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Issue 672 - 15 May 2015: News
DfT rewrites the rulebook for transport & economy appraisals

DfT rewrites the rulebook for transport & economy appraisals
Andrew Forster

The DfT has revealed details of forthcoming revamped guidance for assessing the economic impacts of transport schemes, which will be published in draft form this autumn. Consultants and academics were busy this week... continue

Sustrans leads active travel support programme for LEPs

Local Enterprise Partnerships are being offered free advice on how to deliver active travel and public transport elements of their Local Growth Fund settlements.  The DfT has awarded a £256,000 contract to... continue

Don’t cancel eastern branch of HS2, say business and councils

Local authorities and business leaders on the eastern arm of the proposed high-speed rail network, HS2, are stepping up their lobbying to ensure the line from the West Midlands to West Yorkshire is not cancelled or delayed... continue

More parking proposed in outer London housing developments
Andrew Forster

Rules restricting the amount of parking in new residential developments in outer London will be relaxed under proposals published for consultation this week by London mayor Boris Johnson. The London Plan currently sets... continue

TfL launches new mapping tools for planners

Transport for London has launched web-based tools for transport and land-use planning. Public Transport Access Levels (PTAL), indicating how well-connected areas are to the public transport network, are now available in a... continue

Our monitoring of highway S106 deals is too lax, admits Bucks
Andrew Forster

Buckinghamshire County Council is toughening up how it monitors highway planning obligations struck with developers following a critical report by councillors. Buckinghamshire’s economy, transport and environment... continue

Chancellor hails City Devolution Bill

The Chancellor, George Osborne, this week promised cities across England more transport powers in return for agreeing to implement directly-elected mayors.  The Queen’s Speech on 27 May will include a City... continue

Brussels probes the legality of UK’s community transport permits system
Andrew Forster

The European Commission has issued the UK Government with an infringement notice concerning the compatability of the UK’s community transport permits system with EU regulations on passenger transport. The notice,... continue

Data & Modelling 2015
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Heathrow expansion dominates post-election media transport coverage

Heathrow expansion dominates post-election media transport coverage
Rik Thomas

Before the General Election, the chief executive of IAG (the company that owns British Airways), Willie Walsh, “attacked the UK’s main political parties for having no interest in aviation and expressed doubt that... continue