Wales wants control of rail infrastructure

The Welsh Government will urge the UK Government’s rail review led by Keith Williams to recommend devolving rail infrastructure in Wales, to complement the Wales and Borders franchise, which has already been devolved. Welsh transport minister Ken Skates raised the issue when he met Williams this week. Skates told the Assembly last week: “We know that the UK Government’s [rail] enhancement programme is not serving Wales and is not meeting our needs. So far, we have not seen one of the business cases announced when the UK Government cancelled electrification to Swansea over 18 months ago. No funding for any enhancement schemes for our railway has been committed.”... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Concerns voiced over public aid for municipal Cardiff Bus

Rhordri Clark

The use of public resources to help loss-making municipal company Cardiff Bus is starting to be queried, amid concerns about fairness to other bus operators.  The company, owned by Cardiff Council, has acknowledged it could go bust unless it returns to profitability, and proposes service cuts... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Public inquiry into S19/S22 permit use

The legality of a community transport organisation in South Wales operating services using Section 19 and Section 22 permits is to be scrutinised at a public inquiry later this month. Welsh traffic commissioner Nick Jones has called Accessible Caring Transport, of Mountain Ash, near Aberdare, to a... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News
Foot crossing impasse goes to public inquiry

Foot crossing impasse goes to public inquiry

A public inquiry will be held in May into Network Rail’s closure of a foot crossing in Deganwy in North Wales, and Conwy County Borough Council’s formal Order for... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

M4 Severn crossing traffic up after toll axe

Westbound traffic on the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge was 12.2 per cent higher last month than in January 2018, data from Highways England reveal. Tolls for both Severn Crossings, the M4 and the M48, which were payable westbound only, were removed on 17 December. In January 2018 they had been reduced... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News
Rail data ‘hampering investment planning’

Rail data ‘hampering investment planning’

The Cardiff Capital Region Transport Authority (CCRTA) says that comparing the value of spending on rail versus other modes of transport is impossible because the... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Robinson leads TfW in North Wales

Transport for Wales has appointed Lee Robinson as its development director for North Wales. Robinson, who will be based in Wrexham, has been director of economy and place at Wrexham County Borough Council for nine years. Minister for transport and minister for North Wales, Ken Skates, said Robinson... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today People

P&R for Flintshire industrial estate

Rhodri Clark

Flintshire County Council is planning to construct a park & ride facility for employees at one of Europe’s largest industrial estates, where on-street parking has been causing problems. The 2,000-acre Deeside Industrial Park (DIP) in Flintshire, North Wales, provides employment for more... continue

2 Feb 2019Parking Review News
Vale of Glamorgan tackles shop worker parking problems

Vale of Glamorgan tackles shop worker parking problems

Rhodri Clark

A local authority in South Wales is trying to... continue

2 Feb 2019Parking Review News
Calls for better enforcement in Gwent

Calls for better enforcement in Gwent

Rhodri Clark

Complaints about problem parking are mounting in an area of South Wales where civil parking enforcement (CPE)... continue

2 Feb 2019Parking Review News

Gwynedd towns set to lose free Xmas parking

Rhodri Clark

Gwynedd Council has proposed to end free parking before Christmas and increase car park charges. A consultation ended on 31 January and the results will inform the authority’s financial decisions for 2019/20. Over the last eight years the rural North Wales authority has seen a £14m cut... continue

2 Feb 2019Parking Review News

‘Too much scope for fraud in concessions’

Welsh traffic commissioner Nick Jones has called for better controls on concessionary travel claims in the wake of the Express Motors fraud case last year. He also suggests councils should work together in consortia to improve their handling of public funding for bus services. Five men from... continue

1 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News
1 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

‘Better deal needed to end bridge tolls’

Pembrokeshire Council wants a better financial settlement from the Welsh Government to accompany the removal of tolls from the Cleddau Bridge in April. The bridge, which opened in 1975, crosses the estuary of Milford Haven and carries about 4.4 million vehicles a year. Cars are charged 75p and... continue

1 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Poor understanding of 50mph limits for NO2

The Welsh Government has acknowledged that it should  provide clearer explanations for 50mph speed limits introduced last year to reduce airborne nitrogen dioxide concentrations.  A minister intimated last week that compliance may be poor because drivers do not understand the reason for... continue

1 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Welsh Government to probe Cardiff 20mph speed limit

The Welsh Government has decided not to begin to review its guidance on setting local speed limits until it has understood the effectiveness of 20mph limits and zones in Cardiff. Powers to set national speed limits were devolved to Wales last year, prompting some Assembly Members to call for 20mph... continue

1 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Cycleway for old railway alignment

Monmouthshire Council in South Wales is to purchase the disused railway alignment between Crick and Caerwent and turn it into a walking/cycle route. The council says the cost of purchasing the just under two miles of line (2.9km) could be about £100,000. The railway served a Ministry of... continue

1 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

WLGA wary of transport power shift from councils to TfW

Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Local Government Association has expressed  concern that Government agency Transport for Wales (TfW) may receive extra resources to take over functions from councils.  In evidence to a National Assembly for Wales committee inquiry into TfW’s future development, the WLGA... continue

1 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Wales ‘needs multiple transport authorities’

Wales will need at least three Joint Transport Authorities (JTAs) rather than the proposed one, traffic commissioner Nick Jones told an Assembly committee last week. The Welsh Government effectively abolished Wales’ four regional transport consortia in 2014 but in its recent White Paper on... continue

1 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News
Traffic Commissioner still has no office

Traffic Commissioner still has no office

The Traffic Commissioner for Wales still has no office, more than two years on from when it was formed, with commissioner Nick Jones having to work from home... continue

1 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Cardiff Bus axes services to cut losses

Municipally-owned Cardiff Bus has announced service cuts, including the closure of its low cost operating subsidiary, as the company seeks to cut losses.  All six routes operated by Cardiff Bus subsidiary Vale Busline will be withdrawn next month. The subsidiary was established in 2016 to... continue

1 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

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