15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

Operators may be forced to offer CO2 offsets

Transport operators could be compelled to offer customers the option to offset the carbon dioxide emissions of their journeys under a proposal being explored by the Treasury. The Chancellor Philip Hammond raised the prospect in his spring statement this week. The Treasury said: “To give... continue

15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

Treasury consults on infrastructure finance

The Treasury is consulting on the future of infrastructure financing and funding, including what should happen if the UK withdraws from the European Investment Bank (EIB), and the contribution of private finance. The EIB is the lending arm of the EU and has lent £118bn to the UK since 1973.... continue

15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

DfT relaunches road technology forum

A dormant forum for the road transport technology sector is being relaunched this month with funding from the DfT. Darren Capes, the DfT’s intelligent transport systems policy lead, said the Transport Technology Forum would “serve the roads technology sector, acting as a conduit between... continue

15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

DfT consults on pothole actions

The DfT is consulting on increasing the length of guarantee on utility firms’ roadworks from two years to five and introducing new asphalt standards, to keep roads pothole-free for longer. The guarantee requires utility companies to return a road surface back to normal if a pothole forms on a... continue

15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News
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Appoint a freight czar, business tells Khan

Business organisations have urged London mayor Sadiq Khan to appoint a freight commissioner for London.  The call came as Transport for London published a freight action plan, outlining the measures being taken to manage freight and its environmental impacts.   The idea of a freight... continue

15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

Eleven boroughs share £53m for ‘Liveable Neighbourhoods’

Deniz Huseyin

Eleven London councils will share £53m from Transport for London for projects to make their streets more people-friendly.  The grant has been awarded in the second phase of the Liveable Neighbourhoods programme, which attracted 22 bids.  The winning bids comprise a range of projects... continue

15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

Lunchtime streets progress

The City of London Corporation has revealed more detail of its plan to ban vehicle movements on some streets at lunchtime, making them safer for walking and cycling (LTT 16 Mar 18).  The initiative will be piloted on St Mary Axe, a street with high concentrations of pedestrians, cyclists and... continue

15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

MPs launch probe into road safety

The House of Commons transport committee has announced an inquiry into the Government’s  road safety policies. Committee chair Lilian Greenwood said: “In 2017, almost 1,800 people died in road traffic accidents on the UK’s roads. While there are far fewer fatalities than... continue

15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

DfT releases 20mph background report

The DfT has published supporting technical appendices to its 20mph research study published last November (LTT 23 Nov 18). They are available at http://tinyurl.com/ycm4aqju... continue

15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News
Impact of ride-hailing apps on public transport ‘marginal’ – TfL

Impact of ride-hailing apps on public transport ‘marginal’ – TfL

Andrew Forster

New mobility services such as ride hailing apps have had only a... continue

15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

NIC’s connectivity analysis released

The National Infrastructure Commission has published a discussion paper on transport connectivity, explaining the connectivity measures developed by Prospective Labs to inform last summer’s National Infrastructure Assessment. Transport connectivity discussion paper is available at... continue

15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

We’re unblemished by Brexit, so leave EU lobbying to us – UTG

The government should let big city transport authorities represent British interests in European transport policy because they aren’t tarnished by Brexit, says the Urban Transport Group.  “In the medium-term it looks likely the UK will still have to abide by new EU rules on... continue

15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

Young people’s travel probe

The National Infrastructure Commission’s young professionals panel is to research how generational shifts are altering the demands placed on UK infrastructure. The work will focus on the trends associated with ‘Millennials and Generation Z’ – that is, people born between... continue

15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

Tube dust probed

The London Assembly’s environment committee has sought more information from Transport for London about the problem of particulates on the Tube network.  Committee chair Caroline Russell has written to TfL’s director of health, safety and environment, Jill Collis, about the... continue

15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

Transport actions for health profiled

Transport and land-use policies to reduce air pollution and improve public health are discussed in a new evidence review published by Public Health England. Review of interventions to improve outdoor air quality and public health is available at http://tinyurl.com/y5dngny... continue

15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

‘Rethink community transport’

Councils and community transport operators should take steps to increase the journeys by fare-paying passengers on community transport, a leading bus commentator has suggested. Roger French, former managing director of Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company, spoke after it emerged in a traffic... continue

15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

Sutton to promote e-bikes

The London Borough of Sutton is exploring opportunities to increase the number of e-bikes in the borough. Sutton plans to engage with e-bike dockless hire operators such as Lime, Jump and Zoov to gauge their interest in launching a scheme. Lime launched dockless e-bike schemes in Brent and Ealing... continue

15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News
‘Auction rights to deliver EV rapid chargers’

‘Auction rights to deliver EV rapid chargers’

The government should hold auctions for electric vehicle charging concessions just like the auctions used to allocate bandwidth between mobile phone networks, according to a new... continue

15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

Crossrail 2 delivery could slip into the late 2030s, says NIC

Andrew Forster

The earliest opening date for London’s Crossrail 2 project appears to be slipping into the late 2030s, the Government’s National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has said.  Crossrail 2 would provide a new line across central London, connecting Network Rail lines in the south-west... continue

15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

Barking Riverside rail extension costs rise

Transport for London has confirmed a cost rise to the Barking Riverside rail extension.  Last autumn TfL warned that the tender process for the construction contract was indicating that additional funding might be needed (LTT 09 Nov 18).  At the time, the project had a published cost of... continue

15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

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