20’s Plenty For Calderdale Campaign Launches

Activists for 20 mph speed limits for residential roads, without speed bumps or other physical calming, have launched a Calderdale campaign.

Myra James, the 20’s Plenty for Calderdale lead activist, said,

“Experience from areas which have 20mph speed limits shows that this brings 22% fewer casualties and means a 12% reduction in fuel use – which also reduces pollution and climate change gas emissions

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Support campaign to place West Coast main line back in public ownership

Action For Rail together with the TUC Going to Work are campaigning to place the West Coast railway line in public ownership. They are asking people to write to their MP about this.

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The state has successfully run the East Coast main line as a public service for the last two years, following the failure of two private franchises. Now the West Coast franchise is in a mess and costing the taxpayer £40m.

Going to Work says:

The Department for Transport has announced a review into the details of the West Coast franchise and a further general review into the future of franchising. But the Secretary of State has made clear that public ownership will not even be considered as an option.

The government will be extending Virgin’s current franchise up to a year and then holding not one but two further franchise bidding rounds for West Coast, all in order to keep the service in private hands.”

They urge people to write to their MP supporting the West Coast mainline return to public ownership.

Electric car and bike hire schemes launch

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People were keenly interested in the launch of two new electric vehicle hire schemes in St George’s Square today.   Ride+electric assist bikes for hire Electric bike hire is now available in the Calder Valley, from Hebden Bridge Alternative Technology Centre. … Continue reading

FixMyTransport website for solving public transport problems

If you have problems with poor public transport, you can use FixMyTransport website to report them to the transport operator.

You can use this site to contact any transport operator in the UK – the FixMyTransport admin people will send your message direct to the transport operator’s Customer Services department. They put your message online, too. That way, others can read your problems, and offer support and advice. And you can share the online report with friends, twitter followers and other passengers with the same problem, to help build a campaign.

FixMyTransport says the process works:

 “Take a look at some of our recently fixed problems and find out why our users are saying:

Hebden Bridge & Tod bus services changes from Sunday 24th June 2012.

You can download the new  West Yorkshire Metro timetable (PDF file) for Hebden Bridge & Todmorden here.

Here’s WY Metro info that The free bus service has been extended to 29th June for all journeys on Hebden Bridge services A, B, C. D & E and Todmorden services T1, T2, T3, T4, T5 T6, T8 & T9FlexiBus services 1 & 2 and service 906, because of the recent poor service during the transition from the Tyrer Bus contract.

If you have problems with poor public transport, you can use FixMyTransport website to report it to the transport operator. You can use this site to contact any transport operator in the UK – the website admin people will send your message direct to the transport operator’s Customer Services department. They put your message online, too. That way, others can read your problems, and offer support and advice.