Transport News

Open Access Government’s Transport News section offers a wide range of articles within the transport sector. 

We cover up to date topics such as the progression of electric cars and the push for zero-emission cars. Policy and the changes in the Law on Transport along with articles on the department of transport and relevant updates are also available on our website.

Another popular topic included in this category is the transport infrastructure in ‘SMART’ cities and you can easily find information on shipping regulations. We also delve into European transport policies and aviation news.

Electric van grant extended

Electric van grant extended

The government has announced an extension of the electric van grant and an additional £4m to help refuel gas-powered trucks... Transport Minister Baroness Kramer has...
Committee calls government on £50bn HS2 cost

Committee raises concerns on the cost of HS2

A report published by the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee has revealed the government has no convincing case to spend £50bn building the...
Great Western rail deal with FirstGroup extended

Great Western rail deal with FirstGroup extended

FirstGroup has been granted an extension on its deal with the government to run services along the Great Western network.... Rail and transport company FirstGroup...
Northern transport plans set out

Northern transport plans set out

The government has set out new plans to revolutionise transport in the north of England... The Northern Transport Strategy report includes details of a multi-billion...
A “catalogue of faults” at London Bridge

A “catalogue of faults” at London Bridge

The £500m redevelopment of London Bridge railway station has been delayed by a “catalogue of faults”, according to a leading transport union... The Rail, Maritime...
New train designs released by ScotRail

New train designs released by ScotRail

Abellio, the new franchise owner of ScotRail, has unveiled the designs of 70 new trains being built for the service... The 70 new ScotRail trains...
Electric cars could cut oil imports

Electric cars could cut oil imports

A new study has revealed that switching to electric cars could cut the amount of oil the UK needs to import by 40 per...

Benefits of rail investment in Derbyshire

In a visit to Derbyshire, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has seen how the government’s record investment in the rail network is connecting communities and...

10 minute leeway announced for council car parks

Drivers who stay too long on council owned car parks are to get a 10 minute leeway before being fined, the government has announced… Expected...

Investment needed for ‘Transport for North’

£15bn of investment is needed for a Transport for London style body to revitalise transport links in the north of England, a think tank...

Govt reach agreement to sell stake in Eurostar

The government has today announced an agreement has been reached for the sale of its entire interest in Eurostar International Limited (“Eurostar”)… The Chancellor George...

East Sussex rail passengers to have say

The government announced today that passengers in east Suffolk are to have more say on how local rail services are run… Two lines between Ipswich...
£43m funding for plug-in vehicle research

£43m funding for plug-in vehicle research

The government has announced £43m funding for infrastructure and research development for plug-in vehicles... The government has set out plans to develop plug-in vehicle infrastructure...
Keeping Europe’s roads safe

Keeping Europe’s roads safe

Michael Cramer on the Committee on Transport and Tourism at the European Parliament discusses safety on Europe’s roads, and how effective measures are needed…  Every day...
The Infrastructure Act has now become law

The Infrastructure Act has now become law

The Infrastructure Act, which aims to make it easier, quicker, and simpler to get Britain building has now become law... One of the first acts...
Investing in Buckinghamshire’s transport system

Investing in Buckinghamshire’s transport system

Martin Tett, Leader of Buckinghamshire CC, tells why more investment is needed from central government to improve his county’s transport system. Buckinghamshire is on the...
ireland

Investing in sustainable transport in Ireland

The Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport in the Republic of Ireland, Paschal Donohoe explains how investment in transport is essential to the economy. A...
East Coast franchise rail awarded

East Coast franchise rail awarded

The government has announced a consortium consisting of transport companies Stagecoach and Virgin have won the East Coast rail franchise. The East Coast mainline rail...
The first bio-bus in the UK goes into service

The first bio-bus in the UK goes into service

The first UK bus powered by human and food waste has gone into service between the cities of Bristol and Bath. The UK's first bus...
£20bn Crossrail 2 route unveiled

£20bn Crossrail 2 route unveiled

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has unveiled preferred plans for the £20bn Crossrail 2 scheme, which will run north to south through London. Proposals for...

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