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Female train driver stars on cover of Vogue

Female train driver stars on cover of Vogue

Mark Moran

Three female front line workers will be the cover stars of British Vogue next month. A London Overground train driver, an east... continue

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3 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

COVID-19 death risk higher for ethnic minorities, report reveals

Mark Moran

People from Black, Asian and other ethnic minority groups are at a higher risk of dying from coronavirus, says a report by Public Health England (PHE). The report, called Disparities in the risk and outcomes of COVID-19, shows age remains the biggest risk factor associated with COVID-19, while... continue

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Quarantine measures to come into force on 8 June

Mark Moran

The rules covering new measures to be imposed at the UK border from next week to protect against coronavirus have been revealed by the Home Secretary and Transport Secretary. The self-isolation measures being introduced from Monday 8 June are designed to prevent new cases being brought in from... continue

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3 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News
Lorries need safe parking spaces

Lorries need safe parking spaces

Mark Moran

The Freight Transport Association is urging the government to follow through on its promise to... continue

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3 Jun 2020Parking Review News
Covid-19 leaves programme of Clean Air Zones up in the air

Covid-19 leaves programme of Clean Air Zones up in the air

Andrew Forster

The future of England’s clean air zone (CAZ)... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Experts offer roadspace reallocation guide

An offer of quick and easy-to-use technical support to local authorities charged with recasting urban streetspace to meet new statutory guidance in the light of Covid-19 has been sent to transport secretary Grant Shapps by a group of professional representatives co-ordinated by Urban Design Group... continue

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New £254m grant to restore bus services back to normal

Andrew Forster

The DfT this week announced a £254m 12-week fund to restore bus services in England outside London to normal as Covid-19 restrictions are eased.  The Covid-19 Bus Service Support Grant Restart (CBSSG Restart) funding will cover the losses that operators incur by restoring normal services... continue

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Ministers ‘must fund extra school travel costs’

The Government must fund the additional costs of providing school transport during Covid-19 social distancing, the Urban Transport Group has said.  The UTG wants the Government to meet the “full additional costs resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic on the provision of transport to... continue

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More councils warn of Covid cash crunch without extra aid

More councils warn of Covid cash crunch without extra aid

More councils in England have warned of financial distress unless the Goverment comes up with further funding to cover their additional costs and income losses from Covid-19.  The Government has already provided... continue

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Covid-19 cuts road casualties

Leeds City Council has reported a big drop in road traffic casualities because during Covid-19 movement restrictions. The council has compared road traffic casualties in the first 18 weeks of 2020 and 2019. All casualties fell by 40 per cent, from 643 (2019) to 383 (2020), while those killed or... continue

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Councils bearing the pain of Covid bus payments – Nexus

Councils bearing the pain of Covid bus payments – Nexus

Andrew Forster

Local authorities’ own financial problems... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Review grant rules, says LGA

Councils in  England should be given freedoms on spending Government grants for transport and economic development because of Covid-19, the Local Government Association has said. LGA chairman James Jamieson has written to Simon Clarke, the MP for regional growth and local government, setting... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

DfT releases first £45m of £250m fund

Local authorities in England this week received notification of their indicative allocations from the first £45m of the DfT’s £250m budget for active travel schemes.  Of the total £250m, £225m is being provided directly to local transport authorities and London... continue

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Operators struggle to commit funds to electric bus town bids

Operators struggle to commit funds to electric bus town bids

Bus operators may be unable to give cast-iron commitments to provide match-funding in the DfT’s All-Electric Bus Town competition because Covid-19 has wrecked their investment programmes.  The funding competition will see... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News
Reprieve for Pacers could help solve train shortage – WYCA

Reprieve for Pacers could help solve train shortage – WYCA

Andrew Forster

West Yorkshire Combined Authority has suggested halting... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

North’s rail commuting ‘may escape Covid hit’

Covid-19 may not have a big lasting impact on rail commuting in West Yorkshire, the combined authority has suggested.  An officer report to councillors said it was impossible to know the timescale or magnitude of the impacts. “It is legitimate to ask both: (a) Will demand return, in the... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

WYCA suggests fewer but longer trains

Fewer, but longer, passenger trains may be the way to improve service punctuality on some routes in the north of England, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority has suggested.  Poor punctuality and reliability has plagued services in the north of England in recent years but WYCA officers have... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Concession next stop for Northern?

The government is likely to replace its operation of the Northern rail franchise in with a concession model, though the change may be many months away because of Covid-19. In a report discussing the future of Northern, officers of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority told councillors: “It is... continue

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DfT and TfN ‘at odds over NPR’

The DfT and Transport for the North (TfN) are at odds about the consultation on the Northern Powerhouse Rail project, according to Nexus, the Tyne and Wear PTE.  “Ministers are keen to consult the public on high level options but wish to focus on Manchester to Leeds,”  Nexus... continue

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Country’s battery electric car strategy is ‘doomed to failure’

Andrew Forster

The Government’s push to electrify road transport is based on naivety, the undue influence of the Committee on Climate Change, and a lack of engineering expertise within Government, an academic has said.  Professor Michael Kelly, the former chief scientific adviser to the Department for... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

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