Waze trial has reduced Blackwall Tunnel breakdowns, says TfL

Patrick McDonnell

A trial involving social navigation app Waze has resulted in a drop in the number of vehicles breaking down or running out of fuel in Blackwall Tunnel, according to Transport for... continue

12 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News
13 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News
DPTAC sets out measures to help people with mental impairments to travel

DPTAC sets out measures to help people with mental impairments to travel

Deniz Huseyin

Transport operators and councils must implement a range of measures to... continue

12 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News
British Parking Awards entry deadline extended to 8 January 2018

British Parking Awards entry deadline extended to 8 January 2018

The winners of the British Parking Awards 2018 will be revealed at a gala ceremony held in London during March by the comedian Lucy Porter. The competition is free to enter and, as is now traditional, the deadline for submissions has been extended to... continue

12 Dec 2017Parking Review News

Academies wrong to make hi-vis and helmets compulsory, says Cycling UK

Patrick McDonnell

Academy schools that insist pupils wear helmets and hi-vis gear while cycling are discouraging active travel, says Cycling UK. The charity says the rules have been introduced at schools in Coventry, St Albans and Surrey. These policies are at odds with the line taken by the Department for... continue

12 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

PATROL launches latest round of the Parking Annual Reports by Councils Awards

Mark Moran

PATROL’s annual search for the best parking report produced by a local authority is underway. The Parking Annual Reports by Councils (PARC) Awards recognise best practice by local authority parking teams in communicating with the public and other key stakeholders. Reports will be judged by an... continue

11 Dec 2017Parking Review News
Fast online appeals management is here... and it works

Fast online appeals management is here... and it works

Iain Worrall

Historically, the Traffic Penalty Tribunal (TPT)... continue

11 Dec 2017Parking Review Features
P is for PATROL, parking and partnership

P is for PATROL, parking and partnership

Louise Hutchinson

Parking and Traffic Regulation Outside London (PATROL) has 310 member local authorities from across England and Wales.... continue

11 Dec 2017Parking Review Features
PATROL: Preparing for tomorrow’s parking world

PATROL: Preparing for tomorrow’s parking world

Cllr Jamie Macrae

The principal objective of PATROL (Parking and Traffic Regulation Outside London) is to provide independent adjudication to its member... continue

11 Dec 2017Parking Review Features
Let’s look to the future

Let’s look to the future

Caroline Sheppard

When I was interviewed in 1992 to be the very first parking adjudicator... continue

11 Dec 2017Parking Review Features
Why do we charge for parking?

Why do we charge for parking?

Nick Lester-Davies

The economics of parking are very complex because we are at the interface between what... continue

11 Dec 2017Parking Review Opinion
Independent Appeals Service reviews year of challenges to PCNs issued  on private land

Independent Appeals Service reviews year of challenges to PCNs issued on private land

Almost 17,500 appeals against parking charges issued on private land were heard by the Independent Appeals Service (IAS) last year. The service provides motorists with independent redress in matters concerning the issue of a private parking charge by members of the International Parking Community’s Approved Operator Scheme. The appeals... continue

11 Dec 2017Parking Review News
The International Parking Community sets out its vision for the future

The International Parking Community sets out its vision for the future

Parking operators are increasingly engaging with motorists in the digital domain, and this is something that their representative bodies will also have to do. This was a key message delivered by the International Parking Community (IPC) at its 2017 annual conference.  IPC... continue

11 Dec 2017Parking Review Features
Is security being sidelined in smart parking services?

Is security being sidelined in smart parking services?

Ken Munro

Smart parking aims to make finding and paying for a... continue

11 Dec 2017Parking Review Opinion
New commission needed to involve public in infrastructure, says report

New commission needed to involve public in infrastructure, says report

A new report has argued that the government should create a new commission to involve the public in major infrastructure projects. The absence of a national strategy for infrastructure has serious implications, says the independent Institute for Government (IfG) in its report... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News
Housing boosts: £25m fund for local authorities and 'borrow to build'

Housing boosts: £25m fund for local authorities and 'borrow to build'

Housing and planning minister Alok Sharma has announced that the Planning Delivery Fund is open for bids. An initial £11 million will be available to bid for as the government aims to have 300,000 homes a year built. The Planning Delivery Fund prospectus... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News
Guardian abandons pro-bike stance to criticise dockless hire schemes

Guardian abandons pro-bike stance to criticise dockless hire schemes

ON 24 NOVEMBER The Guardian suggested that the “future of dockless bicycles [is] under a cloud amid concerns there are too many bikes and not enough demand”. The article in which this suggestion was put forward made little reference to the situation in the... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today Media Monitor

A tale of two bodies

Setting up a new organisation can be an exhilarating experience, and one that brings great rewards, but it does not come without risk and the contrasting fortunes of the National Infrastructure Commission and the Transport Systems Catapult illustrate the point well.  The NIC, led by the... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Reversing the Beeching cuts – a fool’s errand

Paul Withrington Director, Transport-Watch Northampton NN2

The announcement that the Government has aspirations to reverse the Beeching cuts has a silver lining: thankfully funds will not be available. After all, lines qualifying for the appellation ‘community railway’ often carry no more than a one or two-car train every couple of hours. Even... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Transport planning: problem-solving not trend planning

Stephen Plowden London NW1

David Metz attributes the decline in airline passengers between Japan and the UK to market maturity (‘Past performance is no guide to future performance in air passenger forecasting’ LTT 24 Nov).  I would like to agree with him, but isn’t it more likely that this decline is... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today Comment
New Sustainable Development Scorecard will ‘remove ambiguity’ from proposal assessment

New Sustainable Development Scorecard will ‘remove ambiguity’ from proposal assessment

Iceni Projects and the Sustainable Development Commission have launched the Sustainable Development Scorecard; a new free online tool that will ‘remove the ambiguity’ from the National Planning Policy Framework’s (NPPF) definition of sustainable development. The Scorecard is free and has been designed so that it can be used... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

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