PM sets out transport priorities

Boris Johnson has outlined the Government’s transport priorities following the Conservative’s General Election victory.

A White Paper on rail reform will be published next year, informed by the Williams Review.

A National Infrastructure Strategy will be published alongside the Budget early next year.

A White Paper on English devolution is also promised, which will outline proposals to level-up powers between mayoral combined authorities, increase the number of elected mayors, and strike more devolution deals.

The Government has not yet received Doug Oakervee’s report on HS2.

Stagecoach eyes Bristol bus market

Stagecoach is eyeing up Bristol’s bus market as the company seeks to strengthen its UK bus business following the loss of all rail franchises and the sale of its North American bus and coach business.

The operator is also looking to market its bus networks direct to employers, such as in business parks and city centres.

We are looking to develop a single corporate product structure and booking tool, which will allow us to build relationships direct.”

Class C CAZ proposed for Newcastle

Councillors on Tyneside will be asked to approve a Class C charging clean air zone (CAZ) for Newcastle city centre next month.

The zone could be introduced in 2021 and would see charges imposed on non-compliant buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles, HGVs and vans.

Sunset periods could be granted to some vehicle classes to give vehicle owners more time to upgrade.

CCC invites evidence on sixth carbon budget

The Committee on Climate Change is inviting written evidence on the sixth carbon budget covering the five-year period 2033-2037.

This will be the first budget to reflect the Government’s new net zero target for greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

CCC studies zero emission pathways for trucks and buses

The Committee on Climate Change is commissioning research into the cost and practicality of different forms of zero emission HGVs, buses and coaches.

The project will examine hydrogen fuel cells; battery electric with fast chargers at strategic locations; battery electric with on-road charging infrastructure; and a hybrid solution combining each of the above.

‘Democratic deficit’ in Oxon’s infrastructure planning

Too many unelected bodies are shaping transport and spatial planning in Oxfordshire, creating a democratic deficit in decision-making, a group of former local government officials and academics has said.

Poets (Planning Oxfordshire’s Environment and Transport Sustainably) points to the involvement of the National Infrastructure Commission, Highways England, England’s Economic Heartland, the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the Oxfordshire Growth Board and Homes England.

‘Close every UK airport and port to fight climate change’

Every airport and port in the UK must be closed in order to fight climate change, according to a network of academics.

The UK FIRES research network says the Government’s net zero target is “political trickery” and that the focus should be on “absolute zero emissions”, covering imported goods, shipping and international aviation.

The academics propose that the Government sets up an Absolute Zero Executive to ensure the Climate Change Act targets are met.

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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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