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666 - 20 February 2015: News
Local Transport Today
Secondary stories
A blueprint for a major devolution of funding to local government in England has been published by the Independent Commission on Local Government... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
Public concern about man-made climate change has been fuelled by people’s unwarranted confidence in the outputs of climate computer models,... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
Centro’s Jobeda Shahed explains the WorkWise scheme during the Speed Learning session
Deniz Huseyin
Not surprisingly, the dominant topics of conversation at this year’s Smarter Travel were how the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) had... continue
Local Transport Today
People/people
Martin Tugwell
Martin Tugwell (pictured) is leaving the Transport Systems Catapult where he is head of business development at the end of March to become programme... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
Intelligent Health’s Debbie Walters and Katherine Knight with the innovation award
Deniz Huseyin
The winners of the inaugural Smarter Travel Awards were announced at ICC Birmingham on 5 February. With nearly 90 awards entries submitted, there was... continue
Local Transport Today
People/consultants
Tony Cross has left consultant URS, where he was head of business development and strategy in the environment and permitting sector. He is now... continue
Local Transport Today
People/people
David Banister is to retire from his position as director of the Transport Studies Unit at the University of Oxford, a post he has held since 2006.... continue
Local Transport Today
People/people
Tim Long has joined the City of London Corporation as a project manager, working initially on a masterplan for the Fenchurch area. Long joins from... continue
Local Transport Today
People/consultants
SYSTRA has strengthened its development planning team, which provides advice on the transport aspects of new developments. Three staff join as senior... continue
Local Transport Today
People/people
Abigail Smith has joined Bristol City Council as project manager for strategic city transport from consultant Steer Davies Gleave, where she was... continue
Local Transport Today
People/people
David Strahan is stepping down as chief executive of Translink, Northern Ireland’s state-owned public transport operator, at the end of... continue
Local Transport Today
Secondary stories
Decking the A3 in Tolworth could create development land
Andrew Forster
Transport for London has shortlisted five locations where  roads could be placed in tunnels to reduce their environmental impact and create... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
The ‘Skyline’ would connect Brentford and Southall
The London Borough of Hounslow is investigating converting a freight-only railway in west London into a Docklands Light Railway-type operation to... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
Boris Johnson’s flagship east-west cycle superhighway could have a 300-metre gap outside Buckingham Palace because of opposition to a dedicated... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
Transport for London is considering the removal of Bow roundabout in east London, the scene of a number of recent fatal accidents involving... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
Electrification of the London Paddington to Oxford line is behind schedule and electric trains may not commence next year as planned, according to... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
The possibility of franchising bus operations in Cornwall appears to have been dropped by the council. In announcing £8m of Local Growth Fund... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
Cambridgeshire County Council is to implement parking charges from April at the two park-and-ride sites on the Cambridge guided busway. The £1... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
The final piece of rail was clipped in at Tweedbank by Keith Brown, the cabinet secretary for infrastructure, investment and cities. Left to right: Nissar Mohammed, project director, BAM; Keith Brown; and Hugh Wark, project director, Network Rail
Scotland’s infrastructure minister Keith Brown (pictured, centre) was on hand to witness the completion of track laying last week on Network... continue
Categories: Railways, Scotland
Local Transport Today
Regular news
Bus operators in England will have to give councils 14 days notification of changes to bus services before registering them with the Traffic... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
The Welsh Government has confirmed that the financial case for a new four-year contract for intra-Wales flights did not take into account how... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
Southampton City Council’s freight consolidation centre is to target the Isle of Wight next month, in an attempt to recruit its first... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
The Scottish Government is considering new legislation to make  statutory bus quality partnerships more like those in England. Transport... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
Transport Scotland is preparing a Scottish rail freight strategy. A draft is expected to be released for consultation this summer.... continue
Local Transport Today
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The Government is to appoint a team of commissioners to take over all the functions of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council following the... continue
Local Transport Today
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Oxfordshire County Council is to scrap its chief executive post. Current chief executive Joanne Simons will be made redundant at the end of June.... continue
Local Transport Today
Secondary stories
Murphy: Holyrood too centralist
Andrew Forster
Jim Murphy, Scottish Labour’s new leader, has pledged support for Glasgow Crossrail, a new line that would connect routes from the west and... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
Local authority leaders in Lancashire have agreed in principle to establish a combined authority (CA) overseeing transport and economic... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
Britain’s biggest cities are asking political parties to simplify the introduction of bus franchising. The call comes in a devolution manifesto... continue
Local Transport Today
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Local authorities in North Yorkshire are investigating future governance options, including a combined authority overseeing transport and economic... continue
Local Transport Today
Secondary stories
The M3 at Twyford Down: never again?
Andrew Forster
New roads in England will have to be built with much more sympathy for the landscape, transport minister John Hayes has announced. Hayes announced... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
The Cardiff City Region board has called on the Welsh Government to clarify councils’ roles in delivering transport improvements for the... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
A Labour Government would only permit the use of fixed speed cameras in England at accident blackspots, seemingly signalling their removal from... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
The Infrastructure Bill has received Royal Assent. As well as facilitating the Government’s road reforms, including the creation of Highways... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
Lorries not fitted with safety equipment to protect cyclists and pedestrians will be banned in London from 1 September under the safer lorry scheme... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
Cornwall Council has warned about a shortfall in revenue funding for routine road maintenance. “It is clear that the Government is relying on... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
Local authorities can make long-term financial savings if they borrow to fund major programmes of road maintenance investment, says a new guide... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
Efforts to encourage active travel in Scotland are being complicated by the huge number of organisations involved and the failure to give councils... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
Orford Road, during last summer’s temporary closure
The London Borough of Waltham Forest is to close a number of residential roads to through vehicular traffic as part of its TfL-funded Mini-Holland... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
Councillors in Glasgow have approved a plan to give pedestrians and cyclists greater priority in the city centre.  The proposals will see a... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
Aberdeen City Council is to commission a study into rapid transit systems for the city. The context for the cross-city connections study is the... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
Almost half of Scotland’s electric vehicle charging points did not charge a single vehicle in the month of August last year, according to... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
The Government is to review the level of grant for electric and other ultra-low emission cars. Since 2011 the Plug-in car grant has offered 25% off... continue
Local Transport Today
Lead Story
Go North East managing director Kevin Carr (left) and Stagecoach North East managing director Phil Medlicott launch the new SmartZone ticket in South Tyneside
THE BUS industry’s efforts to head-off the threat of bus franchising by offering inter-operable ‘smart’ tickets have been given... continue
Local Transport Today
Media monitor
Rik Thomas
THE COUNTRY’S media congregated at North Greenwich last week for the launch of the Government’s The pathway to driverless cars report on... continue