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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...
'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...
Soham station plans move forward

Soham station plans move forward

£18.6m combined authority funding package to reopen town’s station     Proposals for a new railway station in Soham have taken a step forward with the submission of an application to East Cambridgeshire District Council for permission to build the station. Network Rail is seeking permitted development rights to build the station following the announcement...
£8.6m of support for Tyne and Wear Metro

£8.6m of support for Tyne and Wear Metro

£715,000 per week of government funding is welcomed, but ‘it is quite simply not enough’     The Tyne and Wear Metro has secured £8.6m of financial support from the government to sustain its services for key workers. The Department for Transport has agreed 12 weeks of funding for the Metro – £715,000 per week – enabling key routes to remain open for...
UK Bus Awards suspends 2020 competition

UK Bus Awards suspends 2020 competition

Organisers pay tribute to industry colleagues   Scheme will return in November 2021   It has been announced that this year’s UK Bus Awards competition has been placed on hiatus for 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The scheme will return for its 25th edition in late 2021. The organisers say that the...
TfL introduces social distancing bus stops

TfL introduces social distancing bus stops

New signage reminds bus users to socially distance   Signs have been introduced at 161 bus stops   Transport for London has introduced new measures that aim to remind bus users to socially distance when waiting for their bus. Special signs, floor stickets and posters have been installed by TfL at 161 bus stops and...
Jo Bamford unveils hydrogen bus masterplan

Jo Bamford unveils hydrogen bus masterplan

Vision to bring 3,000 hydrogen buses to the streets of the UK announced   Jo Bamford acquired Wrightbus last year   Plans for a UK-built, 3,000-strong hydrogen bus fleet across the country, have been revealed by Wrightbus owner Jo Bamford today, in a move he hopes can lead the nations’ economic recovery. The JCB heir...
Support for light rail networks welcomed

Support for light rail networks welcomed

Although specific details of the support are yet to be announced, ministers and officials have ‘recognised that a sector-wide solution is not straightforward’   Networks in Sheffield, Manchester, West Midlands, Nottingham, and Tyne and Wear are set to receive emergency funding as part of coronavirus support measures   A government commitment to support tram systems...