Will Grant Shapps expand TfL’s rail reach?

Grant Shapps

Boris Johnson’s premiership will be dominated by Brexit, but there are big decisions to be made on transport – and they will be made by Grant Shapps, who was appointed as Secretary of State for Transport in last week’s cabinet reshuffle. The former Conservative Party chairman replaces Chris Grayling, described last week by former transport…

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Government instructs Greater Manchester to accelerate CAZ plan

Government instructs Greater Manchester to accelerate CAZ plan

Greater Manchester’s political leaders have reacted angrily to the Government’s instruction that the area implements a Class C charging clean air zone (CAZ) across the conurbation in 2021. The councils had proposed introducing a CAZ in 2021 covering buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles and lorries (Class B). They then proposed extending it to vans…

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Midlands Connect “won’t take no for an answer”

With a population of 10 million people, the Midlands is similar in size to Sweden and Portugal – but it is often overlooked when it comes to transport investment. The region’s sub-national transport body, Midlands Connect, plans to change that. The organisation’s director, Maria Machancoses, will take a far more assertive approach towards progressing the…

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Give us control of North’s rail infrastructure, TfN tells Williams

Transport for the North wants to take control of rail infrastructure in the north of England from Network Rail. In evidence to the Government’s Williams Rail Review, TfN outlines its plan to establish an infrastructure division, TfN Infrastructure, that would collaborate with a local and regional passenger train operator covering the same geography. TfN says…

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GMCA backs Burnham’s franchising plan

Andy Burnham

Greater Manchester Combined Authority has backed plans put forward by the region’s directly elected mayor, Andy Burnham, to become the first authority in England to use powers in the Bus Services Act 2017 to take control of bus services. Last Friday, the authority voted to take the next step towards franchising – the appointment of an independent audit to…

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Birmingham and Leeds delay charging CAZs

NO2 Pollution

Birmingham and Leeds city councils have blamed central government for the delayed implementation of their charging clean air zones, with no new timetable for implementation. The councils planned to introduce schemes in January next year but say this is now impractical because of the Government’s delay to completing a web-based vehicle checking system. Birmingham says…

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Edinburgh crowned ‘congestion champions’

Congestion

Traffic congestion got worse in two-thirds of the 25 UK cities included in TomTom Traffic Index, a report detailing the traffic situation in 403 cities in 56 countries around the world. Mumbai took the top spot this year with drivers in the Indian city expecting to spend an average of 65% extra travel time stuck…

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FirstGroup explores options for its UK bus business

Britain’s bus industry faces a huge shake-up as FirstGroup prepares to separate its UK Bus operations from the rest of its business. Chief executive Matthew Gregory said a range of options were on the table for UK bus. “They include a sale, either in whole or in parts, [or] it could include partnerships, it could…

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UK’s largest bus builder sold in £320m deal

The UK’s largest bus builder, Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), claims that its sale to Canada-based NFI Group Inc. will “create a platform for international growth, accelerated technology development and innovation”. It was announced last week that Falkirk-based ADL had been acquired by North America’s largest and most diversified bus and coach manufacturer in a £320m…

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