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According to a new analysis of the latest industry statistics by leading bus industry expert, Professor Peter White of the University of Westminster, making bus networks simple, frequent and stable every day and all day - could help trigger a revival in city region bus networks.
Responding to today’s sad news that Gwyneth Dunwoody has passed away, Chair of the group of six Passenger Transport Authorities, Cllr Mark Dowd said:
pteg haswelcomed the House of Commons Transport Select Committee report on ticketing as a valuable spur to ensuring the rest of England benefits from the same kind of integrated, smartcard, ticketing system that Londoners already enjoy.
In its response to the Government’s consultation on setting up a new bus users watchdog, pteg has called for Passenger Focus to be given the role.
pteg has welcomed Government proposals to reform more than £400 million of bus subsidy payments.
The Bus Services Operators Grant (BSOG) is currently paid per litre of diesel burned. So the less fuel efficient the bus the higher the subsidy payment.
Commenting on a new report by IPPR North - 'Moving On: A Progressive Transport Policy for Northern England' - Chair of pteg, Neil Scales OBE, said:
pteg, which represents the six largest urban transport authorities outside London, today welcomed the extra powers and responsibilities for PTE/As contained in the Local Transport Bill.
Chair of pteg, Roy Wicks said:
Cllr Mark Dowd OBE, the new Chair of the group of six Passenger Transport Authorities (which represents the six English metropolitan areas of England) has written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Ruth Kelly MP, to welcome the prospect of greater influence over local rail networks.
City region transport authorities today welcomed the news that the Government is to provide them with a special grant to cover the cost of the go-anywhere, free off-peak bus travel scheme for older and disabled people, which starts next April.
Secretary of State for Transport Ruth Kelly's conference pledge to clamp down on the 'bus wars' that clog up city streets was welcomed today by city region transport authorities.