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Local Transport Today
Letters to the editor
Gavin Smith, Bristol BS4
The ongoing Transport and Works Act Order inquiry into Bristol’s ‘Bus Rapid Transit’ scheme is coming up with more than the... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
Councils in the far south-west of England could team up to manage local rail services. Devon County Council has raised the possibility of creating... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
Dorset County Council has started trials of two electric buses on a route between Dorchester and the village of Poundbury. The Optare Solo SR... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
Speed cameras in Wiltshire could be switched back on two years after they were turned off. A council spokeswoman told LTT that a review is currently... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
Opponents  of a plan to ban heavy lorries from a key route across Bath are hoping transport secretary Justine Greening will intervene before the... continue
Local Transport Today
Letters to the editor
Jenny Raggett - Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, BA15
There isn’t any strategic planning any more,” a transport campaigner said to me recently. “Councils can just do what they... continue
Local Transport Today
Viewpoint
  Culham station in Oxfordshire is one of Britain’s most overlooked stations – by train drivers! The irregular stopping pattern of... continue
Local Transport Today
Lead Story
Balfour Beatty has been awarded the Highways Agency’s first Regional Technology Maintenance Contract (RTMC), covering the HA’s South West... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
The DfT this week authorised the construction of two local authority road schemes. Transport secretary Justine Greening granted final approval to... continue
New Transit
Rail News
James Dark
South West Trains and the DfT have agreed a deal for SWT to receive an additional 48 rail carriages, providing 2,400 extra seats during the morning... continue
New Transit
Rail News
James Dark
South West Trains and Network Rail today have announced the launch of a new deep alliance, the first of its kind to take forward recommendations... continue
Local Transport Today
People/people
Gemma Stern has been appointed travel plan project manager at South Gloucestershire Council. She owns Glide Consulting and is a former transport... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
Bath & North East Somerset Council this week became the latest local authority to approve plans for signed-only 20mph speed limits across all... continue
Local Transport Today
Lead Story
Sheffield City Council this week named Amey as preferred bidder for its £2bn highways maintenance project. Amey will take responsibility for... continue
Local Transport Today
Letters to the editor
Bristol’s BRT projects lost their ‘Rapid Transit’ qualities on their journey through the DfT’s approval process for major... continue
Local Transport Today
Letters to the editor
Gavin Smith, Bristol BS3
Peter Mann very reasonably defends bus rapid transit (BRT) for Bristol (ibid). As Bristol City Council’s relevant officer in charge he may feel... continue
New Transit
People
Stagecoach has confirmed senior management teams at its rail companies South West Trains and East Midlands Trains, with Mark Steward  appointed... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
Cornwall Council may have to increase its subsidy to Newquay Airport next year because of falling passenger numbers. The council-owned airport... continue
Local Transport Today
Letters to the editor
Peter Mann, Service director, transport, Bristol City Council, Bristol BS1
Gavin Smith’s relentless (LTT 02 Mar, 05 Jan & 02 Dec) and ill-informed attack on the rapid transit plans for Bristol and the West of... continue
Local Transport Today
Detail
The Bidders to run the Great Western, Thameslink and Essex Thameside rail franchises have been announced by the Government. The bidders for the Great... continue
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