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17 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News
DfT urged to sort out ‘mess’ of emission-based traffic zones

DfT urged to sort out ‘mess’ of emission-based traffic zones

Andrew Forster

Motoring and freight bodies this week demanded Government... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

NAO criticises DfT for HS2 management

The National Audit Office this week censured the DfT and HS2 Ltd for their poor management of the HS2 project. The NAO’s report, released as LTT closed for press, says the project is over budget and behind schedule because the DfT, HS2 Ltd and wider government have underestimated the... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News
Steer sets ball rolling on new rail tunnel under the Irish Sea

Steer sets ball rolling on new rail tunnel under the Irish Sea

Andrew Forster

The consultant who was instrumental in putting HS2 on the... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

TfL invites freight innovation bids

Transport for London is inviting bids to London FreightLab, a programme to promote innovative freight projects in the capital. Ideas must be submitted by 5 February. FreightLab will offer funding, land, and expertise during the pilot stage for up to six projects. Ten organisations are supporting... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News
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EV charging puzzle at business premises

The Government needs to help find a way to make it easier for businesses to install electric vehicle charging facilities at their premises, according to the Freight Transport Association. Natalie Chapman, the FTA’s head of urban policy, told LTT that funding the upgrade to electricity... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

Manual for Streets 3 mooted

The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) is in talks with the DfT about refreshing Manual for Streets and Manual for Streets 2.   The likelihood is that the CIHT and DfT will collaborate on a new version, Manual for Streets 3, incorporating developments since... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

Lack of CAZ autopay irks FTA

The Freight Transport Association has voiced frustration at the Government’s decision not to provide an account-based autopay facility for clean air zone charges.  The Government is creating a national payment portal for all charging CAZs in England, simplifying the payment process. But... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

Scrapping HS2 ‘will inflate project costs’

Cancelling HS2 will push up the cost of all future major Government infrastructure projects because contractors will build in additional risk premiums to their tender prices, the rail industry warned this week.  The message comes in a letter to the Prime Minister ahead of the Government making... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

North East opposes extra London trains

Local authorities in northeast England are calling for no change to the way track capacity between Newcastle and Northallerton in North Yorkshire is allocated when a new timetable is introduced in December 2021. The two-track line between Newcastle and Northallerton, north of York, currently... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

Waterloo remains busiest station

London Waterloo retained top spot as Britain’s busiest rail station in 2018/19, according to statistics compiled by consultant Steer for the Office of Rail and Road. The total number of passenger entries and exits at Waterloo was estimated to be 94.2 million. Birmingham New Street is the only... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

Islington spends £122k on ULEZ fees

The London Borough of Islington spent more than £122,000 on ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEZ) charges for its own vehicles in the first eight months of the scheme’s operation from April to November last year.... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

Routemaster fare dodgers tackled

Transport for London is to make the rear and middle doors of the New Routemaster buses exit-only in order to reduce fare evasion. It estimates that fare evasion on the vehicles is costing £3.6m a year, with fare dodging more than double the rate seen on other designs of bus. A trial of... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News
Commons citizens’ assembly meets to discuss net zero

Commons citizens’ assembly meets to discuss net zero

Andrew Forster

The first meeting of the House of Commons’... continue

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24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

Crossrail tunnels update

The central London tunnel section of Crossrail between Paddington and Abbey Wood should open in summer 2021, Crossrail Ltd has said in a project update.  Crossrail Ltd expects to launch intensive operational testing of the central section, known as trial running, this autumn. This will see... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

Capital cuts back car club EV chargepoints

Fewer electric vehicle charging points are being installed for car club bays in London than originally proposed, Transport for London has revealed. The installation of chargepoints for car clubs is one of four workstreams in the capital’s £13.2m Go Ultra Low City Scheme (GULCS) funded... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

Hillingdon eyes bike hire expansion

The London Borough of Hillingdon wants to expand the coverage of the Santander Cycles dock-based bike hire scheme that operates at Brunel University, Hillingdon Hospital and in Uxbridge town centre. “This scheme is one of the most well-used schemes of its kind in the country with each bike... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

Active travel facilities for MRN schemes

The DfT is reviewing additional information about active travel and buses received from local authorities bidding for Major Road Network (MRN) and Large Local Majors (LLM) scheme funding. Sub-national transport bodies submitted funding bids last summer. The DfT subsequently contacted promoters of... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

Camden identifies dockless parking sites

The London Borough of Camden has commissioned consultants to identify places suitable for dockless bike hire parking, in advance of the proposed London-wide byelaw for dockless vehicles (LTT 20 Dec 19).  Camden has already struck memoranda of understandings with two dockless operators, Lime... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

TfL expands coverage of AI traffic sensors

Transport for London is to install traffic sensors that use artificial intelligence to detect and classify road users at a further 20 locations in central London.  TfL has worked with London tech firm Vivacity Labs to trial the sensors at two locations on Millbank. The equipment uses... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

FirstGroup may withdraw plan to sell UK bus businesses

Andrew Forster

FirstGroup could abandon the sale of its UK bus businesses and instead sell off its North American businesses.  The company has appointed advisors to review all options for the North American businesses, which will allow the board to compare the merits of selling them off versus selling off... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

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