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26 Nov 2019Local Transport Today News

MK probes DRT replacement for buses

Milton Keynes Council is exploring whether demand responsive transport minibuses can deliver a better service to its citizens than tendered bus routes. From next week the council will reimburse DRT operator ViaVan for carrying English National Concessionary Travel Scheme passengers in the Emerson... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News
DfT urged to sort out ‘mess’ of emission-based traffic zones

DfT urged to sort out ‘mess’ of emission-based traffic zones

Andrew Forster

Motoring and freight bodies this week demanded Government... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

NAO criticises DfT for HS2 management

The National Audit Office this week censured the DfT and HS2 Ltd for their poor management of the HS2 project. The NAO’s report, released as LTT closed for press, says the project is over budget and behind schedule because the DfT, HS2 Ltd and wider government have underestimated the... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News
Steer sets ball rolling on new rail tunnel under the Irish Sea

Steer sets ball rolling on new rail tunnel under the Irish Sea

Andrew Forster

The consultant who was instrumental in putting HS2 on the... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

‘Regauge Ireland’s rail network’

Connecting Northern Ireland’s railways up to a tunnel to Scotland presents extra challenges because Ireland’s railways are laid to a different track gauge to those in Britain – 5ft 3in versus 4ft 81⁄2in.  “There are gauge-changing systems available for through... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

Sharp drop in Milton Keynes bus punctuality alarms council

Andrew Forster

Milton Keynes Council has voiced alarm about deteriorating bus service performance in the area.  There has been a “considerable deterioration of service punctuality and reliability over recent months”, head of transport Steve Hayes and strategic lead for passenger transport Adele... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News
Cambs CA approves £100k CAM study

Cambs CA approves £100k CAM study

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority is to spend £100,000 developing plans for regional arms of the... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

Jams hit Bristol’s Metrobus

The boss of FirstGroup’s bus operations in the Bristol area has written an open letter apologising for the dreadful service on two of the Metrobus bus rapid transit routes since the start of the year.  James Freeman, managing director of First West of England, said congestion,... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

BRT system could support MK’s growth

A bus-based mass rapid transit (MRT) system could support the future growth of Milton Keynes, according to a 30-year spatial strategy published for consultation by the council.  Milton Keynes Council’s draft 2050 strategy envisages the area’s population almost doubling from 268,600... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News
Warrington presses for town centre station on NPR network

Warrington presses for town centre station on NPR network

Andrew Forster

Warrington Borough Council is pressing for a Northern... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

Scrapping HS2 ‘will inflate project costs’

Cancelling HS2 will push up the cost of all future major Government infrastructure projects because contractors will build in additional risk premiums to their tender prices, the rail industry warned this week.  The message comes in a letter to the Prime Minister ahead of the Government making... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

North East opposes extra London trains

Local authorities in northeast England are calling for no change to the way track capacity between Newcastle and Northallerton in North Yorkshire is allocated when a new timetable is introduced in December 2021. The two-track line between Newcastle and Northallerton, north of York, currently... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

Waterloo remains busiest station

London Waterloo retained top spot as Britain’s busiest rail station in 2018/19, according to statistics compiled by consultant Steer for the Office of Rail and Road. The total number of passenger entries and exits at Waterloo was estimated to be 94.2 million. Birmingham New Street is the only... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News
Gtr Manchester councils want extra services after franchising

Gtr Manchester councils want extra services after franchising

Andrew Forster

Local authorities in Greater Manchester want additional bus... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

South Yorks braced for First service cuts

Bus services in South Yorkshire could deteriorate as FirstGroup prepares its UK bus businesses for possible sale, the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority has said.   In a report to the combined authority transport board, senior finance manager Mike Thomas said South Yorkshire Passenger... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

Vantage bus routes continue to impress

The Vantage busway routes connecting Leigh/Atherton with central Manchester are continuing to show strong patronage figures, Transport for Greater Manchester has reported. “In the first year of operation, 217,508 passengers were carried during the month of November,” Alison Chew,... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

First electric buses for Glasgow

FirstGroup has introduced two fully electric single deck buses into its Glasgow operations. The vehicles are being used on the M3 route connecting Milton and Springburn with Stobhill Hospital and the city centre. Manufactured by Alexander Dennis, the vehicles have been funded by SP Energy... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

Stagecoach consults on SW network

Stagecoach is consulting on  plans for its South West bus network in 2020. The route consultation plan proposes earlier and later journeys to meet shift patterns of work, and changes to various routes in Exeter, including frequency improvements. ... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

...but no action on airport demand

Leeds City Council has ruled out trying to dissuade its citizens from flying as part of its response to declaring a climate emergency.  “If we are asking people to stop taking internal flights, or flights to nearby European cities, there need to be reliable alternatives for people to... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

South Sub rail revival rejected

The report by Steer and Jacobs is the latest in a long line to rule out reintroducing passenger services over Edinburgh’s South Suburban railway, a double track line that only carries about 20 trains each weekday, a mix of freight and empty stock workings.  “There are fundamental... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

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