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TRANSPORT NEWS English counties have been invited to compete for a share of £90M from Government that will go towards upgrading the local road network to improve journeys and boost growth. Bids are encouraged for a wide variety of congestion cutting schemes, including those that make use of the latest technology and which open up


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TRANSPORT NEWS There has been a call for the government to develop a new ‘mobility investment strategy’ that will be aimed at reducing the demand for car-based transport. The report carried out by the environmental group Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) calls for road capacity upgrades to become the “option of last resort” when


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TRANSPORT NEWS The UK has been ranked the 3rd most congested city in Europe with road users spending on average 32 hours in peak congestion every year, which was beaten only by Turkey and Russia. This has been estimated to cost motorists more than £30bn in the 87 UK cities and large urban areas. Unsurpisingly,


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TRANSPORT NEWS There has been a significant increase in serious road casualties according to the latest statistics from the Department for Transport (DfT). The government has been urged to take action after a 6% increase was noticed from October 2015 to September 2016, in the number of people reported killed or seriously injured (KSIs) on


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TRANSPORT NEWS New funding has been announced by the Department for Transport that will support Cycling and Walking over the next 3 years. From 2017 to 2020 local projects will be supported to form a wider government package of more than £300 million to boost cycling and walking during the current parliament. The funding was


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TRANSPORT NEWS A Transport Select Committee says that Britain needs more trams and light rail if efforts to tackle urban congestion are to succeed. The Committee remarked that workplace parking needs to be discouraged, improved links between planning and transport and vehicle sharing needs to have more of a push. Evidence has shown that trams


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TRANSPORT NEWS A new study into transport preferences has found individual car use is decreasing among younger people (under-35s), while rail ridership is increasing across all age groups, in spite of the 2008 financial crash and above-inflation rail ticket costs. The Independent Transport Commission looked at at 1995-2014 data to produce its report. Using National Travel Survey data, the


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TRANSPORT NEWS Local transport networks are set to be a key beneficiary of a new National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIR) announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond in his Autumn Statement. The £23Bn fund will be spent on areas of transport, housing, digital communications and research & development over the next 5 years. As part of the


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TRANSPORT NEWS After years of deliberation, the government has announced its support for a new runway to be built at Heathrow, which will become the first full-length runway in the south-east of England since the second world war. The government’s decision on its preferred location, which will be consulted on in the new year, underlines


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TRANSPORT NEWS The government has been taken to court over its failure to significantly tackle illegal levels of air pollution in the UK. Environmental law firm Client Earth claim that air quality in the UK is nothing short of a public health crisis, and say that bolder action must be taken to combat the dirty