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645 - 17 April 2014: News
Local Transport Today
Media monitor
The Guardian’s Nick Cohen decried the plight of the humble urban pedestrian on 6 April
Rik Thomas
“WHY IS Britain such a dangerous place for walkers?” Guardian columnist Nick Cohen asked on 6 April. “Tramping through the... continue
Local Transport Today
Media monitor
On 7 April former transport secretary Andrew Adonis used a column in London’s Evening Standard to extoll the virtues of the capital’s... continue
Local Transport Today
Media monitor
More track maintenance is needed to reduce delays, says Tom Edwards
In the March edition of the journal Ethos, the BBC’s transport correspondent, Tom Edwards, attempted to answer on of the great questions of the... continue
Categories: Railways, All of UK
Local Transport Today
Regular news
John W E Helm
Municipal bonds could lower the cost of funding local transport projects, according to a Local Government Association report, which calls for the... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
The South East Local Enterprise Partnership wants the Government to fund the widening of the A13 dual carriageway  through Essex and Thurrock... continue
Local Transport Today
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Cornwall: higher frequencies
A signalling project to increase train frequencies between Plymouth and Penzance is the top major transport priority of the Cornwall and Isles of... continue
Local Transport Today
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Perth and Kinross Council is to impose developer contributions on new development to help fund a £109m (2013 prices) package of transport... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
Cala Homes has appointed consultant Mode Transport Planning to develop a transport strategy for a new settlement on the former Long Marston airfield... continue
Local Transport Today
Secondary stories
The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld complaints against another advert attacking Brighton & Hove City Council’s 20mph... continue
Local Transport Today
Secondary stories
TRL has acquired consultancy Transport & Travel Research (TTR). TRL originally bought a minority shareholding in TTR in 2010 but said it would... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
Capacity on one of the busiest sections of the M25 was increased this week with the conversion of the hard shoulder into a permanent extra running... continue
Local Transport Today
Lead Story
Andrew Forster
No more Puffin pedestrian crossings are likely to be implemented in London, Transport for London said this week, despite  Puffins still being... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
A Labour Government would encourage stronger sub-regional transport governance across much of England and retain Local Enterprise Partnerships, with... continue
Local Transport Today
People/people
John Lamb
John Lamb has left Buckinghamshire County Council where he was divisional director for place. He has set up his own company JL Executive Solutions,... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
Punctuality: rules relaxed
Andrew Forster
The Traffic Commissioners are proposing to give bus operators across Britain more leeway over what constitutes running services to time. Since 2002... continue
Local Transport Today
People/people
FirstGroup has announced a new senior structure for its UK bus division. Two regional managing directors will report to UK Bus managing director... continue
Local Transport Today
People/people
Gareth Evans has been appointed strategic travel co-ordinator at the Intu MetroCentre shopping centre in Gateshead. He was previously a research... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
Transport for London should encourage walking and cycling by giving rebates to people who don’t use their travelcard season tickets every... continue
Local Transport Today
People/people
Heathrow Airport chief executive Colin Matthews, 57, is to stand down in June after six years in post. ... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
Delays caused by utility works and road works on London’s busiest roads have been slashed following the introduction of a lane rental charging... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
Tyne and Wear Metro passengers can now buy season tickets in hundreds of newsagents, convenience stores and supermarkets thanks to a partnership... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
The West Midlands conurbation is participating in a European project, which aims to allow citizens to pay for all forms of transport using... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
Transport for London is seeking suppliers for 39 new electric multiple unit trains. The majority (30) of the EMUs will see use on the West Anglia... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
The DfT has appointed a partnership of consultants WSP and Parsons Brinckerhoff to study options for improving surface transport links to Leeds... continue
Local Transport Today
People/people
Francis Paonessa is to join Network Rail as managing director, infrastructure projects this summer. He is currently managing director UK for... continue
Categories: Railways, All of UK
Local Transport Today
In brief
Calderdale Council is launching a lobbying campaign to electrify the Calder Valley railway between Manchester, Bradford and Leeds. The council says... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
Osborne: more GDP, but less tax
Andrew Forster
The Government’s policy of reducing fuel duty on road transport since 2010 has boosted the country’s GDP, according to modelling results... continue
Local Transport Today
People/consultants
Network Rail Consulting has appointed Philip Chalk director of asset management and maintenance for Australia and New Zealand. Chalk has previously... continue
Local Transport Today
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The Information Commissioner has launched a legal challenge against the Government over its refusal to publish a critical report by its Major... continue
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The Government has announced compensation arrangements for people living close to the proposed London-West Midlands high-speed rail line.  An... continue
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The Government should consider operating trains over High Speed 2 initially at reduced speeds so as to limit carbon dioxide emissions, say a... continue
Local Transport Today
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Plans to connect the London-West Midlands high-speed rail line with HS1, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, could be thwarted by the Government’s... continue
Local Transport Today
People/people
Southern Railway’s managing director Chris Burchell is leaving the company to take up the role of Arriva’s managing director of UK... continue
Categories: Railways, All of UK
Local Transport Today
People/people
Transport for London employee Kerri Rogan has been awarded the 2003 Voorhees-Large Price for the best dissertation submitted by a UK resident... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
Bracknell Forest Council has awarded its highway and street lighting maintenance, works and service contract to Ringway. The new contract will... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
A consortium of banks has agreed to finance the deployment of 65 new Hitachi Super Express Trains for use on the East Coast Main Line. The new trains... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
North Circular: new study
Andrew Forster
transport for London is exploring the possibility of building a new tolled tunnel in inner London to replace the capital’s Inner Ring... continue
Local Transport Today
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HGVs: end to ‘brick’ cabs?
The introduction of safer lorry designs on UK roads moved a step closer this week after the  European Parliament voted by 606:54 to change the... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
Three hydrogen refuelling stations are to be built in London as part of a project to promote the roll-out of hydrogen fuelled cars.  The Mayor... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
Oxfordshire County Council is to join the Midlands Highway Alliance. The council says membership will “enable faster procurement of schemes... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
The Government is being urged to establish a working group to rewrite England’s statutory parking guidance and revise the rules on the use of... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
Network Rail has appointed consultant WSP to conduct a feasibility study into closing level crossings on the East Coast Main Line between London and... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
A new grade separated rail junction is to be built at Norton Bridge on the West Coast Main Line north of Stafford. Transport secretary Patrick... continue
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Regular news
Busway: bearing problems
Andrew Forster
A new row is brewing in Cambridgeshire between the county council and its guided busway contractor BAM Nuttall, following the discovery of further... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
The Highways Agency has launched a ten-week consultation on a £1.5bn plan to improve the A14 in Cambridgeshire.  The A14 Cambridge to... continue
Local Transport Today
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The average distance people in England and Wales commute to work grew between 2001 and 2011 but the number of workers making a regular commute fell,... continue
Categories: Car use, England, Wales
Local Transport Today
Regular news
COUNCILS IN Greater Manchester want to review with the DfT how the conurbation’s bus market can play a bigger part in meeting travel... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
A voluntary bus partnership agreement is to be launched in Rotherham in July, building on the agreement for Sheffield that was launched in October... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
Politicians in Greater Manchester are to strengthen the linkages between the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee (TfGMC) and the ten district... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
Train services between Blackburn and Manchester via Bolton are to be enhanced from hourly to half-hourly from December 2016 thanks to an investment... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
Passenger services could be reinstated on an Oxfordshire freight-only railway under proposals floated by the county council. Oxfordshire is keen to... continue
Local Transport Today
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Solihull Gateway: the illustration shows one of the proposed courtesy crossings
Andrew Forster
Councillors in Solihull are being urged to drop plans to replace signal-controlled pedestrian crossings with informal courtesy crossings as part of a... continue
Local Transport Today
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Local authority road safety, sustainable transport and public health teams  should work together to capitalise on mutual interests, says a new... continue
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Children are being “brainwashed” about climate change at school and some are being turned into ‘little political activists’... continue
Local Transport Today
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Travel behaviour change policies, integrated transport and land use planning, and high-speed rail could all help cut global carbon dioxide emissions... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
Over 100 projects to boost cycling across Scotland are to share £14.5m of funding from Transport Scotland. In all, 136 projects promoted by... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
More than 137,000 Londoners are now members of car clubs, according to the annual survey by shared transport charity Carplus. The charity says that... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
University College London is launching a new MSc course in Transport health and policy, focusing on stages within policy evaluation and... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
A taskforce that aims to crackdown on non-compliant HGV operators and drivers in London is to continue after issuing over 500 fines in the first six... continue