9 Aug 2018Parking Review Features

Bulldozing homes proposed to tackle roadside air pollution

Demolishing houses along one of Britain’s most polluted roads has emerged as one of the best options in a study to address air quality problems. In 2016, it was revealed that A472 Hafod-yr-ynys Road, in the South Wales Valleys, suffered the highest concentrations of roadside nitrogen dioxide... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News

Skates to probe balance of road review group

Welsh transport secretary Ken Skates is to ask Vale of Glamorgan Council whether a group convened to review options for a proposed new road is sufficiently representative. Objectors to the scheme to build a road between M4 Junction 34 and the A48 claim that the review group is dominated by... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News

Congestion at Severn Crossing set to worsen after end of toll

Rhodri Clark

The UK Government’s announcement that the M4 Severn Crossings tolls will be abolished slightly earlier than planned has coincided with official acknowledgement that congestion in the region will worsen. Statistics obtained by LTT confirm that traffic has grown substantially this year, despite... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News

Future of Port Talbot M4 slip road in doubt

Rhodri Clark

Closure of an M4 slip road in Port Talbot, trialled amid controversy several years ago, could become permanent to help achieve air quality improvements, the Welsh Government has said. The trial closure at Junction 41 in 2014/15 appeared to improve traffic flow on the M4 but triggered many... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News

Rail contract starts without infrastructure partners

The new Wales and Borders rail contract will start on Sunday without the Infrastructure Delivery Partners in place for the Core Valley Lines modernisation.  Transport for Wales awarded the 15-year Operator and Development Partner (ODP) contract to KeolisAmey in June. This includes operation... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News

Vivarail trains are ‘just a stopgap’

Vivarail trains converted from old London Underground vehicles were chosen for the Borderlands Line (Wrexham-Bidston) to keep open the possibility of future bi-modal trains operating through services from Wrexham to Liverpool, Welsh transport secretary Ken Skates has said. Independent AM Mandy... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News

Skates pledges more transparency

Welsh transport secretary Ken Skates has revealed that his department will publish “indicative regional budgets” alongside its spending lines. He was responding to criticism from an Assembly Member about billions of pounds being earmarked for the M4 Relief Road, Metro and other projects... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News

TfWM, Wales & Borders Railway – War against the motorist

If you are a regular user of Welsh trains and you think that much of the rolling stock you are forced to endure whilst travelling has seen better days then you are not alone – Transport for Wales chief executive James Price agrees with you. “I think people need to be aware that... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Assembly may determine M4 relief road

The fate of the controversial M4 Relief Road at Newport could be decided by the National Assembly for Wales rather than the Welsh Government, it emerged this week. Ministers previously conceded that AMs should vote on the £1.4bn scheme after the recommendations of the public inquiry are... continue

28 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Financials of Welsh rail franchise revealed

Welsh transport secretary Ken Skates has revealed  how the £5bn of public funding for the 15-year Wales and Borders rail operating contract is made up.  Skates said that about 64 per cent represented subsidy for the operating costs of rail services, 19 per cent was for... continue

28 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

‘Wishy washy’ active travel statements anger Welsh AMs

The Welsh Government came under cross-party attack last week for a “wishy washy” response to specific recommendations on improving implementation of the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013.  The Government accepted 11 recommendations from the National Assembly’s economy,... continue

28 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Innovation Labs for Welsh rail

The new Wales and Borders rail operator contract includes a £6m investment in “innovation labs” to capitalise on academic and staff expertise, it has emerged. KeolisAmey, which was awarded the 15-year contract in June, told staff that the labs would seek ideas from staff and... continue

28 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Future generations chief calls for green alternative to road

Rhodri Clark

The Future Generations Commissioner for Wales has published a report that claims investing in public transport and active travel would be a better use of money than the Welsh Government’s proposed M4 Relief Road at Newport. The Welsh Government appointed Sophie Howe after the Well-being of... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Confusion over cross-border bus route

A new long-distance bus route in Wales was temporarily shortened this week following “conflicting advice” over a short section of the route that lies in England.  When retendering bus services recently, Powys County Council joined three routes together to form a new two-hourly T12... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News
Killed By My Debt draws attention to stresses of personal debt

Killed By My Debt draws attention to stresses of personal debt

The story of a Jerome Rogers, a 20-year-old man who committed suicide after the escalation of debts associated with two traffic fines, has been dramatised. Killed By My Debt is the latest addition to BBC3’s series of one-off factual dramas... continue

8 Sep 2018Parking Review Features

Hammersmith & Fulham to end use of bailiffs for collecting unpaid Council Tax

Mark Moran

The London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham has adopted what it terms ethical debt, which include ending the use of bailiffs for Council Tax collection and helping residents avoid debt in the first place. The project will begin with former tenant arrears and housing benefit overpayments. Other... continue

8 Sep 2018Parking Review Features

Mark Moran

Mark Moran

Citizens Advice calls to kerb bailiffs

Citizens Advice is calling for better regulation of bailiff firms as it claims households have fallen behind on their essential...

8 Sep 2018Parking Review Opinion
Developing an ethical approach to parking debt recovery

Developing an ethical approach to parking debt recovery

A growing number of property owners are turning to parking management companies to ensure that the spaces they provide for customers, residents and employees are not abused. The front end of parking management schemes... continue

8 Sep 2018Parking Review Features

Wales explores bus-bike integration

The Welsh Government is exploring opportunities to integrate cycling with its TrawsCymru network of long-distance bus routes. Consultants will review best practice and explore opportunities such as: cycle hire; cycle parking; route planning; and route signage. “Consideration should also be... continue

31 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Promise of faster rail service dashed

Bidders for the Wales and Borders rail franchise were invited to propose longer journey times on a line where the Welsh Government has spent £49m on infrastructure improvements that were supposed to deliver faster journeys. When the investment between Shrewsbury and Chester was announced in... continue

31 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

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