FirstGroup completes roll-out of  contactless ticketing across bus fleet

FirstGroup completes roll-out of contactless ticketing across bus fleet

First Bus has become Britain’s first large operator to offer contactless payment on all of its vehicles, and believes that data from its digital technology will strengthen its hand in discussions with local... continue

28 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News
CEO attacked by street gang in Birmingham

CEO attacked by street gang in Birmingham

A civil enforcement officer was dragged off his moped and assaulted by a gang of youths on a Birmingham street. The attack on CEO Charlie Weston, who works for... continue

6 Oct 2018Parking Review News

Three teens arrested after Birmingham car-jackings

Three teenagers were arrested following a car-jacking and two attempted car robberies in the space of 30 minutes in Birmingham last month. West Midlands Police officers flooded the Lozells area on 23 September after thieves drove off in a man’s Ford Fiesta having snatched his keys through an... continue

6 Oct 2018Parking Review News
West Midlands Police uncovers 'chop shops'

West Midlands Police uncovers 'chop shops'

West Midlands Police uncovered two ‘chop shops’ in which stolen cars are dismantled in the space of an hour last month. Seven people were arrested by West... continue

6 Oct 2018Parking Review News
Neville heads to Milton Keynes for OCS Group

Neville heads to Milton Keynes for OCS Group

Jade Neville has become parking services manager for OCS Group in Milton Keynes. Her new role involves the running and maintenance of parking enforcement provision in the... continue

6 Oct 2018Parking Review News
Cemplas opens new regional office

Cemplas opens new regional office

Car park structure refurbishment specialist Cemplas has opened a new regional office covering the Midlands and North. The new... continue

6 Oct 2018Parking Review News
Transport for West Midlands upgrades surveillance system

Transport for West Midlands upgrades surveillance system

Transport for West Midlands has introduced new video surveillance technology across stations and car parks to keep passengers and their cars safe. The video surveillance system is used to monitor activity at over 50 railway... continue

6 Oct 2018Parking Review Products & Services

Body-worn cameras have cut assaults on Ipswich parking patrols

Issuing parking patrol officers with body-worn cameras has led to a dramatic reduction in assaults in Ipswich over the past year. Verbal assaults on parking staff dropped to 12 in 2018, a 66% reduction, while just one civil enforcement officer (CEO) has been physically assaulted since the cameras... continue

5 Oct 2018Parking Review News

Low cost trackform for Coventry VLR

The University of Warwick is tendering for a low-cost trackform to use in the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR) project. VLR is being promoted by the university’s Warwick Manufacturing Group, Coventry City Council and Transport for the West Midlands. Says the university: “The vision is for... continue

28 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News
Mobility credits could soften blow of Birmingham’s charging Clean Air Zone

Mobility credits could soften blow of Birmingham’s charging Clean Air Zone

Low income car owners in Birmingham could receive up to £2,000 of credit on a public transport smartcard to soften the blow of the city’s charging Clean Air Zone (CAZ), under proposals submitted to Government by the city council this month. The mitigation measures also include... continue

28 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Bus stop closures mooted for Dudley

Bus stops could be closed in Dudley as part of a revamp of the area’s bus network, the West Midlands Combined Authority has suggested. Rationalising the number of stops on key corridors in the Black Country district is one of the actions listed in a seven-year bus development plan that... continue

28 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Update on W Mids bypass

Midlands Connect has stressed that no decisions have yet been made on the nature of a proposed ‘strategic’ road around the west side of the West Midlands conurbation. In a presentation to the West Midlands Combined Authority’s transport delivery committee, Midlands Connect said... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

HS2 land deal probe

HS2 LTD’s forecast for the cost of property and land acquisition on the London-West Midlands route remains within the available funding but it is still very early in the process, the National Audit Office said in a report this week.   The NAO notes that in 2012 HS2 Ltd estimated the net... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Transport Systems Catapult teams up with England’s Economic Heartland

Transport Systems Catapult and England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) have signed an agreement to deliver innovative transport infrastructure for the region.  The programme will help to deliver economic potential identified by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) and set as a... continue

14 Sep 2018Parking Review News

Planning inquiry for Staffs rail freight site

The Planning Inspectorate is to examine a development consent order application for a rail freight interchange facility six miles north of Wolverhampton, within South Staffordshire District Council. West Midlands Interchange would be located west of junction 12 of the M6 and have a connection to... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

DfT’s former news chief joins WMCA

Simon Wren, a former DfT head of news, has joined West Midlands Combined Authority as director of communications.  ... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today People
Q-Park secures 35-year lease on Birmingham Mailbox car park

Q-Park secures 35-year lease on Birmingham Mailbox car park

Brockton Capital, owner of the Mailbox shopping, office and lifestyle destination in Birmingham, has agreed a 35-year lease with Q-Park.  Following a competitive tender process, Q-Park was appointed by Mailbox to manage the... continue

8 Sep 2018Parking Review News
Solihull automates correspondence and public engagement

Solihull automates correspondence and public engagement

Solihull Council in the West Midlands has adopted a pair of sister software systems that have helped it simplify the way it deals with challenges to parking and bus lane fines. The use of correspondence and interactive... continue

8 Sep 2018Parking Review Products & Services

Bus stops every 500m on Sprint BRT

Bus stops on the three Sprint bus rapid transit routes in the West Midlands conurbation will be spaced about 500 metres apart, further than on conventional bus routes, according to plans published for consultation. The routes are Birmingham city centre to Birmingham Airport and Solihull (A45... continue

31 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Most West Mids bus users are satisfied

Almost nine out of ten (88 per cent) of bus users in the West Midlands conurbation are satisfied with their journey, according to surveys by Transport Focus. Just over two-thirds (67 per cent) said their journey was good value – up 7 per cent on last year. ... continue

31 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

WMCA grapples with Metro cost escalation

The West Midlands Combined Authority is grappling with a forecast £93m increase to the cost of two Midland Metro line extensions.  The estimated outturn cost of the Brierley Hill Metro extension is now £343.6m, compared with a budget of £310m. The cost of the Birmingham to... continue

31 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

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