Future Generations chief under fire for M4 relief road criticism

Future Generations chief under fire for M4 relief road criticism

Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government has accused the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales of making “wholly unwarranted” suggestions that the M4 relief road plans are at odds with the... 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

No clarity on CP5 projects

Network Rail did not receive the expected clarification last month from the DfT about the status of enhancement schemes in England and Wales that were originally programmed for Control Period 5 (2014/15 to 2018/9). The Control Period 6 strategic business plans published by Network Rail routes in... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
Transport for Wales to operate Cardiff’s new bus station

Transport for Wales to operate Cardiff’s new bus station

Rhodri Clark

Government company Transport for Wales will operate... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Welsh bus funding row

The bus industry has written to local authority leaders in Wales to say that a recent funding announcement by the Welsh Government was “highly misleading”. On 23 March, the Government issued a press release titled “Bus grants to keep Wales moving”, in which transport... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Cardiff and Caerphilly ordered to prepare air quality action plans

Cardiff and Caerphilly councils are to conduct feasibility studies into bringing nitrogen dioxide concentrations down to within EU limit values within the shortest possible time.  The Welsh Government directed the two councils last month to prepare a plan, mirroring the direction that the... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Rail time savings deferred

Promised rail journey time savings between North and South Wales can only be delivered by omitting station stops, Network Rail has revealed.  NR has just completed a £49m Welsh Government improvement scheme between Chester and Shrewsbury. It was originally due for completion in 2015 and... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Councils hostile to Welsh Government’s reform plans

Local government leaders say the Welsh Government has caused disquiet and confusion by producing new merger proposals. The Government’s previous plan to reduce the number of Welsh councils to eight or nine was abandoned after Labour failed to win a majority of Assembly seats in May 2016.... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
Sherrington leads First Cymru

Sherrington leads First Cymru

Andrew Sherrington (pictured) has been appointed managing director of Swansea-based bus operator First Cymru. He... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today People
Welsh community rugby club parking upgraded

Welsh community rugby club parking upgraded

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is spending £150,000 on upgrading parking at a local rugby club. The investment in Pontyclun Rugby Club comes after the South Wales... continue

12 Apr 2018Parking Review News

Cause of falling debris in Pontypridd car park investigated

The cause of falling debris in a multi-storey car park in Pontypridd, South Wales, is being investigated by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council. The problem is affecting the basement level of the Berw Road car park, which is used to park police vehicles so is not open to the general public. The car park was... continue

12 Apr 2018Parking Review News

Guardian calls for collective action on the future of driving

“The internal combustion engine has changed the world as much as almost any other invention of the last 150 years,” The Guardian suggested in an editorial on 25 March. “The car has reshaped our cities and colonised our imaginations [because] it seems to offer autonomy for... continue

3 Apr 2018Local Transport Today Media Monitor

PM authorised axe of South Wales wiring

The prime Minister, Theresa May, personally approved the cancellation of the Cardiff to Swansea electrification project last summer, the National Audit Office revealed this week. The NAO’s report investigates the circumstances surrounding the cancellation of three electrification projects... continue

3 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
Temporary cut to EV charging proposed to avert blackouts

Temporary cut to EV charging proposed to avert blackouts

Andrew Forster

Electric vehicle owners may have to accept temporary... continue

3 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Welsh council mergers proposed

The Welsh Government has published a Green Paper on local government reform in which its favoured option is to replace the current 22 unitary authorities with ten. The need for regional working in some topics, including transport, is emphasised. The Government says its conversations with... continue

3 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Mismatch in Welsh cycle scheme criteria

The Welsh Government’s design standards for active travel infrastructure are inconsistent with the cycling route audit tool contained in the same design guidance, according to Cardiff Council. The audit tool was developed for local authorities to audit existing and proposed routes, with... continue

3 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Active travel investment ‘won’t work without revenue funding’

Rhodri Clark

A shortage of revenue funding for promoting active travel in Wales risks a political backlash against investment in cycling and walking routes, the Welsh Local Government Association has warned. The pioneering Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 focuses on the infrastructure needed to encourage walking... continue

3 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
TfW hopes Valley Lines wiring will come in under £500m

TfW hopes Valley Lines wiring will come in under £500m

Rhodri Clark

Transport for Wales is hoping to electrify more than... continue

3 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Changes in the Valleys

While all railway eyes have focused on the problems with the East Coast Main Line franchise and the partnership solution announced by the DfT, the Welsh Government has quietly been pressing ahead with a more radical alternative to franchising as we know it. Rather than set a franchise specification... continue

16 Mar 2018Local Transport Today Comment

WSP & Jacobs win Welsh road work

Transport for Wales has awarded WSP the contract to manage development control cases for the motorway and trunk road network across Mid and North Wales. Jacobs has won a contract for South Wales covering development control cases; advice on highway structures; and noise and air quality p... continue

16 Mar 2018Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Law review for self-driving vehicles

The Government has commissioned the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission to conduct a three-year review of legal obstacles to the introduction of self-driving vehicles. The review will consider matters such as:  • who is the ‘driver’ or... continue

16 Mar 2018Local Transport Today News

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