‘The Prime Minister must now deliver for the North’

The Conservative Party’s election victory last week saw it breach Labour’s “red wall” in the North of England. Of the 58 seats it captured, 26 were in the North of England. Brexit was central to the sales pitch put forward by Tory leader Boris Johnson and his colleagues, but Northern voters were also offered a…

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RSSB studies rail emissions

RSSB studies rail emissions

The Rail Standards and Safety Board (RSSB) is commissioning a programme of research into rail emissions and alternatives to diesel. One project will develop a method for reporting carbon dioxide emissions, which could inform target setting. Another will assess the costs associated with hydrogen and battery-powered trains. A third study, already underway by consultant Arup,…

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Labour pledges to cut regulated rail fares by a third

Labour has announced plans to cut rail fares by 33% from January 2020 and make rail travel free for those aged 16 years old and under if it wins next week’s election. The party also wants to “guarantee fair fares for part-time workers” by ensuring that workers who commute fewer than five days a week…

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Parties set out positions on HS2

Labour and the Liberal Democrats have both pledged to build HS2 if they win next month’s General Election. The Conservatives this weekend said that they will study the findings of the Oakervee review before making a final decision on the project. Labour’s manifesto says a Labour Government would build a high-speed railway all the way…

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£500m Beeching Reversal Fund ‘won’t achieve much’

The Conservative Party has pledged to spend £500m on reopening rail lines lost during the Beeching closures of the sixties. Launching the policy last Friday, the Tories claimed that the Beeching Reversal Fund would start to reopen some of the 4,500 miles of track and 2,000 stations that were closed during this period. Prime Minister Boris…

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National network trumps rail devolution – Williams

Retaining the benefits of a national rail network must take priority over the devolution of responsibilities to regional and local government, Keith Williams, the chair of the Government’s rail review has said. Williams said that devolution was the “direction of travel” but that “on every turn I have been keen to emphasise the role of…

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£400m a year lost from bus funding

New statistics reveal decline in bus use

A new study by the Campaign for Better Transport has found that funding for buses in England is almost £400m a year lower than it was 10 years ago, laying bare the effect that successive government funding cuts have had on the industry. The campaign group says its findings demonstrate that the government’s recently announced…

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Wrightbus on brink of rescue deal

At the time of writing the last stage in lifting Wrightbus more or less intact out of administration was awaiting signatures on the legal documents. A difficult week saw the main bidder, Jo Bamford, son of Lord Bamford, the billionaire owner of JCB, trade blows in the media with the Northern Ireland-based bus builder’s main…

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Government promises rail reform and more devolution to mayoral CAs

Government promises rail reform and more devolution to mayoral CAs

Legislation to reform how the railways are managed, and a White Paper proposing the further devolution of powers from Whitehall to mayoral combined authorities are among pledges contained in this week’s Queen’s Speech. The rail reforms will build on the final recommendations of Keith Williams’ review of the railways ordered by then transport secretary Chris…

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