News Update 18 October 2018

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  1. The proportion of non-frequent scheduled bus services in England on time, ie within 1 minute early and 5 minutes 59 seconds late, was 82.7% in 2016/17 (82.6% in 2015/16, 82.9% 2014/15)
  2. The Department for Transport Quarterly Bus Statistics for England April to June 2018 show local bus passenger journeys at 1.2 billion, a decrease of 1.7% since 2017. Fares increased 2.2% in metropolitan areas and 6.6% in non-metropolitan areas. Local authority bus budgets in England and Wales reduced by £20.5m last year.
  3. Across Great Britain, 429 million rail journeys were recorded April to June 2018, a 3.1% increase on 2017. London and South East journeys increased 3.5%; Chiltern Railways growth was 6.8%; Govia Thameslink 4.8%; TransPennine Express 10.9%. Three train companies recorded reductions – Northern 2.4%, Great Western 1%, Caledonian Sleeper 2.3%. Virgin East Coast recorded growth of 6.7%. Passenger revenue increased by £155m (6.5%) on the same quarter the previous year, a 3.2% increase in revenue per passenger journey with a 1.7% decline in journeys by season ticket.
  4. On 14 October, Transport for Wales took over rail operations from Arriva Trains Wales. By 2023, 95% of passenger journeys will be on new higher capacity trains with 285 extra services every weekday and 22% more on Sunday by 2020. Details of improvements, Coming Down the Track, has been published for customers. The 15 year Operator and Development Partner Contract was awarded to Keolis Amey.
  5. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports that a sharp drop in transport related emissions could be achieved through new technologies and a change in travel behaviour. Switching passengers and freight from cars, lorries and airplanes to buses and trains, rather than reducing travel demand, is recommended, by integrating transport, land use and urban planning.
  6. Eight councils have persistently high nitrogen dioxide limits which must be addressed urgently, reports the Departments for Transport & Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Bolsover, Bradford, Portsmouth, Broxbourne, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stoke on Trent, Leicester and Liverpool have roads where significant measures are necessary and have been directed to publish a final plan of action by 31 October 2019. The report is an update on the National Air Quality Plan, which requires 33 councils to submit studies on the steps taken to comply with roadside nitrous oxide emissions.
  7. Network Rail is to consult in November and December on proposals to improve rail services in Croydon, the busiest and most congested part of the rail network. The scheme would provide additional tracks, extra platforms and flyovers.
  8. On 11 October, two public consultations were launched on Phase 2b route of HS2 serving communities between West Midlands, Manchester and Leeds. The consultations close on 21 December and responses are invited on the working draft Environmental Statement and Equality Impact Assessment report.
  9. Crime on the rail network rose 17% in 2017/18 compared to 2016/17 (61,159 crimes in England, Scotland and Wales).
  10. An RAC survey shows 33% of motorists say they are more reliant on cars than 12 months ago (27%). The top reasons given for more car use were the need to transport family members 34%, having a longer commute 32%, family and friends having moved further away 27%. 24% blamed a deterioration in public transport for more car use – the complaints of this group focused on reliability 44%, rising fares 39% and reductions in service 33%.
  11. ScotRail is likely to be penalised as only 8% of journeys are made using smartmedia, and the franchise agreement requires 60% by April 2019.
  12. Spanish trainbuilder, Talgo, has announced six UK locations shortlisted for a manufacturing facility.

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