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Issue 679 - 21 August 2015: News
DfT tests out new methods for compiling road traffic statistics

DfT tests out new methods for compiling road traffic statistics
Andrew Forster

The DfT is reviewing if data from in-vehicle GPS, mobile phones, and even mileage data from MOT tests, can be used to produce estimates of road traffic volumes on Britain’s roads. The Department believes such sources... continue

Liverpool prepares city centre

Councillors in Liverpool have approved the next steps in a major programme of changes to the city’s road network, including city centre public realm works.  Design consultants are being procured to develop a city... continue

Welsh councils miss deadline for reviewing local speed limits
Rhodri Clark

Many local authorities in Wales have failed to complete speed limit reviews of their roads, eight months after the Welsh Government’s deadline for conducting the work.  In 2009 the Welsh Government issued new... continue

Highways England trials electric vehicle charging on the move
Andrew Forster

Highways England is to conduct off-road trials of inductive charging that would allow drivers to charge their electric vehicles without stopping.  Wireless inductive charging enables a vehicle’s batteries to be... continue

Council struggles to make the case for removing traffic signals
Andrew Forster

The mayor of Torbay’s desire to cut the number of traffic signals in the council area seems likely to result in only one junction being converted to a roundabout in the short-term. Gordon Oliver, Torbay Council’s... continue

Council funding cuts fuel
Andrew Forster

Local government funding cuts are one of the driving forces behind Transport for Greater Manchester’s interest in bus franchising, a senior TfGM official has told councillors.  Simon Warburton, TfGM’s head... continue

‘Reform how developers fund Scots transport infrastructure’
Andrew Forster

Scottish councils should be given the power to introduce a standard charge to help fund transport and other infrastructure associated with development, according to a new report for the Scottish Government. The... continue

Meet us halfway on cost rise to Norwich road, Norfolk asks DfT
Andrew Forster

Norfolk County Council has asked the DfT to fund half a £30m shortfall that has emerged in the cost of the Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NDR). Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin approved the Development... continue

Queensferry Crossing breaks height record

The towers on the new Queensferry Crossing over the Forth estuary have become the tallest of any bridge in the UK, reaching 160 metres and surpassing the 156-metre towers on the adjacent Forth Road Bridge and the Humber... continue

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Political battle over Bristol rail revival
Andrew Forster

Bristol’s independent mayor George Ferguson is urging city councillors not to jeopardise rail improvements in the conurbation by pushing for a scheme that he says is unaffordable. A special meeting of Bristol’s... continue

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Pro-business papers counter “nostalgia” for state-run railways

Pro-business papers counter “nostalgia” for state-run railways
Rik Thomas

AS THE contest to determine the next leader of the Labour Party trundles on, the main transport policy under discussion has been whether or not the rail network should be renationalised if and when Labour returns to power,... continue

Regions compete for ‘commute from hell’ title

On 17 August several regional papers took particular delight in informing their readers about how bad, allegedly, their daily commutes are. “Despite new bus routes, cycle paths, residents’ parking zones –... continue

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