Reforms loom for transport developer contribution regime

Reforms loom for transport developer contribution regime

Andrew Forster
17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

New transport model for the West Midlands

Local authorities in the West Midlands conurbation are preparing to commission a new strategic transport model.  The conurbation currently uses  PRISM (Policy Responsive Integrated Strategy Model). The contract to build, maintain and use it is held by Mott MacDonald and RAND Europe, and... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News
Vivarail bullish about D-train demand, despite fire setback

Vivarail bullish about D-train demand, despite fire setback

Peter Plisner

It was all going so well for Vivarail. A clever idea that... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today Features
Ciaburro to retire from Northants

Ciaburro to retire from Northants

Tony Ciaburro (pictured), Northamptonshire County Council’s corporate director for place commissioning, is to retire at the... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today People
Airline exec makes sales pitch for fast Luton rail link

Airline exec makes sales pitch for fast Luton rail link

On 3 February a call for more investment in the UK’s rail network came from a somewhat unusual source – a senior executive in the airline industry. “Passengers need fast, efficient public transport to... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today Media Monitor
Parking & Property: Building a better future for towns and cities

Parking & Property: Building a better future for towns and cities

Parking & Property 2017 8 June: 15 Hatfields, London Parking & Property is the only annual event dedicated to off-street parking. Over the past 6 years the conference has provided a forum for debate and sharing best practice among public and... continue

15 Feb 2017Parking Review Features
8 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News
Councillor issues ‘yellow cards’ to tackle verge parking

Councillor issues ‘yellow cards’ to tackle verge parking

Patrick McDonnell

A Colchester councillor is issuing football style... continue

7 Feb 2017Parking Review News

Didcot station to be relocated?

Proposals to relocate Didcot’s railway station closer to the new town centre have been published for consultation. The idea features in a draft masterplan for the town drawn up by South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District councils. They suggest building the new station about half a... continue

3 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News
TfWM sets out next steps for Swift and contactless ticketing

TfWM sets out next steps for Swift and contactless ticketing

Andrew Forster

Transport for the West Midlands (TfWM) has appointed... continue

3 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Birmingham bus lane enforcement

Birmingham City Council is to commence bus lane enforcement this summer on radial roads in the city. Ten enforcement cameras are being purchased for use on the A4128 Bordesley Green and the A5127/A38 Lichfield Road/Tyburn Road. The equipment is being procured using prudential borrowing, which will... continue

3 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Metro extension pulls in passengers

Passenger numbers on the Midland Metro line between Wolverhampton and Birmingham have risen 30% since the route was extended across Birmingham city centre from Snow Hill to New Street station last June, according to Transport for the West Midlands. Patronage in the seven months from June to... continue

3 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News
3 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Very Light Rail Centre business case prepared

A business case for a Very Light Rail (VLR) Innovation Centre and test track in Dudley should be finalised this spring.  The £28m centre would research and develop a new generation of lightweight train weighing less than one tonne per linear metre. “There is a lot of potential for... continue

3 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Coventry drops BRT plan and sets sights on Very Light Rail

Andrew Forster

Coventry City Council has dropped plans for bus rapid transit  (BRT) and instead wants to pioneer  lightweight rail technology known as Very Light Rail (VLR). The council and now defunct PTE Centro had been pursuing Sprint BRT proposals, including a route between the city and the proposed... continue

3 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

West Mids levy cut by 2.6%

The West Midlands Combined Authority has approved a 2.6% cut to next year’s transport levy, which funds the activities of Transport for the West Midlands (TfWM). WMCA says the levy reduction, from £124.83m this year to £121.54m in 2017/18, will not affect the delivery of any... continue

3 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Area travel plan for Solihull growth area?

An area-wide travel plan could be drawn up for the UK Central area of Solihull that encompasses developments such as the proposed HS2 Interchange station, Birmingham Airport, and the National Exhibition Centre.  Government company HS2 Ltd has committed to “use reasonable endeavours to... continue

3 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Fresh controversy about HS2 costs as Royal Assent nears

Andrew Forster

The Government’s hybrid Bill for the London-West Midlands high-speed railway should receive Royal Assent within the next few weeks after receiving its final reading in the House of Lords last week. But the controversy surrounding the project continues, with warnings that its costs could... continue

3 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News
West Midlands Rail new livery

West Midlands Rail new livery

Local authority company West Midlands Rail Ltd (WMR) has revealed the new livery for the West Midlands franchise,... continue

3 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Correction

In ‘DfT takes full devolution of West Mids rail off the agenda’ we said there were three bidders for the West Midlands franchise. There are now only two. MTR withdrew last year. ... continue

3 Feb 2017Local Transport Today Business Briefing
Resorts World Birmingham awarded Park Mark

Resorts World Birmingham awarded Park Mark

The car parks serving Resorts World Birmingham has obtained a Park Mark under the Safer Parking Scheme. Located at the National Exhibition Centre campus, Resorts... continue

31 Jan 2017Parking Review News

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