Crossrail needs even more cash to complete

London’s east-west Crossrail scheme needs even more money to be completed and will definitely not open in 2020, the project’s management has said.  Crossrail Ltd has advised that an extra £400m-£650m is needed for the central tunnel section between Paddington and east/southeast London, and the tunnel will not open until 2021.  Crossrail, or the Elizabeth Line as it will be known, had been due to open in December 2018 at a cost of £14.8bn. Last summer Crossrail Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TfL, revealed that more time and funding would be needed. The Government announced two additional funding packages last year, taking the cost to £17.6bn. This month’s announcement takes the cost above £18bn. In April this year Crossrail Ltd... continue

22 Nov 2019Local Transport Today News

First considers regional bus break-up

FirstGroup is preparing to sell its UK bus business as a whole or as three or four geographically-based businesses, company chief executive Matthew Gregory has revealed.  Updating analysts about the disposal last week, Gregory said: “It’s evident that the most likely way forward is... continue

22 Nov 2019Local Transport Today News
Parties appeal for votes with huge pledges on bus and rail

Parties appeal for votes with huge pledges on bus and rail

HS2 looks certain to be given the green light after the General Election with Labour, the Liberal Democrats and Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson all indicating their support for the project this week. The £88bn... continue

22 Nov 2019Local Transport Today News

Treasury issues terms for net zero review

The treasury has published the terms of reference for the review into transitioning to a net zero greenhouse gas emission economy by 2050.   The work will: analyse choices for how households, businesses and the taxpayer can contribute to different elements of the transition identify... continue

22 Nov 2019Local Transport Today News
Greens: No more new roads, no to HS2, and a 40mph speed limit

Greens: No more new roads, no to HS2, and a 40mph speed limit

The Greens would scrap HS2 and all road capacity projects, investing in upgrading existing railways instead, if the party formed the next Government. The Greens’ General Election manifesto also pledges to cut the default speed limit on... continue

22 Nov 2019Local Transport Today News
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Hydrogen potential for rail ‘limited’

Trains powered by hydrogen would “cannibalise” passenger space and potentially require capital investment to lengthen station platforms, Angel Trains warned last week.  The rolling stock leasing company (Rosco) told a National Assembly for Wales committee that while hydrogen trains... continue

22 Nov 2019Local Transport Today News
Review will give HS2 green light – reports

Review will give HS2 green light – reports

The Government-commissioned review of HS2 will recommend building the network in full, according to media reports.  A report on the BBC news website said last... continue

22 Nov 2019Local Transport Today News
Labour: electrifying rail, HS2 to Scotland, and a bus route fund

Labour: electrifying rail, HS2 to Scotland, and a bus route fund

Restoring axed bus services, a rolling programme of rail electrification, and construction of a high-speed rail network all the way to Scotland, are among Labour’s manifesto pledges for the General Election on 12 December.    As with the... continue

22 Nov 2019Local Transport Today News
Lib Dems back HS2 and £4.5bn for buses

Lib Dems back HS2 and £4.5bn for buses

The Liberal Democrats promise a £4.5bn fund for bus services, a major programme of rail electrification, and a big increase in spending on... continue

22 Nov 2019Local Transport Today News

Findings ‘will be hard for politicians to ignore’

Citizens’ assemblies could persuade local politicians to take bolder actions such as introducing road pricing, the academic who served as an expert advisor to the Cambridge assembly suggested this week.  “This might be a significant new approach to decision-making where politicians... continue

22 Nov 2019Local Transport Today News

Capital’s bus operators back call for franchising elsewhere

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Three london bus operators have backed a new report calling for bus franchising to be implemented across cities in England.   The report by charity Centre for Cities was sponsored by operators Abellio and supported by Metroline and Tower Transit.  Centre for Cities says the Government and... continue

22 Nov 2019Local Transport Today News

Slide DRT trialled in London

Public transport operator RATP Dev has launched its on-demand ‘Slide’ minibus service in the London Borough of Ealing in a 12-month trial in partnership with Transport for London. RATP first launched Slide in Bristol in 2016 but withdrew the service late last year, saying: “Our... continue

22 Nov 2019Local Transport Today News
Growing interest in Central London walking network plan

Growing interest in Central London walking network plan

Central London streets could be transformed into attractive pedestrian routes under proposals to create a Central London Walking Network connecting major visitor attractions, railway stations and parks. London Living... continue

22 Nov 2019Local Transport Today News

Camden rules out changing traffic flow

The London Borough of Camden has ruled out reversing the one-way vehicular traffic flow in a scheme that has given more space to cyclists. The Torrington Place/Tavistock Place corridor scheme between Tottenham Court Road and Judd Street was implemented in November 2015 using an experimental traffic... continue

22 Nov 2019Local Transport Today News

Brent to open bus lanes to P2Ws

The London Borough of Brent looks set to allow motorbikes and other powered two wheelers to use all bus lanes in the borough, after declaring the success of a trial on the A404 Harrow Road. Officers said no complaints had been received about the A404 scheme implemented last March, and five fewer... continue

22 Nov 2019Local Transport Today News

Bike hire for Royal Docks

Transport for London is procuring a trial cycle hire scheme featuring just two docking stations for the Royal Docks in east London. The Greater London Authority will fund all upfront capital costs but will not provide any funding for operation and maintenance.... continue

22 Nov 2019Local Transport Today News

‘Growing interest in zero emission zones’

Transport for London is reporting growing borough interest in establishing zero emission zones (ZEZs) in which all fossil fuel vehicles are banned.  The mayor’s transport strategy recommends that TfL and boroughs should create town centre zero emission zones from 2020 and a central... continue

22 Nov 2019Local Transport Today News

NO2 concentrations fall 3 per cent a year

Concentrations of nitrogen dioxide and nitrogen oxides fell by an average of about 3 per cent a year at monitoring sites in the 2010s, according to a survey by Air Quality Consultants.  A team led by AQC’s Professor Duncan Laxen assessed data from 112 monitoring sites for the period 2005... continue

22 Nov 2019Local Transport Today News

BSI prepares private parking code

Private car park operators in England, Scotland and Wales may be required to give motorists up to a ten minute grace period before issuing an overstay fine under a new industry code being prepared by the British Standards Institution. A ten-minute grace period was introduced for all council car... continue

22 Nov 2019Local Transport Today News

FTA forms van working group

The Freight Transport Association has set up a van policy working group comprising 41 leaders within the sector to discuss key policy compliance issues. Elizabeth de Jong, the FTA’s director of UK policy, said the group would “provide a vital mouthpiece for the industry with government,... continue

22 Nov 2019Local Transport Today News

MPs press DfT on moving traffic offence powers

The House of Commons transport committee has asked transport secretary Grant Shapps to clarify the Government’s position on giving English councils outside London the power to enforce moving traffic offences. Local authorities in England have long campaigned for the Government to implement... continue

22 Nov 2019Local Transport Today News

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