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The cost of concessionary bus travel in England could spiral out of control even if the government plugs the current funding gaps, new research published today has revealed.
At a fringe meeting at the TUC in Liverpool today, pteg Chair, Neil Scales, launched pteg’s ‘manifesto for transport in the cities’.
Today pteg and the All-Party Parliamentary Light Rail Group (APPLRG) announced a select committee style inquiry into the prospects for modern trams in the UK and how barriers to tram scheme development and implementation can be tackled.
pteg has welcomed a report from the House of Commons Transport Select Committee  which calls for locally accountable Integrated Transport Authorities to be given the job of monitoring bus punctuality and reliability.
Chair of Merseytravel, Cllr Mark Dowd, is the new Chair of the Integrated Transport Authorities Special Interest Group. The group brings together leading Councillors from the six English Integrated Transport Authorities.
Cllr Dowd said:
As the Government revises its major scheme business case guidance, Campaign for Better Transport and pteg  have called for an end to the discrimination against trams.
Warning that change could de-stabilise the scheme in Britain’s largest cities
Following on from a Parliamentary debate today, pteg expressed concern that overcrowding at key regional rail hubs could get worse as the Department of Transport is seeking to scale down its planned investment in additional rolling stock for the North’s rail network.
Nottingham City Council has joined pteg as an associate member.
Nottingham will join pteg’s existing associate members – Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and Transport for London.
Chair of pteg Neil Scales said: