Welsh councils generate £37.4m from parking, says RAC Foundation

Mark Moran

Local authorities in Wales made a combined surplus of £14m on parking activities in the last financial year, according to an analysis undertaken for the RAC Foundation. The figure for... continue

17 Nov 2017Parking Review News

PATROL launches latest round of the Parking Annual Reports by Councils Awards

Mark Moran

PATROL’s annual search for the best parking report produced by a local authority is underway. The Parking Annual Reports by Councils (PARC) Awards recognise best practice by local authority parking teams in communicating with the public and other key stakeholders. Reports will be judged by an... continue

11 Dec 2017Parking Review News
Fast online appeals management is here... and it works

Fast online appeals management is here... and it works

Iain Worrall

Historically, the Traffic Penalty Tribunal (TPT)... continue

11 Dec 2017Parking Review Features
PATROL: Preparing for tomorrow’s parking world

PATROL: Preparing for tomorrow’s parking world

Cllr Jamie Macrae

The principal objective of PATROL (Parking and Traffic Regulation Outside London) is to provide independent adjudication to its member... continue

11 Dec 2017Parking Review Features

Franchising

The Bus Services Act 2017 gives mayoral combined authorities automatic access to franchising powers.  Elsewhere, a two-step process to access the powers applies. In step one, the Government will make regulations to provide a category of authority with the power to be a franchising authority... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

Welsh Active Travel Act failing ‘to live up to expectations’

Rhodri Clark

Cardiff Council has agreed to revise its new cycling and walking maps within a year, amid concerns that councils across Wales have not followed the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 guidance. The Act was the world’s first legislation obliging local authorities to plan networks of integrated... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

Forget Bristol, DfT tells Welsh rail bidders

The DfT has said bidders for the 15-year Wales and Borders rail franchise must not propose any services to Bristol, despite the city’s proximity to South Wales. But transport secretary Chris Grayling told MPs last week that he looks forward to the franchise enhancing services to the city. The... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

Welsh Government at odds with Costain over road cost

Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government has revealed an expected 23% cost increase in the on-going project to dual part of the A465 Heads of the Valleys road, where the Government is now in dispute with its  contractor. The problems relate to the five-mile section between Gilwern and Brynmawr, where construction... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

Free Christmas parking for Caerphilly shoppers

Caerphilly Council in south Wales will offer free parking for two hours to shoppers in the run-up to Christmas to encourage them to use the town centre. The free parking scheme, which also prevents motorists returning for two hours after their time is up, has been implemented previously. Traders... continue

4 Dec 2017Parking Review News

New parking charges in Hereford city centre

Pay & display machines have been installed on some streets in Hereford city centre. Herefordshire Council said the use of machines would encourage increased walking, cycling and bus use. Parking charges of 50p for up to half an hour and £1 for up to an hour. Disabled Blue Badge holders... continue

4 Dec 2017Parking Review News

Contractors ‘becoming more choosy on work’

Construction firms are becoming increasingly selective about the infrastructure projects they become involved in, leaving some areas struggling to attract appropriate skills and commercial backing, according to a senior Arup manager. Dan Saville, of Arup UK’s infrastructure executive, told a... continue

24 Nov 2017Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Road BCR ignores cost of private finance

The benefit:cost ratio for the final section of A465 dualling scheme in South Wales does not need to factor in the costs of commercial borrowing, says the Welsh Government. The Government intends to create a new model of Public Private Partnership called the Mutual Investment Model (LTT 11 Nov),... continue

24 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News
Neath fears relegation to branch line status

Neath fears relegation to branch line status

Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council is opposing a Swansea Bay Metro investment programme, which it fears would demote Neath to “branch line status”. The... continue

24 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Cardiff transport authority formed

The Regional Transport Authority (RTA) for the Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) has been formally established as a sub-committee of the regional cabinet.   The RTA has previously met in shadow form. Its objective is to facilitate the region’s City Deal, subject to funding, by: •... continue

24 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

TfW should have recruited top team earlier, says academic

Rhodri Clark

Transport for Wales (TfW) is appointing permanent directors to replace secondees, but an influential academic believes the process should have occurred before TfW began procuring the next Wales and Borders franchise. TfW, which is owned by the Welsh Government, has recently advertised for a finance... continue

24 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Study to establish feasibility of electric vehicle charge points in North Wales

Mark Moran

The feasibility of creating a network of electric vehicle charging points in North Wales is being studied. Transport and energy consultancy Cenex has been appointed by Cadwyn Clwyd, a Rural Development Agency and Wrexham County Borough Council (WCBC), to determine how charge points could be rolled... continue

17 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News
Park Cardiff app uses sensor data to help drivers locate empty bays

Park Cardiff app uses sensor data to help drivers locate empty bays

Mark Moran

An app that helps drivers find available parking spaces has gone... continue

17 Nov 2017Parking Review Products & Services

Cardiff Airport to upgrade terminal parking

Mark Moran

Parking and car hire facilities will be improved at Cardiff Airport as part of a £4m improvement to terminal facilities. Outside of the terminal, building changes will include new ‘meet & greet’ car parking for customers with a dedicated area for drop off and pick up close to... continue

10 Nov 2017Parking Review News

Arup assists TfW on bus integration

Transport for Wales has appointed consultant Arup to advise on “bus integration” matters.... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

NR may benchmark against Valley Lines

Network Rail will compare the performance of its devolved routes with the Valley Lines in South Wales if they are transferred to the Welsh Government. Newly-released minutes of a Network Rail board discussion about the proposed Valley Line asset transfer state: “The company’s position... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Extended youth bus discount for Wales

The Welsh Government is consulting on offering discounted bus travel to more young people. The Government currently funds a one-third discount on bus fares for 16-18 year olds who possess a MyTravelPass. About 1.5 million bus journeys by more than 15,000 passholders are expected to be made in... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

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