Queen’s Speech 2016: What it means for the transport industry

Posted: 19 May 2016 | Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Intelligent Transport | No comments yet

The Queen has announced annual government legislation detailing the Modern Transport Bill and the Bus Services Bill for England.

The Queen has announced annual government legislation detailing the Modern Transport Bill and the Bus Services Bill for England.

Queen's Speech 2016

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Government legislation for the next year was announced yesterday in the Queen’s Speech 2016 at the state opening of Parliament. The speech gave details of the Bus Services Bill for England and the Modern Transport Bill.

Bus Services Bill

The Bus Services Bill will allow local government in England to work in partnership with operators to improve local bus services. In addition, combined local authorities with directly elected mayors, now have the power to franchise local services. Furthermore, councils are now able to set standards for ticketing, branding and frequency of services.


“In England, further powers will be devolved to directly elected mayors, including powers governing local bus services”

Commenting on the Bus Services Bill, Giles Fearnley, Managing Director of First Bus, said: “We passionately share the aim of national Government and local councils to improve services for all passengers using buses to help solve the UK’s chronic congestion issues, improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions.

“We are delighted the strengthening of partnerships is an option for local authorities, and look forward to working with MPs and peers to ensure that we have legislation that delivers benefits for customers.”

Bus Services Bill

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It is hoped the legislation will lead to clearer and simpler franchising arrangements.

Modern Transport Bill

The Modern Transport Bill has been designed to place Britain at the forefront in creating a modern transport industry. Legislation will enable the development of the UK’s first commercial spaceports “paving the way for commercial spaceflight and drone operations in the UK and boosting our world-leading satellite industry”. The Government has shortlisted six sites, including Newquay Cornwall Airport.

“My ministers will ensure the United Kingdom is at the forefront of technology for new forms of transport, including autonomous and electric vehicles”

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Transport Research Laboratory’s £8 million GATEway research project taking place in Bristol, Greenwich, Milton Keynes and Coventry.

The Bill will also support measures to encourage investment in autonomous vehicles and electric cars such as the Transport Research Laboratory’s £8 million GATEway research project.