Map reveals locations of pop-up walking and cycling measures – and where more are needed

Map reveals locations of pop-up walking and cycling measures – and where more are needed

Juliana O'Rourke

Data posted on a map from not-for-profit Widen My Path is showing where councils have taken measures to create safe space for social distancing, and to identify where where measure are still needed. Many local authorities have closed streets for... continue

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DfT asks public for ideas on how to decarbonise transport

DfT asks public for ideas on how to decarbonise transport

Andrew Forster

The DfT this week invited the public to put forward... continue

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13 Jul 2020Local Transport Today News

Office workers want home working to stay

Many office workers want to continue working from home after the Covid-19 pandemic recedes, a survey suggests. A survey of 1,500 UK adults by consultant SYSTRA found that 29 per cent of office workers who expect to stay in the same or similar role no longer want to spend any time working from... continue

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Operators raise bus capacity to 50% after risk assessment

Operators raise bus capacity to 50% after risk assessment

Bus operators across Britain are expected to raise vehicle passenger capacity to 50 per cent in the coming days after a review concluded that one passenger per row is compatible with the Government’s Covid-19 social... continue

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First pledges end to diesel as CPT calls for green bus fund revamp

FirstGroup has pledged to purchase no more diesel buses after 2022. Its announcement came as the Confederation of Passenger Transport called for a new funding model to deliver green buses.   FirstGroup said this week it did not plan to purchase any new diesel buses after December 2022 and... continue

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Franchises demanded

Bus operator Abellio has called for the swift introduction of franchising in the UK.  Alan Pilbeam, its deputy managing director and chief operating officer, told Route One magazine that franchising would give councils a bigger stake in the industry and encourage them to install more bus... continue

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DfT explores further round of emergency cash for bus & rail

DfT explores further round of emergency cash for bus & rail

Andrew Forster

The bus industry is in talks with the DfT about an... continue

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More cash for English councils

The government has announced another £500m of support for local government in England to cope with the impact of Covid-19, and further assistance to partially cover lost income from parking.  The £500m takes the total Covid-19 support to councils in England to £4.3bn.... continue

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Pop-up cycle lanes for Birmingham roads

Pop-up cycle lanes for Birmingham roads

Birmingham City Council has given more details of the temporary traffic schemes it plans to implement with DfT emergency funding and says the projects... continue

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Air pollution ‘likely’ to worsen Covid symptoms – COMEAP

Andrew Forster

People exposed to poor air quality may be more susceptible to severe symptoms of Covid-19 but the linkage has not been demonstrated, health experts have told the Government. The Government asked the Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG) to report on how Covid-19 has affected air pollution and if there is... continue

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Emission-based parking charges

The London Borough of Hounslow is proposing to introduce emissions-based parking charges for on- and off-street parking, and  parking charges in Hounslow town centres on Sundays.   Hounslow already has an emissions-based element in residential parking permits, with a £50 diesel levy... continue

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Electric buses take to Birmingham’s streets

National Express West Midlands has taken delivery of its first fleet of double deck electric buses. Nineteen vehicles will serve the number 6 route between Solihull and Birmingham city centre. Electric vehicle charging facilities have been installed at the company’s Yardley Wood... continue

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Local rail stations design competition

Network Rail is to launch a design competition for small and medium-sized stations. The competition will be run by RIBA, the Royal Institute of British Architects, and should be launched this month. The competition brief will be informed a new ThinkStation report prepared for Network Rail by the... continue

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WMCA consults market on stations?

The West Midlands Combined Authority is engaging the market about building new stations at Willenhall and Darlaston on the freight-only Wolverhampton to Walsall line. The estimated value of the procurement is £20m. WMCA says the market engagement will help it “better understand the... continue

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Teesside first in the queue for an e-scooter revolution

Teesside first in the queue for an e-scooter revolution

Andrew Forster & Alan Clarke

E-Scooters The first trials of e-scooters on public... continue

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Leics refuses to take on risk for town’s southern link road

Andrew Forster

The future of a Government grant for a new road in the Leicestershire town of Melton Mowbray rests with Homes England after the county council said it will not bear the risk of developer contributions failing to cover a portion of the road cost. Homes England last autumn offered Leicestershire a... continue

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Norfolk: a des res for Londoners post-virus?

Norfolk could become an attractive place to live for Londoners who want more space for home-working after Covid-19, the county council believes.   “As we anticipate more working from home and a move away from the ‘big city office’ concept towards working from anywhere (not... continue

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PM launches UK connectivity review

The Government is to work with the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on a ‘connectivity review’, looking at how to improve road, rail, air and sea links between the four nations of the UK. The work was announced by Boris Johnson last week. The Prime... continue

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Project Speed for infrastructure

The Government is setting up a new Infrastructure Delivery Taskforce, named ‘Project Speed’. Led by the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, it will identify ways to deliver public investment projects “more strategically and efficiently”, aiming to cut down the time it takes to develop,... continue

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Delay to Gloucs A417 ‘Missing Link’

Gloucestershire County Council has reported a delay to the delivery schedule for Highways England’s A417 ‘Missing Link’ scheme to build a 3.6 mile new dual carriageway connecting the A417 Brockworth bypass with the  A417 dual carriageway south of Cowley. The project features... continue

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