22 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News

Bradford parking fee rise halted by opposition councillors

Patrick McDonnell

Conservative opposition councillors in Bradford have forced a halt to the Labour council’s plan to increase city centre car parking charge time. On Tuesday 7 March the ruling Labour executive decided to extend the hours that motorists have to pay to use the on-street parking in the city... continue

24 Mar 2017Parking Review News

Taxi driver who assaulted parking attendant receives suspended sentence

Patrick McDonnell

A taxi driver who attacked a parking attendant outside a Carlisle hospital has been jailed has received a suspended jail sentence and lost his taxi license. Wayne Hewiston assaulted a parking attendant outside Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary last December. The attendant was patrolling the... continue

24 Mar 2017Parking Review News

Sheffield hopes online system will speed up parking permit process

Mark Moran

Sheffield City Council has launched a virtual permit system for parking. The system went live on 21 March. The first services to go paperless were resident permits, individual business permits and green permits. Visitor, business pool and trade and utility parking permits will be available online... continue

24 Mar 2017Parking Review News

Bury council urges drivers not to abuse the Blue Badge scheme

Mark Moran

Motorists in Bury are being warned not to abuse Blue Badge permits which aim to provide convenient parking for those with impaired mobility. The reminder follows the prosecution of seven people at Bury Magistrates Court on 7 March for displaying Blue Badges when the badge holders were not present.... continue

24 Mar 2017Parking Review News

Trans-Pennine road package ‘unaffordable’

Highways England is consulting on improving the trunk road connections between Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire across the Peak District National Park but says the cost of the proposals is currently unaffordable. The A628/A616/A61 Woodhead Pass is the trunk road across the Peak District... continue

17 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News

‘Nobody supports S Yorks HS2 plan’

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council has criticised the Government’s revised plan for HS2 in South Yorkshire. The plans would see a spur connecting HS2 to the Midland Main Line in Derbyshire, enabling HS2 services to serve Chesterfield and Sheffield’s existing city centre station,... continue

17 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News

Border Country seeks funding

Local authorities on either side of the Scottish border want to strike a deal with the UK and Scottish governments for additional funding to deliver transport infrastructure and other projects.  The Borderlands Inclusive Growth Initiative brings together five local authorities: Cumbria County... continue

17 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News

Crossrail 2: bad for London and the regions

Stephen Plowden

There are signs that people are beginning to question whether spending so much money on Crossrail 2 is fair to other regions (‘Prioritise North’s rail before Crossrail 2’ LTT 03 Mar). We should also be questioning whether Crossrail 2 is even in the interests of London and the... continue

17 Mar 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Lancs Combined Authority in doubt

Plans for a combined authority covering the transport authorities of Lancashire, Blackpool, and Blackburn with Darwen are in doubt after a second local authority expressed concerns about the plan. The proposal initially covered 15 local authorities – the three transport authorities and the 12... continue

17 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News
20mph limits haven’t lived up to expectations – Manchester

20mph limits haven’t lived up to expectations – Manchester

Andrew Forster

Manchester City Council has abandoned a proposed citywide... continue

17 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News
Signage on town’s bus street is flawed, rules traffic tribunal

Signage on town’s bus street is flawed, rules traffic tribunal

Andrew Forster

Lancashire county Council may repay hundreds of penalty... continue

17 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News

Contactless for Manchester buses

Stagecoach Manchester has introduced contactless bank card ticketing on its bus services. The initiative is part of a £12m UK-wide investment by Stagecoach in contactless technology. ... continue

17 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News

Mayor hopes for Crossrail 2 green light

Transport for London hopes to secure ministerial authority to prepare a hybrid Bill for Crossrail 2 in May – a decision that will infuriate politicians in the north of England who say priority should be given to phase 2B of HS2 and the Northern Powerhouse Rail plans (LTT 03... continue

17 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News

Grayling backs TfN becoming an STB

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has given a positive response to Transport for the North’s plan to become England’s first statutory sub-national transport body. TfN will now put the finishing touches to its proposals, and is hopeful of securing statutory status before the end of the... continue

17 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News

Carson to oversee Tyne and Wear Metro

Nexus has appointed Chris Carson as Metro services director to oversee the Tyne and Wear Metro, which transfers from DB Regio to Nexus on 1 April. Carson, 45, has been operations and safety director at DB Regio since February last year, and has 20 years experience in the rail sector.&n... continue

17 Mar 2017Local Transport Today People

Vaughan leads Metrolink

Transport for Greater Manchester has appointed Danny Vaughan as head of Metrolink, succeeding Peter Cushing who has overseen delivery of the Metrolink expansion programme, which culminated with the opening of the second city crossing last month (LTT 03 Mar). Vaughan has been Cushing’s deputy... continue

17 Mar 2017Local Transport Today People

Gilligan is SYPTE’s public transport head

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive has appointed Ben Gilligan as its new director of public transport. Gilligan was managing director of First South Yorkshire and First York from 2013 to 2015. Since then he has run his own consultancy and served as business development director at Flash... continue

17 Mar 2017Local Transport Today People

Station demand exceeds forecasts

Passenger numbers at two new rail stations are surpassing expectations, delegates at Landor’s Rail stations and property conference heard. Lea Bridge in east London saw 450,000 passengers in its first year – 27.8% above the 352,000 forecast. Kirkstall Forge in West Yorkshire attracted... continue

17 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News
Parking & Property: Building a better future for towns and cities

Parking & Property: Building a better future for towns and cities

Parking & Property 2017 8 June: 15 Hatfields, London Parking & Property is the only annual event dedicated to off-street parking. Over the past 7 years the conference has provided a forum for debate and sharing best practice among public and... continue

15 Mar 2017Parking Review Features
New West Yorkshire station takes one year’s traffic in five months

New West Yorkshire station takes one year’s traffic in five months

John W E Helm

Patronage at the new Kirkstall Forge station in West Yorkshire... continue

13 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News

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