Smart parking will be key to London's e-scooter trial – analysis shows how it could be implemented

Smart parking will be key to London's e-scooter trial – analysis shows how it could be implemented

Juliana O'Rourke

E-scooter rental will be available in London from spring 2021, thanks to a new trial announced this week. Transport for London (TfL), London Councils and London's boroughs are working together on plans for a trial of rental e-scooters in the capital. This trial aims to promote safety... continue

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19 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News
Polls to cut through active travel ‘noise’

Polls to cut through active travel ‘noise’

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has told councils to conduct opinion surveys to cut through the “noise” generated by active travel schemes, such as... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News
Transport projects to benefit from £4bn Levelling Up Fund

Transport projects to benefit from £4bn Levelling Up Fund

Andrew Forster

The Chancellor this week  announced a new... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

John Dales

John Dales

Half full, or half empty?

As friends of mine have kindly observed from time to time, when it comes to my innate optimism, hopefulness and sanguinity (look...

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today Comment

Hendy review floats idea of a UK strategic transport network

Sir Peter Hendy has invited evidence to inform his Union Connectivity Review for the Government, which is considering how better transport links between the UK’s four nations can promote economic prosperity and improve the quality of life. One of the issues that the review is keen to hear... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News
The members of Hendy’s review team

The members of Hendy’s review team

The government has named the four members of the Union Connectivity Review team who will support its chairman, Sir Peter... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Vandals damage LTN traffic counters

Vandals have damaged automatic numberplate recognition (ANPR) cameras and traffic counting equipment installed in the London Borough of Hackney’s low traffic neighbourhood  (LTN) residential street closure schemes.  Jon Burke, Hackney’s cabinet member for energy, waste,... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News
Clock ticking for fossil fuel cars

Clock ticking for fossil fuel cars

Sales of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned from 2030, the Prime Minister has announced, though sales of new hybrid cars and... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Ford creates research fund to study e-scooter use in the UK

Ford-owned e-scooter company Spin has launched a  £100,000 UK micromobility research fund.  The funding will pay for researchers to analyse the behaviour of e-scooter riders and the challenges and opportunities for integrating e-scooter use into the urban infrastructure. The first... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Online manual for road safety audits

A new online road safety audit manual has been launched by the Society of Road Safety Auditors, part of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation. The resource has been developed specifically to assist those either new to road safety audit or not involved in road safety audit on a... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Road safety data for MPs’ consistencies

The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety has launched a website presenting road safety data broken down by parliamentary constituency across Britain. The Constituency Road Safety Dashboard, built by Agilysis, uses casualty data from  2015 and 2019. Users can filter results in... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

DfT prepares e-bike funding plan

The DfT has given details of a forthcoming programme to support e-bikes.  A spokeswoman told LTT: “We are confirming that a national programme of support to increase uptake of electric bikes will be developed, which could include loans, subsidies, or other financial incentives, with a... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Road code change concerns PACTS

The Government’s plan to require drivers to give way to pedestrians waiting to cross a side road could create new safety hazards unless supported by markings such as zebra crossings, says the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety. The DfT published a consultation on changes to... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

DfT’s automated driving plan premature, safety bodies warn

The DfT’s plan to permit automated driving on motorways next year is premature and represents a safety risk for road users, road safety organisations have said. The comments come in response to the DfT’s call for evidence on the use of automatic lane keeping system (ALKS) technology... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Connected vehicle demonstration urged

The government should support  a large-scale demonstration project to promote the use of connected vehicle data for traffic management, consultants have told the DfT. The Department commissioned Atkins and Jacobs to identify how connected vehicle data can be exploited. Connected vehicles are... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Action plan to advance MaaS

An action plan for improving  transport data exchange for applications such as Mobility as a Service (MaaS) has been recommended in a report by the British Standards Institution for the DfT.  The BSI identified more than 1,200 standards that have some bearing on system interoperability... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

TfL launches tender for capital to join the e-scooter movement

Trials of e-scooter rental are up and running in many parts of England under the Government-backed programme. E-scooter operators have been clamouring for a London trial, not only because the capital is a potentially lucrative market but because a scheme in the world city is expected to do wonders... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News
England’s coronavirus travel restrictions to be relaxed

England’s coronavirus travel restrictions to be relaxed

A limited recovery in travel demand across England is expected from 2 December when the national Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, that have been in place since 5 November, end.    Under the national... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Treasury ‘stalling on flexi season tickets’

The Treasury is reportedly trying to slow down the introduction of flexible season tickets for rail travellers that would be valid for, say, three days travel in a week. The Times said the Treasury “wants an indefinite delay to the introduction of flexible season tickets... which are a... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

EV owners association created

A new company has been set up to represent the interests of electric vehicle owners in England. The Electric Vehicle Association is a community interest company and will launch to members early next year. Visit  www.evaengland.org.uk... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

NIC asked to study carbon capture

The Treasury has asked the National Infrastructure Commission to provide recommendations on technological solutions to removing greenhouse gases  from the atmosphere. The Treasury says that, in order to achieve the net zero target for greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, “it may be the case... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

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