Transport for the North reveals its vision amid funding worries

Leeds Train Station

Earlier this month, Transport for the North has published its draft strategic transport plan – including an “emerging vision” for a high speed Northern Powerhouse Rail network. However, fears have been expressed over funding for the body’s £70bn plan. In particular, although the organisation became the first sub-national transport body in England last month, it…

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Weekly Update 22nd January 2018

Weekly Update

NIC probes transport investment needs of England’s cities The transport investment needs of England’s cities outside London are being explored by the National Infrastructure Commission, in work that will inform its National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA) this summer. Consultants will develop an ‘urban transport capacity metric’ and apply it to a selection of cities, including Birmingham,…

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Weekly Update 8th January 2018

First Manchester Alexander Dennis Enviro 400

Major Road Network presents new funding route for councils About 5,000 miles of local authority A roads could be designated as the Major Road Network (MRN), with improvements funded from the Government’s new National Roads Fund of ring-fenced Vehicle Excise Duty. The DfT’s consultation on the MRN says funding will be given to improvements requiring…

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2017 – A challenging year for buses

2019 - a challenging year for buses

There’s no denying that 2017 was a challenging year for buses. In February, then transport minister Andrew Jones offered no comfort for those who are concerned about funding cuts. Addressing the UK Bus Summit in London in February, he said: “We shouldn’t be having an industry which relies endlessly upon public subsidy. We’re always going…

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A MaaS-ive game-changer for transport

A MaaS-ive game-changer for transport

There is a growing recognition of the game-changing potential of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) for transport. MaaS uses your smartphone to put everything you need to get around in the palm of your hand. It offers a one-stop-shop for planning and paying for multi modal journeys. The aim is to create something even more…

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Weekly Update 11th December 2017

Leeds unveils charging CAZ plan

Leeds unveils charging CAZ plan Leeds City Council has unveiled plans for a charging Clean Air Zone covering buses, lorries, taxis, and private hire vehicles in an area bounded by the city’s outer ring road in the north and the motorway network in the south. Vehicles that do not meet the minimum engine standards –…

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Leon Daniels: ‘Get ready for a revolution’

Leon Daniels: ‘Get ready for a revolution’

London’s surface transport supremo, Leon Daniels, urged his industry colleagues to embrace innovation and think about the future at last month’s UK Bus Awards in London. Daniels will soon retire from the post, which he has held since the eve of the Olympic Games in April 2012. But, on an afternoon that saw him return…

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Weekly Update 27th November 2017

Funding allocations announced for Transforming Cities Fund Funding allocations have been published for the new Transforming Cities Fund that will improve urban transport. The six mayoral combined authorities will receive about half the funds, allocated on a per capita basis: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough £74m; Greater Manchester £243m; Liverpool City Region £134m; West of England £80m;…

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First Bus turns off the investment tap

FirstGroup Bus

FirstGroup used to be the UK’s biggest bus operator. It’s empire was assembled in the deal-making era that followed the deregulation of buses and its fleet reached a peak of 9,500 buses in Great Britain in the first decade of this century. But today First Bus operates 6,000 buses. Why? First made some wrong turns…

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