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Labour rail reforms could get us back on track

Labour rail reforms could get us back on track Transport Action Network (TAN) is broadly welcoming Labour’s announcements yesterday about rail reform and better integration with other transport modes [1]. Chris Todd, director of Transport Action Network (TAN) said: “These proposed reforms are a major step in the right direction....
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TAN Cymru Statement on 20MPH

In response to today’s Oral Statement by Ken Skates MS: the Cabinet Secretary for North Wales and Transport on his transport priorities including plans for 20mph, Rhian Nowell-Phillips, Welsh roads and climate campaigner, Transport Action Network Cymru said: “We welcome the clarification that the Welsh Government remains committed to its...
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M25 closure starts year of turmoil on UK’s 57mph motorways

inews: Britain's motorways are grinding to a halt as planning delays are holding up major upgrades to the UK's road network for years at a time, experts have warned. London's orbital motorway, the M25, will close between junctions 10 and 11 this weekend in an unprecedented move set to impact...
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Government proceeds with £1.5bn road scheme despite poor value

The Construction Index: The A66 Northern Trans-Pennine project application has been granted development consent by the secretary of state for transport. Transport secretary Mark Harper has approved the £1.5bn scheme despite it showing a benefit cost ratio (BCR) of just 0.90. BCR needs to be 1.0 before a project is...
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Why the M25 is closing — the ambitious plan in maps

The Times: It’s the busiest junction on the busiest motorway in the country. But at 9pm on Friday, the traffic will disappear completely from a five-mile stretch of the M25 as it closes for roadworks during daytime for the first time in its history. The London Orbital will be shut...
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Road bulldozed through nationally important landscapes

Road bulldozed through nationally important landscapes Responding to the granting of the DCO planning approval [1] for the £1.5 billion A66 Northern Trans Pennine road scheme [2] Transport Action Network’s Director, Chris Todd, said: “The A66 mega-road scheme is the worst value for money scheme in the roads programme. It...
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Why bus cuts hit women hardest

Women use buses more than men in most countries around the world. The journeys they make tend to be more complex too. Many are non-work related, and are often done with children or older people. Yet transport planning and infrastructure largely overlooks these needs. In the UK, women make 30%...
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DfT bats away concerns over networks policy

Highways Magazine: The transport secretary has laid a revised policy statement on national road and rail networks before Parliament, providing a new framework for government to decide on English development consent applications. In a statement to Parliament, Mark Harper said the new National Networks National Policy Statement (NNNPS) sets out...
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The Roadmap to Bus Reform in Wales

Roadmap to bus reform, could be just the ticket for Wales TAN Cymru has welcomed the launch of the Welsh Government's Roadmap to Bus Reform, "One Network, One Timetable, One Ticket”. [1] TAN Cymru spokesperson Rhian Nowell-Phillips, said: "This ambitious plan has the potential to revolutionise public transport in Wales....
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UK fuel duty cut is regressive policy that benefits the wealthy, study finds

The Guardian:   The SMF has suggested more equitable and green ways to cut motoring costs, which would be investing in public transport, that “provide cheaper alternatives to driving for those who want to switch and decreases congestion for those who don’t”. The analysis found that for every 10% increase...
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Can Local Transport Plans get Britain moving?

Low Traffic Future is an alliance set up by Transport Action Network in 2022. It aims to promote the benefits of less motor traffic. In this post, Edward Lamb shares what the alliance achieved in 2023 and how you can get involved.   Well, 2023 was an exciting year for...
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National Highways’ dirty laundry to be aired in public

National Highways' dirty laundry to be aired in public The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has ordered the Cabinet Office to publish Infrastructure Projects Authority (IPA) reviews [1] of the £10 billion Lower Thames Crossing [2]. This is one of National Highways’ flagship schemes and its largest road project ever. The...
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National Highways investigated over decline in performance

The Construction Index: The Office of Rail & Road (ORR) has opened an investigation into the performance of National Highways amid concerns about its management of the motorway and trunk road network. The industry regulator says that it has usually managed to work with National Highways to resolve any issues...
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Investigation into National Highways is long overdue

Investigation into National Highways is long overdue Reacting to the Office for Rail and Road's announcement yesterday of an investigation into National Highways [1], Chris Todd, director of Transport Action Network (TAN) said: "Putting National Highways into special measures is long overdue. Whether concerning safety or biodiversity, it is clear...
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Welsh roads review: one year on

Is the love still there? So here we are, St Valentine's day, 2024, a year to the day on which the Deputy Minister for Climate Change reshaped the future of road building in Wales. When he published the roads review and delivery plan, Lee Waters made three things clear: There...
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