Reactions to UK's 'Green Industrial Revolution': where's the new cash?

Reactions to UK's 'Green Industrial Revolution': where's the new cash?

Juliana O'Rourke

Covering clean energy, transport, nature and innovative technologies, the Prime Minister’s blueprint is designed to allow the UK to move ahead with eradicating its contribution to climate change by 2050,... continue

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19 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News
Transport projects to benefit from £4bn Levelling Up Fund

Transport projects to benefit from £4bn Levelling Up Fund

Andrew Forster

The Chancellor this week  announced a new... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Covid may harm tram line funding plan

Covid-19 could force the City of Edinburgh Council to meet more of the costs of the Edinburgh tram extension to Newhaven from reserves.   Construction of the tram line from York Place in the city centre to Newhaven via Leith Walk is currently underway. The council believes the project can... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Hendy review floats idea of a UK strategic transport network

Sir Peter Hendy has invited evidence to inform his Union Connectivity Review for the Government, which is considering how better transport links between the UK’s four nations can promote economic prosperity and improve the quality of life. One of the issues that the review is keen to hear... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News
The members of Hendy’s review team

The members of Hendy’s review team

The government has named the four members of the Union Connectivity Review team who will support its chairman, Sir Peter... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

DfT rewards councils with best active travel plans

Seven areas of England have been rewarded with an extra portion of the DfT’s £175m Active Travel Fund grant because their bids reflected the ambitious programmes that the Government wants all councils to deliver. The beneficiaries are revealed in LTT’s comparison of the grant... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Double consultation for Edinburgh’s LTN

The City of Edinburgh Council is to hold two consultations on the city’s first low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) of residential road closures, with residents being asked for views before its implementation and after it has been installed.  The council plans to implement the scheme in the... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News
Clock ticking for fossil fuel cars

Clock ticking for fossil fuel cars

Sales of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned from 2030, the Prime Minister has announced, though sales of new hybrid cars and... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Bids open for Scots bus priority fund

Transport Scotland has invited bids for the first tranche of its £500m Bus Partnership Fund for bus priority measures such as bus lanes, bus ‘gates’, guided busways and traffic signal priority.  The initial tranche will pay for the preparation of scheme appraisals and... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Fears voiced over free youth bus travel

West Lothian Council has raised concern about the Scottish Government’s plan to give Scots aged under 19 free bus travel (LTT 13 Nov). “Consideration should be given to whether some young people may utilise the bus for a ‘social space’ instead of for travel, for example on... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News
National road pricing on Treasury’s radar

National road pricing on Treasury’s radar

The Treasury is looking again at nationwide road pricing to replace lost fuel duty as more motorists switch to electric vehicles.   The Times reported last... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Re-build A83 ‘in existing corridor’

The Scottish Government should build a new route for a landslip-prone section of the A83 trunk road in the same corridor, Argyll and Bute Council and the regional transport partnership have said. Transport Scotland launched a consultation in late September on options for a new road to end the... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Rail industry reviews demand forecasts

The rail industry has set up a Rail Covid Forecasting Group to  inform decision-makers about how rail demand could evolve through the pandemic and beyond. The group’s work was discussed at Network Rail’s board meeting in September, the minutes of which have just been released. The... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Scots confined to travel in council areas

Residents in many parts of Scotland cannot travel beyond their local authority boundaries without a reasonable excuse under new laws introduced to tackle Covid-19. Regulations came into force in Scotland last week supporting the Scottish Government’s five levels of restriction to control the... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Request stop rail stations go hi-tech

The rail industry is to trial technology to reduce the cost and time associated with trains stopping at ‘request stop’ railway stations. Passengers waiting to board a train will press a button on the platform, informing the train driver via the signalling system to stop. Frank Roach,... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Renewed effort to sell Prestwick

The Scottish Government is making a renewed effort to sell Glasgow Prestwick Airport in Ayrshire. Covid-19 disrupted a proposed sale earlier this year to AGS Airports, the owner of Glasgow and Aberdeen airports (LTT 16 Oct). The Government is placing a new invitation for expressions of interest in... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Scots spending plan ‘too road-focused’

Environmental groups in Scotland want the Scottish Government to reassess its transport spending priorities, saying they are too roads-focused and at odds with the Government’s declaration of a climate emergency. The groups have written to transport secretary Michael Matheson expressing... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Shetlands trials lower speed limit

Shetland Islands Council is to trial lower speed limits as a way of supporting active travel on the A970 South Road on the south-western edge of Lerwick. Temporary traffic regulation orders will be used to lower the speed limit  on sections of the road from 60mph to 30, 40 and 50mph between... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Floating bus stops may have a hidden impact on behaviour

I wanted to comment on David Hunter’s excellent article about ‘floating bus stops’ (‘The jury’s still out on the safety of Edinburgh’s floating bus stops,’ LTT 2 Nov). As so often, the data that has been collected about the bus stops on Leith Walk is about... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today Comment
The future is smart: the transition from free-floating to smart parking

The future is smart: the transition from free-floating to smart parking

Most current shared micromobility services originate from the Chinese bike-share wave that landed in Western countries in 2017. Ofo and Mobike turned the free-floating model into the most common and most scalable, disrupting the established public bike-share industry.... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

SPT forecasts £4.7m-£6.2m deficit because of Covid-19

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport is forecasting a deficit of between £4.7m and £6.2m in 2020/21 because of Covid-19, even after making £5.9m of budget savings. SPT believes the Scottish Government’s £7.5m grant to cover losses on the Glasgow Subway from July to... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today People

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