Major road network for northern England

Major road network for northern England "introduced" by Transport for the North

Lee Baker

The concept of a 'Major Road Network for the North' to connect the economic centres is introduced by the first strategic transport plan for northern England. Transport for the North's 13 connectivity priorities for the roads network... continue

19 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Bidders shortlisted for HS2 franchise

The DfT has shortlisted three bidders for the West Coast Partnership franchise, which will include running initial services on the HS2 network.  The shortlisted bidders are: • First Trenitalia West Coast Rail Limited, a joint venture of FirstGroup plc (70%) and Trenitalia UK Limited... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Tees Valley CA plans Darlington bypass

The Tees Valley Combined Authority is developing a plan for a dual carriageway Darlington Northern Bypass connecting the A1(M) at junction 59 north of the town, with the A66 at Little Burdon roundabout to the east.  The CA says the new road would relieve the A167 and A1150 through Darlington,... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News
TfN’s major road network will guide investment planning

TfN’s major road network will guide investment planning

A major road network (MRN) of the most economically important roads in the north of England has been identified by Transport for the North. The network of local authority roads and Highways England roads is described as... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Tees Valley explores Bus Services Act

Tees Valley Combined Authority (CA) is to explore the partnership and franchising powers of the Bus Services Act 2017. The CA has allocated £80,000 to the work, which will pay for an officer to be seconded from Darlington Council to develop options, and fund external consultancy support as... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

TfN probes ticketing back office options

Transport for the North has opened talks with potential suppliers of a back office system for smart and contactless ticketing.  TfN wants passengers to be able to make journeys on multiple modes of transport and across multiple operators, and be charged the ‘best price’ for the... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News
Dockless bike hire concept critiqued by The Guardian

Dockless bike hire concept critiqued by The Guardian

On 12 June The Guardian devoted a lengthy article to the proposed ‘dockless’ bike hire due to open in Manchester at the end of the month. Describing the concept of dockless bike hire schemes as... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today Media Monitor

West Yorks to recruit transport planners

West Yorkshire Combined Authority is to recruit between ten and 22 full-time equivalent staff to help deliver the area’s transport investment programme. Staff will be recruited across areas such as project management, programme management, civil engineering and transport planning. The staff... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News
Liverpool City Region explores red route status for KRN roads

Liverpool City Region explores red route status for KRN roads

Andrew Forster

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is exploring... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Hull procures traffic control contracts

Hull City Council is to procure two contracts to update its urban traffic control (UTC) system. The council currently uses the SCOOT (Split Cycle Optimisation Technique) urban traffic control system to co-ordinate traffic signals on main roads. More than 80% of the telemetry in the system is... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Halton leads Liverpool ITS procurement

Halton Borough Council will lead the procurement of a joint intelligent transport systems for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority area.  The contract should commence on 1 April 2018 and run for an initial six years with potential for four one-year extensions. It will cover traffic... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News
Mobike chooses Manchester for dockless bike hire pilot

Mobike chooses Manchester for dockless bike hire pilot

A dockless public bike hire system is to be piloted in Manchester. Chinese firm Mobike will provide 1,000 bikes in the six-month pilot scheme covers central Manchester and Salford. It is due to launch at the end of... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

First wins York’s P&R contract

The City of York Council has awarded FirstGroup a seven-year contract to deliver the city’s park-and-ride services from February next year. First is the current operator of the services. The new contract will see First operate fully electric buses on three of the six routes, with new Euro 6... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Dixon is Tees Valley CA’s transport lead

Bill Dixon, the leader of Darlington Council, has been appointed cabinet member for transport at the Tees Valley Combined Authority, which is chaired by elected mayor Ben Houchen. ... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today People

Robinson leads transport at Liverpool CA

Liam Robinson, the chair of Merseytravel, has been appointed transport portfolio holder for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority chaired by Labour mayor Steve Rotheram. Rotheram is portfolio holder for policy, finance and resources, digital and innovation. Barrie Grunewald, the leader of St... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today People

Halewood joins SYSTRA

Phil Halewood has joined the Northern England business unit of SYSTRA Ltd as an associate director. He moves from Celeritas Transport Services Ltd, where he has been involved in bus interchange and rail station devolution projects for Transport for Greater Manchester. ... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today People

Brown quits TfN for Northern Trains

Transport for the North (TfN) chief executive David Brown will leave in September to become managing director of Arriva Rail North Ltd, operator of the Northern franchise. Brown succeeds Alan Chaplin, who has been acting managing director since February. ... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today People

Chesterfield drops Sheffield CA plan

Chesterfield Borough Council in Derbyshire has withdrawn its application to become a member of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority, a decision that averts the need for a remapping of transport responsibilities.  The Sheffield City Region Combined Authority consulted on a proposal last... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News
Liverpool John Lennon targets car park tailgaters

Liverpool John Lennon targets car park tailgaters

Liverpool John Lennon Airport is now using a camera system to detect drivers trying to avoid paying for parking by tailgating when leaving its barrier-controlled car parks. Besides representing a... continue

22 Jun 2017Parking Review News

First York wins new 7-year park & ride contract

Mark Moran

City of York Council is set to extend bus operator First York’s park & ride for the seven years with a contract that will see greener buses and contactless payment introduced. The bid was approved by the executive at a council meeting on 18 May and the new contract arrangements are set to... continue

15 Jun 2017Parking Review News
Docking station and public funding-free 'smart' bike sharing scheme comes to UK

Docking station and public funding-free 'smart' bike sharing scheme comes to UK

Lee Baker

A 'smart' bike sharing scheme without docking stations or public funding that... continue

13 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

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