20 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News
Capital’s bus patronage to fall further as operating costs jump

Capital’s bus patronage to fall further as operating costs jump

Andrew Forster

Transport for London expects the capital’s bus patronage... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

Don’t copy England’s bus Act, CPT tells Welsh Government

Rhodri Clark

The bus industry has urged the Welsh Government not to replicate England’s Bus Services Act 2017, saying it is too bureaucratic. The Confederation of Passenger Transport also argues that small bus operators – of which Wales has a relatively large number – could be shut out by the... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News
Rebuilt bus station ‘a barrier to bus use’

Rebuilt bus station ‘a barrier to bus use’

The opening of Newport’s rebuilt bus station in 2015 has failed to boost passenger numbers, according to Newport Transport, the city’s dominant bus... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

Visitor bus service for Peak District

The Peak District National Park Authority is inviting bus operators to bid to operate a summertime visitor route in the Hope Valley, connecting with trains on the  Manchester to Sheffield Hope Valley line. The three-year contract for the Edale Explorer requires the service to operate 42 days... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

Bus benefits ‘spread far and wide’

The cross-sectoral benefits of bus services are discussed in an updated report from the Urban Transport Group. Individual chapters in the 116-page report look at the relevance of buses to different Government departments. The UTG wants a range of Government departments to provide funding for bus... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

Edinburgh funds tram driver fatigue detection

The City of Edinburgh Council is holding a procurement competition to devise a system that can  detect if tram drivers are losing consciousness or about to suffer a chronic health issue.  The ‘driver innovation safety challenge’ competition will provide up to £168,000... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

Step-free access for 73 rail stations

Step-free access routes and step-free access between platforms will be created at 73 rail stations across Britain in a £300m programme announced by the DfT. Twenty-seven of the projects were deferred during the rail industry’s control period 5, which ended last month, and the remaining... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News
Ministers mull CPT’s request for extra reimbursement cash

Ministers mull CPT’s request for extra reimbursement cash

The Scottish Government is considering a request from bus operators for additional funding  to cover a shortfall of at least £6.4m in the budget for concessionary fares reimbursement in 2018/19.   Transport... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News
Free bus travel for Greater Manchester youths

Free bus travel for Greater Manchester youths

Greater Manchester Combined Authority is to fund free bus travel for 16-18 year olds.  The Opportunity Pass, championed by the conurbation’s Labour mayor Andy Burnham,... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

Oxford’s ride-share ‘needs more support’

The Oxford Bus Company is expanding the coverage of PickMeUp, its on-demand ride sharing service, but says more sponsorship is needed to make the service sustainable.   PickMeUp was launched in June last year covering the Eastern Arc of the city, which is home to many major employment... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

Electrification to Perth mooted

Extending rail electrification from Dunblane to Perth is one of the rail enhancement projects being developed by Transport Scotland for possible delivery in control period 6 (2019/20-2023/24). Other projects include new stations at Reston and East Linton between Edinburgh and Berwick on the East... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

Flooding hits plan for Vivarail trains

Transport for Wales Rail Services has revised its plans for deploying  hybrid trains in North Wales after flooding damaged the Conwy Valley line between Llandudno Junction and Blaenau Ffestiniog, where trial running had been planned. The line is out of use until mid-summer, and the... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

DfT finds £31m more for MetroWest rail

The DFT has announced an additional £31m grant for the MetroWest phase one project to enhance rail services in Bristol and the surrounding area, including re-opening the rail line to Portishead in North Somerset. The MetroWest programme has been blighted by successive cost increases. North... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

Reimagining Waverley

Reimagining Waverley: preliminary proposals for a major redevelopment of Edinburgh Waverley station have been published for consultation by Network Rail and the City of Edinburgh Council. An upper mezzanine floor could be built featuring retailing and a new concourse, and there could be better... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

DfT to consult on HS2 route changes

The DfT will consult later this year on a number of adjustments to the proposed route for HS2 phase 2b, the sections from Crewe to Manchester and from the West Midlands to Yorkshire. The Prime Minister mentioned the consultation and restated the Government’s determination to deliver the full... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

New open access rail charge

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has made final decisions on a new charge to be paid by open access rail operators.  Unlike franchised operators, open access operators have not traditionally contributed to Network Rail’s fixed costs. This is changing, however, with a new regime for... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News
TfL makes ‘metroisation’ case for south London rail network

TfL makes ‘metroisation’ case for south London rail network

Andrew Forster

Transport for London has  made a new pitch for the... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

MHCLG’s £5m keeps Crossrail to Ebbsfleet on the agenda

Andrew Forster

The campaign group championing extending Crossrail from Abbey Wood to Ebbsfleet in Kent remains optimistic the Government will eventually approve a scheme, despite receiving much less funding than it wanted to develop the proposal. The Crossrail to Ebbsfleet Campaign says extending the east-west... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

'Upgrade Bedford-Bletchley’

The East West Rail Consortium of councils is calling for more investment in the Bedford to Bletchley section of the proposed line from Oxford to Cambridge.  “Some minor improvements to the existing rail corridor between Bletchley and Bedford are proposed as part of the western section... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

Crossrail may not even open in 2020, say MPs

MPs have voiced doubts about whether London’s east-west Crossrail railway will even open in 2020 and say further funding may be necessary to complete the troubled project.  The central tunnel section of  the east-west Crossrail project had been due to open last December but... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

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