Government approves Class C CAZs for Bath and Sheffield

Andrew Forster

The Government has approved plans for class C charging clean air zones (CAZ) in Bath and Sheffield. Proposals to improve air quality in Southampton, Rotherham, and... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News

Climate activists ‘plot Heathrow closure’

Direct action climate group Extinction Rebellion says it will not put air passengers’ lives at risk in any protests that aim to force the closure of Heathrow Airport.  Leaked emails have revealed  that the group discussed flying drones at the airport on 18 June to force its closure... continue

7 Jun 2019Local Transport Today News
Kent rewrites 20mph speed limit policy

Kent rewrites 20mph speed limit policy

Kent County Council is to pilot measures to slow vehicle speeds to 24mph so that signed-only 20mph speed limits can then be justified.  Kent... continue

7 Jun 2019Local Transport Today News
Oxford junction redesign will give more space to cyclists

Oxford junction redesign will give more space to cyclists

Oxfordshire County Council has approved a scheme to improve cycle safety at a notorious city centre junction.  Oxfordshire’s cabinet member for the environment, Yvonne Constance, last week approved the redesign of... continue

7 Jun 2019Local Transport Today News

DfT part-funds A120 Herts bypass

The DfT has awarded £27.4m towards Hertfordshire County Council’s £39.6m Little Hadham bypass on the A120 between Bishop’s Stortford and the A10. Work on the 2.5-mile road will start this month and should be complete next autumn. ... continue

7 Jun 2019Local Transport Today News
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Consultants eye Cambs business

Consultants will be briefed next week about market opportunities to help deliver transport investment in the Cambridgeshire area. Cambridgeshire County Council estimates that about £13m of consultancy work a year will be needed to support the transport investment plans of the Cambridgeshire... continue

7 Jun 2019Local Transport Today News

Cambs CA consults on new LTP

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority is consulting on a new local transport plan (LTP) for the area. The plan, prepared by consultant Steer, outlines the authority’s major infrastructure priorities, including the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM) bus rapid transit... continue

7 Jun 2019Local Transport Today News

Cambs CA reviews bus regulation

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority is asking bus operators for information about their existing services to inform a study into possible bus regulatory reform. The combined authority is exploring future operating models, including enhanced partnerships and franchising. The work... continue

7 Jun 2019Local Transport Today News

Cambs CA fails to appoint new chief

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has appointed joint interim chief executives John Hill and Kim Sawyer to the post permanently after a recruitment process failed to find a suitable full-time candidate. Martin Whiteley quit as chief executive last year, amid reports of a... continue

7 Jun 2019Local Transport Today News

Major rail investment urged for Cambridge

A need for a major investment to increase track and platform capacity in and around Cambridge rail station has been identified in a study.  Network Rail’s Cambridge corridor study has considered the rail infrastructure needed to provide for demand growth to 2043. The DfT provided 50 per... continue

7 Jun 2019Local Transport Today News

Brighton e-buses innovate

Brighton & Hove Buses is taking delivery of 30 hybrid buses capable of zero-emission operation through the council’s ultra-low emission zone. The buses also feature cameras that remove the need for wing mirrors.  The company is investing  £9.2m in the Euro VI micro-hybrid... continue

7 Jun 2019Local Transport Today News

Contactless trumps smartcard in Kent

The introduction of contactless ticketing by bus operators Stagecoach and Arriva takes ticketing forward beyond what the Kent +?Medway Connected pay-as-you-go smartcard promoted by Kent and Medway councils offers, says Kent. Neither operator participates in the smartcard and Kent officers told... continue

7 Jun 2019Local Transport Today News

HE holds market day for free flow charging

Highways England is holding an event next week for firms interested in bidding to supply a free-flow road charging system. The Government company says the need for the system (LTT 02 Feb 18) is “primarily driven by the Dartford-Thurrock river crossing existing road user charging scheme, and... continue

7 Jun 2019Local Transport Today News
Guided busway technology dismissed by Cambridge group

Guided busway technology dismissed by Cambridge group

On 4 June Chris Rand from the Smarter Cambridge Transport lobbying group used an opinion column in the Cambridge Independent newspaper to promote the idea of a light rail system for the city. “People use... continue

7 Jun 2019Local Transport Today Media Monitor
Lorry park retains Park Mark

Lorry park retains Park Mark

The Maxted Road Lorry Park in Hertfordshire has retained its Park Mark. The site was first awarded a Park Mark... continue

3 Jun 2019Parking Review News

Telent to maintain Essex traffic signals

Telent Technology Services has been awarded an eight-year contract for the provision of maintenance services for traffic signals and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) on behalf of the Essex Highways Partnership. Telent will be responsible for the maintenance of 231 traffic signal junctions, 262... continue

27 May 2019Parking Review Products & Services
PayByPhone awarded one-year extension in Bournemouth

PayByPhone awarded one-year extension in Bournemouth

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council has extended PayByPhone’s contract by 12 months. The mobile parking payment operator processed nearly 1 million transactions for Bournemouth in 2018. ... continue

27 May 2019Parking Review Products & Services

NAO raises Stonehenge concerns

The National Audit Office this week voiced concern about the value for money and deliverability of Highways England’s A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down project, which includes a two-mile tunnel beneath the Stonehenge World Heritage Site.  The project lies on the A303/A358 corridor linking... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News

Joint committee for Norwich transport

Norfolk County Council will set up a joint committee to oversee delivery of projects funded by its Transforming Cities Fund grant.  The committee will comprise the county council, Norwich City Council, Broadland and South Norfolk District councils and the Greater Anglia Local Enterprise... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News
Time savings were key to the M25 smart motorway project. They haven’t materialised

Time savings were key to the M25 smart motorway project. They haven’t materialised

David Metz University College London

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24 May 2019Local Transport Today Comment

Cambridgeshire’s BRT plan is a vast waste of money

Paul Withrington Director, Transport Watch Northampton NN2

Why is there this mania for bus rapid transit? LTT of 29 March reports the particularly lunatic 88-mile reserved bus network proposed by consultant Steer for Cambridgeshire (‘Cambs BRT network takes shape’).  The reported cost is between £3.69bn to £4.5bn, providing a... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today Comment

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