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Bus cutbacks announced as DfT keeps recovery data under wraps

Bus cutbacks announced as DfT keeps recovery data under wraps
Rhodri Clark and Peter Stonham

A new round of cutbacks in bus services by commercially struggling operators is beginning to emerge despite the £130m additional emergency government support to the industry... continue

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Chancellor sets transport priorities with fast track ‘growth projects’ list

Chancellor sets transport priorities with fast track ‘growth projects’ list
Peter Stonham

Greater clarity about the Government’s transport priorities has... continue

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Uproar in Cambridgeshire as Stagecoach withdraws services
Rhodri Clark

The nature of the bumpy ride ahead for the bus industry is indicated by Stagecoach East’s recent announcement of revisions to its bus network in Cambridgeshire. On 23 routes where there is some evidence of increased use, services will continue although the operational costs are “still... continue

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Urgent need for ‘rural connectivity summit’ says Stagecoach

Stagecoach East has called for a rural connectivity summit to identify new transport solutions across Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire to help protect the future of local communities. The summit would bring together elected councillors and transport officials at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough... continue

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Clayton Jones withdraws Street Buses operation
Rhodri Clark

South Wales entrepreneur Clayton Jones has ended his latest venture in the scheduled bus market, at around the time he was required to submit the results of an independent audit of his Street Buses operation. Jones was granted a licence for eight vehicles last December despite concerns from his... continue

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Strip Avanti of North Wales contract, alliance tells DfT
Deniz Huseyin

Avanti West Coast should immediately lose its contract after ending direct rail services between North Wales and London, an alliance of business, political and public sector leaders has told the DfT. The Growth Track 360 partnership, covering North Wales, Cheshire and Wirral, said the DfT should... continue

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MPs call for sacking of Avanti West Coast

A group of five Tory MPs in north Wales have called for Avanti West Coast to lose its rail franchise. This follows the train operator’s decision to cut back trains to Holyhead on Anglesey to one each way daily. MPs James Davies, who represents Vale of Clwyd; Simon Baynes of Clwyd South;... continue

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We will bring railways under public control, says Haigh

We will bring railways under public control, says Haigh
Peter Stonham

Shadow transport secretary Louise Haigh has pledged to... continue

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All bus fares in Liverpool capped at £2
Deniz Huseyin

Liverpool City Region has introduced a £2 fare bus cap on all single journeys. Like Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire, the city region is putting Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) money from the DfT towards funding the £2 cap.  The offer has been introduced in Liverpool City... continue

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Free travel for lowest paid transport workers in London

Workers who clean London Underground and other public transport in the capital are to be given free travel, Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced. Free travel in the capital will be extended to the lowest-paid contract workers, as well as catering and security staff. The move will benefit around 5,000... continue

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Wiltshire concessionary scheme now valid at all times
Deniz Huseyin

Wiltshire’s concessionary bus pass scheme has been extended so that users cannot travel for free at any time. Concessionary passes are at any time and on any day until 31 March 2023.  Previously there were restrictions on when concessionary passengers were allowed to travel for free.... continue

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‘Transport-related social exclusion’ affects millions in northern England

‘Transport-related social exclusion’ affects millions in northern England
Deniz Huseyin

Over three million people across the North of England are at risk of... continue

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DfT accepts NIC advice on long term strategies
Deniz Huseyin

The DfT has accepted a recommendation by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) that all Local Transport Authorities (LTAs) should have long-term infrastructure strategies for the towns in their areas.  In response to recommendations set out by the NIC in a report in September 2021, the... continue

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East Midlands strategy lists ‘levelling up’ priorities

East Midlands strategy lists ‘levelling up’ priorities
Deniz Huseyin

Better rail links, reduced congestion and safer roads... continue

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WelTAG studies to evaluate 50mph lessons
Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government will use its transport appraisal guidance to evaluate the 50mph limits it introduced in 2018 to deliver air quality improvements. The results could lead to amendments to the existing scheme and are expected to provide evidence for future scheme appraisals. The 50mph limits... continue

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Welsh 50mph limits continue to keep NO2 below threshold
Rhodri Clark

Nitrogen dioxide pollution remained below the legal limit in 2021 where speed limits have been reduced to 50mph for this purpose in Wales. On the A483 in Wrexham, NO2 was lower than in 2020, despite increased traffic as the economy recovered after the most stringent Covid-19 restrictions. The... continue

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Road collisions caused 6,000 child deaths in 10 years, European study finds
Deniz Huseyin

More than 6,000 children aged up to 14 died between 2011 and 2020 in road collisions in the European Union, reveals a new report by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC). Roads around childcare facilities and in urban areas with lots of cyclists and pedestrians should be designed for 30 km/h... continue

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Absence of a seatbelt in rising proportion of road fatalities

Absence of a seatbelt in rising proportion of road fatalities
Deniz Huseyin

The proportion of deaths involving drivers or passengers not... continue

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Leeds aims to end all road deaths by 2040

Leeds aims to end all road deaths by 2040
Deniz Huseyin

Leeds City Council has adopted a road safety strategy, with the aim that by 2040 no one will be killed or suffer serious... continue

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