Gatwick station upgrade progress

A planning application to upgrade Gatwick Airport rail station has been submitted to Crawley Borough Council. The application proposes almost doubling the size of the concourse, new escalators, widening platforms 5 and 6, and a new roof. Network Rail says funding parties will make a final decision on the project in the autumn. A positive outcome would allow construction to begin in 2019, with completion in 2022. The project has been stalled because of a dispute over funding (LTT 07 Jul 17). In a report for ministers last summer, rail manager Chris Gibb said the project had £120.5m assigned to it in Network Rail’s control period 5. “Since the original concept was developed, the specification and costs have risen significantly, but have not been matched by the budget,... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
Independent appeals service to hear penalty rail fare cases

Independent appeals service to hear penalty rail fare cases

Patrick McDonnell

Rail passengers issued with a penalty fare now have... continue

17 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
Free off-peak bus travel safe in England for 'foreseeable future'

Free off-peak bus travel safe in England for 'foreseeable future'

Patrick McDonnell

Senior citizens and the disabled will see their free off-peak... continue

17 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
New targets aim to double use of biofuels in transport sector

New targets aim to double use of biofuels in transport sector

Patrick McDonnell

New biofuel targets are designed to double the use of... continue

17 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

PTAL scores – out of date, and misleading too

Dan Saunders Basemap Guildford GU2

I strongly agree with the calls from London boroughs for Transport for London’s PTAL methodology to be refined (ibid).  There seems to be an over-reliance on PTAL in London and too much importance given to this outdated scoring methodology. All a PTAL measure is currently showing is the... continue

17 Apr 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Treasury will hold purse for rail upgrades

The government’s new pipeline approach to rail enhancements in England and Wales will see the Treasury make final decisions on individual rail enhancements.  The pipeline approach, explained by the DfT last month (LTT30 Mar), will see projects approved on a case-by-case basis, replacing... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
DfT reviews airport surface access funding

DfT reviews airport surface access funding

The DfT is reviewing funding arrangements for surface access improvements to airports, and asking who should own the roads and railways that serve airports – the... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

New rideshare service up and running in central London

Via, the New York ride sharing start-up, has launched its ViaVan service in London.  ViaVan is a partnership with Mercedes, which invested $50m in Via last year. ViaVans are hailed using the Via app and operate in London’s travelcards zones 1 and 2.  They will charge a flat rate of... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
Corbyn pledges free bus travel for under 25s in franchise areas

Corbyn pledges free bus travel for under 25s in franchise areas

Andrew Forster

A Labour Government would fund free bus travel for under 25... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

DfT gives free bus pass more protection

The Government has amended legislation to protect free off-peak bus travel for over 65s and people with a disability in England. The English national concessionary travel scheme was introduced in 2007. The legislation that provides the scheme has now been amended so that it no longer needs to be... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

No clarity on CP5 projects

Network Rail did not receive the expected clarification last month from the DfT about the status of enhancement schemes in England and Wales that were originally programmed for Control Period 5 (2014/15 to 2018/9). The Control Period 6 strategic business plans published by Network Rail routes in... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Explain low cost estimate for HS2 phase one, Berkeley asks Grayling

Phase one of HS2 will end up costing taxpayers more than twice as much as official estimates, according to a new assessment. Quantity surveyor Michael Byng believes the London to West Midlands route will cost £51bn in 2015 prices, compared with the £24bn in 2013 prices quoted by the... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

FirstGroup rebuffs Apollo

FirstGroup’s board has rejected a takeover bid from US private equity firm Apollo Management, saying it “fundamentally undervalues the company and is opportunistic in nature”. Aberdeen-based FirstGroup revealed that it had been the subject of the offer after its share price rose... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Carplus Bikeplus to rebrand

Mobility organisation Carplus Bikeplus is to rebrand as CoMoUK next month.... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Car club for East London residents

Residents of a new housing development in the London Borough of Newham will be given three years membership of a car club and £50 of driving credits under a Section 106 agreement proposed by the council. East Ham Regeneration Ltd and BDW Trading are promoting a mixed use development featuring... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

HE’s framework spending

Highways England has revealed how much it paid each consultant on its specialist professional and technical services (SPaTS) framework in 2017.  The payments for each of the framework’s six lots were:  1. Technical consultancy, engineering advice, research and innovation: Arup... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Overseas bidders join franchise hunt

The DfT has granted rail franchise bidding rights to a further three overseas public transport operators: Italy’s Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori, Spain’s state-owned Renfe and France’s Transdev. UKIP transport spokeswoman Jill Seymour said just a third of operators eligible to bid... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
Tech magazine promotes trams as public transport for the future

Tech magazine promotes trams as public transport for the future

Rik Thomas

Strong backing for the tram as an efficient mode of public... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today Media Monitor

Uber’s bike hire buy hailed as start of major expansion

The news that taxi firm Uber is to buy an electric bike hire firm called Jump prompted some analysis of what appeared to be something very like Mobility as a Service in the media, although the term MaaS did not seem to have been used by the papers. Victoria Fritz, the BBC transport’s... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today Media Monitor

More criticism over vagueness of Heathrow proposals

Following criticism in The Times of a lack of detail in the current plans for the expansion of Heathrow Airport (Media Monitor LTT 30 Mar), Andy Slaughter, Labour MP for Hammersmith, added his voice to the argument against expansion in an article on the Labour List website. “The publication... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today Media Monitor
Grimshaw still on the trail to make Britain a cycling nation

Grimshaw still on the trail to make Britain a cycling nation

Geoff Dudley

For over 40 years John Grimshaw has been at the forefront... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today Features

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