Deciding transport policy in Westminster to provide

Deciding transport policy in Westminster to provide "stability" and "maintain" U.K single market - ministers

Lee Baker

When transport powers are returned from the EU, "common UK frameworks may be required... to protect the freedom of businesses to operate across the UK single market," according to the Department for Exiting the European Union has declared. In a white paper for a 'Great Repeal Bill' setting out proposals for... continue

1 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Third Menai bridge project advances

The Welsh Government has awarded consultant AECOM a contract for initial design work on the Third Menai Crossing project to connect Anglesey with mainland Wales. The work involves identifying a preferred route for the road, which will relieve pressure on the two existing bridges over the Menai... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

‘Induced traffic doesn’t damage road case’

Induced traffic created by the proposed new M4 Relief  Road round the south of Newport does not undermine the case for building the road, the Welsh Government’s expert witness for the road has told the public inquiry.  Giving evidence on behalf of Gwent Wildlife Trust, which opposes... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

DfT refuses to release rail industry’s advice on spending

Rhodri Clark

The DfT is not publishing the Rail Delivery Group’s initial industry advice (IIA) on the next funding control period, despite the RDG’s separate advice for Scotland having been released in February. At the outset of the periodic reviews for previous control periods, Network Rail has... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

KSIs fall on average speed camera road in South Wales

Deaths and serious injuries on a section of the A465 Heads of the Valleys road in South Wales have more than halved since average speed cameras were installed in 2013.  GoSafe, the Welsh safety camera partnership, released data to LTT relating to the A465 between Dowlais Top and Hirwaun,... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Welsh concessionary reimbursement cut

Bus operators’ reimbursement for taking part in the Welsh Government’s free concessionary travel scheme has been reduced by 0.9% for 2017/18. The reimbursement rate has been pegged to the bus industry’s own cost index, rather than average fares, in recent years. A Government... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Transport for Wales staffing plan explained

Welsh infrastructure secretary Ken Skates has said that future staffing of Transport for Wales (TfW), the Welsh Government’s wholly-owned transport company that could employ almost 1,000 staff, will depend on what emerges from the current “competitive dialogue” with shortlisted... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Free travel for all on Welsh bus routes

The Welsh Government is to trial free weekend travel for all passengers on the TrawsCymru network of long-distance bus services for 12 months.  TrawsCymru services, funded by the Government, primarily serve long-distance rural corridors where rail services are absent or circuitous. However,... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News
Network Rail can’t be trusted on costs, says Welsh minister

Network Rail can’t be trusted on costs, says Welsh minister

Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government says its plan to take control of the... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Charities call for reform of debt recovery sector

Patrick McDonnell

Reforms that were intended to protect people in debt are not working, a group of charities has claimed. The 2014 Taking Control of Goods Act reformed bailiff law in England and Wales, but has so far had only limited success in protecting people from unfair practices, states a report produced by... continue

1 Apr 2017Parking Review Features

Bailiff firms receive customer system accreditation

Civil enforcement agents Equita and Ross & Roberts have been awarded the ISO 10002 accreditation for their customer satisfaction management systems.  Neil Smith, managing director of Equita and Ross & Roberts said the companies are the first enforcement agents to receive this... continue

1 Apr 2017Parking Review News
Welcome recognition for the  humble bus stop

Welcome recognition for the humble bus stop

Daniel Washington, Weymouth, Dorset DT4

The Welsh Government’s decision to include infrastructure and information standards in its recently published discussion... continue

31 Mar 2017Local Transport Today Comment

£50m bypass approved using 1990s appraisal

A Labour member of the National Assembly for Wales has expressed astonishment at the Welsh Government’s decision to fund a bypass despite the scheme’s appraisal dating from the 1990s. The Labour Government allocated £50m towards the planned A483 Llandeilo bypass in Carmarthenshire... continue

31 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News

Wales demands more rail spending

The Welsh Government is pressing the DfT to increase the proportion of rail enhancement expenditure in Wales.  Ken Skates, the Welsh cabinet secretary for economy and infrastructure, has told the House of Commons Welsh affairs committee that only 1% of rail enhancement expenditure for England... continue

31 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News

Concessions scheme ‘pushed up adult fares’

The Welsh concessionary travel scheme may have caused bus fares to increase faster than in Britain as a whole, the Welsh Government has admitted.  In 2002/03 Wales introduced Britain’s first nationwide free bus travel scheme for older and disabled people. Operators were reimbursed an... continue

31 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News

Average speed cameras for Wales

Denbighshire County Council has been awarded £366,000 to install average speed cameras along 13 miles of the A5104 in the south of the county. The funding is part of the Welsh Government’s £31.4m of grants for local authority transport schemes for 2017/18. Cardiff is awarded... continue

31 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News

Rural councils eye plan for new municipal bus companies

Rhodri Clark

Two rural councils in Wales have expressed clear interest in setting up their own bus companies, using powers that the Welsh Government proposes to give local authorities.  While the UK Government’s  Bus Services Bill prevents councils in England from forming new municipal bus... continue

31 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News

Help us solve train crisis, Wales asks DfT

The Welsh Government has called on the DfT to help solve a potential looming rolling stock crisis on the Welsh rail network. A large proportion of the train fleet used on the Wales and Borders franchise is non-compliant with new rolling stock accessibility rules that become mandatory on 1 January... continue

31 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News

Local firm eyes West Wales EV charging

Ceredigion Council is exploring with Pembrokeshire-based electric vehicle charging firm Park and Spark a plan to install charging equipment in council car parks. Ceredigion currently has no public charging points. Under the proposal, Park and Spark would install and maintain charging points for... continue

31 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News
Growing divide in road condition across country as one in six face failure - report

Growing divide in road condition across country as one in six face failure - report

Lee Baker

One in six roads are nearing the end of their life as local... continue

28 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News
LGA calls for nationwide parking ban

LGA calls for nationwide parking ban

Mark Moran

Laws allowing local authorities to ban pavement parking in London should be rolled out across the country... continue

28 Mar 2017Parking Review News

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