'Success of northern transport depends on the North itself,' says Grayling

'Success of northern transport depends on the North itself,' says Grayling

Mark Moran

The future of the North of England’s transport networks lies in the hands of its local authority leaders and not Whitehall departments, Chris Grayling has said on the eve of a summit on the need for better transport... continue

23 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Manchester school children to pay flat bus fares

Patrick McDonnell

A system of flat rate school bus fares is to be introduced for children in Greater Manchester.  The simplified fare structure will be introduced on all school services that are paid for by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) from Friday 1 September. TfGM organises school buses in areas, a... continue

23 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News
Northern England needs ‘HS3’, Osborne tells government

Northern England needs ‘HS3’, Osborne tells government

Mark Moran

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has... continue

22 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Travellers at risk from badly designed station escalators

Dave Holladay

Network Rail has posted CCTV footage of people falling down the escalators at Leeds City station as part of a safety campaign to encourage passengers with heavy luggage to use the lifts instead.  I use those escalators quite a few times in the year and note that most have fewer than four level... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today Comment

South Yorkshire governance is a mess, as is area’s HS2 plans

Brian Dalton Purley Surrey CR8

Anyone who knows the Sheffield City Region area can confirm that getting authorities in the area to agree about anything is difficult (‘Sheffield’s devo deal in limbo as Yorkshire deal proposed’ LTT04 Aug).  When the Sheffield City Region devolution agreement was announced in... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today Comment

TfGM Metrolink developing new framework

Transport for Greater Manchester is creating a framework for Metrolink renewal and enhancement projects. A maximum of 30 participants are expected to be appointed to the framework, which is split into a number of lots. TfGM has been responsible for funding and oversight of all renewals and... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News
Liverpool brings bike hire operations in-house

Liverpool brings bike hire operations in-house

Liverpool City Council is to bring operation of the city’s public bike hire scheme in-house.  The Citybike scheme was launched in 2014 and features about 1,000 bicycles for... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Stockport bus station design award

Transport for Greater Manchester and Stockport Council have appointed consultant WSP and architect BDP to work up plans for a new bus interchange in Stockport. WSP will develop designs to incorporate a range of commercial prospects, including a 150-unit residential block and shared community... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Electric double deck trialled in York

A fully electric double deck bus is being trialled in York by First York. The Optare ‘Metrodecker EV’ has a range of nearly 150 miles from one overnight charge. York is the first UK city outside London to trial such purpose-built vehicles. ... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Geo-fence trial to improve Leeds air

Researchers are to trial technology in Leeds that switches hybrid vehicles to zero emission power in polluted areas.  Project ACCRA is a collaboration between Leeds City Council, Cenex, the Transport Systems Catapult, Earthsense, Dynniq, and Tevva Motors Ltd.  The technology, known as... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News
Meikle leads transport strategy at Nexus

Meikle leads transport strategy at Nexus

Philip Meikle (pictured) has been appointed transport strategy director by Nexus, the Tyne and Wear PTE. He joins from Cross Country Trains where he was head... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today People
HS2 should

HS2 should "not be at the expense of rail electrification," says Vince Cable

Lee Baker

The new leader of the Liberal Democrats has said that HS2 should not come... continue

9 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Devanney joins International Parking Systems' UK team

International Parking Systems UK has appointed Damian Devanney as regional manager for Scotland and the North of England. Devanney has a background in parking, including six years working with Metric Group where he specialised in providing parking solutions to the UK market.  ... continue

9 Aug 2017Parking Review News
New smartcard for bus and tram users in Greater Manchester

New smartcard for bus and tram users in Greater Manchester

Patrick McDonnell

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has introduced a... continue

9 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Bolton Council gives green light to Farnworth bus station revamp

Patrick McDonnell

Proposals for a new bus station for the Farnworth area of Greater Manchester have been given the go-ahead by Bolton Council. The council approved plans submitted by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to redevelop the existing bus station on King Street. The new look station will feature... continue

9 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Chester's 'Free after 3' parking scheme scrapped

Patrick McDonnell

Cheshire West and Chester Council has scrapped the ‘Free after 3’ discount parking scheme that operated across Chester city centre. A study by consultants Mott MacDonald suggested that Free after 3 added to the evening congestion, and that as the majority of trips were short-stay they... continue

8 Aug 2017Parking Review News
Work starts on Wigan's new bus station

Work starts on Wigan's new bus station

Patrick McDonnell

Work has begun on the redevelopment of Wigan Bus Station, which is being delivered by Transport for Greater... continue

8 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Northern media furious with Grayling’s rail decisions

The Yorkshire Post’s ongoing irritation with the way that public transport expenditure in the North is allegedly, in the Government’s eyes, a much lower priority than expenditure in the South East of England, erupted again in an editorial on 20 July. “The Government’s... continue

4 Aug 2017Local Transport Today Media Monitor

Leeds insists on local data to inform air quality plan

Leeds City Council is basing its air quality plan on local monitoring rather than the national modelling the Government used to decide the city needed a charging Clean Air Zone. Leeds was one of five authorities ordered to deliver a charging CAZin the Government’s 2015 air quality plan to... continue

4 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Smartcard for Tees Valley buses

A multi-operator bus smartcard has been launched in the Tees Valley area by Stagecoach North East, Arriva and Go North East. The Easy Rider ticket is available in weekly and four-weekly forms, covering two areas – the whole Tees Valley (£27 weekly /£100 four-weekly), or just... continue

4 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News
Grayling warms to Crossrail 2 but cools to Northern wiring

Grayling warms to Crossrail 2 but cools to Northern wiring

Andrew Forster

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has pleased London but... continue

4 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

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