Weeks, not months, to deliver change

Weeks, not months, to deliver change

Robert Huxford

"We recognise this moment for what it is: a once in a generation opportunity to deliver a lasting transformative change in how we make short journeys in our towns and cities.”    This is Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps’ message in the foreword to the statutory... continue

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28 May 2020Local Transport Today News

Country’s battery electric car strategy is ‘doomed to failure’

Andrew Forster

The Government’s push to electrify road transport is based on naivety, the undue influence of the Committee on Climate Change, and a lack of engineering expertise within Government, an academic has said.  Professor Michael Kelly, the former chief scientific adviser to the Department for... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

CCC touts scrappage scheme to boost EVs

A scrappage scheme to replace fossil fuel cars with battery electric versions should be considered as part of the UK’s Covid-19 recovery programme, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has said.   CCC chief executive Chris Stark raised the idea at the final meeting of Climate Assembly... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Motorway rapid EV charging plan

Every motorway service area in England will have at least six rapid electric vehicle chargepoints in place by 2023, the DfT has said. The chargepoints will be funded by a rapid charging fund announced in the Budget in March. Some service areas will have ten to 12 of the 150-350kW chargepoints, all... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

CO2 ‘a bigger threat than Covid-19’ – TRL

Man-made climate change threatens to cause more havoc to lifestyles than Covid-19, according to the chief executive of TRL. “Climate change, unless mitigated, will make the havoc wrought by Covid-19 look like a (regulated, once a day) walk in the park,” said Paul Campion. “We have... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News
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Councils release blueprint for Toton HS2 access

A three-phase plan to connect the HS2 station at Toton, between Derby and Nottingham, into local and regional transport networks has been published by councils and business leaders.  The access strategy for Toton station – now dubbed the HS2 East Midlands Hub – envisages... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Vision for faster Anglo-Scots rail

Improving rail connectivity to Scotland is a higher priority than building the HS2 Phase 2b high-speed line from Crewe to Manchester, Greengauge has told the National Infrastructure Commission. Greengauge says the Government should focus on bringing the rail journey time from London to Glasgow and... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Government hid HS2 problems to keep it on the rails, say MPs

A committee of MPs has accused the Government of hiding the problems afflicting HS2 from Parliament and the public in order to ensure the project was not scrapped.  “The Department and HS2 Ltd seemed to believe that a lack of transparency with Parliament and the public on the problems... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Review transport priorities – ICE

A rapid review of major transport plans is needed to reassess priorities in the aftermath of Covid-19, the Institution of Civil Engineers has said.  “It would be prudent to conduct a rapid review of the phasing of major programmes, particularly within transport, to ascertain what should... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News
Don’t forget urban transport – NIC

Don’t forget urban transport – NIC

The Government must not  its commitment to funding major public transport in English cities because of Covid-19, the National... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Green light for Old Oak

The planning application for the Old Oak Common HS2 station has been approved by the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation OPDC). The station, promoted by HS2 Ltd, will have 14 platforms: six for HS2 services and eight for  Crossrail, Heathrow Express and Great Western... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News
Wiltshire creates team to lead M4-South Coast road upgrade

Wiltshire creates team to lead M4-South Coast road upgrade

Andrew Forster

Wiltshire Council is creating an officer team to take... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Cash for ten rail reopening projects

Ten rail reopening proposals have been awarded a share of £500,000 from the Ideas Fund stream of the DfT’s Restoring Your Railway fund.  The projects are:  reopening Meir Railway station between Stoke-On-Trent and North Staffordshire passenger services on the Barrow Hill line... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News
EEH prioritises corridors for  transport studies programme

EEH prioritises corridors for transport studies programme

England’s Economic Heartland is sifting a shortlist of  transport corridors to determine which should be the subject of studies to inform investment planning.  An initial long list of corridors was drawn up... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

German rail contract problems weigh on Go-Ahead’s mind

The Go-Ahead Group is undertaking a “comprehensive” review of its loss-making German rail contracts. In Baden-Württemberg  the company reports a shortage of drivers and problems with the late delivery of trains. “In light of ongoing challenges, a comprehensive review of... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Voi poaches from Bird

Swedish E-scooter firm Voi has recruited the UK head of rival firm Bird oversee the company’s launch of services in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands.  Richard Corbett joins from Bird UK, a subsidiary of rival US Bird.  Voi said Corbett had been “responsible for leading... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Bus builder calls for new vehicle spend

Bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis is urging the UK Government and devolved administrations to commit to a programme to build up to 10,000 ultra-low and zero emission buses over the next four years. The company says many would be battery electric but others could by hydrogen powered for routes where... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Shearings enters administration

The parent company of Shearings, one of Britain’s best known coach operators, has gone into administration because of Covid-19. Specialist Leisure Group offered tours, cruises, holidays and hotel breaks. Graham Vidler, chief executive of the Confederation of Passenger Transport, said:... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News
The wisdom of crowding

The wisdom of crowding

John Dales Urban Movement

The idea of ‘the Wisdom of Crowds’ may have its roots... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Can we have a transport plan for life after lockdown in rural areas, please?

You won’t have read the newspaper article “A ‘new normal’: how coronavirus will transform transport in Britain’s rural communities” because it hasn’t been written. This is a pity but quite telling. Replace “rural areas” with “cities”... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today Comment

In Passing

Grant Shapps’ transport announcements this weekend about upgrading the A66 and the new Covid-19 bus grant was overshadowed by the brouhaha over the lockdown travel diaries of the PM’s top aide, Dominic Cummings. So when Shapps appeared on the Sunday’s political talk shows, he... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today Comment

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