Core Valley Lines asset transfer is not a template for elsewhere, says ORR

Andrew Forster

The regulatory framework for transferring the Core Valley Lines from Network Rail to Welsh Government ownership does not form a template for any future devolution of railway assets, the Office of Rail and Road has... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Business Briefing
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14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News
DfT remains vague over rail enhancements schedule

DfT remains vague over rail enhancements schedule

Rhodri Clark

The DFT is not saying when it will publish its pipeline of rail enhancement schemes, more than six months into Network Rail’s Control Period... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Long delay on review of VAT for transport projects

Rhodri Clark

HMRC has not yet completed a review started in 2017/18 of VAT charges for major transport projects. Some transport infrastructure bodies have been setting aside large amounts of money pending the outcome. Government bodies can recover VAT on goods and services in an agreed list but not on others.... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Welsh bus pass renewal should cut fraud risk

Renewal of all Welsh concessionary bus passes by the end of this year will reduce fraud risk, according to Stephen Jones, Flintshire County Council’s chief officer, streetscene and transportation. Jones said more than 37,000 passes were in circulation in Flintshire alone and many were no... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Swansea scales back EV charge plan

Swansea Council has greatly reduced the scope of its initial roll-out of electric vehicle charging points in parking areas, after receiving only 18 per cent of the funding it requested. A report to the council’s cabinet last week said the authority, which covers Wales’ second largest... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Monitoring reveals better air quality near new 50mph limits

Rhodri Clark

Air quality has improved at all locations in Wales where 50mph limits were imposed last year on trunk roads, although the mean traffic speed was significantly higher than 50mph. The Welsh Government introduced the 50mph limits in June 2018 and made them permanent last summer. This week it published... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Rail tunnel dowry seen as ‘risible’

The UK Government has offered a “risible” dowry for the transfer of a disused railway tunnel, which campaigners hope to convert into a cycling and walking route, according to a minister. Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council supports the campaign to reopen the two-mile tunnel at the... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News
Strike the right balance when regulating mobility apps - ITF

Strike the right balance when regulating mobility apps - ITF

Deniz Huseyin

Regulation of app-based mobility services should be... continue

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14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Uber app offers transport into

Ride-hailing platform Uber has announced that it is to begin offering users of its app information on public transport and other transport options such as bicycles and scooters, as well as its original taxi service. The company has also announced that it is to consolidate its food delivery service... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Is glamour of new tech misplaced investment, asks WLGA

Rhodri Clark

Local and national governments are at risk of misplacing investment amid the glamour and excitement of new transport technologies, the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) has warned. Commenting on the Welsh Government’s decarbonisation plan, the WLGA said a “careful cost-benefit... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Network Rail to roll out free WiFi across stations

Free wifi will be available at all mainline stations in Great Britain by spring 2021, Network Rail has announced. The roll-out of free WiFi across Network Rail’s 20 stations will begin at London Victoria next year.   Passengers cited free WiFi as one of the key improvements that would... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News
Welsh Government pledges to learn from Newtown failure

Welsh Government pledges to learn from Newtown failure

Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government has not denied that it has... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Traffic surges as Cardiff rail commuting stalls

Rail's share of Cardiff’s fast-growing commuter market is reducing but cycling has increased rapidly, partly as a result of the city’s new bike hire scheme. The annual monitoring report on the city’s Local Development Plan, based on data collected in 2018/19, also records that... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Severn M4 traffic rising

Westbound traffic on the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge was almost 20 per cent higher in July this year than in July 2018, before tolls were removed. Monthly statistics from Highways England show that from March to August inclusive, westbound vehicle numbers were between 16.4 per cent and 19.5 per cent... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

No legal basis for councils to buy First bus businesses

Rhodri Clark

The law does not explicitly permit councils to buy bus businesses, which FirstGroup is seeking to divest, Aberdeen councillors were informed last week. Councillors in several Scottish cities and South Wales are interested in taking over local FirstGroup operations. Some have instructed officers to... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Are customers short-changed by public inconvenience?

Rhodri Clark

Millions of pounds have been invested in making Britain’s railways more accessible to all, but is the effort being undermined by the general availability of toilets for passengers?  Passengers on ‘stopping’ services between Reading and London are accustomed to trains with... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today Comment

Let’s explore smart solutions to free up more rail capacity

Jonathan Tyler

The capacity of any section of railway is only determined in part by physical characteristics such as the number of tracks, permitted speeds and the signalling. Equally important are decisions about the design of the timetable. A line where homogenous trains all run at the same speed and call at... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today Comment

Phil Goodwin

Phil Goodwin

The 1950s battle against smog can clarify the ills of car dependency

I guess that not many readers of LTT will actually remember the reality of smog. The dark, filthy air was a mixture of smoke...

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14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today Comment
Re-think of side road junction layouts needed to ensure priority for pedestrians

Re-think of side road junction layouts needed to ensure priority for pedestrians

Lucy Marstrand

The other day I saw a heavily pregnant woman walking across a side road... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today Comment

Populist decisions often made about transport interventions

Tiff Lynch, Tonbridge, TN9

I'm still pondering Brian Dalton's analysis (“Climate threat means Britain must become a nanny state”, LTT 13 Sep). It is a shame that he likened climate change deniers to those who are still campaigning for a Brexit Remain option (or a well-informed Second Referendum?). Climate change... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today Comment

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