11 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

TfN to review its plan against climate targets

Environmental campaigners are hoping Transport for the North will jettison some of its road plans next year, in a review to ensure its new strategic transport plan (STP) is consistent with Government climate change targets. The STP, approved by TfN’s board last month, includes extensive plans... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News
Lancs defers decision to raise bus station departure charges

Lancs defers decision to raise bus station departure charges

Andrew Forster

Lancashire County Council has deferred a decision on... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Re-regulate the buses – Manchester

Councillors on Manchester City Council have voted in favour of bus re-regulation in a motion calling for the alleviation of transport poverty.   Manchester’s full council approved a motion tabled by Labour councillor Nasrin Ali, which said the council “fully supports the... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

North East cuts transport levy 1.1%

The transport levy paid by the seven local authorities in the north-east of England will be cut by 1.1 per cent (£882,000) in 2019/20, from £83.65m this year to £82.77m. About £54.9m (66 per cent) is spent on concessionary travel (£51.3m for the statutory scheme and... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Liverpool/Wirral miss out on pod study cash

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has rejected proposals for studies into new people mover technologies, such as pods, in Liverpool city centre and the Wirral.  The CA invited constituent authorities to bid for a share of £500,000 of DfT Transforming Cities Fund grant for studies... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Bike lane appeal lost

The Court of Appeal has rejected Transport for London’s  bid to overturn a High Court judgment that has blocked construction of a Cycle Superhighway.  Last September the High Court blocked Transport for London’s plan to start construction of Cycle Superhighway 11, between... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Delay tunnel closure, Bradford asks HE

Councillors in Bradford want Highways England to delay work to permanently close a disused railway tunnel, which  campaigners say could form part of a new cycle/walking route to Halifax. The 2.3km-long Queensbury Tunnel was built in the 1870s but the rail line closed in the 1950s. The tunnel... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

FirstBus on board with York LEZ?plan

York’s biggest bus operator has welcomed the council’s new plan for a bus-based clean air zone (CAZ), which should be implemented in January 2020. Councillors last month approved the CAZ covering the city centre and inner ring road. It will require buses to be Euro VI or better, except... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

A clash of ideologies

Having discussed transport and climate change in this column last issue, we find ourselves making a return journey, albeit via a different route. The question last time concerned the consistency between the Climate Change Act obligations and the infrastructure plans of  Government and bodies... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today Comment

TfN’s absurd plan for a new Trans-Pennine rail link

John Helm Chatham ME4

Northerners visiting London and the South East for the first time frequently express astonishment at the length of local trains. In the south, formations of eight, ten and twelve cars are not uncommon, but up north a six-car set is regarded as a long train, and many are barely half that length.... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today Comment

First Bus may sell Gtr Manchester bus business

FirstGroup is reportedly considering the sale of its struggling Greater Manchester bus business. The operator provides services focused on the north of the conurbation, with depots in Manchester, Bolton and Oldham. Depots in Bury and Tameside closed in 2017 and Rusholme closed in January. The... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Outsourcing highways would be poor value – Derbyshire

Derbyshire County Council has ruled out a joint venture or outsourcing its highways service, saying the options represent poor value for money compared with restructuring the in-house team. The council commissioned Proving Services Ltd, part of Cranfield University’s School of Management, to... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Ramsey is NECA’s transport lead

Sheena Ramsey has been named lead chief executive for transport at the North East Combined Authority. Ramsey is chief executive of Gateshead Council, one of four councils that make up NECA (along with South Tyneside, Sunderland and Durham). Former members Newcastle, North Tyneside and... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today People
2 Feb 2019Parking Review News
2 Feb 2019Parking Review News
Historic Harrogate rail station to re-launch as park & ride

Historic Harrogate rail station to re-launch as park & ride

The developer behind a new village community near Harrogate in Yorkshire has unveiled plans to reopen a historic railway station as a park & ride facility. Flaxby Park has acquired Goldsborough’s former station house and... continue

2 Feb 2019Parking Review News
2 Feb 2019Parking Review News

South Yorkshire PTE predicts rise in concessions bill

South Yorkshire PTE expects concessionary travel reimbursement paid to the area’s bus operators to rise again next year, ending a long period of decline. The PTE says the reduced  payments in recent years are partly because of the rising age of eligibility for a concessionary pass, which... continue

1 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Lancs & Yorks Rail company urged

Regional not-for-dividend rail companies in charge of track and trains should be set up in parts of England, says the Railway Reform Group. It calls for Lancashire and Yorkshire Railways to run the railways in the metropolitan belt from the Mersey to the Humber. The group is chaired by Paul... continue

1 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News
York approves bus-based CAZ  despite operator opposition

York approves bus-based CAZ despite operator opposition

Andrew Forster

Story updated at 16.30 Tuesday 12 February after the... continue

1 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

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