The direction of travel? What has the new Government promised?
16 December 2019
Transport played an unusually large part in the election campaign. Promises, counter-promises and some pretty radical ideas all surfaced with the backdrop of climate change and devolution spurring all on.
We now know we will be dealing with a Government reform of the railways – implementing the findings of the Williams Rail Review. ‘Superbus’ networks are promised as is a National Bus Strategy. Investment in major roads will continue.
It is crucial the user voice is heard in these large-scale changes and we will be doing just that. Meanwhile, users are looking forward to more reliable transport networks now – we cannot wait for strategies or plans even though they make the most long-term difference.
The daily business of securing changes at a local level continues. Recently we, among many other wins, have:
- secured the replacement of anti-skid and white line replacement at Raunds, Northamptonshire, on the A45
- successfully put pressure on London Northwestern Railway (LNR) and West Midlands Railway (WMR) to offer compensation to customers on top of standard Delay Repay schemes after severe disruption
- helped Roadchef identify where improvements would be most appreciated by customers – we hear there is now a pot of cash just for tackling issues raised through our Motorway Services User Survey
- seen ‘on bus’ fares in Brighton frozen at 2018 levels after our Bus Passenger Survey highlighted value as an issue
- saw improvements at roadworks on the M6 earlier in the year – after our input, we noted junction numbers clearly signed in contraflows, activity information boards and overall project progress update boards
- been reinstated as chair of the West Midlands Bus Alliance – a role that allows my colleague Linda to continue to push on passenger priorities including congestion and value.
More wins will be included in our 2019-20 Workplan which will be out early next year