Murphy masterminds TfL’s plan to play on the world stage

Murphy masterminds TfL’s plan to play on the world stage

Two years ago Transport for London created a stir by announcing plans to set up a consulting and international operations unit. Sadiq Khan had actually championed the... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

Treasury announces £200m for buses

The Chancellor Sajiv Javid has promised more than £200m of extra funding for buses in England next year. Details of the funding are still to be announced. The Treasury said the cash would “transform bus services, making best use of technology and promoting... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News
Sixty-year appraisal ‘too short to capture all of HS2’s benefits’

Sixty-year appraisal ‘too short to capture all of HS2’s benefits’

Andrew Forster

HS2 Ltd wants to test a new appraisal method that it thinks will... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

EV test procedures ‘exaggerate battery range’

Electric vehicle battery range test procedures produce much higher mileages than are typically achieved in real world conditions, researchers have warned.  Engineering and testing consultancy HORIBA MIRA says there are “drastic differences” in the reported and actual range of... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

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John Dales

Pavement parking: all the rage

Last Sunday, I was walking through my home town and I was struck afresh – almost literally – by a number of vehicles...

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today Comment
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Newham to trial cargo bikes for weekly shop

The London Borough of Newham wants to launch a cargo-bike hire service targeted at residents doing their weekly shop.  Newham principal policy officer Steve Tennison told councillors: “The transportation of bulky goods (such as a weekly shop) is very challenging by sustainable means.... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

Support net zero target or face legal action, councils told

Andrew Forster

ClientEarth has threatened  legal action against 100 English local authorities if they don’t put their areas on a credible path to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions through their Local Plans.  The environmental law charity has written to each council developing a new Local... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

Electric & hydrogen deckers for London

Two London bus routes will become the first in the UK to use only electric double-deck buses this autumn. Route 43 runs from Friern Barnet to London Bridge Station and the 134 runs from North Finchley bus station to Tottenham Court Road. The vehicles are being built by Leeds-based Optare and the... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

Bridge ban for vans angers FTA

The Freight Transport Association has criticised the decision that only cars and buses will be allowed over Hammersmith Bridge following repair works. Denise Beedell, policy manager for vans and urban, said: “The FTA is calling for TfL and Hammersmith & Fulham Council to allow – at... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

Climate chief slams climate ‘extremists’

The secretary-general of the World Meteorological Organisation has attacked climate activists such as Extinction Rebellion, describing them as  “extremists” who distort science.  Petteri Taalas, a Finn, told Talouselämä magazine in his native country that the climate... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

MPs urge pavement parking controls

The Government should simplify the process for banning pavement parking in England outside London, the House of Commons transport committee has said.  The committee says that, in the long-term, legislation banning pavement parking should be introduced, with a method for exempting areas that is... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

Hounslow takes forward workplace parking levy, and plans a second scheme

The London Borough of Hounslow is pressing ahead with a plan for a workplace parking levy (WPL) in part of the borough, despite opposition from employers. It is also to start work on plans for a levy in an adjoining part of the borough. Hounslow consulted last winter on a proposed WPL for the... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

Cost of rail re-opening study doubles

The cost of development work for a passenger service over the freight-only Brentford to Southall railway has almost doubled, the London Borough of Hounslow has reported.  Hounslow says Network Rail originally estimated that the cost of the Grip 3 (option selection) and Grip 4 (single option... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

20mph for Ctl London main roads

Work will begin before the end of the year to cut the speed limit on 5.5 miles of central London’s Transport for London Road Network (TLRN) from 30mph to 20mph. TfL this month said it would press ahead with the plans as it published the results of a consultation. It also announced that it... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News
Boroughs’ conflicting goals shape West London cycle route

Boroughs’ conflicting goals shape West London cycle route

Andrew Forster

The complexity of planning new cycle routes across... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

HS2 cycle network wins cash

The DfT has announced £20m for 22 improvements to the National Cycle Network in England, including sections of what was dubbed the HS2 Cycleway.  Schemes include re-routing the Fylde coastal path to become traffic-free between Blackpool and St. Anne’s; creating a new pedestrian and... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

Drivers evaded £46m of tolls on Dartford Crossings last year

Rhodri Clark

Non-payment of electronic tolls at the Dartford Crossings cost taxpayers almost £46m in 2018/19, the DfT has revealed. The loss is lower than in 2017/18 but the DfT explains that write-offs in 2017/18 were exceptionally high because they included a “legacy” of debts from soon... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

All-lane running findings alarm AA

The AA has raised more concerns about the safety of all-lane running (ALR) sections of motorway after uncovering a Highways England report that found it took an average of 17 minutes to detect a broken down vehicle in a live lane if there was no stationary vehicle detection (SVD)... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

Wildlife net gain policy costed

The Government is commissioning research to assess the impact that proposed new biodiversity laws will have on the cost of building different types of infrastructure. Ministers have pledged to enshrine the principle of ‘biodiversity net gain’ into law via the forthcoming Environment... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

‘End London vs rest of UK debate’

London mayor Sadiq Khan has called for an end to the narrative that pits the capital against the rest of the country on matters such as transport spending. Khan’s comments follow last month’s report from think tank IPPR North saying that London continued to receive much more transport... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

Developer funding guidance

The government has published new guidance on planning obligations and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) in England, explaining the implications of recent amendments to regulations.  One change removes the previous restriction on pooling more than five planning obligations towards a... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

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