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Issue 661 - 28 November 2014: News
Upgrade A34 Soton-Midlands trunk road, Oxfordshire tells DfT

Upgrade A34 Soton-Midlands trunk road, Oxfordshire tells DfT
Andrew Forster

Oxfordshire County Council wants the Government to study major improvements to the A34 trunk road between the M40 and Southampton, the key road link from the midlands to the south coast port city.  Oxfordshire believes... continue

Road signage devolved to Holyrood

The Scottish Government is to be handed full powers over road traffic signs and speed limits as part of the devolution settlement announced by the Smith Commission this week. Holyrood will also receive powers enabling public... continue

Clegg announces major cash boost for cycling

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg announced a £214m boost for cycling this week at a cycle summit in Bristol. The Government will give £114m to the eight cities that have already received Cycle City Ambition... continue

News Analysis
Rewrite the rules for transport scheme appraisal, big cities tell ministers

Rewrite the rules for transport scheme appraisal, big cities tell ministers
Andrew Forster

Leaders of England’s biggest city regions joined forces this month to call for a fundamental change to how major transport investments in urban areas are appraised. Among those endorsing the call were London transport... continue

Pressure grows for air quality action following European court ruling
Andrew Forster

Last week’s ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union on an air quality case brought against the UK Government by environmental law firm  ClientEarth is, in some ways, a textbook legal judgment: even... continue

Media monitor
Transport spending urged to bridge north-south divide

Transport spending urged to bridge north-south divide
Rik Thomas

“Rail, road and bus spending is the way to bridge the north-south divide,” The Observer suggested on 23 November. “While London provides a model of integrated investment, elsewhere growth is slowed by... continue

Independent calls for rail competition

Shortly before the Government announced which bidder had won the right to operate the East Coast Main Line (p12), The Independent took up the theme of publicly-owned operators being allowed to compete with... continue

Johnson criticised over London air quality progress

“London must move faster on air pollution,” London transport blogger Dave Hill suggested on 23 November. “The UK needs to speed up improving air quality and the capital must take a stronger lead. “The... continue