The Urban Transport Group, the UK’s network of city region transport authorities, has today responded to the Government’s package of financial support for urban public transport as it works to keep people moving through the COVID-19 crisis.
The National Infrastructure Commission’s call for Government to make devolved funding for urban transport to cities a key test of the Government’s forthcoming National Infrastructure Strategy is hugely welcome, says the Urban Transport Group.
Stephen Edwards, the Executive Director of South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), is the new Chair of the Urban Transport Group.
His appointment follows the end of the two-year term of outgoing Chair Tobyn Hughes, Managing Director at Nexus.
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Major opportunity opens up for more, and more affordable, tram schemes
Commenting on the report ‘Green Light for Light Rail' (launched yesterday by local transport Minister Norman Baker) Jonathan Bray, Director of pteg, said:
Welcoming the publication today of the findings of the pteg supported All Party Parliamentary Light Rail Group inquiry into Light Rail and the City Regions, Geoff Inskip (lead Director General for pteg on light rail issues) said:
MPs’ inquiry calls for DfT to end bias against tram schemes
The joint, select committee-style inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Light Rail Group and pteg holds its second hearing today at Westminster after getting off to a strong start with its first hearing, held on 27th Oct.
The joint inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Light Rail Group (APPLRG) and pteg will hold its first hearing on Tuesday 27th October at the House of Commons.
The Chair of the inquiry, Paul Rowen MP, today said:
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.
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.
Speaking at the well attended All Party Light Rail Group’s Parliamentary reception last night (24th June), Geoff Inskip (Director General of Centro and lead Director General for pteg on light rail issues) set out the perspective of Britain’s big city transport authorities on where next for moder