Glasgow bus operators react angrily to council’s LEZ plans

Glasgow bus operators react angrily to council’s LEZ plans

Rhodri Clark

Glasgow City Council has sparked anger among bus operators by deciding to focus its Low Emission Zone (LEZ) exclusively on buses initially. One operator is talking to... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

Transport partnership mooted for Ayrshire

The three Ayrshire councils are exploring forming a partnership for economic development services, which could ultimately  take responsibility for roads and local transport.  North, South and East Ayrshire councils say the joint economic development service could underpin the proposed... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Court quashes NE Scotland’s developer transport fund

Local authorities in north-east Scotland are rethinking their developer transport fund after the UK’s Supreme Court ruled it unlawful.  The ruling affects the Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development Planning Authority’s (SPDA) tariff-based strategic transport fund. It was set... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Scots planning reforms ‘must link to transport’, says COSLA

Local government in Scotland has urged ministers to ensure the effective integration of transport and land-use planning, ahead of the expected publication of a Planning Bill next month.  The Bill will abolish strategic development plans for the city regions of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth and... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Glasgow buses go contactless

Bus operator First Glasgow has introduced contactless bankcard ticketing on all of its services. The ticketing is also available on First Aberdeen services and will be rolled out to First Scotland East/Midland Bluebird soon. ... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

New financial rules for Scots RTPs

Transport Scotland is consulting on giving the seven regional transport partnerships (RTPs) more flexibility in how they manage their finances. Transport Scotland says there is a need to clarify that RTPs can build up reserves from one financial year to the next. The consultation also asks if there... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Joint committee for Edinburgh city deal

A joint committee is being set up to oversee implementation of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal signed earlier this year, which includes £140m of transport improvements  (LTT 04 Aug). The committee will include elected representatives from the six councils –... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Edinburgh installs bike-friendly junction

The City of Edinburgh Council has installed what is said to be Scotland’s first two-stage right turn facility for cyclists at the junction of McDonald Road and Leith Walk. Cyclists on Leith Walk wanting to turn right into McDonald Road will first be directed into a waiting area on the left in... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Heathrow-Edinburgh demand drops 15%

Demand on the UK’s busiest domestic airline route has fallen by about 15% in five years, according to the DfT. Passenger numbers between Heathrow and Edinburgh were 1.3 million in 2011, with nearly half of passengers transferring to/from another flight at Heathrow. Passenger numbers between... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Cole resigns from Bus Users UK

Stuart Cole has resigned from the board of Bus Users UK, citing concerns about the consumer body’s approach to the growing devolution of bus policy. Cole, emeritus professor of transport at the University of South Wales, joined the board in 2015. In his resignation letter, he said BUUK saw... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News
Central Retail Park receives Park Mark award

Central Retail Park receives Park Mark award

The Hammerson-owned Central Retail Park in Falkirk has received Park Mark, the Safer Parking Scheme award.  Central Retail Park is the first site run by property... continue

5 Nov 2017Parking Review News

Inverness to trial free parking in city centre

Drivers in Inverness will get 15 minutes free when parking in the city centre for the next year. The free parking period is designed to help drivers making quick pick-ups from shops and services in the city centre. Drivers will collect a ticket from pay & display machines entitled them to 15... continue

5 Nov 2017Parking Review News

Edinburgh tram inquiry continues to fascinate

Rik Thomas

More than five weeks into the Public Inquiry into what has become commonly referred to as the ‘Edinburgh Tram Fiasco’, the revelations as to exactly what went wrong with the multi-million pound public transport project are continuing to generate vast quantities of column inches in the... continue

27 Oct 2017Local Transport Today Media Monitor

‘Parts of Scotland affected by transport poverty’

More than one million Scots live in areas that are at risk of transport poverty, according to new research released by sustainable transport charity Sustrans. Up to 20% of neighbourhoods studied were at risk of transport poverty occurring, said Sustrans. The areas at highest risk were accessible... continue

27 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

Edinburgh consults on parking permit surcharge for diesel vehicles

Mark Moran

City of Edinburgh Council is consulting on the application of a diesel surcharge to parking permits in a bid to improve air quality. The council is reviewing its parking permit scheme as part of its Parking Action Plan. There are an estimated 8,000 diesel permit holders’ vehicles in... continue

25 Oct 2017Parking Review News

Aberdeenshire Council reviewing on-street parking decriminalisation

Mark Moran

Aberdeenshire Council is considering decriminalising parking enforcement in town centres across the north-east of Scotland. Towns in Aberdeenshire include Peterhead, Inverurie, Fraserborough and Stonehaven. The local authority has control over car parks, but regulation of kerbside parking rests... continue

23 Oct 2017Parking Review News

Scotrail free returns scheme

The ScotRail Alliance has announced a scheme that will offer two free return journeys a month for jobseekers attending an interview and a free ScotRail travel ticket for the first month of a person’s return to work. The alliance is also promoting the Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

MaaS pilot in Scotland

A trial in Dundee and North Fife will allow young people aged 16-25 to find, book and pay for the fastest and cheapest transport using a web app called NaviGoGo. The app was created by a consortium led by the ESP Group, which also includes Mudlark, the National Entitlement Card (NEC), Route Monkey,... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News
Transport Scotland to study Levenmouth rail scheme

Transport Scotland to study Levenmouth rail scheme

Rhodri Clark

Scottish transport minister Humza Yousaf has told Transport Scotland to look into re-opening a six-mile disused rail line between Leven in Fife and a junction with the Edinburgh to Dundee line.... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

Red surfacing for tram routes

Edinburgh is installing red-surfaced cycle lanes on a number of key points along the tram route in the city centre. The measures, are the first in a three-phase project to help all road users keep themselves and each other safe when negotiating the capital’s tram tracks. They are aimed at... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

Edinburgh line approved

Plans to extend the Edinburgh tram system to Newhaven has been approved in an Outline Business Case (OBC) by the city council. Newhaven, north of the city centre, was originally scheduled for the initial Edinburgh tram scheme in 2008. But the 3.2km Newhaven section had to be dropped because of... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

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