Edinburgh seeks powers for workplace and retail parking levy

The City of Edinburgh Council wants the Scottish Government to give councils the power to introduce a levy on workplace and customer car parking.  The council will initially... continue

20 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Edinburgh to get citywide EV charging network

Plans for an electric vehicle charging network across Edinburgh have been approved by the city’s transport and environment committee. Edinburgh has more than 23% of all licensed electric vehicles in Scotland. The City of Edinburgh Council and Transport Scotland commissioned the Energy Savings... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News

‘Premature’ opening of Forth crossing

An MSP has questioned whether the new Forth road crossing was opened prematurely, given that disruptive works followed its opening in August 2017. A recent Audit Scotland examination of the Forth replacement crossing’s construction found that the final cost, £1.34bn, was 8% to 16% lower... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News

SNP presses for new aviation duty

Scottish transport secretary Michael Matheson is calling on the UK Government to solve the “defective” devolution that has delayed the halving of Air Passenger Duty (APD). The Scottish Government intends to replace APD with an Air Departure Tax (ADT), which is 50% lower than APD, and to... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News

Bill could legitimise pavement parking, says Transform Scotland

The Transport (Scotland) Bill as currently drafted will legitimise pavement parking in busy commercial areas, according to Transform Scotland. The Bill includes a section that would prohibit parking on footways to facilitate movement by pedestrians, wheelchair users and others. However, Transform... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News

ScotRail faces penalty for missing smartcard target

Rhodri Clark

ScotRail is likely to be penalised next year for missing its target of 60% of journeys being made with smart ticketing, following slow take-up of its smartcard. Usage of mobile tickets will count towards that target, Transport Scotland said last week, but ScotRail’s m-ticketing product is... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News

Scots back clearer rules on private parking, says MSP

There is widespread support in Scotland for better regulation of the management of parking on private land, a consultation on proposed legislation indicates. Respondees also want to see an independent appeals service, but do not like the idea of introducing keeper liability, the consultation... continue

6 Oct 2018Parking Review News
6 Oct 2018Parking Review News
Inverness Airport updates digital parking reservations service

Inverness Airport updates digital parking reservations service

Inverness Airport is now using  online parking booking services provided by Rezcomm. People travelling to the airport will now be able to pre-book their parking directly online before travelling, as well a host of other ancillary services... continue

6 Oct 2018Parking Review Products & Services

RTPs want share of revenues from new charging schemes

Andrew Forster

Scotland’s regional transport partnerships want a share of any revenues from new forms of road charges such as workplace parking levies. The Scottish Government is currently considering whether to amend the Transport (Scotland) Bill 2018 to include provision for workplace parking levies. The... continue

28 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Nestrans pays back developer funds

The North East Scotland transport partnership is repaying money collected from its strategic transport fund, which was quashed by the UK Supreme Court last year following a legal challenge. Treasurer Alan Wood said: “The opening balance for 2018/19 is £1,847,449. Contractors have... continue

28 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

MSP publishes Bill for default 20mph limit

A bill to make 20mph the default speed limit on built-up roads in Scotland has been presented to the Scottish Parliament.  Green MSP Mark Ruskell’s   Restricted Roads (20mph speed limit) Scotland Bill would reduce the default limit from 30 to 20mph on ‘restricted roads’... continue

28 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Edinburgh consults on transport policies

The City of Edinburgh Council has launched a consultation to gauge views on a range of transport policies. The main consultation asks for views on matters such as a Low Emission Zone, a workplace parking levy, further residents parking schemes, and a “single type of ticket or fare payment to... continue

28 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Salisbury joins WSP from Jacobs

Iain Salisbury has joined consultant WSP as design and build director in the highways team based in Glasgow. He joins from Jacobs, where he worked as a project director delivering schemes such as the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route and a section of the M60 widening in Manchester.... continue

28 Sep 2018Local Transport Today People
Sustrans welcomes Scotland’s Safer Streets Bill

Sustrans welcomes Scotland’s Safer Streets Bill

Patrick McDonnell

Sustrans has welcomed the launch of the Safer Streets Bill, which seeks to make 20mph the standard speed on residential streets in Scotland.... continue

25 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Average speed cameras praised

An average speed camera system has been credited with dramatically improving speed limit compliance on an urban road in Edinburgh. Cameras were installed on the Old Dalkeith Road a year ago. Vincent Fisher, manager of the east safety camera unit covering nine local authorities, said that fewer than... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News
Transport Bill’s bus powers won’t arrest decline, says SPT

Transport Bill’s bus powers won’t arrest decline, says SPT

Andrew Forster

The Scottish Government’s bus reforms will do... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

North Lanarks studies high-speed rail station

North Lanarkshire Council is developing a proposal for a high-speed rail parkway station in the vicinity of Coatbridge, which would be served by cross-border services. The council is commissioning an £80,000 consultancy study to help build a “robust and compelling case for a... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Just Eat sponsors Edinburgh bike hire

Takeaway delivery firm Just Eat is  sponsoring Edinburgh’s public bike hire scheme, which launched this month. The scheme is operated by Serco but branded Just Eat Cycles. Hire rates are £1.50 for up to an hour; £3 for day use; and £90 for 365 days of one-hour hires.... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Patronage growth on Borders Railway

Patronage on the Borders Railway between Edinburgh and Tweedbank continued to rise in its third year of operation, according to train operator ScotRail. The railway re-opened in September 2015 and carried 1.3 million passengers in year one, 1.37 million in year two, and 1.5 million in year... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Construction of new station begins

Construction of a new rail station at Robroyston, between Stepps and Springburn on the Glasgow to Cumbernauld line, has commenced. The station, expected to open next December, will serve a new residential development of 1,600 homes and feature 258 car parking spaces. The £14m costs are being... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

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