News Update 26 July 2018

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1. The Department for Transport has published an interim summary of responses to the S19/22 consultation: the final approach to the guidance and draft regulations will be announced in the autumn.
2. The Department for Transport has set out an Inclusive Transport Strategy to improve accessibility across all types of travel. £300 million is to be available for the Access for All programme making rail stations more accessible, including step free access. Other measures include improving and simplifying Passenger Assist – the system disabled passengers use to book assistance on the rail network. £2 million is for audio and visual equipment on buses, so that passengers on almost every bus will know where and when to alight.
3. The Campaign for Better Transport has produced a report Three stages to better bus services – using the Bus Services Act. This is a guide for local authorities on using the powers to implement a partnership approach or franchising
Ref: http://bettertransport.org.uk/sites/default/files/pdfs/bus-services-act-guidance.pdf
4. Transport solicitor, James Backhouse, has published a paper setting out the actions that local authorities must take for franchising powers in the Bus Services Act and potential impact and likely risks. Available at www.backhousejones.co.uk/bus-ted
5. December 2018 rail timetable changes will be scaled back, 15 companies will introduce amended timetables, 8 will continue with the May 2018 timetable (Cross Country, Govia Thameslink, Great Western, London Overground, Northern, South Western, TransPennine Express, West Midlands Trains)
6. The Rail Delivery Group has appointed a Dispute Resolution Ombudsman to rule on customer complaints: the independent body will be launched in November and customers unhappy at the outcome of complaints to rail companies will be able to refer them formally.
7. An Advanced Quality Partnership Scheme for buses in Wolverhampton city centre will be introduced in November, covering 71 bus stops with a slot booking system. Initially, vehicle emission standards will be Euro III; from April 2019, at least 10% of journeys of each operator must be Euro VI, increasing to 50% from April 2020, 75% from April 2021 and 100% by April 2022. Services operating on routes to destinations outside the West Midlands at a frequency of two buses an hour or less must initially be Euro III and Euro VI from 2026. 8 operators are included in the scheme.
8. Overcrowding on commuter trains to and from London declined slightly last year but increased on routes into other major cities in England and Wales. London, Cambridge and Manchester have the highest proportion of overcrowded services – in the morning peak, 23% of passengers were standing on trains arriving in London. In the last 10 years, the West Midlands, North West and West Yorkshire have seen the fastest growth in rail usage.
9. Nottingham City Council is to retrofit 180 buses with clean air exhaust technology, ensure every taxi and private hire vehicle is low emission and replace its own fleet with electric or other low emission vehicles to reduce air pollution below the legal limit without the need for a clean air zone.
10. The Office of Rail and Road Network Rail Monitor reports a 1.7% reduction in the number of infrastructure related failures affecting train services in the third and fourth quarters of 2017/18.
11. Network Rail has four bidders in the final stage to sell its non-core property assets in England and Wales – around 5500 properties, the majority of which are railway arches. Proceeds from the sale will help fund the upgrade plan.
12. The Mayor of London, Transport for London and the Metropolitan Police have published a Vision Zero action plan to eliminate death and serious injury, which includes a 20mph speed limit on all roads within the congestion charging zone: 73 junctions with the worst safety record have been identified.
13. Stagecoach is to trial an autonomous single deck bus in a depot environment.
14. All 18 commercial bus operators in Manchester have launched OneBus to unify all services under one brand with a common logo displayed on all 1500 buses.
15. Traveline Briefing – attached

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