Safer smart motorways welcomed by transport sector

4 May 2021

The Department for Transport (DfT) and Highways England have announced that every new All Lane Running (ALR) motorway will open with radar technology in place to spot stopped or broken-down vehicles quickly. In addition, all existing ALR motorways will have the technology fitted six months earlier than originally planned.

Plea to build a better bus network for Wales

27 April 2021

With the 2021 Senedd elections due in May, the bus industry in Wales has called on those seeking votes to commit to investment in Wales’ bus network to help drive a step change in public transport. The Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) Cymru has highlighted that the bus network has played a vital role throughout the pandemic helping those that need to travel to do so.

DVSA advise moving your annual test — to May, June or July

22 April 2021

Last year, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) issued exemptions from vehicle testing to help keep industry moving during the pandemic. However, as a result, test dates are not evenly spread throughout the year and August, September, October and November are significantly busier than usual.

Coventry to be first UK city with all-electric buses

19 April 2021

Coventry will receive £50 million to fund 297 all-electric buses after the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Board gave its final approval to the proposal. With a target date of 2025, this will mean that the West Midlands city will be the first in the country to host all-electric buses.

Collapse in coach tourism creates unemployment crisis

15 April 2021

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has released research into the impact of Covid-19 related unemployment on the UK’s top 40 towns and cities which had the highest proportion of tourism employees in 2019. This includes popular coach holiday destinations such as the Lake District, Derbyshire Dales and Devon.

Calls for bus franchising in Yorkshire intensify

12 April 2021

Responding to the news that Greater Manchester will take its buses back into public control, the TUC’s Better Buses for Yorkshire campaigner, Gareth Forest, has suggested that this should be the signal for similar moves on the other side of the Pennines.

Biomethane becoming more popular for commercial vehicles

9 April 2021

The UK’s leading supplier of gas to the road transport sector has doubled the sales of biomethane across its commercial vehicle refuelling network in the first quarter of 2021, compared to the same period in 2020.