21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News
Gatwick presses for Brighton rail upgrade

Gatwick presses for Brighton rail upgrade

Gatwick Airport is calling on the Government to commit funding to a major increase in rail capacity on the London to Brighton railway.   The rail upgrade is... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

‘Big freight potential for East West Railway’

Ministers must not use cost-cutting or new funding mechanisms to undermine the East West Rail (EWR) project’s potential to carry freight, the Rail Freight Group (RFG) has said. The DfT is currently reviewing East West Rail chairman Rob Brighouse’s report into how the costs of EWR phase... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

Orange alert for emergency refuge

Highways England is trialling an orange road surface in an emergency refuge area on the M3 smart motorway near Camberley, Surrey, in an effort to make them more visible to motorists. Highways England said the change was part of an ongoing review into the design and spacing of emergency areas on... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

Severn Crossing tolls to end next year

The Government is to abolish tolls on the Severn Crossings at the end of 2018, Welsh secretary Alun Cairns has announced. The end of the tolls will follow the transfer of the two bridges from Severn River Crossings plc to the management of Highways England. The standard tolls, which only apply... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

Oxford to Cambs Expressway contract

Highways England has awarded consultant Jacobs a £15.1m contract to conduct the options stage of the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway project. The contract runs to 30 September 2019. It was procured via lot 1 of the HE’s collaborative delivery framework. ... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

Further cost rise for Metrobus route

The estimated cost of the Metrobus bus rapid transit (BRT) programme in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset has risen again.  MetroBus comprises three routes: Ashton Vale to Temple Meads, Bristol’s North Fringe to Hengrove, and the South Bristol Link. The South Bristol Link... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

Confusion as Gatwick meet & greet operator goes out of business

Mark Moran

Passengers returning to Gatwick Airport were left unable to find their cars after a meet & greet company went out of business. Gatwick First Parking ceased trading early this week, meaning when their customers arrived at the London airport they found no cars waiting. And with the company not... continue

20 Jul 2017Parking Review News

Bracknell residents wanting Blue Badge warned about online scam

Patrick McDonnell

Disabled drivers in the Berkshire town of Bracknell are being warned about a website scam where people pay for help applying when applying for a Blue Badge. A Blue Badge gives people with disabilities the right to free street parking. A Bracknell Forest Council spokesman said: “We have... continue

20 Jul 2017Parking Review News

ANPR cameras could replace barriers at Oxford hospitals

Mark Moran

Automatic number-plate recognition (ANPR) cameras may replace parking barriers at two busy Oxford hospitals to alleviate parking problems. Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Foundation Trust is seeking to manage demand for parking spaces at the John Radcliffe and Churchill hospitals in... continue

19 Jul 2017Parking Review News
‘Taxi Cop’ takes to the beat in Bristol

‘Taxi Cop’ takes to the beat in Bristol

Mark Moran

A police officer will enforce taxi rules and regulations in Bristol and South Gloucestershire as part of a campaign... continue

13 Jul 2017Parking Review News

ParkBee expands UK portfolio

Mark Moran

ParkBee, a company that enables private car park owners to market their sites to the general public, has signed up its first car park in Nottingham. Located on Foxhall Road, the car park offers parking for 80p an hour and £4 a day. Spaces are booked via the ParkBee website and payments are... continue

13 Jul 2017Parking Review News

Enterprise Car Club launches in Winchester

Enterprise Car Club has launched a scheme in Winchester with the support of the city council.... continue

7 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

UNESCO criticises Stonehenge plans

UNESCO this week called on the Government to rethink its plans for dualling the A303 in the vicinity of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site. UNESCO said the 2.9km twin bore tunnel and 2.2km of dual carriageway approach roads would have an adverse impact on the “outstanding universal... continue

7 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News
Cambridge sets sights on autonomous public transport

Cambridge sets sights on autonomous public transport

Cambridge could become a centre for driverless public transport systems according to two reports released this week, which have the backing of local authorities and the city’s research community. One... continue

7 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

Keyless peer-to-peer car sharing

Peer-to-peer car sharing firm HiyaCar has launched a form of keyless mobile technology that enables users to hire out their car without giving away their car keys. The QuickStart technology requires car owners to have a ‘black box’ installed under the dashboard of their car by Hiyacar... continue

7 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

HE approves noise barriers for M40

Highways England is to install noise barriers along sections of the M40 through Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. The £5m programme will see barriers installed at eight locations between junction 3 (Loudwater) and junction 5 (Stokenchurch). Construction should start this autumn.... continue

7 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

‘Sell-off Gatwick station to airport’

Selling Gatwick Airport station’s freehold to the airport’s owners could solve an impasse over who should pay for the station’s upgrade, says Chris Gibb.  A plan to upgrade the station with additional concourse and platform capacity has stalled because of a lack of agreement... continue

7 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News
‘Use E Sussex electrification to pilot new rail funding model’

‘Use E Sussex electrification to pilot new rail funding model’

Andrew Forster

The Uckfield branch line in East Sussex should be electrified... continue

7 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

Rethink Thameslink ambitions, says Gibb

Andrew Forster

Plans for a big increase in north-south train service frequencies across central London when the £7bn Thameslink programme is completed next year should be reviewed, says a report into the troubled Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) franchise ordered by transport secretary Chris... continue

7 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

East West Rail cost ‘reduced by a third’

A cost review of the next phase of the East-West Rail project has identified ways to reduce the cost from £1.5bn to £940m, LTT understands. The East West Rail project will restore a rail connection from Oxford in the west to Cambridge in the east. The next phase (phase two) of the... continue

7 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

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