Two of London’s bus routes are to become exclusively electric as the capital’s electric bus fleet is now the largest in Europe. They will, this autumn, become the UK’s first bus routes to use only electric double-deck buses.
The London Borough of Bexley has been heavily criticised by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman after it failed to make agreed improvements to the way it decides school transport applications for children with disabilities.
A new project aimed at supporting individuals who have experienced discrimination while using, or attempting to use, public transport has been announced by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
Innovations ranging from fatigue monitoring, specialised lighting and artificial intelligence are to be trialled on buses this year as part of the Bus Safety Innovation Challenge run by Transport for London (TfL).
Visitors to this year’s Coach & Bus UK, held at the NEC Birmingham, have been given an opportunity to enjoy a ride in the UK’s first full-sized autonomous bus. It travelled from a mock-up bus wash to a fuelling station, negotiating obstacles including a cyclist.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced: new low-fare, high-frequency “Superbus” networks; Britain’s first all-electric bus town; better information for passengers; and contactless payment on every city bus.
The lives of professional drivers working in congested cities such as London are being put at risk due to exposure to black carbon levels that are, on average, a third higher than would be experienced at a busy roadside, according to research presented in September 2019 at the European Respiratory Society International Congress in Madrid.