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 how to bid for funding to help restore old railway and open new stations in England and Wales.

The Restoring Your Railway Fund has three streams: an ideas fund, funding to accelerate proposals, and proposals for new stations.

Boris Johnson said last week that £1.5bn would be available for rail re-openings. The Government has previously said £500m.

Rail review for North and Midlands, as HS2 phase 1 gets green light

The Government is to prepare a new rail plan for the north of England, which will review projects such as HS2 phase 2b, Northern Powerhouse Rail and the Midlands Connect rail proposals.

Boris Johnson announced the work as he gave the go-ahead for construction of HS2 phase 1 and 2a last week. He said he wanted to deliver improvements to the north of England’s rail network more quickly than 2035-2040 when HS2 phase 2b is currently envisaged as being delivered.

Mayor Palmer strips GCP of role in CAM route planning

James Palmer, the mayor of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, has ended the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s role in planning the first route of the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM) project.

Palmer said the GCP did not have the “vision strategic thinking and the ability necessary to delivery any of the transport priorities for the Cambridge area”. This raises doubts about the CBP’s ongoing work on other CAM corridors and its wider city access project, which is exploring demand management measures for Cambridge, such as road pricing.

Bus-style franchising ‘could cut goods vehicle trips’

Councils should be able to award exclusive area-based contracts to businesses such as recycling firms in order to cut the number of goods vehicles on streets, a consultant has said. Placemaking Ltd likens the idea to bus franchising.

It makes the suggestion in a new report evaluating a voluntary preferred supplier scheme for recycling and business supply deliveries in part of London’s West End.

Franchising the frontrunner for Liverpool’s buses

Bus franchising is the “leading option” for the Liverpool City Region network, the area’s mayor Steve Rotheram has said. The emerging findings of a review of regulatory options will be presented to the city region combined authority this week.

Birmingham floats adding CO2 limits to clean air zone

Birmingham City Council has floated the idea of converting its clean air zone to a ‘clean air and low carbon zone’.

The Class D CAZ is due for implementation this summer.

In a report discussing the council’s ‘climate emergency’ declaration, Birmingham floats the idea of adding carbon dioxide limits to the scheme at a later date. “It is unclear whether we have the power to do this but it could be investigated with the DfT.”

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This post was written by Andrew Forster. Andrew Forster edits the fortnightly magazine Local Transport Today, covering transport policy and practice from across the UK. To subscribe to Local Transport Today, click here.

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