News Update 25 October 2018

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  1. The Government Rail Review will examine commercial models, industry structures, financial matters, fares and industrial relations: the terms of reference were announced by the Secretary of State on 11 October and recommendations should avoid creating negative impacts on the public sector balance sheet and/or additional government expenditure beyond reasonable transition costs. The review should identify the concern of passengers, staff and communities; should consider exploring options for devolution of rail powers; and have a structured approach to engagement with stakeholders across local, national and devolved government and industry bodies.
    The review will conclude with a White Paper in autumn 2019.
  2. A report by KPMG, commissioned by the Confederation of Passenger Transport, has provided a comprehensive analysis of the factors driving demand for bus travel in England. Between 2011/12 and 2016/17 bus patronage in England fell by 4.4% – metropolitan areas 6.6%, non-metropolitan areas 3.9%, London 3.6%. A UK Research Council funded analysis show people are making 16% fewer trips than in 1996. The report concludes that with the right investments and the right set of co-ordinated transport and land use policies, buses can support sustainable and inclusive growth.
  3. A report by Transport for New Homes highlights that residents are being forced into car dependency because the planning system is not ensuring new developments can be accessed by using alternative forms of transport.
  4. The Mayor of Bristol plans to double the frequency of buses on main routes and wants a citywide flat fare so people travelling from less affluent areas are not penalised.
  5. London North Western Railway is to staff station ticket barriers from first to last trains from 31 October (Northampton, Milton Keynes Central, Bletchley, Hemel Hempstead, Watford Junction, London Euston stations) as is West Midlands Railway (Birmingham Snow Hill, Five Ways and University).

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