Williams promises revolution in rail structure

Major reforms to how Britain’s railways are governed will be recommended by the Williams Review this autumn. In a speech last week, Keith Williams said: “I have been frank with the DfT about the scale of change required – including a different role for the DfT – to create a customer-focused industry. It is on board with the direction we’re heading in. The secretary of state has challenged me to deliver revolution not evolution. And the DfT’s permanent secretary, Bernadette Kelly, has spoken openly of her and her department’s appetite for change, recognising that the DfT has become too immersed in delivery. She understands that tinkering at the edges will not be credible. The Government will have to step back from the railway. “What comes... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News
UK to benefit from infrastructure research and innovation

UK to benefit from infrastructure research and innovation

Data is playing an increasingly important part in the drive towards infrastructure which is better designed, planned, better value and more sustainable whilst underpinning productivity, health, and education. This is where the... continue

22 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News
Britain’s first climate assembly agrees action on housing, transport and green space with local council

Britain’s first climate assembly agrees action on housing, transport and green space with local council

Britain’s first climate Citizens Assembly completed its sessions this weekend, outlining a plan that lists the carbon-cutting measures they want their district to put in place in order to manage climate change. The 'wishlist', as The Guardian called the outcome, will be considered by the council as it draws up an environment action plan for 2020. The outcome of the assembly will be closely watched by... continue

22 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News
Liverpool City Region's advanced digital infrastructure to support vital energy and transport projects

Liverpool City Region's advanced digital infrastructure to support vital energy and transport projects

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region (LCR), has announced plans to make the Liverpool City Region the most digitally connected in the country, underpinning ambitious projects to improve vital energy, transport and digital communications infrastructure. LCR will build on its existing assets: the transatlantic internet cables connecting the UK, North America and the rest of the world... continue

22 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News
Run EV charging cables over footways, Hants tells residents

Run EV charging cables over footways, Hants tells residents

Andrew Forster

Hampshire County Council is advising electric car owners... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News
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Grayling throws a spanner in STB plans for statutory status

Grayling throws a spanner in STB plans for statutory status

England’s non-statutory sub-national transport bodies (STBs) are preparing a joint response to the DfT after transport secretary Chris Grayling told them he does not want to create more statutory STBs at this time. Transport for... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Concerns voiced about TfSE’s powers

Some of Transport for the South East’s constituent authorities have expressed concern about the powers that it?is seeking, should it become a statutory sub-national transport body. TfSE is consulting stakeholders  on acquiring a wide range of powers when it becomes a statutory body,... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News
Average speed cameras set to help deliver air quality goals

Average speed cameras set to help deliver air quality goals

Rhodri Clark & Andrew Forster

Average speed cameras are to be installed in England and... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

DfT road safety action plan

The Government has announced a two-year review of roads policing and traffic enforcement, as part of a wider road safety action plan. The review will be jointly funded by the DfT and Highways England, and conducted with the Home Office and the National Police Chiefs’ Council. A call for... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Speed cams urged to halt street racing

Councillors in the London Borough of Enfield want London mayor Sadiq Khan to commit to install average speed cameras on the A10 Great Cambridge Road in order to discourage illegal street racing. Public Space Protection Orders have already been introduced to prevent large gatherings of people in... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Highways safety and standards body urged

The Government should set up a Highways Safety and Standards Board to provide road safety guidance to local authorities, sub-national transport bodies and Highways England, the Road Safety Foundation says in a report this week.  The Foundation says a survey of 30 local authorities found that... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Essex explores mini-CAZ

Essex County Council and Basildon District Council are exploring how to bring NO2 concentrations down below legal limit values. The Government originally ordered the two councils to develop a clean air action plan for a section of the A127. Essex this week published a speed limit order?to reduce... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Future High Streets fund shortlist

The Government has shortlisted more than 50 areas from across England for a share of the £675m Future High Streets Fund to revitalise town centres. Proposals include better transport access and converting retail units into new homes. Each of the shortlisted council-led proposals will now... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

DfT invites bids to station access fund

The DfT has invited the rail industry to bid for a share of £20m for small-scale improvements to make rail stations across Britain more accessible to disabled people. The funding will pay for measures such as tactile paving, handrails and ‘Harrington Humps’ that increase platform... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

DfT rejects moving traffic offence plea

The DfT has once again ruled out local authority requests for moving traffic offences outside London to be decriminalised. Local authorities in Greater Manchester requested the power as part of their clean air plan proposals. But environment minister Thérèse Coffey told them this... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News
Impact of stations on house prices probed

Impact of stations on house prices probed

The price of a house in London is on average £42,900 higher if located 500 metres from a station compared with a similar property located 1.5km from a... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News
Berkeley alleges cover up at HS2, as MD?of phase 1 quits

Berkeley alleges cover up at HS2, as MD?of phase 1 quits

Andrew Forster

A peer has accused the Government of covering up the... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Enhancements pipeline worries NR

Network Rail has expressed concern about the lack of transparency for rail enhancement projects in control period 6 (2019/20-2023/24), and the impact this is having on the industry supply chain. Recently released minutes of NR’s May board meeting state: “The board asked to see the... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Consultation opens on Crewe station revamp

Cheshire East Council is to launch a consultation next week on plans for a major enhancement to Crewe station and its surroundings to capitalise on HS2 serving the town.  The council wants to develop a business district around the station, together with 3,700 new homes and retailing.  A... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Heartland’s 11 road priorities for DfT cash

England’s Economic Heartland has revealed the 11 road schemes it will submit to the Government’s Major Road Network and Large Local Majors funding pots this month. But it has ignored the DfT’s request that the list be prioritised.  The shadow sub-national transport body will... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

New homes and most car parks must have EV chargers – DfT

Andrew Forster

The DfT is consulting on plans to mandate the installation of electric vehicle charging points in new homes in England and require at least one charging point in car parks with more than 20 parking spaces.  The proposals are aimed at furthering the Government’s ambition to electrify... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

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