Transport minister Andrew Jones denies Conservatives considering a HS2 pause

Lee Baker

The transport minister Andrew Jones today told The Yorkshire Post that the Conservative party remains committed to HS2 following reports that it was considering kicking the project into the long-grass. The Manchester Evening... continue

24 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

HS2 procures high-speed trains

HS2 Ltd has launched the procurement for the contract to design, build and maintain about 60 high-speed trains for the HS2 network. The contract has an estimated value of £2.75bn. Invitations to tender should be issued to shortlisted bidders in spring 2018 with contract award following in... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Transport delivery partner for Northants

Northamptonshire County Council plans to appoint a private sector partner to help deliver place directorate services, which include transport.  The Conservative-controlled council believes the ‘managing agent strategic joint venture’ will drive efficiencies in delivering existing... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Contactless ticket trial for W Mids

National Express West Midlands has launched trials of contactless ticketing on two bus services, the X1 (Birmingham city centre to Coventry via the airport) and the X2 (Birmingham to Solihull). Contactless ticketing will be rolled out to services in Coventry later this year and across the... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

New permit plan for West Midlands roads

The West Midlands Combined Authority has decided not to implement its own permitting system for managing roadworks on the conurbation’s 592km Key Route Network (KRN). Instead, it will rely on the seven metropolitan district councils implementing their own schemes, at least for the time... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

WMCA explains Very Light Rail ambitions

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has revealed more detail of its plan to pilot Very Light Rail technology, with a first line envisaged to serve Coventry (LTT 03 Feb). “Coventry will be the initial area of search for a publicly operating modern Very Light Rail system,” says... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

London-West Mids to host CAV test facilities

The Government is to create a ‘cluster of excellence’ for connected and autonomous vehicle testing between London and Birmingham. A £55m fund to support up to four test facilities – including up to two on public roads – has been announced by the Centre for Connected... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Reimbursement appeals: a hazardous route for operators

Julian Peddle

Ray Bentley may be unaware that many operators have used the appeal system (Letters LTT 31 Mar), but I would liken it to playing Russian roulette with five bullets in the chamber. One large private operator ended up £350,000 per annum worse off.  The appeals system amounts to the DfT... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Coates steps down as NEG bus boss

Paul Thomas is to take over as managing director of National Express Group’s UK bus division on 1 May, succeeding Peter Coates. Thomas is currently chief operating officer for National Express West Midlands, having re-joined the group in 2014 from FirstGroup, where he had been managing... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today People

Phil Jones Associates recruits engineers

Birmingham-based transport planning consultant Phil Jones Associates (PJA) has appointed nine engineers for the launch of PJA Engineering, which will deliver land development services, including infrastructure design. The staff are: Mike Poland, Becky Lowe, Chris Johnson, Sara Bizzoca, Dan... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today People
Report into Southern Rail contract failures to moot possible break-up of deal, claims The Times

Report into Southern Rail contract failures to moot possible break-up of deal, claims The Times

Lee Baker

A report ordered by the DfT into problems at Southern Rail is set to suggest moving some... continue

9 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Solihull car park set to become electric power station

A car park in the West Midlands will be used to establish the feasibility of turning parking areas into MegaWatt-scale batteries capable of providing power on demand to the electricity grid.  The 12-month Net-Form project will develop a secure, dynamic data management platform that collects,... continue

1 Apr 2017Parking Review News
Loughborough house becomes vehicle-to-grid test bed

Loughborough house becomes vehicle-to-grid test bed

The first UK-built domestic vehicle-to-grid unit has been installed in Loughborough, Leicestershire. The vehicle-to-grid (V2G) system will enables the homeowners to use a electric vehicle (EV) to power... continue

1 Apr 2017Parking Review News
31 Mar 2017Local Transport Today Features

Two-phase charging CAZ for Derby?

Derby City Council is proposing a two-phase approach to implementing a chargeable Clean Air Zone (CAZ) for buses, taxis and HGVs. Phase one would see a restriction introduced by 2020 in an area bounded by the city’s inner ring road (but excluding the road itself and the city’s bus... continue

31 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News

Derby procures bike hire scheme

Derby City Council has invited tenders for a public bike hire scheme. The scheme, being developed with the University of Derby, is initially likely to feature about 15 docking stations and 115 bicycles (LTT 16 Dec 16). The D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership has pledged a capital grant of... continue

31 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News
Smyth leaves CPRE

Smyth leaves CPRE

Ralph Smyth (pictured) is leaving his position as head of... continue

31 Mar 2017Local Transport Today People

TfWM to bring light rail operations in-house

Transport for the West Midlands (TfWM) is to take over day-to-day operations of the Midland Metro light rail system when National Express Group’s contract ends in October 2018.  TfWM said bringing the operations in-house would enable profits earned by the system to be invested into... continue

31 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News

High Court tells Nottingham to amend bus gate signage

Nottingham City Council will have to change signage on a bus lane after a High Court judge ruled the signs on the street were unclear. Around 11,000 drivers have been penalised for driving through the bus gate on Shakespeare Street. However, the council says that the judgment will not involve it... continue

24 Mar 2017Parking Review News
W Mids explores new ways to fund UK Central transport plan

W Mids explores new ways to fund UK Central transport plan

Andrew Forster

Local authorities in the West Midlands conurbation are... continue

17 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News

Midlands transport strategy launched

A new transport strategy for England’s Midlands has been launched by the Midlands Connect partnership of local transport authorities, local enterprise partnerships, and business representatives, working with the DfT and its delivery bodies.  The strategy identifies four ‘strategic... continue

17 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News

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