MAKING THE ROAD NETWORK WORK FOR USERS
20 February 2017 | Author: Anthony Smith, Chief Executive, Transport Focus

Research from Transport Focus discovered that road users accept that disruption is unavoidable if improvements are to be made to the road network – but only up to a point.

Is there a typical user on the strategic road network? Probably not, considering the number of people using it every day and the multiple reasons people need to use motorways and major A-roads...


WANTED: A WAY TO MANAGE GROWTH IN FREIGHT TRAFFIC
13 February 2017 | Author: Jim Steer, Director, Steer Davies Gleave

Traffic is rising fastest among lorries and vans rather than private cars, a result of retail and consumer trends. The challenge is to limit the increase without harming productivity.

Road traffic just keeps on growing, just like in the cheap oil price years before 2006. Then it reached what looked like a limit and several years of decline followed. Fuel prices rose, and demand levels stayed down...


CONGESTION REMAINS KEY CONCERN FOR BUS SERVICES
9 February 2017 | Author: David Fowler, Editor, Transport Times

Progress of the Bus Services Bill has been slower than expected, but the Government is committed to it becoming law before the mayoral elections in May, bus minister Andrew Jones told the third UK Bus Summit today.

But the Government would seek to overturn amendments made in the House of Lords, particularly to allow all local authorities to adopt franchising. "We will be working hard to return the bill largely to its original form," he said.


PARTNERSHIP: THE ROUTE TO A THRIVING INDUSTRY
6 February 2017 | Author: Andrew Jones, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport

Buses are England's most used form of public transport, accounting for over 4.5 billion passenger journeys a year. Buses support our economy and connect our communities to the workplace, as well as to vital public services such as healthcare and education.


CONGESTION CHARGE OR CONNECTED CARS?
30 January 2017 | Author: David Fowler, Editor, Transport Times

The London Assembly transport commitee's dramatic intervention last week looked set to reignite the congestion charging debate.

Congestion has been rising again on the streets of the capital, fuelled by increasing numbers of delivery vans and private hire vehicles, and reallocation of road space for bus services, cycling and walking.


SERVICES THAT VALUE THE CUSTOMER
23 January 2017 | Author: Leon Daniels, Managing Director, Surface Transport, TfL

Transport for London is addressing demands from users for buses that are greener, more reliable, affordable and convenient. 

London's bus network is crucial to how our capital city functions. It carries almost 2.4 billion passengers a year – more than all the other bus journeys in England combined. The city's 9,300 buses provide a vital daily service, linking homes to jobs, schools, hospitals and leisure, as well as providing a frequent, step-free lifeline for many.


BETTER LINKS ARE NEEDED BETWEEN NETWORKS
16 January 2017 | Author: Derek Holden, Business Development Director for Transportation, Europe, AECOM

Planning for the UK's long-term growth and prosperity will need an integrated approach to infrastructure, connecting railways with roads, ports, airports and freight depots

By setting out its preferred route for the second phase of HS2 earlier this month, the Government has reaffirmed its commitment to building much-needed capacity and connectivity on the UK's rail network...


BUSES: PLAYING A VITAL ROLE IN REDUCING EMISSIONS
9 January 2017 | Author: Claire Haigh, Chief Executive, Greener Journeys

A quiet revolution has been under way in bus technology, helping to address the twin challenges of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality.

Greener Journeys was formed in the aftermath of the 2008 Climate Change Act, against a backdrop of a heightened focus on the carbon reduction agenda and at a time when buses were regarded as part of the problem, not part of the solution.


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