Scotland is in the EV driving seat, says eVolt boss

Scotland is in the EV driving seat, says eVolt boss

The expansion of electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure in Scotland has been driven by forward-looking local authorities and the Scottish... continue

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14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Dundee plan to scale up mobility innovations

The Mobility Innovation Living Lab (The MILL) in Dundee is leading a £2.5m programme of innovation pilots. We are demonstrating how smart transport technologies, business models and data can improve wellbeing, says Anna Day, Partnerships Manager, Urban Foresight: The MILL was established by... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today Features
DfT remains vague over rail enhancements schedule

DfT remains vague over rail enhancements schedule

Rhodri Clark

The DFT is not saying when it will publish its pipeline of rail enhancement schemes, more than six months into Network Rail’s Control Period... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Long delay on review of VAT for transport projects

Rhodri Clark

HMRC has not yet completed a review started in 2017/18 of VAT charges for major transport projects. Some transport infrastructure bodies have been setting aside large amounts of money pending the outcome. Government bodies can recover VAT on goods and services in an agreed list but not on others.... continue

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Call for new roads body for Scotland

Maintenance of local roads on Scotland’s mainland should be entrusted to 12 new authorities, Scottish Road Works Commissioner Angus Carmichael has told MSPs. This would strike a better balance between accountability and efficiency than the current “poor model”, where local... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Transport Scotland underspend

Transport Scotland’s net underspend in 2017/18 was 10 per cent of its budget, partly because of slippages in major projects and in the “Revolution on Rail”. The budget for the year was £2,421m while the net underspend was £244.378m, more than double the... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News
Strike the right balance when regulating mobility apps - ITF

Strike the right balance when regulating mobility apps - ITF

Deniz Huseyin

Regulation of app-based mobility services should be... continue

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14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Uber app offers transport into

Ride-hailing platform Uber has announced that it is to begin offering users of its app information on public transport and other transport options such as bicycles and scooters, as well as its original taxi service. The company has also announced that it is to consolidate its food delivery service... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Network Rail to roll out free WiFi across stations

Free wifi will be available at all mainline stations in Great Britain by spring 2021, Network Rail has announced. The roll-out of free WiFi across Network Rail’s 20 stations will begin at London Victoria next year.   Passengers cited free WiFi as one of the key improvements that would... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Edinburgh 20mph limit cuts speeds

The roll-out of 20mph limits across Edinburgh has resulted in “significant” drop in speeds, according to a report from the city council. Monitoring of 66 sites showed that speeds feel by 1.34mph on average, and by up to 2.41mph in some areas. Research has shown that every 1mph fall in... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

No legal basis for councils to buy First bus businesses

Rhodri Clark

The law does not explicitly permit councils to buy bus businesses, which FirstGroup is seeking to divest, Aberdeen councillors were informed last week. Councillors in several Scottish cities and South Wales are interested in taking over local FirstGroup operations. Some have instructed officers to... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Cyclists portrayed as both aggressors and the victims of motorists’ rage

Rik Thomas

Two very different perspectives on the country’s cyclists appeared in the media in late September/early October. On 27 September, for example, Eastern Daily Press business editor Richard Porritt asked rhetorically if “Some cyclists [are] just yobs in tight shorts?” “Why... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today Media Monitor

Are customers short-changed by public inconvenience?

Rhodri Clark

Millions of pounds have been invested in making Britain’s railways more accessible to all, but is the effort being undermined by the general availability of toilets for passengers?  Passengers on ‘stopping’ services between Reading and London are accustomed to trains with... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today Comment

Let’s explore smart solutions to free up more rail capacity

Jonathan Tyler

The capacity of any section of railway is only determined in part by physical characteristics such as the number of tracks, permitted speeds and the signalling. Equally important are decisions about the design of the timetable. A line where homogenous trains all run at the same speed and call at... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today Comment

Phil Goodwin

Phil Goodwin

The 1950s battle against smog can clarify the ills of car dependency

I guess that not many readers of LTT will actually remember the reality of smog. The dark, filthy air was a mixture of smoke...

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14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today Comment
Re-think of side road junction layouts needed to ensure priority for pedestrians

Re-think of side road junction layouts needed to ensure priority for pedestrians

Lucy Marstrand

The other day I saw a heavily pregnant woman walking across a side road... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today Comment

Transport is poorly equipped to deal with climate events

Nick Richardson, Portsmouth, PO6

Your enlightening focus on climate change in recent issues shows how polarised views can become. On the one hand, there are those who are convinced that climate change is a direct result of human activity (doom-mongers) and on the other hand there is a scientific community that is not convinced of... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today Comment

Populist decisions often made about transport interventions

Tiff Lynch, Tonbridge, TN9

I'm still pondering Brian Dalton's analysis (“Climate threat means Britain must become a nanny state”, LTT 13 Sep). It is a shame that he likened climate change deniers to those who are still campaigning for a Brexit Remain option (or a well-informed Second Referendum?). Climate change... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today Comment

Staff costs up at Transport Scotland

Transport Scotland’s staff costs increased by 13 per cent in the last financial year. The total number of permanent staff went up by 15 per cent from 398 to 459, for which the full-time equivalent was 427.4. Consultants employed by TS increased by 22 per cent to 82, with consultancy costs... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Hazel joins Edinburgh transport board

George Hazel has been appointed to the Board of Transport for Edinburgh. Hazel was previously a board member of MaaS [Mobility as a Service] Scotland. He has also advised Scottish Enterprise on delivering the national smart mobility programme and has published the book Making Cities Work... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today People

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