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Air Passenger Duty Cuts


Air passenger duty is a tax paid by airlines which is typically passed onto their customers within ticket costs. It is banded on the distance from London to countries’ capital cities, with a reduced rate for economy class passengers. At Budget 2014, the Government announced a significant reform to air passenger duty to bring the cost of long-haul travel down to a uniform duty rate. From 1 April 2015 any country over 2,000 miles from London will fall into the […]

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Extra £2.5 million to help repair roads


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Via a Bucks County Council press release, welcome news on our roads, which are at last improving: Buckinghamshire will receive £2.5 million from the Department for Transport’s (DfT) £140 million road repair fund. This follows a bid by Buckinghamshire County Council in response to the DfT’s announcement on March 9 making the money available to highway authorities to help repair damage to roads caused by the recent storms and flooding. The County Council’s bid highlighted areas for repair following the recent […]

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Severe weather response by TfB


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Via Bucks County Council Eight Transport for Buckinghamshire teams have been dealing with severe weather call-outs since 6am today (Monday October 28). They have responded to reports of fallen trees in more than 100 locations (correct at Monday 10.45am) across the county. A road at Willow Bank, Denham, where a tree fell on telephone lines, has been closed for safety reasons. There has been one report of minor flooding and a fallen tree in Farnham Lane, between Burnham and Farnham Royal, which was […]

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Winter weather driving courses in Wycombe


Transport for Buckinghamshire is helping drivers prepare for winter weather. It is offering the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to drive more safely during the winter. Buckinghamshire can be prone to micro-climates, which means an unexpected variation from the surrounding conditions, and these are more frequent during the winter months. The Road Safety Team is offering a Winter Driving Workshop in partnership with STS Tyre Pros garages at Aylesbury, Chesham and High Wycombe during November. Workshops include a presentation by a […]

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Major road improvements start at Chapel Lane junction, 14 October


Works to improve the A40/A4010 Chapel Lane junction in Wycombe are set to start on 14 October 2013. Phase 1 of the works will divert or protect various utility equipment including electricity, gas and cable television. The works are required to enable the construction of the main project which is set to take place between February and May 2014. The works will impact on the flow of traffic due to some lane closures in place at times and Transport for Buckinghamshire seeks […]

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HS2 update: Treasury Committee calls for review of the economic case


The Treasury Select Committee has stated that the economic case for HS2 must be reassessed and updated before the Treasury signs off on the project. In its Latest Spending Round 2013 review the Committee said that, given the recent report by KPMG and published by HS2 Ltd setting out the regional economic impacts, the Treasury must produce its own economic case for HS2. The Committee wrote: The Treasury should not allow HS2 to proceed until it is sure the cost-benefit analysis for […]

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Heathrow – this price fixing must end


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Via BBC News – Heathrow Airport attacks regulator’s price-control plan: The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Thursday said that Heathrow’s yearly rise between 2014-18 should not be more than the retail price index (RPI). Prices can only bring supply and demand into balance if they are allowed to find their own level. If some government authority fixes prices, it is bound to create problems: we should not be surprised Heathrow is overcrowded and other airports struggle if prices for access […]

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New report: HS2 alternatives from the 51m Alliance


The 51m Alliance of nineteen local authorities opposed to HS2 (including Bucks County Council) have recently launched their ‘Alternative Investment Strategy’. It challenges the current DfT rationale of ‘capacity’ being the main reason for HS2 and proposes a comprehensive package of national investment in infrastructure to rebalance the nation’s economy. In its executive summary, 51M Alliance said: The local authorities in 51m are fully committed to investing in key infrastructure critical for the country’s future success. 51m has already set out […]

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HS2 update


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Earlier today, Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee released its latest report on the early programme preparation of High Speed Rail 2. The report draws into sharp focus the spiraling costs of the programme and the weak case for it: The Department for Transport has not yet presented a convincing case for the now £42.6 billion investment it is proposing to invest in High Speed 2. The estimates of costs and benefits are still far from finalised and the pattern so far […]

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£50bn UK road investment announced


The Government has announced a road investment programme up to £50bn over the next 10-15 years to deliver a world class road network: Action for Roads: A network for the 21st Century.  The Government believes that the proposals laid out in this paper represent the most radical change to the management of UK highways in nearly half a century, and the biggest investment in improvements since the seventies. The paper sets out what the next steps the Government has planned: […]

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