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Autumn Statement: huge investment in transport

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a new National Productivity Investment Fund of £23 billion to be spent on innovation and infrastructure over next five years.

Setting out his first Autumn Statement, Mr Hammond said the fund will "directly contribute" to raising Britain's productivity.

The new funding commitments include an additional £1.1bn of investment in English local transport networks.

Details of allocation are yet to emerge - so it is not yet clear how the West Country will actually benefit, and no guarantees that this extra funding will come our way.

However, a hint dropped by the Prime Minister to a South West MP could mean that the West Country is likely to receive more support for its rail infrastructure.

It was a timely announcement - the region is still suffering from a 48 hour disruption on the trains to and from the South West after a spate of bad weather caused flooding and debris on rail routes.

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Smart cards for park and ride buses launch in Bath

A trial for people to be able to buy multi journeys on Park and Ride services with smart card is being launched in Bath today Credit: ITV Westcountry

A trial for people to be able to buy multi journeys on Park and Ride services with smart card is being launched in Bath today.

Bus operator First wants the travel cards to be used like Oyster cards - used in London's underground - in the future.

It means commuters will be able to top up the cards like an electronic purse and will get savings on journeys.

Bristol Mayor backs relaunched bus ticket

I am delighted that First Bus are reintroducing their popular short-hop £1 fare. I hope this bodes well for future announcements about their fare structure following the consultation exercise underway, as I will do anything I can to help make public transport more affordable. The consultation is open until the end of June, and I urge everyone in their city to have their say."

– George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol

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First Bus 'listens' to passengers

The company is relaunching its popular 'Three Stop Hop' ticket on Sunday (12 May).

Passengers will be able to travel short distances of no more than three stops within Bristol's zones 1 and 2 for £1.

The operator says it follows widespread public requests during a week of fare consultation road-show events.

The operator says it follows widespread public requests during a week of fare consultation road-show events.

First Bus is 'reviewing' its fares within the City of Bristol, following a campaign led by a local passenger and the Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson.

Train operator to cut number of announcements on trains

First Great Western is to cut the number of announcements on its trains. The company is the main rail operator in the Westcountry.

By the end of this month, it will have re-trained one thousand staff to keep announcements relevant and to the point. Passengers have said many are annoying, pointless and repetitive.

Even Transport Minister Norman Baker has urged train operators to curb "excessive" announcements.

Train operator to cut number of announcements on trains

First Great Western is to cut the number of announcements on its trains. The company is the main rail operator in the Westcountry.

By the end of this month, it will have re-trained one thousand staff to keep announcements relevant and to the point. Passengers have said many are annoying, pointless and repetitive.

Even Transport Minister Norman Baker has urged train operators to curb "excessive" announcements.

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