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A Five Billion Pound National Disgrace

Having watched the progressive degradation of Government policy on planning and transport in England over the past 15 years, I thought I was beyond being shocked. But a quick analysis of the Government announcement on its five billion quid Housing Infrastructure Fund left me speechless. Well, almost...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 04 February 2018

Transformational Dreams

Thanks to a quirky coincidence, I was in a small town in the north of England when Transport for the North launched its Strategic Transport Plan, setting out its aspirations for what it grandly called transformational growth over the next third of a century. Well, quite a lot of the north is in need...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 21 January 2018

An Egregious Future

Few elephants live in this country and most of those that do live in zoos. So conservation of them is unlikely to figure in any 25-year environment strategy, which is a pity, as the Plan published by the Government yesterday must have had two very large pachyderms roaming silently around the launch ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 12 January 2018

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Bill should support rural buses say campaigners

Added on 17 September 2016

Sustainable transport campaigners have called for new measures to ensure the Bus Services Bill helps rural areas as well as urban.
The Bill is currently before the Lords and will go to the Commons shortly.
But, while it contains measures to help towns and cities, the Campaign for Better Transport says it does little for rural services and it wants a raft of measures added.
It says councils should carry out local public transport assessemtns of need in their areas as service cuts are often considered in isolation, cutting off whole communities.
The Campaign says the new Total Transport approach should be rolled out, combining budgets to give better and more efficient services.
It says trials ongoing since last year should be widened so all councils can get the best out of limited resources.
Improved funding is needed, it says, and the Bill should make provision for financial support as well as new powers.
campaign chief executive Stephen Joseph said public transport cuts can have devastating impacts in rural areas.
People lacking access to a car rely on buses to get to school, hospital, friends or shops and cutting them can leave villages completely isolated.

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