre in 2020, covering cars, taxis, vans, buses and…

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Traffic commissioner laments the impact of traffic

Outside of the road transport industry, the Traffic Commissioners are not well known. They are responsible for the licensing and regulation of those who operate heavy goods vehicles, buses and coaches, and the registration of local bus services. And there are eight of them, with responsibility for six English regions, Scotland and Wales. Scotland’s Traffic Commissioner,…

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STBs to prioritise council road funding bids

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England’s sub-national transport bodies (STBs) are to draw up prioritised lists of local road schemes for funding from the Government’s new National Roads Fund. The DfT has asked each STB to prepare a list of up to ten of the region’s top priority improvements on the new Major Road Network for the period 2020/21-2024/25 –…

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‘Radical action’ needed to reconnect Glasgow

A plan to reconnect Glasgow’s left behind communities and rejuvenate the city centre has been launched by the independent Glasgow Connectivity Commission. In a wide ranging set of recommendations, the Commission, chaired by transport expert Professor David Begg, called for radical action to bridge the connectivity gap separating areas of the city which were thriving…

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We’re not obsessed with BCRs – DfT

We’re not obsessed with BCRs – DfT The DfT says it is not obsessed with project benefit:cost ratios (BCRs) and has rejected criticism about the quality of strategic cases for transport projects. The Transport Planning Society recently told the DfT that “whatever qualifications the DfT place on their use, benefit:cost ratios still dominate transport appraisal”.…

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‘Rural public transport is in crisis’ – new report concludes

Rural transport is “in a state of crisis”, with bus cuts and shrinking transport networks leaving communities cut off.‏ This is the conclusion of a new report released this week by Campaign for Better Transport. The Future of Rural Bus Services in the UK shows the impact of poor public transport on the health and…

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