‘Government should take MaaS opportunities’

THE UK appears to have stalled in delivering “full scale” Mobility as a service (MaaS) schemes, states a new report. Some trials have lost momentum while seeking further funding, with both “spectacular failures” and “slow declines”, says the Third Annual Survey of MaaS in the UK 2019/20. The survey discovered that the adoption of new transport modes has been “slower and more erratic than anticipated”. Trials have highlighted “how hard it is for new technologies to be adopted and gain traction (at least without massive and long term investment)”. While ‘full scale’ schemes have stalled in the UK, elements of MaaS are emerging, with platforms that are “trying to make the leap from being a single service to... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

MPs to look at case for road pricing

A national debate is needed on whether road pricing could help plug the shortfall caused by sharp falls in Fuel Duty and Vehicle Excise Duty, the House of Commons Transport Committee has stated. It wants to see discussions start now ahead of an inquiry into road pricing, which will be announced in... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News
National Bus Strategy pledges extra £200m for local services

National Bus Strategy pledges extra £200m for local services

Deniz Huseyin

Chancellor Sajid Javid has announced a National Bus... continue

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Green spaces: measuring their impact on health and wellbeing for citizens

Green spaces: measuring their impact on health and wellbeing for citizens

Cities are busy places and green spaces can provide a space of calm or a place to exercise, somewhere to meet friends or enjoy nature. Green spaces also improve air quality and sequester carbon, making our lives better and healthier.  At the same time, within the public sector, the... continue

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DfT remains vague over rail enhancements schedule

DfT remains vague over rail enhancements schedule

Rhodri Clark

The DFT is not saying when it will publish its pipeline of rail enhancement schemes, more than six months into Network Rail’s Control Period... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Long delay on review of VAT for transport projects

Rhodri Clark

HMRC has not yet completed a review started in 2017/18 of VAT charges for major transport projects. Some transport infrastructure bodies have been setting aside large amounts of money pending the outcome. Government bodies can recover VAT on goods and services in an agreed list but not on others.... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News
Thinktank calls for road usage tax to cover lost fuel revenue

Thinktank calls for road usage tax to cover lost fuel revenue

A system of road pricing should be introduced to combat traffic congestion and compensate for the £28bn loss of revenue from fuel duty as the country makes the transition to electric vehicles, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News
Self-driving trial runs ‘more smoothly than expected’

Self-driving trial runs ‘more smoothly than expected’

2A?one-week demonstration of autonomous vehicles on roads around Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford, East London, went more smoothly than expected, according to the consortium behind the project. During the first... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Flintshire County Council

Strong public support for greater local government involvement in buses in England has been indicated in two recent surveys, one of which was commissioned by Abellio. Abellio, a subsidiary of Dutch national rail operator NS, operates no buses in Greater Manchester but commissioned ComRes to conduct... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Transport Summit

The future of the UK’s transport system will be discussed at the 4th Local Transport Summit taking place in Bradford on 28 – 29 November. Speakers include the DFT’s Stephen Fidler; Nicola Kane at Transport for Greater Manchester; and Elizabeth Hunter from West Yorkshire Combined... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Study reveals 25 ‘good bus territories’

Without radical changes to bus policy and more funding for services, it is “highly likely” that the decline in bus use will continue, a new study has warned.  The Urban Transport Group (UTG) found that even areas outperforming their “intrinsic bus potential” have been... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Motorway fatalities up by 19%

The number of people killed in road traffic accidents on Great Britain’s motorways in 2018 rose by 19% to 92, in comparison with the previous year, new data from the DfT says. The total number of fatalities on the roads, at 1,671, was approximately unchanged from the previous year, due... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News
New road maintenance model for strategic routes in East of England

New road maintenance model for strategic routes in East of England

Highways England is to take charge of routine maintenance and the delivery of strategic routes in the East of England. This continues the roll-out across England of the Asset Delivery operating model, introduced in 2016, which so far covers the East Midlands,... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News
Strike the right balance when regulating mobility apps - ITF

Strike the right balance when regulating mobility apps - ITF

Deniz Huseyin

Regulation of app-based mobility services should be... continue

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Uber app offers transport into

Ride-hailing platform Uber has announced that it is to begin offering users of its app information on public transport and other transport options such as bicycles and scooters, as well as its original taxi service. The company has also announced that it is to consolidate its food delivery service... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Network Rail to roll out free WiFi across stations

Free wifi will be available at all mainline stations in Great Britain by spring 2021, Network Rail has announced. The roll-out of free WiFi across Network Rail’s 20 stations will begin at London Victoria next year.   Passengers cited free WiFi as one of the key improvements that would... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Severn M4 traffic rising

Westbound traffic on the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge was almost 20 per cent higher in July this year than in July 2018, before tolls were removed. Monthly statistics from Highways England show that from March to August inclusive, westbound vehicle numbers were between 16.4 per cent and 19.5 per cent... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Four train operators to sue DfT

Four train operating companies – Stagecoach, Virgin Trains, SNCF and Arriva – are taking the Government to the High Court, alleging that former transport secretary Chris Grayling breached his duties under English and EU law over how he conducted train franchise competitions.  At... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today Business Briefing

CAF wins Birmingham tram deal

Public transport vehicle manufacturer CAF has won an order to supply 21 catenary-free trams – with an option for a further 29 – for Birmingham. The contract has been awarded by the West Midlands Combined Authority, the organisation that manages transport and economic development in the... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today Business Briefing
CBT backs national bus strategy

CBT backs national bus strategy

Commenting on the announcement by the Government that a national bus strategy is to be developed, Darren Shirley, chief... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today Media Monitor

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