Local borrowing and appraisal overhaul needed to fill northern England's funding gap - think-tank

Lee Baker

The Northern Powerhouse strategy needs to be backed by greater investment secured through more local borrowing and appraisal of the wider economic benefits of schemes, a think-tank said. The IPPR North said that with his first autumn statement the Chancellor continued a situation where... continue

22 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News
Leeds' new plans to overhaul transport to be delivered to ministers, says newspaper

Leeds' new plans to overhaul transport to be delivered to ministers, says newspaper

Lee Baker

Fresh proposals to turn around Leeds' transport system are "on the verge of being... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

TfGM sees need for rapid transit tunnels

Tunnels may have to be built under Manchester city centre to accommodate rail-based rapid transit in the long-term, according to Transport for Greater Manchester’s new transport strategy.  Manchester’s second city crossing for Metrolink services will open on 26 February. But... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Barnsley axes child concession scheme

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council is to scrap its more generous child concessionary travel scheme on buses from April. The  Mi-card scheme was introduced in 2009. Initially it gave cardholders under 18 free travel on buses between 9am and 9pm on weekdays but budgetary pressures have seen... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Public debate on travel demand

The Commission on Travel Demand has announced a public debate after its first evidence meeting in Leeds on the 7 March. The debate topic is: ‘This house believes that forecasting has had its day’. Booking is required to attend the event, which runs from 17.30 to 18.45 at the Institute... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News
Controversial Peak District road scheme may be revived

Controversial Peak District road scheme may be revived

Andrew Forster

A controversial trunk road scheme on the western edge... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News
Yorkshire mayor could prompt further transport shake-up

Yorkshire mayor could prompt further transport shake-up

Andrew Forster

Local authorities are discussing the idea of an... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Mayoral CA for Cheshire?

The three unitary authorities in Cheshire are preparing plans for a mayor-led combined authority, which would be the local transport authority for the area.  Warrington, Cheshire East, and Cheshire West and Chester councils are preparing a formal governance review, which will make the case for... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Woodward is Leeds high-speed rail prof

Peter Woodward has been appointed professor of high-speed rail engineering at the University of Leeds. Woodward is currently the Atkins professor of high-speed railways at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. At Leeds he will be responsible for developing a new Institute for High Speed Rail... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today People

Early end for Amey’s Liverpool contract

Liverpool City Council is terminating its highways maintenance contract with Amey LG Ltd by mutual agreement. Liverpool awarded Amey nine-year contracts for highways and street cleaning in 2013, worth £113m. In a joint statement the council and Amey said this week: “Both Amey and... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

HS2 Phase 2b contracts awarded

HS2 Ltd has awarded contracts for the design of phase 2b of the high-speed rail network, from Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to West Yorkshire. Consultant CH2M will serve as HS2 Ltd’s phase 2b development partner, and three civil design and environmental services contracts have... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

John Dales

John Dales

A Great British High Street

Next time you’ve got the chance to go away for a few days, leave the arrangements to someone else. I recommend it. Left to...

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today Comment
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 6 years the conference has provided a forum for debate and sharing best practice among public and... continue

15 Feb 2017Parking Review Features

Parking patrol team to be scrapped by Stockton-on-Tees council

Patrick McDonnell

Stockton-on-Tees council is to axe its parking patrol team as part of cost-cutting measures. The council’s six civil enforcement officers (CEOs) will be merged into a new team of ‘civic enforcement officers’ along with four anti-social behaviour officers and 14 neighbourhood... continue

13 Feb 2017Parking Review News
Greater Manchester seeks rapid transit expansion with tunnels as 0.6m more daily trips set to be made

Greater Manchester seeks rapid transit expansion with tunnels as 0.6m more daily trips set to be made

Lee Baker

Transport for Greater Manchester will seek to accommodate 600,000 extra daily trips in less... continue

10 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News
Southern access for Newcastle station to unlock development

Southern access for Newcastle station to unlock development

Lee Baker
8 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News
8 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Three North East councils seek to revive devolution deal

Andrew Forster

Three local authorities in the North East Combined Authority (NECA) are in talks with the Government about reviving a devolution deal that could see them receive additional transport funding and powers. Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland – the three NECA authorities on the north... continue

3 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Sheffield city-region mayor delayed a year

The election of a mayor for the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority has been delayed a year because of the need to reconsult on plans for Chesterfield Borough Council to become a full member of the authority.   The Sheffield City Region deal, struck in October 2015, saw the Government... continue

3 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

South Yorks sets rail cash conditions

Sheffield City Region Combined Authority is making a £5m contribution to improving the Midland Main Line in Leicestershire conditional on the Government committing to electrify the railway to Sheffield. Network Rail’s £54.5m Market Harborough project will improve the linespeed... continue

3 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Burnham pledges to boost cycle spend

Andy Burnham, Labour’s candidate for the Greater Manchester mayoral election, has pledged to increase spending on cycling if elected in May. Interviewed by Cycling UK president Jon Snow, Burnham said: “My commitment at the moment – I don’t think I can get to [London mayor]... continue

3 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

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