Over 500 bus routes hit by cuts and 10 councils with no supported buses, say campaigners

Lee Baker

Over 500 bus routes have been reduced or withdrawn this financial year after cuts of £30m and now 10 councils have no supported services at all, according to the Campaign for Better Transport. The campaign group's latest research, based on over... continue

13 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News

Four select committees unite to investigate air quality

Mark Moran

MPs from four select committees have combined forces to launch what they call an “unprecedented” joint inquiry... continue

20 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News

NR explains developer contributions policy

Network Rail has explained its plans to secure funding for station improvements from property developers.  NR has requested contributions from the developer of a new building immediately outside Cardiff Central station (LTT 03 Mar). The funding would have paid for enhancements to the station... continue

17 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News

Joint committee for N Wales councils

Local authorities in North Wales are drawing up plans for a joint committee to oversee economic growth strategy, infrastructure prioritisation, strategic land-use planning, transport planning and skills. The committee would cover: Flintshire, Wrexham Conwy, Denbighshire, Gwynedd, and Anglesey. The... continue

17 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News
Welsh Government puts bus franchising on the agenda

Welsh Government puts bus franchising on the agenda

Andrew Forster

The Welsh Government is seeking views on a major... continue

17 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News

Franchise procurement ‘could be hurried’

The procurement of the new Wales & Borders rail franchise is running behind schedule and the Welsh Government faces a stiff challenge to get it back to timetable, an academic has told the National Assembly for Wales’ inquiry into the franchise. Professor Stuart Cole, emeritus professor of... continue

17 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News
Devolving the Valley Lines is a complex business, says NR

Devolving the Valley Lines is a complex business, says NR

Rhodri Clark

Network Rail has outlined the complexities involved in... continue

17 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News

N Wales trunk road upgrade consultation

The Welsh Government has launched a consultation on two options for improving the A55/A494/A548 corridor in north Wales. The ‘Blue’ Option includes widening the A55/A494 route and removal, modification and improvement of junctions while the ‘Red’ Option includes increased... continue

17 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News
Parking operators need to watch this space

Parking operators need to watch this space

Tony Porter

There’s no getting away from it: surveillance cameras are everywhere in the UK. A survey by the British Security... continue

16 Mar 2017Parking Review Opinion
Parking & Property: Building a better future for towns and cities

Parking & Property: Building a better future for towns and cities

Parking & Property 2017 8 June: 15 Hatfields, London Parking & Property is the only annual event dedicated to off-street parking. Over the past 7 years the conference has provided a forum for debate and sharing best practice among public and... continue

15 Mar 2017Parking Review Features
13 Mar 2017Parking Review News
Who’s who in the British Parking Awards

Who’s who in the British Parking Awards

Mark Moran

The winners of the British Parking Awards 2017 will be revealed at an awards ceremony in London on 10 March. The... continue

7 Mar 2017Parking Review Features

Reprieve for Welsh youth bus pass

A bus discount scheme for Welsh 16 to 18-year-olds has been temporarily reprieved while the Welsh Government develops a replacement that will be launched in 2018. In December the Government, asked why it had not allocated funding to the 16-18 bus pass for 2017/18, said the scheme’s funding... continue

3 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News
Relief road not the only transport issue on

Relief road not the only transport issue on

One of Sophie Howe’s priorities this year, as Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, is to narrow down her remit. Her statutory role is to act as “guardian... continue

3 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News

M4 relief road is ill-conceived, says Wales’ Future Generations czar

Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government’s proposed M4 relief road round the south of Newport is incompatible with new legislation that requires public bodies to consider the long-term effects of their decisions, the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales has told the road’s public inquiry. Commissioner... continue

3 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News

Borderlands stations to swap franchises?

The management of Chester, Shrewsbury and Hereford railway stations could be transferred out of the Welsh rail franchise and into franchises overseen by the DfT.  The next Wales and Borders franchise will be devolved to the Welsh Government, with an agency agreement to enable input from... continue

3 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News

Legislation for Welsh multi-modal ticketing?

Bus operators in Wales were caught by surprise this week when infrastructure secretary Ken Skates said they needed encouragement, possibly through legislation, to deliver multi-modal ticketing.  Operators say the Welsh Government cancelled a meeting that industry group CPT Cymru had requested... continue

3 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News

In passing

Why is the Welsh Government surprised that people use buses primarily for local journeys? Explaining the reasons for the impending abolition of its youth bus travel scheme, it said in December that analysis “seems to suggest that passholders are not using their passes to travel outside their... continue

3 Mar 2017Local Transport Today Comment
NR asks developer to contribute tow­­­­­­­ards station capacity costs

NR asks developer to contribute tow­­­­­­­ards station capacity costs

Rhodri Clark

Network Rail is seeking financial contributions from the developer... continue

3 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News

New M4 condemned as “most destructive” road

Describing it as “the most destructive new road in a generation”, Guardian writer Patrick Barkham came down strongly against the planned M4 relief road near Newport in South Wales. “I had assumed the bad old days of ripping up nature reserves for motorways were long gone, but the... continue

3 Mar 2017Local Transport Today Media Monitor
Tougher penalties for misusing mobiles when driving

Tougher penalties for misusing mobiles when driving

Mark Moran

Penalties for using a phone at the wheel of a car... continue

1 Mar 2017Local Transport Today News

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