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£167m for buses as virus destroys travel demand

£167m for buses as virus destroys travel demand

Bus operators in England were thrown a financial lifeline by the DfT this week, with a £167m emergency fund to help them survive the Covid-19 virus pandemic that has seen travel demand collapse across all transport modes.   The Covid-19 Bus Services Support Grant will be paid over the... continue

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3 Apr 2020Local Transport Today News
Halt Euston HS2 works until design is settled, says Berkeley

Halt Euston HS2 works until design is settled, says Berkeley
Andrew Forster

A critic of HS2 has called on the Government to stop... continue

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6 Apr 2020Local Transport Today News
Councils told to keep paying bus operators

Councils told to keep paying bus operators

This week’s DfT pledge of £167m for England’s bus operators comes on top of last week’s announcement that operators should continue to receive... continue

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Welsh bus funding continues to be paid

The Welsh Government has announced a £29m package of support to help the bus industry through the Covid-19 pandemic. The scheme will see the Government pay existing Bus Service Support Grant, concessionary fares reimbursement and payments under the MyTravelPass scheme as if the virus outbreak... continue

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3 Apr 2020Local Transport Today News
Operators riled as TfGM attaches 11 conditions to tendered services cash

Operators riled as TfGM attaches 11 conditions to tendered services cash

Transport for Greater Manchester has attached 11 conditions to some of its support for the bus industry during the Covid-19 lockdown. An operator said TfGM had “put a gun to operator’s heads”, a view that LTT understands is shared by other operators in the conurbation.... continue

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BSOG and concessions stay in Scotland

The Scottish Government will provide bus operators with additional assistance to maintain essential services during the Covid-19 pandemic. Transport Scotland said the  intention was to maintain concessionary travel reimbursement and Bus Service Operator Grant payments at the levels forecast... continue

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3 Apr 2020Local Transport Today News

Social distancing brings work on transport projects to a halt

Construction work on most major transport schemes has ground to a halt as employers follow the Government’s social distancing guidelines and instruct staff to stay at home.  London’s east-west Crossrail project is one of the major schemes affected. It is already running years... continue

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3 Apr 2020Local Transport Today News

‘Cut speed limits to ease burden on NHS’

The national speed limit should be cut to 50mph and in urban areas to 20mph to reduce pressures on the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic, say a group of health researchers.  “We suggest an immediate reduction in motor vehicle speed limits,” they say in a blog article published by... continue

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Tube patronage down 95%, bus use by 85%

Tube patronage down 95%, bus use by 85%

Passenger numbers on the London Underground were almost 95 per cent lower on Thursday morning (2 April) than the same time last year, says Transport for... continue

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We need financial support too, say city transport authorities
Andrew Forster

The Urban Transport Group has asked the Government for financial support for its member authorities as passenger numbers on trams and metro systems slump in response to the Government’s Covid-19 travel restrictions.  The focus of the Government’s transport assistance has so far... continue

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3 Apr 2020Local Transport Today News

Government suspends all rail franchises

The Government has suspended all remaining rail franchise agreements for at least six months as passengers desert the rail network in droves because of Covid-19. The change sees the Government take on the revenue and cost risks for the franchises.  Franchise holders will continue to run the... continue

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Net Zero Transport Council to advise DfT on decarbonisation

Net Zero Transport Council to advise DfT on decarbonisation
Andrew Forster

Transport secretary Grant Shapps is to chair a new Net... continue

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3 Apr 2020Local Transport Today News

Ecofascism a growing problem, say greens

Climate change campaigners have expressed concern about ecofascism in their ranks.   Ecofascism is the idea of an authoritarian government requiring individuals to sacrifice their own interests in favour of nature. The Scottish branch of climate activist group Extinction Rebellion raised... continue

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‘Punish people who don’t back Net Zero’

People who fail to support the law of net zero greenhouse gas emissions should be “identified and penalised”, according to a climate change citizen’s assembly set up by the London Borough of Croydon. “We want the majority of socially responsible residents supported and... continue

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3 Apr 2020Local Transport Today News

Glasgow UN climate summit postponed

The United Nations has postponed the 11-day climate change conference (COP26) that was due to be held in Glasgow in November. The event will be rescheduled for dates in 2021, with Glasgow remaining host city. UN climate change executive secretary Patricia Espinosa said: “Covid-19 is the most... continue

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Virus ‘could provide clues to CO2 rise’

The global economic downturn due to the Covid-19 pandemic could provide insights into how much of the rising atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide are due to man. In a blog posting, Roy Spencer, a principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Hunstville, says: “It will... continue

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Environmentalists vent their spleen over WECA road plans

Local authorities in the Bristol area have approved a new local transport plan for the conurbation amid a heap of criticism from climate change campaigners who say it contains too many road improvement schemes. The West of England Combined Authority and the West of England Joint Committee adopted... continue

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3 Apr 2020Local Transport Today News

Bristol CAZ – more info requested

The Government has asked Bristol City Council for more evidence to support its clean air plan that features a class C clean air zone (CAZ) and a city centre diesel car ban.  The council’s proposed class C CAZ would cover a large part of the city and see charges imposed on non-compliant... continue

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3 Apr 2020Local Transport Today News

Nottingham to invest in depot EV upgrade

Nottingham City Council is to fund an electricity capacity upgrade for its Eastcroft depot, which is becoming a centre for electric vehicle activities.  The depot houses the majority of the council’s vehicle fleet, about 140 (30 per cent) of which have already been converted to battery... continue

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3 Apr 2020Local Transport Today News

Liverpool to buy hydrogen buses

 The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is to purchase 25 hydrogen fuel cell buses, which are likely to be deployed on the conurbation’s busiest bus corridor.  Matt Goggins, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s assistant director for bus, told councillors that,... continue

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3 Apr 2020Local Transport Today News

Green light for Newcastle CAZ

The Government has approved a clean air plan for Newcastle featuring a Class C charging clean air zone plus reductions to road capacity on the Tyne Bridge. Newcastle and Gateshead  councils prepared the plan to bring nitrogen dioxide concentrations down to within EU legal limit... continue

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Dockless byelaw may not eliminate borough patchwork, warn operators

Dockless byelaw may not eliminate borough patchwork, warn operators

Dockless bike hire operators have raised concerns about London’s proposed byelaw for dockless vehicle hire schemes.  The byelaw being prepared by London Councils and Transport for London will apply to bikes as well as modes such as e-scooters if the... continue

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3 Apr 2020Local Transport Today News

Mobility as a Service (MaaS)

The DfT wants to know what regulatory barriers stand in the way of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) platforms that provide a one-stop-shop for journey information and ticket purchase through an app. The first question in the MaaS section of the regulatory review asks, “in the development of... continue

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Paving the way for new forms of micromobility

Paving the way for new forms of micromobility

The DfT seems intent on permitting new forms of micromobility such as electric scooters onto UK roads.   “We are looking to experiences from cities around the... continue

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3 Apr 2020Local Transport Today News
Flexible bus services

Flexible bus services

A shake-up to flexible bus service regulations could encourage more such... continue

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3 Apr 2020Local Transport Today News

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