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  • Why are female cyclists targeted by aggressive drivers for abuse?By being on the road, women seem to be transgressing a boundary that some men find intolerableI commute in London by bike. Run-ins with aggressive drivers are as much a part of my daily routine as brushing my teeth. Recently though, I’ve started to wonder whether there is a distinctly gendered dimension to the frequency and intensity with which I am shouted, sworn and honked at.When I talk to friends who cycle, I’m struck by the instant recognition of this phenomenon by fellow women, who are quick to share their stories. Sometimes the abuse is explicitly sexual, more often it’s simply aggressi...
  • Electric cars: call for tax on road usage to cover lost fuel revenueIFS warns the switch from fossil fuel to electric will cause tax revenue to drop £28bn

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  • UK new car sales rise only 1.3% in September - SMMTBritish new car registrations increased by a weak 1.3% in the important sales month of September as demand picked up only slightly from a double-digit drop in the same month last year when stricter emissions rules hit the market.

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  • First Bus Yorkshire sale could be 'assisted' by West Yorkshire Combined AuthorityMembers are set to recommend £200,000 of public money is spent on bus services
  • HS2 ‘faces axe’Leader of Conservatives in Camden wants Regent's Park and Somers Town to be 'put back on its feet'. THE leader of Camden’s Conservatives is expecting his party to finally axe the High Speed 2 railway. Councillor Oliver Cooper has been a long term opponent of the £80billion rail scheme, which is smashing a path through Camden. At this conference, he was talking more in terms of “when” rather than ‘if’ in relation to the possibility of it being cancelled.

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  • Shapps urged to review Heathrow third runwayLawyers for an independent group proposing an alternative scheme for expanding Heathrow have written to transport secretary Grant Shapps urging him to conduct a review of Parliament’s support for the airport’s own third runway plans.

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  • Construction of major new Cycleway in east London set to begin this winterConstruction work on a major new Cycleway in east London is set to begin this winter, as Transport for London (TfL) outlines the next steps for plans which would transform neighbourhoods between Hackney and Westferry and enable thousands more journeys to be made on foot and by cycle. In May, TfL invited people to have their say on the plans, which would reduce danger to people walking and cycling and add 2km of protected space to London’s growing network of cycle routes. The proposed Cycleway was the first new cycling route to be consulted on from TfL's Strategic Cycling Analysis, whic...

Coach and Bus Week

  • Scania launches shorter length Touring HDScania has announced it is to introduce a shorter length version of its Touring HD coach. Based on Scania’s nine-litre 360 horsepower chassis, the coach will be available in 10.9-metres overall length with either 42 seats and rear toilet or 45 seats without a toilet.
  • Abellio officially opens Armstrong Way depotOn 25 September, Abellio officially opened its latest London depot, located on Armstrong Way in Southall, following the commencement of operations on Saturday, 13 July. The depot features six engineering workshops and the ability to house up to 135 buses, and Abellio expects it to create 200 new jobs.
  • Government prepares for ‘bus revolution’The new measures were announced by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, announced a major package of new measures to boost buses at the Conservative Party Conference on Monday. New low-fare, high-frequency ‘Superbus’ networks, Britain’s first all-electric bus town, better information for passengers, and contactless payment on every city bus were some of the stand-out pledges.

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  • Boeing-Embraer commercial JV postponed to early 2020Boeing and Embraer on Oct. 3 formally acknowledged they do not expect their commercial aircraft joint venture deal to close until “early 2020” after the European Commission indicated its competition review will extend into a Phase II. read more
  • Ryanair German pilots vote for 4-year collective labor agreementIrish LCC Ryanair’s German pilots have voted in favor of a four-year collective labor agreement (CLA) to cover all Ryanair’s directly employed pilots in Germany until March 2023. read more
  • Analyst: US airlines face minimal near-term tariff falloutMost US airlines would see minimal near-term fallout from tariffs on Airbus deliveries, although New York-based JetBlue Airways and Florida-based Spirit Airlines could face notable challenges offsetting added costs, a Bernstein analysis has concluded. read more

Green Miscellany

  • Government inaction on pavement parking slammed by Transport CommitteeWe find it profoundly regrettable that the Government has taken so long to take any action to deal with pavement parking. So says a recent report  by the parliament’s Transport Committee – a body appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration, and policy of the Department for Transport. Their frustration is understandable. Fours years ago the… The post Government inaction on pavement parking slammed by Transport Committee appeared first on ETA.

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  • ‘New Rail’ must listen to passengers  It is vital that the post-Williams railway is responsive to the ultimate customer – the people who travel by trains for work or leisure ‘New Rail’ must listen and respond to passengers   “Maybe there should not be so many fingers in the pie and maybe a specific person, body, group, that if there are issues they can be held accountable for it.” Commuter, Cardiff “If you’re putting out for tender for other companies to come in, then they’re always looking to improve and outbid each other, in quality, price, whatever it may be.” Leisure traveller, Glasgow...
  • Van Hool to present three world premieresFuel cell-powered tram-bus for the French city of Pau is among the innovations being exhibited   In 2017 the French city of Pau placed an order with Van Hool for eight Exqui.City18 FCs   Belgium will host the world’s largest bus and coach show in Brussels later this month, Busworld Europe, an event that attracted 37,000 visitors from around the world when it was last held in 2017. Belgium’s largest bus and coach manufacturer, Van Hool, has a similarly global outlook. The family-owned company manufactures approximately 1,400 buses and coaches and as many as 3,000 commercial vehicles a...
  • It’s time we talked about modal shift  Modal shift to a revitalised public transport system is the way to deliver our social, economic and environmental objectives   Road traffic levels increased by 29% between 1990 and 2018 while over the last five years the number of bus journeys taken has plummeted by more than 300 million   Modal shift is the concept that dare not speak its name within government circles. And yet it is the answer to the central transport challenges the government says it is committed to tackling. Let’s go back to basics, to use John Major’s once famous phrase. The central objective of transport...
  • Is this the sad end of a 73-year-old story?  A short time now exists for someone to lift Wrightbus out of administration, saving a valued supplier and hundreds of jobs   The loss is being most firmly felt in Ballymena, where thousands of jobs have already gone   At the time of going to press old established bus manufacturer Wrightbus was on the brink of collapse, after falling into administration and despite strenuous efforts to find a buyer. Established in 1946 by Robert Wright and his son William, it was originally involved in building vans and later military vehicles. In due course it moved into passenger vehicles ...
  • Tube drivers' go-slow policy in protest against Northern line noise could be music to passengers' earsIf you're one of the people who cover their ears when travelling on certain parts of the Northern line, then next week's industrial action by the RMT union may be music to them.
  • Charles Wright: The argument about Heathrow expansion is far from overThere are still many hoops for the airport company to leap through as the government seems well aware

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