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Issue 668 - 20 March 2015: News
Blow for travel plans as court rules monitoring fees are illegal

Blow for travel plans as court rules monitoring fees are illegal

Questions have been raised about the future of travel plans for new developments after a court ruling that local authorities in England cannot require developers to pay fees towards the administration and monitoring of... continue

TfL builds 270-strong cycle team and cycle modelling capability

Transport for London has outlined the steps being taken to strengthen its staffing and evaluation capabilities to meet mayor Boris Johnson’s cycling vision.  Lilli Matson, TfL’s head of strategy and outcome... continue

Leeds named shared transport pilot

The Government has selected the Leeds city region to pilot shared transport initiatives including measures to expand car clubs and a smartphone app providing an integrated mobility account.  The city region is to be... continue

Canary Wharf ‘won’t challenge bike superhighway’

The threat of a judicial review against Transport for London’s flagship east-west cycle superhighway was receding this week, after it emerged that Canary Wharf Group will not challenge the go-ahead for the... continue

News Analysis
Transport sector has further to travel to make intelligent mobility a reality

Transport sector has further to travel to make intelligent mobility a reality
Deniz Huseyin

The UK’s intelligent mobility sector is being hindered by gaps in the open data available, according to a report commissioned by the Transport Systems Catapult. These gaps must be plugged if the UK is to become a... continue

Media monitor

Branson and Prescott clash over alleged ‘horrors’ of rail franchise ownership
Rik Thomas

On the day that a consortium of Virgin Trains and Stagecoach took over the running of the East Coast Main Line from the Government, The Telegraph’s assistant business editor, Ben Marlow, interviewed Virgin founder Sir... continue

Standard berates mayor over ‘toxic’ air

On 5 March London’s Evening Standard announced on its front page (pictured below) that: “London’s pollution shame was today laid bare by shocking new figures revealing that its citizens are breathing the... continue

Cambridge debates 20mph speed limits

20mph speed limits were front page news in Cambridge last week as the 20’s Plenty conference took place in the city. “Cambridge is often the centre of polarised debate, and so it is with the proposed widening of... continue

Independent comes down against new ‘misguided’ car parking guidance

After describing Eric Pickles, the secretary of state for communities and local government, as “politically astute”, an editorial in The Independent on 7 March added that: “Given the disproportionate scale... continue