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

Leeds HS2 strategy appointments

West Yorkshire Combined Authority has appointed consultants to help prepare a growth strategy to capitalise on HS2 serving Leeds.  The strategy is being developed in two phases. Lead advisors for phase one are: Deloitte (economy); Arup (skills and supply chain); Cushman and Wakefield (funding... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Nexus outlines new Metrocar spec

Nexus has revealed details of the proposed specification for a new fleet of Metrocars to operate the Tyne and Wear Metro. The order will be for 84 Metrocars (or similar capacity with 42 trains), with 1500V DC overhead power supply and “provision for dual voltage and/or ‘off wire’... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Cheshire East seeks road funding

Cheshire East Council has submitted an outline business case for a Middlewich Eastern bypass to the DfT. The council received £1.25m from the DfT’s new Large Local Majors Fund last year to prepare the scheme business case. The project has an estimated outturn cost of £58.5m (2017... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

DfT releases £173m for Leeds transport

The DfT has approved the award of £173.5m to West Yorkshire Combined Authority for the delivery of public transport improvements in Leeds, including new park-and-ride sites at Stourton and in north Leeds, bus priority, and new rail stations to serve Leeds Bradford Airport, Thorpe Park, and... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News
New cycle and pedestrian bridge opens in Leeds.

New cycle and pedestrian bridge opens in Leeds.

A new bridge for cyclists and pedestrians across the River Aire in Leeds opened this week. The Skelton Bridge opens up future access to Rothwell Country Park. Leeds City Council invested... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Wilson joins Tees Valley from NECA

Mark Wilson has joined the Tees Valley Combined Authority as head of transport policy. He was head of transport policy at the North East Combined Authority. Helen Mathews, head of corporate planning at Nexus, has been appointed interim head of transport policy at NECA.... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today People
13 Apr 2017RUDI News

LED streetlights ‘viable for main roads’

Derbyshire County Council says developments to LED (light emitting diode) technology make it safe and economic to install on the principal road network (PRN).  Derbyshire launched a £23m three-year programme to install 68,000 LED streetlights on residential roads in December. The project... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

lIkeston reconnected to rail network

The Derbyshire town of Ilkeston has been reconnected to the rail network with the opening of a £10m station. Ilkeston is served by East Midlands Trains and Northern Rail, with hourly services to Chesterfield, Sheffield, Leeds, and Nottingham. Derbyshire County Council promoted the new station... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Forum for young professionals

A forum for young transport professionals has been launched by the Chartered Institution for Highways and Transportation. The national young professionals network is chaired by Ed Downer, a principal transport planner with Jacobs in Manchester, and will have its own section on the CIHT website. For... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News
Liverpool bus alliance reports rise in fare-paying passengers

Liverpool bus alliance reports rise in fare-paying passengers

Andrew Forster

Fare-paying bus passengers using services provided by the... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

North steps up lobby for transport cash

Political and business leaders in the North of England are stepping up efforts to persuade the Government to commit to major transport infrastructure investment in the region.  The Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP) of business and political leaders is making transport its top priority over... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News
Making the right connections

Making the right connections

Deniz Huseyin

There has been plenty of debate across West Yorkshire and beyond about the Leeds to... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today Features

Derby's Clean Air Zone misses the mark

Roger Sexton

When I read on page four of the 31 March edition that Derby City Council proposes to EXCLUDE the city’s bus station from phase one of its Clean Air Zone, I was left feeling totally incredulous (‘Two-phase charging CAZ for Derby?’ LTT 31 Mar).  The bus station is precisely the... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today Comment

SYSTRA recruits to Manchester office

Consultant SYSTRA has appointed four new staff to its Manchester office. Carl Peers joins as an associate director from development planning consultancy i-Transport LLP, where he was an associate. Gabriella Sala joins as an associate director from consultant MiC in Milan, where she was a senior... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today People

Gtr Manchester authorities plan highways collaboration

Councils in Greater Manchester are exploring a flexible  model for highways services collaboration after work on a more rigid shared services model was abandoned last summer. The new initiative will aim to make the best use of the conurbation’s resources and maximise the... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News
Better links with England explored by Scottish National Party in transport project review

Better links with England explored by Scottish National Party in transport project review

Lee Baker

The Borders railway could be extended to link it with Carlisle in England under a new... continue

10 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Speed management – a victim of political timidity

Mayer Hillman, Senior fellow emeritus, Policy Studies Institute, University of Westminster, London

You report that Manchester City Council has abandoned its plans for a city-wide roll-out of signed-only 20mph speed limits on residential roads because the accident savings hoped for on the roads selected for the first phase have not been achieved. (‘20 mph limits haven’t lived up to... continue

31 Mar 2017Local Transport Today Comment
Derby approves concessionary travel ban on local bus route

Derby approves concessionary travel ban on local bus route

Andrew Forster

Derby City Council has joined Nottingham City Council in... continue

31 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News

NECA hasn’t lost out from devo death – DfT

The North East Combined Authority has not been disadvantaged in transport grant funding competitions because of the collapse of its devolution deal, the DfT said this week.  Ministers withdrew a devolution deal for NECA last September after Sunderland, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Durham... continue

31 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News

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