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  • Extend London congestion charge zone to Clapham and Catford, TfL toldSadiq Khan says government‚Äôs proposals to plug capital‚Äôs Covid-ravaged finances are ‚Äėnot right‚ÄôLondoners would be ‚Äúpunished‚ÄĚ by proposals including having to pay ¬£15 to drive in the suburbs, the mayor has claimed, after talks on a fresh funding settlement for the capital in the face of Covid-19 failed to reach agreement.Negotiations for a settlement for Transport for London will continue after the government offered to extend the existing ¬£1.6bn bailout terms for two more weeks, just before a deadline to avert financial collapse. Continue reading...
  • Protester HS2 wanted jailed gets suspended sentenceElliott Cuciurean‚Äôs case is seen as important ruling about right to protest An environmental protester who HS2 asked to be imprisoned has was given a suspended sentence in a landmark case about the right to protest.Elliott Cuciurean, who is described by fellow environmental activists as a ‚Äúconscientious protector‚ÄĚ, was accused by the high-speed rail company of repeatedly breaching an injunction not to trespass on an HS2 site at Crackley Woods in Warwickshire. Continue reading...

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  • DfT awards new contract to Arriva CrossCountry The Department for Transport has awarded a three year contract to Arriva to continue running CrossCountry until October 2023. The new deal will not include significant commercial risk for Arriva, because the terms of the contract are those which apply to the new Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements, with the DfT paying the costs and collecting the revenue. Arriva will be paid a ėperformance-linkedô fee. The RMT has greeted the news by calling for full renationalisation.
  • TfL emergency funding extended by two weeks Talks between Transport for London and the Government have resulted in an additional two weeks of emergency funding, which will take TfL to the end of October.

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  • Tuohy is CBTís new chief executivePaul Tuohy will join the Campaign for Better Transport as its chief executive next month, succeeding Darren Shirley
  • In Passing Bus-based park-and-ride is a simple enough concept but there are fiendish complexities to how they operate in different towns and cities, for instance fare structures, funding models, what you pay for (parking, bus or both), and how services are organised (dedicated routes or served by local bus services).
  • Nexus Metro staff transfer to Stadler Swiss trainbuilder Stadler has taken over the employment of 120 Nexus staff responsible for servicing and maintaining the Tyne and Wear Metro fleet. Stadler is responsible for maintaining the fleet as part of its contract to build 42 new trains for the Metro, which are scheduled to replace the existing fleet from 2023
  • SLC Rail granted a licence to run trainsRail consultant SLC has been awarded a non-passenger train licence by the Office of Rail and Road.
  • Burnhamís youth travel pass proves a hitTransport for Greater Manchester has reported huge demand for its ĎOur Passí free bus travel scheme for 16-18 year olds, although Covid-19 has hit take-up.
  • First Bristol launches Ďtap and capí travelBus operator First West of England has introduced capped pricing for users of contactless ticketing on its buses in Bristol.
  • Edinburghís tram firm wary of merger with bus companyEdinburghís council-owned tram company has voiced concerns about a plan to merge it with bus operator Lothian Buses.
  • SELEP juggles LGF grantsThe South East England Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) is reviewing its capital programme to ensure its Local Growth Fund (LGF) grant is fully spent by the deadline at the end of March next year.
  • Dire consequences if Crossrail £1.1bn hole not filled, says TfLTransport for London has warned of dire consequences for the Crossrail project if an agreement with Government is not reached soon for an additional £1.1bn needed to complete the project.
  • Ramsden joins Crossrail from MHCLGHelen Ramsden has been appointed head of programme controls at Crossrail Ltd, joining from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government where she was deputy director for planning and performance.

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