National Express won’t buy any more diesel buses

National Express

National Express Group has set out zero emission vision, which includes a pledge to not buy another diesel bus in the UK. The group’s ambition is to have fully zero emission bus fleet by 2030 and coach fleet by 2035, making it the first zero emission transport group in the UK. National Express plans to…

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PM pledges £5bn for buses and cycling

Boris Johnson has announced £5bn over five years for buses and cycling in England. The additional bus funding will pay for thousands of zero emission buses, bus priority, service improvements and fare initiatives. The cycling funding will pay for new routes and ‘Mini-Holland’ schemes. Guidance for rail re-opening cash The DfT has published details of…

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Green light for HS2 and £5bn local transport ‘revolution’

Bus and Bike

HS2 will go ahead alongside “radical improvements” to local transport networks across the whole country, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed last week. In a statement to Parliament he set out that after consideration of the independent Oakervee review, the decision has been taken to proceed with the high speed north-south link. And he announced…

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Bids invited for three new bus funds

Bids invited for three new bus funds

The DfT has invited local authority bids to three new bus funds: Superbus networks (£70m), an all-electric bus town (£50m), and a Rural Mobility Fund (£20m). Bids must be submitted by 30 April. S Yorks climate chief to target 25 per cent cut to travel demand The South Yorkshire City Region Combined Authority is to…

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Government to take Northern in-house

Government to take Northern in-house

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced last week that the government will take over running services on the Northern network on March 1, stripping Arriva of its franchise. The government said that the rail network in the north has “fallen far short of delivering the service passengers need and deserve”. Commenting on the decision, Shapps said:…

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Birmingham plans to remove through traffic from city centre

A38 in Birmingham

Birmingham City Council is consulting on a proposal to close a busy road that skirts the city centre to through traffic. Tens of thousands of vehicles every day use the A38 that connects the Aston Expressway in the north-east and the Bristol Road in the south-west. Birmingham’s new draft transport plan says diverting through traffic…

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Delay or downgrade of HS2 a “serious concern”

A computer generated image of what the HS2 platforms will look like at Euston Station © HS2 Ltd

Midlands Connect Chairman Sir John Peace wrote to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week, urging him to publish the Oakervee review in full as soon as possible, and warning him again that any delay or downgrade of High Speed Two would be a betrayal of the Midlands and the North. In the letter, issued…

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Diesel buses face ban from city’s bus lanes…

Cambridge Bus

Diesel buses could be banned from using bus lanes in Cambridgeshire under a proposal announced by the county council. Cambridgeshire intends to consult on allowing only electric buses to use bus lanes from the end of 2021 as part of wider efforts to improve air quality. Other types of electric vehicle could also be given…

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Cars to be banned from York city centre

Councillors have approved plans to ban private cars from York’s medieval city centre by 2023. The move has been welcomed by the city’s largest bus operator. While those who rely on cars, such as disabled residents, would be exempt, City of York Council wants an end to “non-essential” car journeys within the city walls. The…

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