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The Better Places Network Digest, Issue 48 - The latest planning and policy news from the fields of active travel, public health, safety, urban realm and air quality. Also see our permanent newsletter link in Useful Links menu.

Driving change: how hydrogen can fuel a transport revolution

Reinventing Transport podcast: Multi-modal transport - Todd Litman explains how and why.

Our buses aren't good enough - Better Buses for Greater Manchester petition to Mayor Andy Burnham. YOU CAN SIGN IN SOLIDARITY if you live outside of Greater Manchester; you don't have to be a Mancunian to express your support!

Video of Transport Select Committee inquiry into the health of the bus market, Tuesday 30 October 2018.

Bus firms pay fat cats £1.5 BILLION - while prices go up 55% and routes are axed - Mirror article.

Paul Baker (outgoing TWPTUG Secretary) submits 2018 AGM report to the Transport Select Committee's inquiry into the decline of Britain's bus services. See pages 5-7 and the conclusion on page 19.

Fall in local UK bus journeys to 12-year low prompts talk of crisis.

Second council signs cleaner air charter.

Electric vehicles and pavement clutter - read Living Streets' response to the Prime Minister's announcement of measures to support the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs).

Guardian view on climate change: a global emergency - Editorial

UNICEF UK anti-pollution campaign - "EVERY CHILD'S BREATH UNDER THREAT, LET'S CHANGE THAT". Please sign the petition on their website. Thank you!

The UK’s most congested cities and A-roads revealed.

Transport gap: London gets £419 more per head than north of England.

Police chief reveals Metro fears as youths armed with booze 'cause chaos' at the coast.

Several French cities have made public transport free, working on the same principle as Ken Livingstone's 'Fare's Fair'. See map for the towns in France where you can travel around for free.

Guardian Opinion by John Vidal: Air pollution is a lethal blight that shames our politicians.

Labour launches rare bid to dock Transport Secretary Chris Grayling's wages by £2,400.

MPs launch inquiry into DfT bidding process after East Coast Mainline franchise failure. Transport Committee inquiry started 21 May 2018.

Grayling plans to put utilities under pavements to cut potholes.

Nexus timetable consultation 2018 results [PDF].

£4m 'rapid charging' vehicle points in place for Newcastle and Sunderland.

Government 'protects' free bus pass but LGA decries funding gap.