Smarter charging could meet demand for electric vehicle charging, reports Electric Nation

Smarter charging could meet demand for electric vehicle charging, reports Electric Nation

Mark Moran

The initial findings of the Electric Nation trial suggest that smart charging could be a key solution to meeting the challenge of the demand from increasing numbers of electric vehicles (EVs) on electricity networks. Electric Nation is investigating the benefits... continue

19 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Dudley council rolls out free parking

Free parking has been rolled out across all of Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council’s car parks, despite a trial of free parking having produced no significant increase in footfall. The council introduced a trial of two hours’ free parking at car parks in four towns in April. As the... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

Bid for very light rail research centre wins £18m

A planned research centre for Very Light Rail has provisionally been awarded more than £18m by the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership. The centre, in Dudley, will include a test track and other facilities for development of cheaper alternatives to heavy rail and traditional light rail... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

New agreement for West Mids allliance

The West Midlands Bus Alliance has been renewed until 2020. The alliance was formed in late 2015 to develop a statutory quality partnerships across the conurbation. The new agreement aims to: Improve bus emission standards; make bus journeys better value; tackle congestion and speed up bus... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News
Coventry considers proposal for £6m very light rail project

Coventry considers proposal for £6m very light rail project

Proposals for a very light rail (VLR) service in Coventry have been unveiled. The WMG research and development group at the University of Warwick delivered early vehicle concept designs to representatives from Coventry City... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News
3 Oct 2017Parking Review Features
Will Wolverhampton car park win concrete repair award?

Will Wolverhampton car park win concrete repair award?

The renovation of Wolverhampton Civic Centre’s basement parking areas has been shortlisted for an annual concrete industry awards. The car park project is one of three schemes shortlisted for the Structural... continue

3 Oct 2017Parking Review News
West Midland Police tell motorcycle riders 'Lock it or lose it'

West Midland Police tell motorcycle riders 'Lock it or lose it'

Mark Moran

A campaign encouraging motorcycle riders to consider... continue

29 Sep 2017Parking Review News
Why it makes sense to map out the future of EV charging

Why it makes sense to map out the future of EV charging

Deniz Huseyin
29 Sep 2017Local Transport Today Features

50% cost jump for City’s interchange

A proposed transport interchange in Wolverhampton city centre has been hit by a 50% rise in costs. The project features rebuilding the city’s the rail and bus stations, extending a multi-storey car park, and building a new Midland Metro stop.  The project budget was set at £51.8m... continue

29 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Birmingham bus stop closure trial launched

A six-month trial of closing bus stop in an attempt to speed up services will commence in south Birmingham next week (LTT 01 Sep). The Transport for the West Midlands (TfWM)/National Express West Midlands trial will see 59 lesser-used stops closed across six routes: 8a/8c – Inner-circle; 50... continue

29 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News
Travel app developer wins Birmingham business awards

Travel app developer wins Birmingham business awards

Mark Moran

Tom Charman, chief executive of urban travel app... continue

18 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News
Fake parking notices posted in Nottingham suburb

Fake parking notices posted in Nottingham suburb

Patrick McDonnell

Police are looking into bogus notices warning people not to park on the streets of a Nottingham suburb. The fake letters, which have been... continue

18 Sep 2017Parking Review News

Go-ahead for Metro extension

Construction of a 2km extension to Midland Metro in central Birmingham can proceed after the DfT approved the release of £59.8m to the project.  The £149m scheme will extend the Wolverhampton-Birmingham light rail line from its terminus close to New Street station to Five Ways in... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Contactless ticketing for W Mids

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is to finance the purchase of contactless ticket machines for some of the conurbation’s smaller bus operators.  WMCA wants to introduce contactless payment and best value capping across the conurbation’s bus network but many smaller... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

West Midlands rail re-openings studied

The new operator of the West Midlands rail franchise has pledged to explore introducing a number of new services, including one over a section of the Severn Valley Railway. West Midlands Trains, a joint venture of Abellio, East Japan Railway Company, and Mitsui & Co Ltd, won the new franchise... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News
Norwich's Rose Lane car park in running for award

Norwich's Rose Lane car park in running for award

The Rose Lane Car Park in Norwich has been nominated for a design award in the Civic Category by the Norwich Society. The 595-space steel-framed structure was built for Norwich City Council in... continue

5 Sep 2017Parking Review News
Cambridge car park renovation works completed ahead of schedule

Cambridge car park renovation works completed ahead of schedule

Three Cambridge City Council multi-storey car parks reopened at the start of August following the completion of the main elements of a programme of essential improvements. The improvement works at the Grand Arcade, Grafton East and Queen Anne Terrace... continue

5 Sep 2017Parking Review News
How enforcement of bus lanes keeps Norwich moving

How enforcement of bus lanes keeps Norwich moving

Norwich was the first city in the UK to introduce a pedestrianised street in the late 1960s and, in recent years, moves have been made to limit through-traffic in other central areas. Bruce... continue

5 Sep 2017Parking Review Features
Midland Metro extension gets £59.8m from DfT

Midland Metro extension gets £59.8m from DfT

Mark Moran

A tram route extension linking Birmingham city centre with Edgbaston and the city’s growing Westside area given go-ahead, by... continue

3 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Games ‘could speed up transport plan’

Elements of Transport for the West Midlands’ new £8bn transport delivery plan could be implemented sooner than planned if Birmingham is successful in bidding to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022, says the city council. Birmingham is competing with Liverpool (supported by Manchester)... continue

1 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

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