News Update 2 November 2018

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  1. The Office of Rail and Road has set out its final determination on Network Rail’s plans for Control Period 6, commencing April 2019.
    £24.3bn is approved on maintaining (£7.7bn) and renewing (£16.6bn) the existing railway in Great Britain. Renewal work increases 17% on Control Period 5.
    The Performance Innovation Fund, to support testing and implementation of ideas to improve punctuality, increases to £40m from £10m. Funding for timetabling and planning is £270m (£145m in CP5). Each of the 8 geographic routes will have its own budget and delivery plans.
  2. In the budget, £37m has been allocated to Northern Powerhouse Rail and £20m for the central section of East West rail.
  3. A tram train entered service on 25 October operating between Sheffield and Rotherham.
  4. Passenger demand on the Belfast new Glider bus corridors has increased, requiring an additional peak express service. Patronage on the corridor has increased 17% on the previous conventional bus service.
  5. The 26-30 railcard is to be available nationwide before the end of the year: 4 million people will be able to receive one third off most tickets, purchasing the card costs £30 per year. Before 10am weekdays there is a minimum £12 fare.
  6. Leicestershire County Council is to reduce its bus service support budget by £400k: it is to spend £400k on mitigating the local impacts of constructing 30km of HS2 phase 2b through the county.
  7. Thameslink and Great Northern will operate an additional 32 peak and 170 off peak services from 10 December.
  8. Nottingham City Transport is testing a mobile phone solution that detects when and where passengers board and alight buses: fares could be automatically calculated and deducted from passengers’ bank accounts. The data collected will assist with service planning.
  9. The Transforming Cities Fund, which is supporting major new transport investment, is to be extended by a year to 2022/23 with an extra £240m for the six areas covered by metro mayors and a further £440m to the competitive stream for other areas (two from ten shortlisted).
  10. Combined authorities with strategic planning powers are to be given the power to levy a strategic infrastructure tariff on new development, to help fund major new transport and other infrastructure.

The Government is allocating £90m to create Future Mobility Zones to trial shared and on demand travel, autonomous shuttles and new ticketing systems. The West Midlands has been allocated £20m and is the first zone to be designated.

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