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Transport hit again by ‘work from home’

Public transport operators have suffered a further blow from Government advice to work from home to curb the spread of the new Covid-19 variant Omicron.  It means that revenues are again being hit, creating new problems for both the operators and the transport authorities to provide support for their services. In the capital, figures released by Transport for London (TfL) showed that on 13 December Tube ridership was 12% down compared with the previous Monday, and bus use was down 2%. On 13 December there 2m journeys of the Tube through the day, 52% of pre-pandemic levels, and around 4.4m journeys on buses - 73% of pre-pandemic levels.  A TfL spokesperson said: “The biggest reductions came from City stations where we saw around 318.4k entry and exits [on 13 December]... continue

16 Dec 2021Local Transport Today News
LTNs ‘unfair and divisive’ says campaigner Stewart

LTNs ‘unfair and divisive’ says campaigner Stewart

Stalwart radical transport campaigner John Stewart has described Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) as “inherently unfair and divisive”. Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Stewart argued... continue

16 Dec 2021Local Transport Today News

Uber’s ‘unlawful’ business model leaves PHV future in doubt
Deniz Huseyin

The future plans of ride-hailing company Uber and other app-based hire services are again in doubt after the High Court last week decided its business model was unlawful.  The case was brought by Uber after Supreme Court judges ruled at a hearing in February that drivers should be treated as... continue

16 Dec 2021Local Transport Today News
Owning a car outdated ‘20th-century thinking’, transport minister says

Owning a car outdated ‘20th-century thinking’, transport minister says
Peter Stonham

Junior transport minister Trudy Harrison has said owning a car is... continue

16 Dec 2021Local Transport Today News
Cumbrian Coast line renewals work is deferred in ‘profit and loss’ approach

Cumbrian Coast line renewals work is deferred in ‘profit and loss’ approach
Rhodri Clark

Network Rail and Northern Trains have agreed to defer some renewals work... continue

16 Dec 2021Local Transport Today News
Joint venture to build HS2 fleet

Joint venture to build HS2 fleet
Peter Plisner

HS2 Ltd has confirmed on that a Hitachi/Alstom joint venture has been awarded the contracts to... continue

16 Dec 2021Local Transport Today News
Peak bus travel close to pre-pandemic levels in Cardiff, but leisure trips down

Peak bus travel close to pre-pandemic levels in Cardiff, but leisure trips down
Rhodri Clark

Cardiff has seen bus travel return almost to pre-Covid-19 levels in the peaks... continue

16 Dec 2021Local Transport Today News
Newport makes bus travel free to all

Newport makes bus travel free to all
Rhodri Clark

Newport City Council is funding free local bus travel for everyone this month, following the lead set by... continue

16 Dec 2021Local Transport Today News
London Mayor spells out impact of funding crisis on transport services

London Mayor spells out impact of funding crisis on transport services
Peter Stonham

New City Hall analysis has painted a dire picture of the economic and... continue

16 Dec 2021Local Transport Today News
Government and Midlands Connect sign landmark collaboration deal

Government and Midlands Connect sign landmark collaboration deal
Peter Plisner

Midlands Connect has signed a new Collaboration Agreement with... continue

16 Dec 2021Local Transport Today News

Popularity of ride share services will soar over next five years, predicts market research study

People will be spending more than $930bn (£703bn) on ride share services across the globe by 2026, according to a study by Juniper Research. The technology market research firm said this would represent an increase of 537% over the next five years.  The popularity of ride share would be... continue

16 Dec 2021Local Transport Today News

New trains will aid modal shift, says Waters
Rhodri Clark

New fleets of trains for Wales and Borders services will make it easier to sell modal shift, a minister claimed as he unveiled the first of 35 Stadler FLIRT trains in Cardiff. The FLIRT trains feature low floors for level boarding at stations. In other respects they are similar to new trains... continue

16 Dec 2021Local Transport Today News

West Midlands Metro extension delayed
Peter Plisner

The opening of the latest extension to the West Midlands Metro has been delayed until early next year. The second phase of the Birmingham Westside extension to Edgbaston was due to have opened this month. The Midland Metro Alliance, which is building the new line, is currently carrying out the... continue

16 Dec 2021Local Transport Today News

DfT awards Chiltern new National Rail Contract
Peter Plisner

Train operator Chiltern Railways, part of the Arriva Group, has been awarded a new contract by the DfT. The new deal includes commitments to continue working towards decarbonising and modernising its fleet and customer experience. The new National Rail Contracts (NRC) are effectively the successor... continue

16 Dec 2021Local Transport Today News

DfT seeks chief to oversee Bus Service Grant funding
Peter Stonham

The DfT is currently looking for a Head of Grant Funding Operations – Bus Service Operators Grant. The £48k plus salary position seeks an “experienced leader to manage the delivery of c.£300m per annum of grant funding that supports the bus sector across England, leading the... continue

16 Dec 2021Local Transport Today News

Wales to pilot free bus travel for asylum seekers
Rhodri Clark

Asylum seekers in Wales are to be offered free bus and train travel in a three-month pilot. The news coincides with a campaign by Labour in Scotland for similar provisions there. The Welsh pilot follows more than three years of preparation. In 2018, Welsh Government minister Julie James said some... continue

16 Dec 2021Local Transport Today News

Concessionary pass for black cabs would ‘set a bad precedent’

A proposal to allow concessionary bus passes to be used for journeys in Belfast black taxis is under consideration, but one transport commentator claims it could set a bad precedent for the UK. Northern Ireland infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon said in Stormont last month that she had met... continue

16 Dec 2021Local Transport Today News

Blanket fare for all public transport journeys across Austria
Deniz Huseyin

A cut-price annual travel pass has been launched in Austria, which allows travel anywhere in the country for the equivalent of £3 a day. The KlimaTicket (climate ticket) allows travel across all modes of public transport. The annual pass costs 1,095 euros (£932) which works out as 21... continue

16 Dec 2021Local Transport Today News
Change work practices to attract more women, says DfT report

Change work practices to attract more women, says DfT report
Deniz Huseyin

Over the past decade, the UK’s transport... continue

16 Dec 2021Local Transport Today News

Extra £34m for active travel projects in Scotland

The Scottish Government has earmarked £150m for active travel projects in its 2023/24 budget. This is an extra £34.5m on top of the £115.5m allocated for cycling, walking and wheeling in the previous year’s budget. This means that about 4.4% of the Scottish... continue

16 Dec 2021Local Transport Today News

Northern Ireland begins work on transport plans
Rhodri Clark

The Department for Infrastructure has started work on transport plans which will cover the period until 2035.  The Belfast Metropolitan Transport Plan (BMTP) will cover the council areas of Belfast City, Antrim & Newtownabbey; Lisburn & Castlereagh City; Ards & North Down; and Mid... continue

16 Dec 2021Local Transport Today News

Will Tees Valley lead a hydrogen future for transport?

The Government backed the Tees Valley mayor’s push to open the UK’s first hydrogen transport centre. But Ben Houchen says the case for trialling hydrogen trains still needs to be made to civil servants. The Middlesbrough centre was launched by transport minister Rachel Maclean last year... continue

16 Dec 2021Local Transport Today News

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