News Update 12 July 2018

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1. The DfT has launched a consultation on legally requiring bus operators to share their data to allow passengers to obtain real time information about bus routes, times and fares. There is also a consultation which covers actions to make operators provide audio and visual information on buses – powers in the Bus Services Act 2017.
Members will be contacted separately for a Consortium response.
2. Department for Transport – Total Transport feasibility report and pilot review
A report has been issued on the projects funded to find ways of commissioning public sector funded transport so that passengers get a better service with less duplication of resources – services such as non-emergency patient, adult social care and home to school transport. £7.6m was allocated to 37 schemes in 36 local authorities to pilot solutions in their area, focused on rural transport. Key themes emerged – local knowledge is required, there is no single solution, local engagement with each organisation is important, health sector and local authority transport requires more integration, some financial savings have been achieved with improved services at similar cost identifying potential savings and longer term benefits, some delivery models do not fit into existing legislation.
3. The North West Traffic Commissioner has ruled on the information Transport for Greater Manchester has a right to request from bus operators to assess franchising in accordance with the Bus Services Act 2017.
4. The House of Commons Transport Committee has recommended the DfT publish a set of priorities for rail infrastructure investment in each English region.
5. West Coast Railway has operated 6 off-peak trips between Oxenholme and Windermere for 2 weeks from 18 June, funded by the DfT, with no fares charged: Northern continued to provide a replacement bus service.
6. Bombardier Transportation and Hitachi Rail are to jointly bid for the HS2 Phase One £2.75 billion rolling stock contract.
7. The Rail Minister has confirmed the Midland Mainline will be electrified between Clay Cross and Sheffield for HS2 services.
8. The Government has confirmed the new HS2 rolling stock depot will be constructed in Leeds.
9. East Midlands HS2 Partnership will receive up to £1.8m of funding to support the development of a new station at Toton.
10. Thameslink and Great Northern are to implement an interim timetable on 15 July.

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