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Journey apps can help the visually impaired

Aira, along with tech leaders Moovit and Azure Maps, have joined forces to make public transit in and around urban areas more inclusive for blind and low vision riders and others by bringing together the technological expertise of each company to remove barriers that people with vision loss face in... continue

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A stock take on planning for the Garden Communities programme reveals some 'uncertainty'

A stock take on planning for the Garden Communities programme reveals some 'uncertainty'

Large-scale new developments have a role in helping to meet housing needs, and have at times received formal Government support. The latest iteration – Garden Communities – was launched in 2014, and the programme now includes 49 projects extending across all regions of England. Consultancy Lichfields has reviewed all 49 Garden... continue

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Less affluent families tend to be less active

Less affluent families tend to be less active

Children from less affluent families are less likely to participate in physical activity than their wealthier peers, suggests new figures from Sport England. The data, from the... continue

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Tories pledge £4.2bn for public transport

The Conservatives this week pledged a £4.2bn Local Public Transport Fund for buses, trains and light rail if they win the General Election next week.   The party said the cash would become available from 2022, and would be funded by the party’s decision not to cut corporation... continue

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Cambs councils back ULEV taxis

All taxis licensed for the first time by Cambridge city and South Cambridgeshire district councils may soon have to be ultra-low or zero emission.  Cambridge City Council has introduced the requirement to its licensing policy from April 2020 and South Oxfordshire District councillors last... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Streetlight EV chargers ‘impractical’

Reading borough Council has ruled out installing electric vehicle charging points in lamp posts on most of the residential streets it has surveyed.  Reading received funding from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for the ‘Go Electric Reading’ project to... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Tories pledge big road & rail spend and further devolution

The Conservatives are the only major political party to pledge a big road building programme if they win the General Election.   The party’s manifesto also makes a promise to build the first part of the Northern Powerhouse Rail project but is non-committal on HS2 (see story below). It is... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Non-committal on HS2, committed to NPR phase 1

The Conservatives are non-committal about building HS2 but do pledge to build a new railway between Leeds and Manchester.  The party will study the recommendations of the Oakervee review into HS2 before making a decision. “HS2 is a great ambition, but will now cost at least £81bn... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Tories make cross-border pledges

The Conservatives promise better transport links between England and Wales. “To support our Union, we will upgrade the A55 as the main road transport artery for North Wales,” says the manifesto. A Marches Growth Deal is also promised, “focusing on cross-border infrastructure which... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

We’d build M4 relief road – Tories

The Conservatives have pledged to reinstate the proposed M4 relief road around the south of Newport if they ever win control of the National Assembly for Wales. The road was recently scrapped by the Labour-controlled Welsh Government. “A Welsh Conservative Government would deliver the M4... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Researchers estimate health impacts of pollution exposure

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Estimates of health risks associated with exposure to air pollution are presented in a new report by academics at King’s College London.   The report presents statements about the impact of pollutants on individual health outcomes in nine English cities: London, Birmingham, Bristol,... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Gloucs plans area-based DRT services

Gloucestershire County Council is developing plans for two new demand responsive transport minibus services, in the Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean. The services would cover geographical areas rather than fixed routes and operate on request rather than to a timetable. Hours of operation would be... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Cambs bus reform taskforce meets

The first meeting of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority’s bus reform taskforce took place in Ely this week. The CA’s Conservative mayor James Palmer hosted the  meeting. The group brings  together representatives from across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News
Viewpoint: LCWIPs starting to set active travel agendas

Viewpoint: LCWIPs starting to set active travel agendas

Recent weeks have been a busy time for many authorities completing their local cycling and walking infrastructure plans (LCWIPs). Representing a key means of delivering the Government’s Cycling and Walking... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Toton’s first phase of connections outlined

More details have emerged of how the proposed Toton HS2/conventional rail station between Derby and Nottingham could be connected to the wider East Midlands. Andrew Pritchard, director of policy and infrastructure at East Midlands Councils, presented the current thinking to last month’s... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Reading’s new station progresses

Reading Borough Council has filled a £3m funding gap for a new rail station at Green Park on the Reading-Basingstoke line. The cost of the station has risen from £17m to £20.1m. Reading has secured an extra £2.5m from the Government’s New Stations Fund and... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Bristol clarifies weight restriction

Bristol City Council is planning to introduce a 3.5-tonne weight restriction on Marlborough Street in the city centre as part of its clean air action plan. The council  clarified the proposal to LTT after saying last month that the restriction would apply to vehicles over 7.5 tonnes, contrary... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

RSSB studies rail CO2 and alternative fuels

The Rail Safety and Standard Board (RSSB) is undertaking a programme of research into rail emissions and alternatives to diesel.  One project will develop a method for reporting rail sector carbon dioxide emissions. This could inform target setting.  The project will establish a... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

TRL launches road risk tool

The Transport Research Laboratory has developed a new risk tool to calculate the route-by-route collision risk for road journeys, which can be adjusted according to the presence of different in-car technologies. The route risk tool allows routes across the UK to be mapped for their collision r... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Two rail officers for East Midlands

East Midlands Councils plans to appoint two officers to oversee rail matters in the region. The DfT has agreed in principle to cover 50 per cent of the cost of the posts, with the remaining cost met by local transport authorities. ... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

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