Safety systems to be tested on London buses

patrick McDonnell

New safety technology including automatic braking and audible warning systems are to be tested on buses in London in a trial run by the Transport Research Laboratory.  Engineers and technical specialists will work with Transport for London (TfL), bus manufacturers and operators to trial a range of safety measures. The results of the trials will feed into a new Bus Safety Standard that will be incorporated into bus operator contracts from the end of 2018. TfL has also published a report on Intelligent Speed Assistance after a trial in 2016. Bus operators will be required to fit the technology, which limits the speed at which buses are able to travel, from the end of this year. This forms part of Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan’s ‘Vision Zero’ approach to road danger, set... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News
Cyclist convicted of GBH after fatal collision with pedestrian

Cyclist convicted of GBH after fatal collision with pedestrian

Mark Moran

A cyclist who knocked over and killed a 44-year-old woman in... continue

23 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News
LGA calls for more funding and powers to tackle traffic congestion

LGA calls for more funding and powers to tackle traffic congestion

Patrick McDonnell

The average British motorist wastes £968 and spends nearly... continue

23 Aug 2017Parking Review News
Welsh police forces ask for dashcam footage of dangerous driving

Welsh police forces ask for dashcam footage of dangerous driving

Patrick McDonnell

Police forces across Wales will now accept... continue

23 Aug 2017Parking Review News
Ford launches car and van scrappage scheme

Ford launches car and van scrappage scheme

Patrick McDonnell

Ford has launched a car and van scrappage scheme that enables UK motorists to make savings of up to £7,000 on some new... continue

23 Aug 2017Parking Review News

Rail passengers paying more and more but seeing less day-to-day spending, says The Telegraph

Lee Baker

The Telegraph has thrown down a marker to the Chancellor who is under pressure to stop scheduled rail fare increases with an article that outlines how passengers are paying more and more, but seeing less day-to-day spending, with busy commuter lines suffering the most. The article cites figures... continue

21 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News
Awards to celebrate cycle-rail champions

Awards to celebrate cycle-rail champions

The 2017 National Cycle-Rail awards is now open to nominations. The event, hosted by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) and sponsored by Cyclepods, recognise... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News
Islington fined £70k for parking appeals data breach

Islington fined £70k for parking appeals data breach

Mark Moran

Islington Council has been fined £70,000 by... continue

18 Aug 2017Parking Review News
Sharp rise in NY cyclists linked to roll-out of bike lanes

Sharp rise in NY cyclists linked to roll-out of bike lanes

Deniz Huseyin

The number of New Yorkers regularly making bike journeys... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Not such a giant killer?

Researchers in political science have long studied why some troublesome conditions languish in the shadows and then, almost overnight, become matters of utmost public importance. The quality of the UK’s air is a suitable example. Air pollution, for years a low profile topic, has been... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today Comment

The public wants freight off the roads and onto rail

Philippa Edmunds Freight on Rail Manager Campaign for Better Transport London N1

The Government should follow Transport Scotland’s lead in funding rail freight upgrades on economic and environmental grounds in its forthcoming Statement of Funds Available for Network Rail, due in October (‘Scotland sets out rail gauge requirements’ LTT4 Aug). Customer demand... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Immediate action needed on community transport ruling

Martin Allen Bus and Coach Association Mansfield NG19

Immediate action needed on community transport ruling Following the DfT’s announcement on the Section 19/22 permit issue, I write to make the following comments (‘Authorities review community transport contracts after ruling’ & ‘Community transport braced for upheaval... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today Comment

No new bike hire schemes launched.. this week!

Something must be wrong: a fortnight has passed without news of a new dockless bike hire start-up hitting the streets. Or perhaps we just haven’t been paying attention. Fear not, however, for news reaches us of another launch – again in London – very soon. ... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Highways England cuts number of annoying motorway messages

Highways England chief executive Jim O’Sullivan tells LTT this week that the company has reduced the number of public information messages displayed on variable message signs after research showed they “annoy people”. HE’s minimalist policy is most apparent to drivers using... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today Comment
­­­Will self-driving cars really be a cure-all for transport problems? Don’t be silly

­­­Will self-driving cars really be a cure-all for transport problems? Don’t be silly

Iain Reeve

Whenever we talk about autonomous vehicles, a little alarm bell goes off in my head.... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today Comment
O’Sullivan steers England’s highways to a brighter future

O’Sullivan steers England’s highways to a brighter future

Andrew Forster

The management of England’s strategic road network... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today Features

Grayling approves Barking rail link

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has approved Transport for London’s Transport and Works Act Order application to build a two-and-a-half mile railway to serve the Barking Riverside housing development in east London. London Overground’s Gospel Oak to Barking services will be extended... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

‘Rethink capital bus network’

Outer London’s bus network should be remodelled with more express and orbital routes, as well as feeder routes that connect into trunk services, the London Assembly’s transport committee has said.   The committee says expanding outer London bus routes should be a “key... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

HE outlines clean air research programme

Highways England is exploring the practicality of building canopies over major roads in pollution hotspot areas.  “We are investigating if we can reduce the costs to construct a canopy, which is a tunnel-like structure designed to prevent vehicle emissions reaching our neighbours, to... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

DfT issues CAV cyber security principles

Key principles for ensuring cyber security for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) have been published by the Government.   “As vehicles get smarter, cyber security in the automotive industry is becoming an increasing concern,” says the guidance, prepared jointly by the DfT... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News
Mobility as a Service: multiple visions of a brave new world

Mobility as a Service: multiple visions of a brave new world

When I was invited to write the first Annual Survey of Mobility as a Service in the UK I was intrigued.  Could you really survey something in such an early state of development? We currently only have one single ‘full’... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today Features

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