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Keir Starmer slams Tees Valley Tory metro transport cuts

LABOUR Party leadership candidate Keir Starmer will today slam the Tory government for what he describes as a "decade of failure" on Tees Valley transport infrastructure.

Norfolk MP George Freeman sacked

Mr Freeman was one of the early victims of the Prime Minister's reshuffle, losing his job as transport minister.

Nus Ghani out as transport minister in Cabinet reshuffle

AN MP has lost her job as transport minister in a ruthless Cabinet reshuffle. Wealden MP Nus Ghani will no longer be Under-secretary of State for Transport after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a Government shake-up.

Friday, 14 February 2020


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  • Judge projects on their merits, not on who proposes themIAN Blackford was right to point out that the High-Speed Railway 2 project did not cover Scotland, any more than our subsidy bill for London Crossrail, Jubilee Line, sewage etc did. By the time it gets to Leeds we’ll all be deid and by the time it gets to Scotland – well, forget it.

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  • £2 million new funding allocated to support local airfieldsAviation Minister, Paul Maynard launched the Airfield Development Fund, which will increase support for airfield owners, operators, local councils and associated businesses, helping them upskill, thrive and grow. Airfields are an integral part of the £3 billion general aviation sector and considered the grassroots of the entire aviation sector, however many have often struggled with business development and financial sustainability. This new funding aims to ensure airfield businesses receive access to advisors, offering help on a range of legal and business-related topics to support th...

Coach and Bus Week

  • DfT announces funding for first electric bus townDetails of how a £170m is to be spent also include funding for ‘Superbus networks,’ demand-responsive service trials and the support and restoration of existing networks
  • Government commits £5bn to bus and cycling investmentThe funding, which will be delivered over five years, promises higher frequency services, lower and simpler fares, new priority schemes and at least 4,000 zero emission buses
  • Harrogate’s free Sunday buses power onHarrogate’s Sunday economy has seen a significant boost as customer numbers on its free Sunday buses continue to rise, The Harrogate Bus Company has announced. The services are now set to continue thanks to local businesses.
  • Scotland’s Bus industry sets out Vision for 2030Bus companies across Scotland are getting together to set out a vision for buses for 2030, highlighting the importance of buses in tackling the climate emergency, in a project led by Transform Scotland (TS), the national body for sustainable transport.
  • Bus use in North East grows for first time in a decadeTyne and Wear growth highest in Northern England, only surpassed nationally by areas with successful bus partnerships
  • Gender diversity conference aims to get more women on the busesNorth East has hosted a ‘Women in Bus’ conference at Newcastle’s Vermont Hotel as part of the group’s Women in Bus initiative to increase gender diversity in the bus roles. 80% of the conference attendees were female, with nearly 50 representatives from Go-Ahead’s bus operations across the UK, including Sophie Moorby who is the chair of the national network as it is based in the North East where she works as Operations Manager for Go North East’s Gateshead Riverside depot.
  • First silent Solaris buses for Beethoven’s BonnPolish manufacturer Solaris has won a tender for the delivery of three articulated electric buses for SWB in Bonn. It will be the first time the manufacturer has supplied SWB. The buses will be Urbino 18 electrics featuring the new generation of Solaris High Energy+ batteries, and are expected to hit the streets of Bonn in 2020.

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  • Network Rail install new Dawlish sea wall Network Rail’s plan to protect the vital rail line to the south west from rising sea levels and extreme weather has taken a big step forward despite challenging storm conditions. A large sea wall is being installed in Dawlish, Devon to defend the costal railway line and the iconic footpath...
  • TransPennine Express receives 'public target' from Transport for the North Agreed by Transport for the North leaders in back in January, the ‘public target’ follows a period at the end of last year when TransPennine Express returned the worst performance figures in the country, with sometimes less than half their services meeting basic performance...


  • TransPennine Express under pressure, as performance targets are set Transport for the North has given TransPennine Express new and strict public performance targets, after months of cancellations and other problems. The decision comes only a few days since rail minister Chris Heaton-Harris warned that the Department for Transport was prepared to take action against TPE unless performance improved. Transport for the North™s strategic rail director David Hoggarth said: ˜Passengers in the North of England must have a rail service they can rely on. In the run-up to Christmas last year TPE simply failed to provide what was needed.™

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