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A40 park and ride site built – with no road to access it


Oxfordshire County Council has almost finished work on an 850-space park and ride site, but delays mean it will not be in use for years.

Stop treating transport as a culture war, Government told


The Prime Minister’s rhetoric ‘fabricating’ a war on motorists has been ‘incredibly unhelpful’ and does not reflect public opinion, according to a think-tank.

Council-run bus services cut by 90%


Over 90% of council-run bus services have been cut since 2010, a new analysis has revealed.

Brabin to take control of West Yorkshire buses


West Yorkshire mayor Tracy Brabin has confirmed that she will take forward proposals for bus franchising from 2027 onwards.

TfL hands boroughs another £80m for streets


Transport for London (TfL) has announced up to £80.4m for boroughs to improve public transport, make walking and cycling safer and create new school streets.

Councils get new steer on motorbikes in bus lanes


The Department for Transport (DfT) has updated its guidance for councils on allowing motorcycles to use bus lanes.

Mayor Burnham criticises fee-paying clean air zone


Public investment in buses and taxis will improve air quality in Greater Manchester faster than a fee-paying clean air zone (CAZ), Mayor Andy Burnham says.

Million more public transport commuters needed, think-tank says


The largest cities in Britain should aim to boost the number of public transport commuters by nearly one million to reduce congestion and pollution, a think-tank has said.

Campaigners warn of ‘silent war’ on bus services


Bus services have seen a dramatic decline over the past 15 years, with provision decreasing by more than 60% in 80 local authority areas, research reveals.

Bus firm 'must roll up sleeves' to resolve strike


A North East transport boss has slammed a bus company for its response to a long-running industrial dispute, which he said is causing real harm to people across the region and damaging its bus network.

Demand responsive buses won't fill gap, CCN says


Three in four large rural councils in England are rolling out demand-responsive transport (DRT) bus services but councils have warned that they are not financially sustainable or a substitute for government bus service subsidies.

Firms want clarity as DfT hands out £150m for buses


Bus operators have expressed frustration over the Government’s pledge to allocate £1bn of redirected HS2 cash for bus improvements in the North and Midlands.

Controversial Oxford LTNs made permanent


Three low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) in Oxford are to become permanent, Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet decided this week.

Bus companies brand Oxford LTNs a ‘failure’


Low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) in Oxford have ‘made congestion worse’ and delayed bus services, operators have argued.

Liverpool to 'take back control' with franchised buses


The Liverpool City Region will bring its buses back under public control, mayor Steve Rotheram announced today.

£80m bus funding confirmed


The Government has confirmed the funding allocations of £80m to support local authorities’ bus service improvement plans (BSIPs) in 2024-25.

Call for bus franchising powers for councils


Local authorities need more powers, including to introduce franchising, to end a 'spiral of decline' in bus service delivery, a new report has said.

‘Up to’ £129m announced in zero emission bus boost


The transport secretary has announced ‘up to’ £129m to help local transport authorities introduce hundreds more zero emission buses.

Street diverts £40m BSIP cash to subsidise bus firms


West Midlands mayor Andy Street is to spend nearly half of the region’s bus service improvement cash on subsidies to private sector operators, following a deal with ministers.

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