Cardiff council to propose network of Cycle Superhighways

Patrick McDonnell

Cyclists in Cardiff could be using the Welsh capital’s first Cycle Superhighway by 2021, predicts a new report from the city council. The report, which will be... continue

19 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Train conductors in Wales offered job security guarantee

The Welsh Government has committed to retaining a conductor on all trains during the 15-year term of the next Wales and Borders franchise.  The minority Labour administration has also assured staff that there will be no compulsory redundancies, and that pension rights will be unaffected if... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

Review of Traws-­Cymru free travel

The Welsh Government has commissioned an independent review of its trial of free weekend travel for all on TrawsCymru bus services. The review is due to report to infrastructure secretary Ken Skates late next month. First minister Carwyn Jones surprised bus operators when he announced the trial at... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

Wales set for concessionary fares changes

The Welsh Government is consulting on possible changes to its concessionary travel scheme, launched in 2002. Infrastructure secretary Ken Skates said: “We have a responsibility to ensure that our scheme remains financially sustainable to meet the needs of a growing, ageing population.”... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News
Future of Caernarfon inner relief road called into question

Future of Caernarfon inner relief road called into question

Rhodri Clark

A relief road that bisected the town of Caernarfon in the... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

Wales earmarks £50m for park & ride station

The Welsh Government’s capital budget for the next three years includes £50m for a new railway station east of Newport and £4m for the design of a new Menai Strait road crossing. The new station at Llanwern is expected to result in modal shift from car to rail. Land which was... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

Group opposes cycling on footpaths

The Open Spaces Society has objected to a Welsh Government proposal to allow cycling on all footpaths, saying the plans are “a muddle” and fail to mention the Active Travel (Wales) Act. The group was responding to a new consultation that proposed that cycling should be allowed on... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

City Deal is too complex, say council officers

Rhodri Clark

Officers at a Welsh council have criticised the “excess of ambiguity” surrounding the Swansea Bay City Region Deal, and suggested that the UK government cannot be trusted to keep its funding promises following the sudden cancellation of the Cardiff to Swansea rail electrification... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News
Why it makes sense to map out the future of EV charging

Why it makes sense to map out the future of EV charging

Deniz Huseyin
29 Sep 2017Local Transport Today Features

TfL relaxes plan to ban poor visibility HGVs

Transport for London has modified its plans to ban lorries with poor cab visibility in response to concerns raised by industry.  TfL announced plans last year for a star rating system, which categorises the driver’s visibility from the cab. The aim is to eliminate vehicles with poor... continue

29 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Welsh council halts CIL work

Uncertainty surrounding the future form or existence of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) in Wales has prompted Carmarthenshire County Council to halt work on establishing a levy, on which it consulted last autumn. CIL policy was recently devolved to the Welsh Government but Ian Llewelyn,... continue

29 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Welsh council seeks moving traffic power

Carmarthenshire County Council is to ask the Welsh Government for powers to enforce moving traffic regulations. All Welsh councils have the option of undertaking such enforcement but so far only Cardiff has taken on the task. Several others have taken the view that establishing such enforcement... continue

29 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Bicycle safety law reviewed

The Government is to conduct a two-stage review of cycle safety laws.  The first phase will analyse the case for creating the new offence equivalent to causing death or serious injury by careless or dangerous driving. This will report early next year. In 2015, two pedestrians were killed and... continue

29 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Crash avoidance pilot

Researchers are to trial the use of artificial intelligence and vehicle-to-vehicle communications to prevent multi-car collisions on motorways.  The multi-car collision avoidance (MuCCA) will help cars and eventually autonomous vehicles make cooperative decisions to avoid a potential accident.... continue

29 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Zero emission R&D fund launched

The Government has launched an £18m competition for vehicle technology research to accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles. The competition is open to proposals ranging from motorbikes to lorries. Projects should have total costs between £250,000 and £4m. The deadline... continue

29 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Travel time savings for modelling

The DfT has commissioned consultant WSP to study the practicality of incorporating value of travel time savings (VTTS) in congested conditions within highway modelling. “The DfT is looking to assess the feasibility of including VTTS in congested conditions within our current transport models... continue

29 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News
Skates pleased with response to free weekend bus travel

Skates pleased with response to free weekend bus travel

Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government has released passenger usage... continue

29 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Welsh franchise bids invited despite funding uncertainties

Rhodri Clark

Tender documents were issued this week to shortlisted bidders for the Wales and Borders Rail franchise, even though the DfT and the Welsh Government remain at odds over the financial arrangements for the franchise. Welsh infrastructure secretary Ken Skates met transport secretary Chris Grayling on... continue

29 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

DfT ‘wrong to rule on community transport’

Community transport lobby group Mobility Matters says the DfT has compromised the independence of the traffic commissioners by saying that community transport operators must have a Public Service Vehicle (PSV) licence to undertake commercial work (LTT04 Aug).  The DfT wrote to councils and the... continue

29 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

We’d electrify to Cornwall – Labour

A Labour Government would electrify the railway to Cornwall, extend HS2 to Scotland, and deliver a Crossrail scheme to connect the north of England’s major cities.     Shadow chancellor John McDonnell made the pledges to the party’s conference in Brighton this week. He also... continue

29 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News
NR objects to active travel routes that cross railways

NR objects to active travel routes that cross railways

Rhodri Clark

Caerphilly County Borough Council is hoping that the... continue

29 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

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