Cities are our economic powerhouses, so TfN’s inter-urban focus is misguided

Anthony Ray

Transport for the North’s draft strategic transport plan, on which consultation closes next week (17 Apr), is a highly significant development for the whole of the  North of England. So, for the last two years, the... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today Comment
TfN criticised for presentation of Northern Powerhouse Rail

TfN criticised for presentation of Northern Powerhouse Rail

Andrew Forster

Transport for the North should change the way it presents... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Motorway link road shortlisted for HIF

A £132m east-west road across Wigan and Bolton is one of the 44 projects shortlisted in last month’s Housing Infrastructure Fund announcement (LTT 30 Mar). The road would connect the junction 26 of the M6 in Wigan with junction 5 of the M61 in Bolton and comprise nine separate projects,... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Merseytravel begins next stage of bus regulation study

Andrew Forster

Merseytravel is launching the next stage of a review into possible changes to the regulatory framework for buses in the area.  Consultant Steer Davies Gleave recently completed a strategic outline case of the regulatory options available to the Liverpool city region. Merseytravel will now... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Derbyshire works to revive bus fortunes

Derbyshire County Council is developing a long-term plan for buses following the decision to retain a bus subsidy budget. Councillors abandoned a plan to scrap the budget altogether in December 2016. Expenditure will, however, be cut by £1m this year (2018/19), from £3.8m to... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
Metrolink and active travel share DfT grant

Metrolink and active travel share DfT grant

Transport for Greater Manchester is to purchase more than 20 new Metrolink vehicles with funding from its share of the  DfT’s £1.7bn Transforming Cities... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Greater Manchester to run High Occupancy Vehicle lane trial

A trial conversion of bus lanes into high occupancy vehicle lanes features in a new congestion reduction plan for Greater Manchester. A Highways Academy is also planned, which will specialise in the design, management and operation of road networks. The congestion plan has been drawn up by combined... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Anthony Parnell Ellington Northumberland NE61

Anthony Parnell Ellington Northumberland NE61

Your excellent article on “a rail revolution in the North East” raised one or two interesting points (LTT 16 Mar). With the Government having funded the original Tyne and Wear Metro construction in the 1980s together with the more recent major modernisation programme to renew the... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Manchester Airport to scrap free ‘kiss & fly’

Manchester Airport is scrapping its free ‘kiss & fly’ drop-off lanes in order to ease traffic congestion. From June drivers will have to pay £3 to stop for five minutes outside the terminals, bus and train stations.  A free drop-off & ride service served by a shuttle... continue

13 Apr 2018Parking Review News

Harrogate to be AppyParking's smart parking testbed

The Yorkshire town of Harrogate will become the testbed for a system that links around 1,600 sensors in both on-street and off-street public parking bays to a payment app. Harrogate Borough Council and North Yorkshire County Council will enter into a contract with AppyParking for an 18-month... continue

13 Apr 2018Parking Review News

Manchester to refund late issued bus lane fines

Manchester City Council may have to repay thousands of bus lanes penalties after an internal review discovered some charges were issued too late. An error in the council’s automated system meant up to 23,500 penalty charge notices (PCNs) for bus lane contraventions were issued late over a... continue

13 Apr 2018Parking Review News
Silcock joins Open Parking

Silcock joins Open Parking

Open Parking has appointed Sharon Silcock as its business development manager with responsibility for... continue

12 Apr 2018Parking Review News
Zurich International builds car park for Isle of Man HQ

Zurich International builds car park for Isle of Man HQ

A new car park was built at the offices of Zurich International on the Isle of Man during the winter. The multi-storey car park was constructed for the insurance company by developer Dandara. It is located on the Isle... continue

12 Apr 2018Parking Review News
12 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
12 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

NR backs Blackpool open access trains

Network Rail has backed a proposed open access rail service between Blackpool North and London Euston. In a letter to the Office of Rail and Road last month, Network Rail says it plans to sell firm rights to Great North Western Railway for a service of four or five return trips (depending on the... continue

3 Apr 2018Local Transport Today Business Briefing

DfT invites West Coast Partnership rail bids

The DfT has issued the invitation to tender to shortlisted bidders for the West Coast Partnership, which will operate intercity West Coast and HS2 services.   The bidders are:  • First Trenitalia West Coast Rail (70% FirstGroup, 30% Trenitalia); • MTR West Coast Partnership (MTR... continue

3 Apr 2018Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Liverpool Airport goes for growth

Liverpool John Lennon Airport has published a strategic vision document to 2030, which also incorporates an airport masterplan to 2050. The airport currently handles about five million passengers a year and its owners want to increase this to 7.8 million by 2030.... continue

3 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Officer team for NE joint committee

A strengthened transport officer team is to be created in the North East of England, to serve the new North East Transport Joint Committee for the elected mayor-led North of Tyne Combined Authority (Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland), and the North East CA (Gateshead, South Tyneside,... continue

3 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Leeds accelerates 20mph roll-out

Leeds City Council is to accelerate the roll-out of 20mph speed limits across residential streets. Until now the council has been targeting implementation of the lower limits on streets in the vicinity of schools, with supporting traffic calming measures where necessary. There are still 90... continue

3 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
Government responds to Leeds station plan

Government responds to Leeds station plan

The Government has responded to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority about the masterplan to redevelop Leeds railway station to accommodate HS2, Northern... continue

3 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

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