Mobile camera enforcement aids vulnerable people, says Welsh council

Rhodri Clark

Using a camera car to enforce parking regulations at bus stops, schools and pedestrian crossings helps the most vulnerable members of society, according to an authority that recently began its own mobile... continue

6 Dec 2018Parking Review News

RSPB wins Anglesey parking battle

The RSPB can install pay & display to charge for parking at Elin’s Tower and at South Stack near Holyhead on Anglesey. The cliffs at South Stack are breeding grounds for guillemots, razorbills and puffins during springtime and a busy tourist attraction. Local councillors had rejected the... continue

12 Dec 2018Parking Review News
Blue Badge thefts up six-fold in five years, says LGA

Blue Badge thefts up six-fold in five years, says LGA

The theft of Blue Badges used by disabled motorists in England has risen by 45% in the past 12 months and is up sixfold since 2013, the Local Government Association (LGA) reports. The number of people caught... continue

10 Dec 2018Parking Review News

Rhondda Cynon Taf to establish regional PCN processing hub

Rhodri Clark

Five more unitary authorities in South Wales are preparing to take on civil parking enforcement (CPE), using the established back office function of Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) council for processing. Gwent Police has informed Caerphilly, Newport, Torfaen, Monmouthshire and Blaenau Gwent councils of... continue

6 Dec 2018Parking Review News

Bristow & Sutor launches advisory panel

Debt recovery agency Bristow & Sutor (B&S) has created an Independent Advisory Panel which will be tasked with ensuring it delivers an enforcement service that engages with debtors in a sensitive, respectful way and helps them to find solutions to their problems. B&S provides collection... continue

3 Dec 2018Parking Review News
Plan to replace Dee Bridge

Plan to replace Dee Bridge

The Welsh Government is consulting on replacing the A494 Dee Bridge, which carries heavy cross-border... continue

23 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News

City’s NO2 modelling contrasts with Defra’s

Cardiff Council’s local air quality modelling has reached different conclusions about the city’s air quality problem from the Government’s national modelling. The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Pollution Climate Mapping (PCM) model had forecast that... continue

23 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News

No cash to re-open street to traffic

Reintroducing traffic to a pedestrianised street in Flintshire on a trial basis has been judged a success, but vehicles will be prohibited again because the layout is not suited to long-term traffic use. Holywell High Street was pedestrianised in 1992 to provide a “safe and unobstructed... continue

23 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News

M4 vote could slip beyond Jones’ tenure

Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones hopes to make a decision on the controversial M4 Relief Road before he steps down and before a debate – with a promised “binding vote” – is taken in the National Assembly for Wales. Jones’ tenure as First Minister ends on 6 December.... continue

23 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News

Wales extends youth bus discount

The upper age limit for Wales’ discounted bus travel scheme will be raised next month from 18 to 21. Passengers require a free MyTravelPass (MTP) card to prove their eligibility for a one-third discount on adult fares. The Welsh Government introduced MTP as a pilot for 16 to 18-year-olds in... continue

23 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News

Swansea city-region transport planning

Councils in the Swansea Bay City Region are to bid for European funding to develop a regional approach to strategic planning, transport and economic development. The four authorities (Swansea, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, and Neath Port Talbot) have already set up a joint committee to oversee... continue

23 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News

Questions raised over £2m Welsh bus review

The Welsh Government’s draft budget for 2019/20 sets aside £2m for a bus review.  Bus operators have contrasted the allocation with the Government’s freezing of Bus Services Support Grant (BSSG), which itself was a 25% reduction on the predecessor grant to operators. The... continue

23 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News

Storage policy for mobility scooters

The growing number of mobility scooters has prompted Vale of Glamorgan Council to draw up a storage policy to address issues in premises that were not designed to accommodate such vehicles. Scooters parked in communal areas of council-owned residential blocks can obstruct routine or emergency... continue

23 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News

Council to put obese kids on e-bikes

Five electric bikes are to be acquired by Conwy County Borough Council to provide cycling opportunities for “hard to reach” overweight children. The initiative will cost £10,000, with the authority providing £5,000. An officers’ report for Conwy’s cabinet said... continue

23 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News

ECI contracts to be awarded for Core Valley Lines upgrade

Rhodri Clark

Transport for Wales will start awarding its first Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) contracts in the first quarter of next year, to enable construction firms to contribute to elements of the design process for Core Valley Lines enhancements. The Core Valley Lines (CVL), north of Cardiff, are due... continue

23 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News

Welsh rail subsidy rises instead of falls

Subsidy for the new Wales and Borders rail operator has increased substantially, confounding the Welsh Government’s expectation of a major reduction. The Government is allocating £33m from reserves to bridge most of the funding gap next year. Welsh transport secretary Ken Skates said... continue

23 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News

Welsh Government - Network Rail - Extinction, Rebellion

An item in this column in July asked: “Are we the only ones to think the Welsh Government may come to regret giving employees of KeolisAmey, the new operator of the Wales and Borders franchise, Transport for Wales job titles? Ministers will surely be only too keen to highlight the difference... continue

23 Nov 2018Local Transport Today Comment

PATROL cuts costs to member councils

PATROL has reviewed the basis for charging for 2018-19 and reduced the level for its 300-plus member authorities in England (outside London) and Wales from 35p to 30p per penalty charge notice (PCN). PATROL’s (Parking and Traffic Regulations Outside London) Joint Committee agreed in January... continue

10 Nov 2018Parking Review News

Clarity on Welsh bus policy delayed again

A consultation on future Welsh bus legislation has been delayed, despite ministerial claims that better certainty and consistency are needed to reverse declining patronage. Transport secretary Ken Skates told a National Assembly for Wales committee in April that a consultation would be held over... continue

9 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News
December date for Assembly’s binding vote on M4 relief road

December date for Assembly’s binding vote on M4 relief road

Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government will give the National Assembly of... continue

9 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News

Valley Lines transfer advances

Keolis Amey Wales Cymru Ltd, operator of Wales and Borders rail services, has formally applied for a Transport and Works Act Order to authorise the transfer of the Core Valley Lines from Network Rail to Transport for Wales. The application was submitted on behalf of Welsh Government ministers. A... continue

9 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News

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