Disabled ‘becoming less independent’

Disabled people are becoming more dependent on other people to meet their transport needs, a new study suggests. Analysis of National Travel Survey data for England from 2007 to 2015 has found that travel by people with mobility difficulties fell by every significant mode of transport recorded except travelling “as a passenger in a car”. Report author David Hunter of Not for Profit Planning said: “The trends suggest that not only are disabled people travelling less often (as is the general population), but they are also becoming less independent, relying more on friends or relatives for lifts. The reasons for this aren’t clear, as public transport has become more accessible over this time. Further research aiming to understand the reasons for this would be... continue

6 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News
9 Aug 2018Parking Review Features

Council threatens bus station closure

One of the most modern bus stations in Wales is under threat of closure as the local authority grapples with funding challenges. Bridgend County Borough Council is also considering ending its bus subsidies and abolishing school crossing patrols, among other cost-saving measures.  The bus... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Welsh Government builds case for bigger share of rail spend

Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government has published a report on rail investment in its campaign to persuade the UK Government that improvements are urgently needed to rail infrastructure in Wales and neighbouring areas of England. Rail infrastructure in Wales is not devolved. Last July, UK transport secretary Chris... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

TfW seeks staff for new Wrexham office

Transport for Wales has commenced recruitment for its North Wales business unit, which will be located in Wrexham. It expects to employ ten people there by the end of this year, with a further 20 to follow next year. Roles currently on offer relate to public and stakeholder engagement, rail... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Operators should improve obsolete bus stop information

Jonathan Tyler Passenger Transport Networks York YO1

Your story about obsolete or missing information at bus stops in the Wrexham area illustrates the sad state of the bus industry in many parts of the country and councils’ declining ability to support it (‘Bus stop info four years out of date in Skates’ constituency’ LTT 20... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Welsh CO2 plan technically illiterate, say bus operators

Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government has been accused of technical ignorance after focusing a proposed carbon reduction strategy on Euro VI buses, which have higher carbon emissions than older Euro IV models. The Government’s Low Carbon Pathway to 2030 consultation aims to "reduce the carbon footprint of... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

RSPB to appeal after Anglesey rejects parking meters plan for South Stack

The RSPB is appeal against Anglesey Council’s refusal of planning permission for pay & display machines at a reserve in North Wales.  Anglesey Council’s planning committee went against the advice of officers and turned down an application install meters at Elin’s Tower... continue

30 Jul 2018Parking Review News

Scale of assaults on Welsh council staff revealed

Patrick McDonnell

Council workers in Wales, including civil enforcement officers (CEOs), have been attacked almost 6,500 times in the last four years, according to research by BBC Wales. The broadcaster sent a Freedom of Information Act enquiry to all Welsh councils. The responses revealed that in the four years... continue

30 Jul 2018Parking Review News
30 Jul 2018Parking Review Features
Dukes Bailiffs appoints new managing director

Dukes Bailiffs appoints new managing director

Rob Jackson has taken over as managing director of Dukes Bailiffs after the civil enforcement agent’s founders Colin and Elaine Naylor decided to take a step back after 25... continue

30 Jul 2018Parking Review News

Cardiff expands camera enforcement system

Cardiff Council has expanded is road traffic enforcement network, installing ten more cameras to enforce yellow box-junctions and unlawful manoeuvres The council is using a system designed and installed by SEA. The new cameras will join 30 SEA Flexi and Motion roadside cameras already in operation... continue

30 Jul 2018Parking Review Products & Services

New £5m fund to develop and share ideas for helping people live healthy and active lives

A new £5m Healthy and Active Fund (HAF), a partnership between Welsh Government, Sport Wales and Public Health Wales, is planned to encourage and share innovative – and enjoyable – ideas that support people to build physical activity into their lives and improve their physical and... continue

24 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News
Bus stop info four years out of date in Skates’ constituency

Bus stop info four years out of date in Skates’ constituency

Rhodri Clark

Bus stops in the constituency of Welsh transport secretary... continue

20 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News

Cash constraints for youth bus scheme

The Welsh Government has cautioned that changes to its discounted bus travel scheme for teenagers will be constrained by “challenging funding settlements”. Transport secretary Ken Skates has indicated he would like the current scheme, for 16-18 year olds, extended this year to an upper... continue

20 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News

App for travel to health appointments

The Welsh Government is considering creating an app for residents of the South Wales Valleys  through which they could book travel to health appointments. Local government secretary Alun Davies said a Valleys taskforce was taking forward three digital pilots, including “investigating an... continue

20 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News

Bus firms worried by Welsh emissions plan

Bus operators have reacted warily to a suggestion that the Welsh Government may provide “financial incentives” for take-up of low-emission buses, fearing a further erosion of funding. The Welsh Government’s consultation on a low-carbon pathway to 2030 include a proposal to allow... continue

20 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News

Call for default 20mph limit on Welsh streets

The Welsh Government will receive a report next month on 20mph speed limits as it considers how to use recently devolved powers to set road speed limits. First minister Carwyn Jones said the Government had commissioned an evidence review of 20mph limits from Adrian Davis, visiting professor at the... continue

20 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News

MVA, active travel, Core Valley Lines

With all the recent takeover activity in the transport consultancy sector it can be a hard job keeping tabs of who’s who. Shashi Verma, TfL’s director of strategy and chief technology officer, told a London Assembly committee last month that the capital’s rail demand modelling had... continue

20 Jul 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Tunnels project ‘improper use of active travel funds’

Rhodri Clark

Welsh active travel funding should not be spent converting two disused rail tunnels into routes for cycling and walking, the architect of the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 said this week. Campaigners are pressing for the reopening of the two-mile tunnel at the head of the Rhondda Valley as a... continue

20 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News

TfW job titles for KeolisAmey staff

People employed by KeolisAmey on the new Wales and Borders rail franchise have been given Transport for Wales job titles, to ensure the franchise presents a clear brand to the public. Last month the Welsh Government awarded KeolisAmey a 15-year Operator and Development Partner contract for the... continue

20 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News

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