Gatwick station upgrade progress

A planning application to upgrade Gatwick Airport rail station has been submitted to Crawley Borough Council. The application proposes almost doubling the size of the concourse, new escalators, widening platforms 5 and 6, and a new roof. Network Rail says funding parties will make a final decision on the project in the autumn. A positive outcome would allow construction to begin in 2019, with completion in 2022. The project has been stalled because of a dispute over funding (LTT 07 Jul 17). In a report for ministers last summer, rail manager Chris Gibb said the project had £120.5m assigned to it in Network Rail’s control period 5. “Since the original concept was developed, the specification and costs have risen significantly, but have not been matched by the budget,... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
Second Severn Crossing to become The Prince of Wales Bridge

Second Severn Crossing to become The Prince of Wales Bridge

Patrick McDonnell

The Second Severn Crossing is to be renamed The Prince of... continue

17 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
First trials taxibuses to feed passengers onto main routes

First trials taxibuses to feed passengers onto main routes

Andrew Forster

FirstGroup is to launch a trial urban taxibus service... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
DfT reviews airport surface access funding

DfT reviews airport surface access funding

The DfT is reviewing funding arrangements for surface access improvements to airports, and asking who should own the roads and railways that serve airports – the... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
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Bristol Metrobus is ready to roll

Bristol Metrobus is ready to roll

The first of three ‘Metrobus’ bus rapid transit routes will launch in Bristol on 29 May, following a £230m... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Ashford International fit for new trains

A £10m project has been completed to allow the new fleet of Siemens-built Eurostar trains to call at Ashford International station in Kent. The investment has seen the installation of KVB signalling, which is used on the rest of High Speed 1, and platform works. The launch of services has,... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Highways England's road upgrade consultation is a sham, says green group

Andrew Forster

Environmental campaigners have described Highways England’s consultation on a major road improvement in Gloucestershire as “a sham”, saying it only presents one realistic option. Consultation ended last month on plans to upgrade the three-mile A417 ‘missing link’ in... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Wiltshire backs South West STB proposal

Wiltshire Council has backed the formation of one or more sub-national transport bodies in the South West of England, saying not doing so willleave the area “significantly disadvantaged” in securing Major Road Network (MRN) funding.  “There is a compelling argument for the... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
Distinguish MRN and PRN, says Wiltshire

Distinguish MRN and PRN, says Wiltshire

The major Road Network (MRN) of the most important local authority roads could create confusion with the Primary Route Network (PRN), Wiltshire Council has... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Cornwall wants share of fuel duty

Cornwall Council wants the Government to devolve 2p per litre of fuel duty from vehicle fuel sold in the area to help fund the upkeep of the council’s 4,560 miles of road. Cornwall says the 2p topslice would raise £7.5m a year. The proposal features in the council’s New Frontiers... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Community transport reforms alarm Devon

The DfT’s proposed community transport reforms could have a devastating impact on lifeline transport in rural parts of Devon, the county council is warning.  The DfT is currently consulting on requiring community transport operators conducting commercial work to hold a public service... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
Bath assesses three options for a charging Clean Air Zone

Bath assesses three options for a charging Clean Air Zone

Andrew Forster

Bath and North East Somerset Council has shortlisted... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Road tech interests Herts

Hertfordshire County Council wants to put itself at the forefront of road technology developments.   Ralph Sangster, Hertfordshire’s cabinet member for highways, told cabinet colleagues: “We don’t know exactly what is going to happen, or when, or how, but I want us to track... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
First sub-contracts Metrobus route to social enterprise firm

First sub-contracts Metrobus route to social enterprise firm

Andrew Forster

FirstGroup is to sub-contract the operation of one of the... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Brighton tenders professional services

Brighton & Hove City Council is to procure a four-year transport professional services framework. The current framework with Peter Brett Associates, the Project Centre, and Mott MacDonald, expires in September.  ... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

More criticism over vagueness of Heathrow proposals

Following criticism in The Times of a lack of detail in the current plans for the expansion of Heathrow Airport (Media Monitor LTT 30 Mar), Andy Slaughter, Labour MP for Hammersmith, added his voice to the argument against expansion in an article on the Labour List website. “The publication... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today Media Monitor
Bristol Temple Meads needs effective bus interchange

Bristol Temple Meads needs effective bus interchange

Gavin Smith Secretary Transport for Greater Bristol Alliance Bristol BS4

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13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Govia Thameslink Railway extends Indigo parking contract

Train operator Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has extended Indigo’s parking management contract by three years.  Indigo has run car parks on the GTR network across the South East of England since October 2015.  The Parking Management and Ancillary Services Contract spans the three... continue

13 Apr 2018Parking Review News
Dolphin rewards the Dolphin centre with People's Parking status

Dolphin rewards the Dolphin centre with People's Parking status

The Dolphin Shopping Centre multi-storey car park has been awarded the People’s Parking accreditation by its namesake, Helen Dolphin MBE. The town centre car park, which is owned and operated by the Borough of Poole Council, has recently... continue

13 Apr 2018Parking Review News

‘Half-on half-off’ pavement idea tested in Bath

A trial of a potential solution to pavement parking has taken place in Bath. Parking bays that straddle the street and footpath have been painted by Bath and North East Somerset Council at the suggestion of a councillor who had received complaints from residents about drivers parking fully on the... continue

13 Apr 2018Parking Review News

Cornwall to cut disabled parking charges to £350

Cornwall Council is to cut the cost of creating disabled parking spaces for residents from over £3,000 to £350. Councillors agreed to a review after a woman with multiple sclerosis said it would have cost her £3,800 to put in a special space where she lives. Cornwall has also... continue

13 Apr 2018Parking Review News

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