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13 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Travel demand hit by resurgent virus

Travel demand looks likely to slump again in parts of the UK as the Government and devolved administrations impose new restrictions on people’s lives in an effort to limit a second wave of Covid-19 infections.  All parts of England have been placed into one of three Covid alert levels:... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News
Hendy accepts PM’s invite to study UK’s connectivity

Hendy accepts PM’s invite to study UK’s connectivity

Sir Peter Hendy will lead a study into ways of improving connections between the four nations of the UK on behalf of the Prime Minister. The exercise has got off to a bumpy start, however, with scepticism... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News
ORR shines light on slump in rail demand during pandemic

ORR shines light on slump in rail demand during pandemic

Rail passenger journeys fell this year to levels not seen since the mid-nineteenth century because of Covid-19,  says the Office of Rail and Road.  Rail journeys plummeted to 35 million in the first quarter of... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Metrolink extension key to Stockport plan

An extension of Greater Manchester’s Metrolink light rail system to Stockport is a vital part of plans to regenerate the town centre and its railway station.  Infrastructure proposals for the town centre and a station growth prospectus have just been published by Stockport Council and... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Legalisation of privately-owned e-scooters wins MPs’ backing

The Government should take “swift action” to legalise the use of privately-owned e-scooters if the rental trials  currently underway demonstrate them to be safe for riders and other road users, the House of Commons transport committee has said.  The committee’s report... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Motorbikes in bus lane trial for Leeds

Leeds City Council has selected the A65 Kirkstall Road as the setting for a trial of motorcycles in bus lanes. Most of the bus lane is 4.5 metres wide, allowing room for safe overtaking. The trial will be implemented using an experimental traffic order. ... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Voi wins Bristol and Bath e-scooter trials

The West of England Combined Authority has appointed e-scooter rental firm Voi to deliver rental schemes in Bristol and Bath.  The 12-month trial should commence this month.  The win for Swedish firm Voi cements its position as the biggest operator of trials in the UK. It has the contract... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Devolution & unitary White Paper delayed

Proposals for local government reform and the creation of more mayoral combined authorities in England’s shires have suffered a setback, with the Government delaying publication of a policy statement.    The White Paper on local economic recovery and devolution was expected to be... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

New autonomous vehicle project

A new research project is getting underway to explore how autonomous vehicles can be incorporated safely into the urban environment. The ServCity project is jointly funded by the Government’s Intelligent Mobility fund and industry and involves five partners: Nissan, the Connected Places... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

BEVs ‘may cause outages’

Researchers are to explore how artificial intelligence (AI) can control residential electricity demand to prevent battery electric vehicle charging overloading local electricity networks.  Project DINO (Domestic Infrastructure and Network Optimisation) will demonstrate in a new-build... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Nissan LEAF owners recruited for V2G pilot

Volunteers are being recruited for a trial of vehicle to grid (V2G), whereby electric vehicle batteries can feed energy back to the electricity grid at peak times of electricity demand. The Electric Nation V2G project is being delivered by Western Power Distribution in partnership with... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Wisdom of hydrogen called into question

The government’s enthusiasm for a hydrogen economy, including for fuelling lorries, buses and trains, will either generate huge quantities of carbon dioxide or come at huge expense, a critic has said.  Writing in The Spectator, Andrew Montford, deputy director of the Global Warming... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Diesel car sales slump, as BEVs grow

New diesel car registrations fell by more than a third in September compared with the same month last year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Registrations of battery electric and hybrid vehicles grew.  Diesel registrations fell 38.4 per cent to 46,996 and... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

HS2 and NPR integration starts to take shape in the North West

It’s taken some time, but the planning of HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) is slowly coming together. The DfT has just launched a consultation on changes to the HS2 proposals at Crewe, Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly, all of which will also help accommodate NPR services. It... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News
Connecting Liverpool into HS2 & NPR

Connecting Liverpool into HS2 & NPR

The DfT has accepted the case for making passive provision for two new junctions on the HS2 line between Crewe and Manchester that could... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Making Crewe a main HS2 hub

Proposed changes to the HS2 design at Crewe will allow many more high-speed services to call at the town’s station, helping to realise Cheshire East Council’s ambition for the station to become a major HS2 ‘hub’. The current design for HS2 phase 2a (West Midlands to Crewe)... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Manchester Airport: extra platforms

The DfT plans to increase the number of platforms at the Manchester Airport HS2 station from two to four to accommodate Northern Powerhouse Rail services. The station will be a through station on the Crewe-Manchester Piccadilly HS2 line. It’s delivery is subject to local partners agreeing to... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Underground, overground: Manchester Piccadilly dispute rumbles on

The DFT is consulting on enlarging on plans to Manchester Piccadilly HS2 station so that it can accommodate Northern Powerhouse Rail services. Local political leaders remain critical of the proposals, however, and are continuing to lobby for HS2 and NPR services to be routed into a through station... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

NIC infrastructure delivery guide

Advice for local authorities on how to deliver transport and other infrastructure has been published by the National Infrastructure Commission. The report draws on the Commission’s ‘Next steps for cities’ programme that has seen it work with a number of councils on infrastructure... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Burnham’s youth travel pass proves a hit

Transport for  Greater Manchester has reported huge demand for its ‘Our Pass’ free bus travel scheme for 16-18 year olds, although Covid-19 has hit take-up.  The Our Pass card was launched last September. For a £10 one-off fee, holders are entitled to free bus travel.... continue

16 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

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