17 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News
Government to extend Blue Badge parking rights to people with hidden disabilities

Government to extend Blue Badge parking rights to people with hidden disabilities

Mark Moran

People with hidden disabilities could soon have greater access to Blue Badges... continue

22 Jan 2018Parking Review News
Celebrating the achievements of women in transport

Celebrating the achievements of women in transport

Mark Moran

The achievements of women working in the transport and logistics centre will be recognised by the FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards. Currently in its eleventh year, the awards are... continue

22 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News
KPMG study ranks Netherlands best prepared for self-driving revolution

KPMG study ranks Netherlands best prepared for self-driving revolution

The Netherlands is in pole position to make the transition to automated transport, reveals a new report from professional service company KPMG. It found that the Netherlands came top in a cross-section of 20 countries planning for self-driving vehicles. Using an Autonomous... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News

Car makers to blame for falling diesel sales, argues BBC

A significant drop (5.7%) in the number of new cars sold in 2017 and a huge fall in the number of diesel vehicles sold (down by 17.1%) attracted the attention of Theo Leggett, the BBC’s business correspondent, on 5 January. “It’s fair to say the steep decline in demand for diesel... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today Media Monitor
Transport secretary labelled ‘Failing Grayling’ after Carillion collapse

Transport secretary labelled ‘Failing Grayling’ after Carillion collapse

Rik Thomas

Although he remained in post after the Prime Minister’s cabinet... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today Media Monitor
Creating better streets: new advice to help us focus on outcomes, not jargon

Creating better streets: new advice to help us focus on outcomes, not jargon

It’s been (literally) years in the making, but the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation’s much-needed review of so-called ‘Shared Space’ has finally been published. Entitled Creating better streets: Inclusive and accessible places, the review marks an important... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today Comment
Road accident body should explore HGV collision record

Road accident body should explore HGV collision record

Philippa Edmunds Freight on Rail manager Campaign for Better Transport London N1

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19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Expanded road programme: a failure to learn from history

Elsa Woodward High Wycombe HP13

The new National Roads Fund, probably worth about £6bn a year and to be established in 2020, is to support improvements to the Major Road Network (MRN) and the Strategic Road Network (SRN) – a total of about 8,000 miles of road – paying for things such as bypasses, major junction... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Who will pay the price?

How the mighty have fallen. Four years ago, construction and support services company Carillion was bidding to merge with its larger but troubled rival Balfour Beatty. Yet on Monday Carillion itself was placed in liquidation. Commentators have criticised clients for awarding new contracts to... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Has Transport-Watch chief ever read his critics’ letters?

Malcolm Bulpitt Loose, Maidstone Kent ME15

I have come to the conclusion that your correspondent Paul Withrington appears not to read your Letters page even though he frequently features on it.  Yet again (LTT 05 Jan) he returns to his sixties-era proposal to convert railway rights-of-way to roads. On numerous occasions readers, who... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Prioritise better rail links between cities outside London

Tony Bolden Rustington, Littlehampton West Sussex BN16

Graham Nalty (Letters LTT 05 Jan) is right to highlight the discrepancies in travel between provincial cities/towns and journeys to/from London. Of course I recognise that the vast majority of rail journeys involve London – reflecting the capital’s importance as an administrative,... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Cars should be targeted by Clean Air Zone restrictions

Ray Wilkes Shipley West Yorkshire BD18

Many cities are now belatedly trying to tackle air pollution from traffic. However, the most popular approach is to only deal with the pollution from trucks and buses, presumably because this affects fewer voters (‘Leeds proposes charging Clean Air Zone’ LTT 08 Dec 17?&... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Lord Adonis - Model Routemastsr - Chris Grayling

Lord Adonis may have quit the National Infrastructure Commission but his campaign to see transport secretary Chris Grayling sacked for his handling of the East Coast rail franchise continues. Adonis’s complaint is that Grayling has let operators Stagecoach/Virgin off the hook for billions of... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today Comment
Everyone says transport is good for the economy. But does anyone really know?

Everyone says transport is good for the economy. But does anyone really know?

Steve Melia Centre for Transport and Society

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19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today Comment
Transport bodies grapple with demanding new data rules

Transport bodies grapple with demanding new data rules

Rhodri Clark

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today Features

Highways England launches tender for £8.7bn programme of enhancements

Andrew Forster

Highways England this week launched the tender process for a set of regionally-based contracts to deliver an estimated £8.7bn of major road improvements over the next six years.   Regional delivery integration partners (DIPs) – comprising contractors and their design consultants... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Road user experience & governance probed

A competition has been launched to develop ideas for how the user experience and governance of England’s road network could develop over the next 30 years.  The Rees Jeffreys Road Fund is inviting individuals and organisations to submit abstracts of up to 1,000 words on either topic. For... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News
£50,000 for winner of NIC’s roads of the future challenge

£50,000 for winner of NIC’s roads of the future challenge

Andrew Forster

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has invited... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News

£30bn road budget envisaged

Highways England hopes to receive about £30bn from the National Roads Fund over the five years of the next Road Investment Strategy period, a senior official has told LTT. Highways England’s budget for Road Period 2 (2020/21-2024/25) will be finalised in summer 2019 when the DfT... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News

Traffic Commissioner rules out CT inquiry

Community transport campaigners have welcomed a  traffic commissioner’s decision not to call a public inquiry into a Derbyshire community transport group’s use of Section 19 permits to operate contracts won through competitive tenders. A Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News

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