Appraisal ‘at odds with climate agenda’

Current transport appraisal methods with their focus on time savings are inadequate for the climate change agenda, the chief executive of Transport for Wales?has said. James Price told the National Assembly for Wales inquiry on transport decarbonisation: “[One] thing I think is worthy of some real proper look, and this is a UK as well as a Wales issue, is if we’re saying – which I think we are – that transport interventions are there to save the planet and to also generate economic activity, then why are we still evaluating them on the basis of time saved and, an important thing, killed and serious injuries reduced?” He said the transport industry was still using “a 1960s road building methodology” to assess schemes. “We will be developing... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Journey apps can help the visually impaired

Aira, along with tech leaders Moovit and Azure Maps, have joined forces to make public transit in and around urban areas more inclusive for blind and low vision riders and others by bringing together the technological expertise of each company to remove barriers that people with vision loss face in... continue

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A stock take on planning for the Garden Communities programme reveals some 'uncertainty'

A stock take on planning for the Garden Communities programme reveals some 'uncertainty'

Large-scale new developments have a role in helping to meet housing needs, and have at times received formal Government support. The latest iteration – Garden Communities – was launched in 2014, and the programme now includes 49 projects extending across all regions of England. Consultancy Lichfields has reviewed all 49 Garden... continue

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Less affluent families tend to be less active

Less affluent families tend to be less active

Children from less affluent families are less likely to participate in physical activity than their wealthier peers, suggests new figures from Sport England. The data, from the... continue

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Zero emission bus target for Wales a bit like Brexit – Skates

Zero emission bus target for Wales a bit like Brexit – Skates

Rhodri Clark

Welsh transport minister Ken Skates has said his... continue

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Tories make cross-border pledges

The Conservatives promise better transport links between England and Wales. “To support our Union, we will upgrade the A55 as the main road transport artery for North Wales,” says the manifesto. A Marches Growth Deal is also promised, “focusing on cross-border infrastructure which... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

We’d build M4 relief road – Tories

The Conservatives have pledged to reinstate the proposed M4 relief road around the south of Newport if they ever win control of the National Assembly for Wales. The road was recently scrapped by the Labour-controlled Welsh Government. “A Welsh Conservative Government would deliver the M4... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News
Working group sets out default 20mph limit plan for Wales

Working group sets out default 20mph limit plan for Wales

Andrew Forster

Emerging proposals for introducing a default 20mph speed... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Welsh Bill heralds joint transport bodies

Powers to create joint committees for transport and also strategic planning feature in the Welsh Government’s Local Government and Elections (Wales) Bill. The Bill gives ministers the power to establish, via regulations, corporate joint committees (CJCs) covering four service areas:... continue

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TfW prepares to take on bus and road roles

Transport for Wales is expecting to receive bus functions from the Welsh Government next year and roads functions in 2021. LTT asked whether Government staff would transfer to TfW, what roles the Government would retain, and whether TfW’s roads role would be similar to that of Highways... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Caerphilly makes CPO to demolish street

Caerphilly County Borough Council is to make a compulsory purchase order to acquire homes on a steep part of the A472 that fails to comply with  the legal limit values for nitrogen dioxide.  The council will purchase more than 20 properties on Hafod-yr-ynys-Road for demolition (LTT 05... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Buses Bill for Wales

The Welsh Government is preparing a Buses Wales Bill, the new title for what had been expected to be called the Public Transport (Wales) Bill.  A consultation on the Bill’s contents was launched last December, with proposals for bus partnership and franchising powers, the creation of... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

£14.5m for Welsh active travel

The Welsh Government has awarded councils £14.5m for active travel projects, including an expansion of electric bikes in Cardiff’s public bike hire scheme. Eighteen councils have received funding for 72 projects. Swansea Council receives £1.2m for a new footbridge from the Swansea... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Building regs could require EV charging

Provision of electric vehicle charging points is likely to feature in future building regulations in Wales, the Welsh Government has indicated. Last December the Government introduced a planning requirement for charging points in non-residential developments but not in residential developments.... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

RSSB studies rail CO2 and alternative fuels

The Rail Safety and Standard Board (RSSB) is undertaking a programme of research into rail emissions and alternatives to diesel.  One project will develop a method for reporting rail sector carbon dioxide emissions. This could inform target setting.  The project will establish a... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News
Wales probes civil enforcement of pavement parking controls

Wales probes civil enforcement of pavement parking controls

A nationwide ban on pavement parking in Wales has been ruled out by a Government advisory group. Instead, it recommends tackling the problem by giving councils a new civil enforcement power.    Deputy minister for economy and... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

NR shuts railway for a month to clear trees

Network Rail has closed the main railway in Pembrokeshire for almost a month for “vegetation management”, following the month-long closure of another line in the same county. Haverfordwest, Milford Haven and Johnston have a combined population of about 30,000. Their trains have been... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Welsh ministers press ‘town centres first’

The Welsh Government and the Welsh Local Government Association are to make a joint statement in the New Year promoting town centres as the focus for development.  Deputy minister for housing and local government Hannah Blythyn has written to the WLGA asking for its support for a ‘Town... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

TRL launches road risk tool

The Transport Research Laboratory has developed a new risk tool to calculate the route-by-route collision risk for road journeys, which can be adjusted according to the presence of different in-car technologies. The route risk tool allows routes across the UK to be mapped for their collision r... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News
First advances plan to sell-off UK bus business

First advances plan to sell-off UK bus business

FirstGroup’s preference to sell its UK and Ireland bus business as one entity or as three of four geographic businesses does not necessarily spell  the end of local authority... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News
Mobile phone trip matrices are not all born the same

Mobile phone trip matrices are not all born the same

Luis Willumsen

The use of trip matrices based on mobile phone... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today Supplements

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