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677 - 24 July 2015: News
Local Transport Today
Regular news
The TAS Partnership has criticised pteg director Jonathan Bray, accusing him of making “playground comments” to the trade press about the... continue
Local Transport Today
Media monitor
The front page of The Evening Standard on 15 July suggested that Londoners are dying in droves due to air pollution... largely made up of fumes from vehicle diesel engines
ON 15 JULY London’s Evening Standard claimed that: “Thousands more Londoners are dying early each year because of toxic air…... continue
Local Transport Today
Media monitor
In early July The Manchester Evening News launched an online petition to, in the paper’s words, “get the Manchester-Leeds rail... continue
Local Transport Today
Media monitor
Labour MP Gareth Thomas claims that he can make London a ‘greener’ city even if a third runway is added at Heathrow, should he be elected mayor
“We can make a greener, more liveable London and expand Heathrow Airport,” Gareth Thomas, Harrow West MP and a London mayoral candidate... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
The Chancellor signalled the possibility of big cuts to revenue spending by central and local government as he launched the spending review.... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
Kent’s leader Paul Carter: wants a smaller LEP
England’s biggest Local Enterprise Partnership is to be broken up.  The South East LEP covers Kent, Medway, East Sussex, Essex, Thurrock... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
Nexus’s pioneering plans for a bus Quality Contract Scheme covering Tyne and Wear have been considered by the Quality Contract Scheme (QCS)... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
The Government has selected eight cities/city regions in Britain to study the feasibility of increasing the size of electric taxi fleets, which could... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
The Transport Systems Catapult in Milton Keynes has opened a visualisation laboratory that could help test new transport technologies and street... continue
Local Transport Today
Secondary stories
A visualisation of how Tavistock Place could look
Andrew Forster
The London Borough of Camden is installing what it says are the capital’s first ‘stepped track’ cycle lanes, where the lane is set... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
The London Borough of Islington is reviewing its web-based consultation processes for  schemes such as Quietway cycle routes, in an effort to... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
The Freight Transport Association has voiced alarm at reports that the Prime Minister has asked transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin to investigate... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
Campaign group the Alliance of British Drivers has accused charity 20’s Plenty for Us of “hot air of the worst kind” for suggesting... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
Reading Borough Council has voiced satisfaction with the first year’s operation of its public bike hire scheme. Readibike, operated by... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
Bristol City Council’s Labour group has voiced opposition to the idea of an elected mayor covering the four unitary authorities of Bristol,... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
TfL is to pilot improvements to pedestrian safety in two south London town centres. Between £2m and £5m will be spent in Tooting... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
TfL is conducting option testing on replacement sites for Victoria Coach Station, which is likely to permanently close in about 2020/21 to allow for... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet has approved a £38m package of improvements to the A40 that connects Oxford with Witney to the west,... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
The Government’s recently announced amendments to the hybrid Bill for the London-West Midlands high-speed line (LTT-26 Jun) will add... continue
Categories: Railways, England
Local Transport Today
Secondary stories
Major housing developments could be built around commuter rail stations in England, as part of Government plans to tackle the country’s housing... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
The House of Commons’ High-speed rail (London-West Midlands) Bill Committee this week rejected calls for the line to be placed in tunnel all... continue
Local Transport Today
Lead Story
Cornwall: bus franchising by 2018?
Andrew Forster
The Government has pledged to give Cornwall Council the power to introduce bus franchising by 2018. The pledge is contained in a  devolution... continue
Local Transport Today
Lead Story
Andrew Forster
The West of England joint transport board has approved plans to restore rail passenger services to a freight-only line north of the city. But many... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
The Liverpool City Region authorities are examining building a rail link to connect the surface lines into Liverpool Lime Street with the Merseyrail... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
Transport for Greater Manchester has launched a 12-week consultation on a long-term transport strategy to 2040. The document is short of new... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
Lancashire County Council is to commission a study of transport options for the North Fylde Coast near Blackpool, including a £200m-plus road... continue
Local Transport Today
Secondary stories
Gtr Manchester: staff consultation on proposals
Andrew Forster
Highways and transport staff in Greater Manchester district councils are to be consulted on plans to move to a shared services model for a range of... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
Hampshire County Council is to procure a highways term maintenance ‘plus’ contract that will see the private sector take on more... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
Local authorities on the south coast are discussing plans for a combined authority to oversee transport and economic development. Hampshire,... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
The Highways Maintenance Efficiency Partnership (HMEP) has launched a suite of new and updated documents to help local highway authorities procure... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has opened the upgraded A453 trunk road connecting the M1 junction 24 with the A52 in Nottingham. The... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
The Government has awarded the Midlands Connect consortium of local authorities £5m to help develop its transport plans for the... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
West Sussex County Council’s proposed permit system for works on the highway will cover all works on all roads. A sliding scale of permit... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
Delivering the Welsh Government’s planned upgrading of public transport in south-east Wales will require at least 50 permanent staff, the... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
The Welsh Government has launched a new discount bus travel scheme for 16-18 year olds, giving one-third off the price of an adult bus fare. The... continue
Local Transport Today
Secondary stories
Rhodri Clark
A high profile demand responsive bus service focused on a large industrial estate in North Wales will be scrapped and replaced by scheduled services... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
Passenger numbers on  Cambridge’s bus-based park-and-ride services are running 14% below levels seen before a £1 parking charge was... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
Leeds City Council is improving the city’s first bus-based park-and-ride site and drawing up plans for a second site.  The council says... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
New bus: 
Battery problems
Transport for London has responded to criticisms that the New Bus for London (also known as the ‘Borismaster’) runs purely on diesel... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
Heathrow Airport Ltd (HAL) is setting up a £1m fund to support measures to cut airport car travel. Councils and transport operators can bid to... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
The Government’s reform plans for Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) will weaken incentives to purchase low emission vehicles, say experts. VED will be... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
Green groups want the Scottish Government to ringfence Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) for environmental transport and road maintenance. Responding to the... continue
Local Transport Today
Secondary stories
Cameron: big decision
Andrew Forster
Supporters of a third runway at Heathrow Airport received a boost this week as the Prime Minister announced the membership of a cabinet sub-committee... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
Leeds City Council wants to build a compressed natural gas (CNG) filling station to kickstart the market for CNG-fuelled vehicles in the city.... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
The Government’s Committee on Climate Change has warned of a policy gap to cut carbon dioxide emissions in the transport sector.  The... continue
Local Transport Today
Secondary stories
Andrew Forster
Norfolk County Council’s proposed Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NDR) has cleared a legal hurdle after lawyers told environmental groups... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
People are being put off using London’s buses by escalating traffic congestion, Transport for London has admitted. Leon Daniels, TfL’s... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
London mayor Boris Johnson has set up a Crossrail 2 growth commission to bring together London boroughs, county councils outside London, businesses... continue
Local Transport Today
Secondary stories
The Cycle Planning Awards will be staged at Walthamstow’s imposing Art Deco Assembly Hall
Examples of cycling best practice and innovation in product and infrastructure design will be celebrated at the Cycle Planning Awards, which will be... continue
Categories: Cycling, Greater London
Local Transport Today
In brief
Surrey County Council has commissioned a study into extending services on Crossrail 2, the proposed new cross-London rail link, deeper into the... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
Today’s young people are less enamoured by cars than previous generations, says a report by the Office of Rail and Road and the Independent... continue
Local Transport Today
In brief
Transport for London is to convert bus routes 507 (Waterloo-Victoria) and 521 (Waterloo-London Bridge) to entirely electric vehicle operation next... continue
Local Transport Today
Secondary stories
Rachel Aldred
Respected figures from the world of cycling will decide the winners of the inaugural Cycle Planning Awards... continue
Categories: Cycling, England
Local Transport Today
Regular news
Klaus Bondam
Former mayor of Copenhagen Klaus Bondam will be at the London Cycling Show with an account of his own bike-propelled odyssey in the Danish capital.... continue
Categories: Cycling, Greater London
Local Transport Today
Regular news
Delegates at the London Cycling Show will get the opportunity to view some of the inno... continue