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TRANSPORT Secretary Ruth Kelly today joined the family of Barbara Castle to help name a Northern Rail train after the late Labour MP and first woman Transport Minister.
Jonathan Bray has been appointed as new Director of the pteg Support Unit. He will take up the post when the current Director, Tim Larner, steps down at the end of November. Jonathan Bray is currently the Assistant Director of the Unit.
Jonathan Bray said:
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
pteg has welcomed yesterday’s House of Commons Transport Select Committee report on ticketing and concessionary travel which calls for better integrated and simpler ticketing on public transport.
Chair of pteg Neil Scales, said:
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: