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Covid-19 leaves programme of Clean Air Zones up in the air

Covid-19 leaves programme of Clean Air Zones up in the air

Andrew Forster

The future of England’s clean air zone (CAZ)... continue

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Experts offer roadspace reallocation guide

An offer of quick and easy-to-use technical support to local authorities charged with recasting urban streetspace to meet new statutory guidance in the light of Covid-19 has been sent to transport secretary Grant Shapps by a group of professional representatives co-ordinated by Urban Design Group... continue

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DfT’s re-shape streets edict: weeks, not months, to deliver change

Robert Huxford

We recognise this moment for what it is: a once in a generation opportunity to deliver a lasting transformative change in how we make short journeys in our towns and cities.” This is Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps’ message in the foreword to the statutory guidance on... continue

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Local authorities share how they are responding

Juliana O’Rourke

Local authorities have, in recent weeks, been responding to calls for action regarding street and road space transformations in the light of the pandemic restrictions and changes in traffic levels and travel behaviour. LTT’s online discussion last week heard that, despite some lack of clarity... continue

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Byford is TfL’s new commissioner

Byford is TfL’s new commissioner

London’s new transport commissioner will start work at the end of June in the midst of  the Government’s... continue

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Government leads review into TfL’s finances and structure

Government leads review into TfL’s finances and structure

The Government has launched a review of Transport for London’s financial position and structure.  The review is one of the conditions of the funding deal struck between ministers and mayor Sadiq Khan to keep TfL... continue

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Fares reinstated on capital’s bus passengers

Transport for London is reinstating a requirement for bus passengers to pay fares on London buses.  Free travel was introduced in late April when TfL implemented middle door boarding to reduce the risk of bus drivers contracting Covid-19 (LTT 01 May). Most card readers are located by the front... continue

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New £254m grant to restore bus services back to normal

Andrew Forster

The DfT this week announced a £254m 12-week fund to restore bus services in England outside London to normal as Covid-19 restrictions are eased.  The Covid-19 Bus Service Support Grant Restart (CBSSG Restart) funding will cover the losses that operators incur by restoring normal services... continue

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Ministers ‘must fund extra school travel costs’

The Government must fund the additional costs of providing school transport during Covid-19 social distancing, the Urban Transport Group has said.  The UTG wants the Government to meet the “full additional costs resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic on the provision of transport to... continue

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More councils warn of Covid cash crunch without extra aid

More councils warn of Covid cash crunch without extra aid

More councils in England have warned of financial distress unless the Goverment comes up with further funding to cover their additional costs and income losses from Covid-19.  The Government has already provided... continue

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Social distancing policies on the buses

Bus operators are introducing a range of measures to ensure social distancing on vehicles.  FirstGroup is providing drivers with manual counters to record passengers alighting. When complemented by ticket machine data about boardings, drivers will know when the social distanced capacity limit... continue

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Review grant rules, says LGA

Councils in  England should be given freedoms on spending Government grants for transport and economic development because of Covid-19, the Local Government Association has said. LGA chairman James Jamieson has written to Simon Clarke, the MP for regional growth and local government, setting... continue

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Job loss fears for Gatwick area

The area around Gatwick Airport in West Sussex could be one of the worst hit by mass unemployment because of Covid-19, local authorities have warned. In a letter to Chancellor Rishi Sunak, the local councils and local enterprise partnerships cite a report from the Centre for Cities think tank... continue

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DfT releases first £45m of £250m fund

Local authorities in England this week received notification of their indicative allocations from the first £45m of the DfT’s £250m budget for active travel schemes.  Of the total £250m, £225m is being provided directly to local transport authorities and London... continue

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London: Park Lane traffic lanes cut from three to one

London: Park Lane traffic lanes cut from three to one

Transport for London has defended its installation of a temporary cycle lane and a bus lane along Park Lane, leaving just one of the three northbound lanes of the busy thoroughfare open to general traffic. The... continue

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Operators struggle to commit funds to electric bus town bids

Operators struggle to commit funds to electric bus town bids

Bus operators may be unable to give cast-iron commitments to provide match-funding in the DfT’s All-Electric Bus Town competition because Covid-19 has wrecked their investment programmes.  The funding competition will see... continue

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Ealing prepares plan to halve transport CO2

The London Borough of Ealing has promised “bold” actions to more than halve carbon dioxide emissions from transport by 2030.  A draft strategy to achieve net zero status by 2030 projects transport emissions coming down from more than 250,000 tonnes a year today to about... continue

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Country’s battery electric car strategy is ‘doomed to failure’

Andrew Forster

The Government’s push to electrify road transport is based on naivety, the undue influence of the Committee on Climate Change, and a lack of engineering expertise within Government, an academic has said.  Professor Michael Kelly, the former chief scientific adviser to the Department for... continue

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CCC touts scrappage scheme to boost EVs

A scrappage scheme to replace fossil fuel cars with battery electric versions should be considered as part of the UK’s Covid-19 recovery programme, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has said.   CCC chief executive Chris Stark raised the idea at the final meeting of Climate Assembly... continue

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Motorway rapid EV charging plan

Every motorway service area in England will have at least six rapid electric vehicle chargepoints in place by 2023, the DfT has said. The chargepoints will be funded by a rapid charging fund announced in the Budget in March. Some service areas will have ten to 12 of the 150-350kW chargepoints, all... continue

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