The road to a national bus strategy will be challenging

Bus Strategy

In recent months there has been a lot of discussion in England about the case for government to formulate a long-term national investment strategy for buses and coaches. Some might be puzzled why there isn’t one already. There are investment strategies for roads and railways – why not buses? After all, they account for three…

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Coventry puts nitrogen dioxide compliance back in Government’s court

NO2 Pollution

Coventry City Council has ruled out introducing a charging clean air zone, even if the Government rejects the council’s bid for £80m to deliver an alternative set of measures to bring nitrogen dioxide concentrations down to legal levels. Coventry says its proposed package to upgrade vehicle fleets, change traffic management changes and build new cycle…

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Transport for London joins the DRT revolution

Transport for London is set to become the latest transport provider to test the potential of tech-driven, Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) services. Last week the capital’s transport co-ordinating body announced plans for a year-long trial of a new on-demand minibus network in Sutton, south London. TfL this week launched a four-week consultation into the plans…

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TfN to review plan against Government’s carbon targets

Transport for the North has committed to review its new strategic transport plan to ensure it contributes to the Committee on Climate Change’s five-year carbon budgets and the Climate Change Act’s 2050 target to greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent against 1990 levels. TfN will prepare a Pathway to 2050 report next year, which…

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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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