Glasgow’s plan to clean up air could choke buses

Urban Glasgow

Quite rightly, towns and cities throughout the UK are looking at what can be done to improve air quality. But Glasgow City Council is pursuing a strategy that could be counter-productive, because it focuses exclusively on buses. At the end of last month, Glasgow City Council approved in principle a blueprint for establishing Scotland’s first…

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Government commits to £10bn rise in Network Rail spending

Government commits to £10bn rise in Network Rail spending

The government last week announced a significant increase in funding for Network Rail, focused on projects to increase train service punctuality. The settlement for 2019-2024, announced by Chris Grayling, the secretary of state for transport, provides for the company to spend up to £47.9bn during the period, a £10bn increase compared to the five years…

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Weekly Update 9th October 2017

Andy Burnham

Andy Burnham kicks off ‘congestion conversation’ Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, has launched a ‘congestion conversation’ – he wants to hear how congestion is impacting people’s lives and what ideas the public has to help solve it. Congestion is sometimes viewed as a sign of success, as evidence of a growing economy. But…

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Weekly Update 3rd October 2017

Transpennine Express

TfN lists Northern Powerhouse Rail priorities Transport for the North (TfN) has identified the rail infrastructure needed to turn the Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) from concept into reality. Priorities include a new line from Liverpool to the Crewe-Manchester HS2 spur via Warrington, and a new line between Manchester and Leeds with a station serving Bradford.…

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Liverpool City Region bucks the trend

Liverpool City Region bucks the trend

For those who believe in what a good bus service can do for communities, the quarterly statistical updates from the Department for Transport can be more than a little disheartening. In many towns and cities across the country, the networks are withering away. The figures for April-June 2017 were published earlier this month. They show…

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Weekly Update 18th September 2017

TfL consultancy arm could advise other UK cities

Herts calls for Capital-Region Transport Body Hertfordshire County Council has approached local authorities surrounding Greater London to gauge their interest in the creation of a Capital Region Transport Body. Hertfordshire says the Greater London Authority boundary is an “accident of history” that “gets in the way of the sensible planning of major capital infrastructure and…

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Weekly Update 4th September 2017

Bus Stops closed

Bus stop closures to speed up Birmingham’s buses About 90 bus stops in south Birmingham could be closed in a trial to speed up bus journeys. Councillors on the West Midlands Combined Authority’s transport delivery committee will be asked to approve the trial on five corridors this week. Bus operator National Express West Midlands suggested…

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Is Grayling abdicating responsibility for ‘Northern Powerhouse Rail’?

Full electrification of the TransPennine route has not been ruled out, but it’s no longer assured. And transport secretary Chris Grayling has done little to ally concerns by telling the north of England to sort out its own transport problems. While acknowledging the need for improved transport links, Grayling angered business and political leaders in…

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STBs will make our life easier, says HE chief

Harshil Shah

Highways England has welcomed the formation of shadow sub-national transport bodies (STBs) in parts of England. “To have a strong regional voice telling you what’s wanted is a great help to us,” HE chief executive Jim O’Sullivan told Local Transport Today. In a wide-ranging interview, O’Sullivan discusses the prospects for the next Road Investment Strategy…

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