Stagecoach Manchester has released details of a new partnership offer it has made to Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham in the hope of killing off the threat of bus franchising.
Stagecoach has proposed that bus company profits above a benchmark be shared between itself, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, and a partnership investment fund. It is also offering to operate socially necessary services without subsidy.
The partnership offer is only for the south of the conurbation, where Stagecoach is the main operator. Other operators would be free to join the arrangements.
Government consults on phase-out date for fossil fuel cars and vans
The Government has launched its long-promised consultation on a phase-out date for the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars and vans.
The consultation is extraordinary for its brevity, running to just half a page of paper. No analysis or discussion of the policy is provided.
Nationwide road pricing presented to Climate Assembly
A nationwide road pricing scheme is the big idea presented to the House of Commons citizens’ assembly that is considering how the Government’s net zero greenhouse gas emissions target can be achieved by 2050.
John Siraut of consultant Jacobs proposed a charging scheme with three components: a congestion charge, an environmental charge, and an infrastructure maintenance charge.
The assembly’s final meeting will take place on 20-22 March.
Green groups target roads after airport ruling
The Government’s transport infrastructure programme has been thrown into uncertainty by the Court of Appeal ruling that the Airports National Policy Statement fails to take account of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
The immediate effect of the ruling was to block Heathrow Airport Ltd’s plan to build a third runway. But environmental campaigners may now use the judgment to challenge the 2014 National Networks National Policy Statement that provides the planning framework for nationally significant infrastructure projects on the road and rail networks.
Former transport minister George Freeman said the ruling has placed UK infrastructure planning “in a mess”.
Terms of reference for North and Midlands rail plan
The Government has published the terms of reference for a new rail plan for the north of England and the Midlands.
The plan, recommended by Doug Oakervee’s review of HS2, will recommend a way forward on “scoping, phasing and sequencing delivery of HS2 phase 2b, Northern Powerhouse Rail, Midlands Rail Hub and other proposed rail investments”.
Herts agrees Enhanced Partnership for buses
Hertfordshire County Council says it is the first local authority in England to finalise an Enhanced Partnership for bus services using the powers of the Bus Services Act 2017.
The county council is committed to commissioning three bus priority studies a year, the first covering St Albans, Stevenage and Watford, as part of the arrangements.
Cambs and Peterborough CA consults on CAM tunnels
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has launched a consultation on the city centre tunnels for the proposed Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM) bus rapid transit system.
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