English local authorities can bid for funding to establish Britain’s first all-electric bus town or city.
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The package, agreed jointly with the bus industry, aims to keep key routes running to provide a lifeline for those who cannot work from home, including those travelling to jobs on the frontline of the UK’s fight against COVID-19, such as NHS staff.
Whilst there have been recently published strategies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in individual transport modes, the TDP will reportedly take a coordinated, cross-modal approach to deliver the transport sector’s contribution to both carbon budgets and net zero.
The e-scooter trials will initially take place in four “future transport zones”: Portsmouth and Southampton; the West of England Combined Authority (WECA); Derby and Nottingham; and the West Midlands.
The call for evidence focuses on three primary areas: micromobility vehicles, flexible bus services and Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS).
The UK government is set to consult on proposals in the summer designed to improve the lives of people with mobility or sight impairments, as well as parents with prams.
By increasing the ethanol content of petrol, E10 reportedly has the potential to cut CO2 from transport by 750,000 tonnes per year - equivalent to taking around 350,000 cars off the road.
In light of the recent global outbreak of coronavirus, the Department for Transport has offered advice for staff in the transport sector to best protect themselves and their passengers.
The specification is said to be the first government and industry-backed standardisation programme that aims to help promote safe public trials and development testing of automated vehicles in the UK.
Said to be a first in the UK, the scheme will see drivers swapping their cars for mobility credits of up to £3,000 which they can spend on public transport, taxis, share schemes and car clubs.
The operation of 'sky pods' is said to occupy land area several times less than conventional means of the same capacity, as well as being power-efficient, small in size, light in weight and mounted with steel wheels that run on suspended rails.
The new government campaign - 'it's everyone's jounrey' - has launched to improve the journeys of disabled passengers on public transport across the UK.
The three winning projects will trial new ways of using data generated by transport in towns and cities to improve driving conditions.
The tool is said to help bus operators comply with upcoming government regulations – being introduced under the Bus Services Act 2017 – that will require fares data for local bus services across England to be published in a standardised, open-source data format from January 2021.
The town selected will be used as a model to help deliver the government’s ambition for all buses to be fully electric by 2025.