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Government issues transport guidance

Government issues transport guidance

Ministers urge those who have to travel for work to change their travel habits     The government has issued new guidance for transport operators and users following the news that the current lockdown is to be relaxed in England at least from tomorrow (Wednesday). The guidance sets out that if people who cannot work...
Bus Users slams government advice

Bus Users slams government advice

Lobby group calls for clarity on using public transport during pandemic     Bus Users has called for clarity on the messages surrounding travel on public transport following an easing of the coronavirus lockdown. The bus passenger lobby group believes the current advice to avoid public transport ignores the many people for whom walking, cycling...
TfL sets out plans for post-lockdown transport

TfL sets out plans for post-lockdown transport

However, body urges Londoners to continue working from home wherever possible     Transport for London has set out its initial plan to support the government’s roadmap for the next few months and help Londoners who need to travel do so safely. The organisation says its plans will be supplemented by guidance from government when...
Oxford Bus Company to withdraw PickMeUp

Oxford Bus Company to withdraw PickMeUp

Operator required third party support from local authorities and the business community to make innovative service viable , but it was not forthcoming   PickMeUp was launched in June 2018 as the largest service of its kind in the UK   Oxford Bus Company will be withdraw its pioneering PickMeUp service after June 20, it...
TfL seeks £2bn government bailout

TfL seeks £2bn government bailout

Organisation willing to sacrifice major upgrade projects like Bakerloo line extension is return for funding   Transport for London could be forced to suspend or scrap plans for major upgrades to the capital’s transport network in return for a £2bn bailout from the government. According to media reports this weekend, TfL is locked in “increasingly...
Shapps sees 'opportunity to make lasting changes'

Shapps sees ‘opportunity to make lasting changes’

£2bn investment to create new era for cycling and walking   New traffic signs will support social distancing   As the government considers how to ease the lockdown in the coming weeks, it has announced transformational plans to reallocate road space in favour of walking, cycling and buses in England. While addressing the immediate challenges...
Is the era of privatised public transport over?

Is the era of privatised public transport over?

  Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT   First the train operators get bailed out by being put on management contracts – renationalisation in all but name. Then the bus operators get a bailout of some £400m on top of...
'Still no evidence of upturn in taxi demand'

‘Still no evidence of upturn in taxi demand’

When new entrants like Uber joined the taxi market there were fears for the future of buses. But figures suggest that the arrival of the age of the smartphone app age has simply served to intensify competition for the same volume of travel     There is little or no evidence of an increase in...
Report urges post-virus rail investment in north

Report urges post-virus rail investment in north

Greengauge 21 says there are serious problems to be addressed in the North’s rail network over the next decade The planned Northern Powerhouse Rail network A new report published by high speed rail lobby group Greengauge 21 has called on the government to improve the north of England’s rail network as a priority and that...
'Reassure passengers that public transport is safe'

‘Reassure passengers that public transport is safe’

Nearly two-thirds told Transport Focus that they expect social distancing to be in place on transport after lockdown restrictions are lifted   Transport Focus and London TravelWatch are calling for governments to ensure that ‘active travel’ is encouraged   Transport Focus is calling for reassurances for passengers as new research reveals that three in five...
Stagecoach calls for post-virus action plan

Stagecoach calls for post-virus action plan

Group sets out plan for ‘new normal’ that prioritises sustainable transport   Stagecoach says the coronavirus tragedy should be a ‘defining moment’ that transforms society for better   Stagecoach has called for a joint strategy between the industry and the government to secure the future of Britain’s public transport networks. As the British government was...
Bus and coach industry thanks key workers

Bus and coach industry thanks key workers

Transport minister Baroness Vere and Scotland’s transport secretary, Michael Matheson, add their voices to those thanking bus and coach workers Anyone who would like to see these messages of thanks should head to CPT’s Twitter feed, @CPT_UK The Confederation of Passenger Transport along with operators is today thanking everyone in the bus and coach industry...