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The Planning White Paper goes against all we’re trying to achieve on transport

The Planning White Paper goes against all we’re trying to achieve on transport
Chris Cousins POETS

The Government’s planning White Paper, Planning for the Future, published in August, promises a completely new planning system in England that will be “simpler, clearer and quicker to navigate”. These are laudable... continue

16 Oct 2020Local Transport Today Comment
New LTT app gets warm welcome

New LTT app gets warm welcome

Just a quick email to say thank you so much for getting the new LTT app organised. I’m sure it was incredibly... continue

16 Oct 2020Local Transport Today Comment

Devolution maxed out?

When the policy train is travelling at a steady pace it can be hard to comprehend how things could ever grind to a halt or even go into reverse. Such has been the story with the devolution of transport and other powers from Whitehall over the last two decades, with the creation of the mayor of... continue

16 Oct 2020Local Transport Today Comment

In praise of low traffic...
John Dales Urban Movement

As you can probably tell, I struggled somewhat with how best to word the title of this piece. Be that as it may, what I want to do on this occasion is focus on the simple fact that there needs to be low traffic everywhere; and that this proposition needs to be central in all contemporary discourse... continue

16 Oct 2020Local Transport Today Comment
War on road traffic particulates is based on junk science

War on road traffic particulates is based on junk science
Paul Withrington Director Transport-Watch Northampton NN2

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16 Oct 2020Local Transport Today Comment

Air pollution and Covid deaths: an inaccurate comparison
Roger Lawson Campaign director Alliance of British Drivers Chislehurst BR7

It is a pity that you published Trevor Ellis’s claim that air pollution kills as many people as Covid-19 (Letters LTT 02 Oct). This is totally unsubstantiated scaremongering and a false allegation. ... continue

16 Oct 2020Local Transport Today Comment

Managing traffic: rediscover the art of compromise
John Sutton JCS Consulting Knutsford WA16

The debate over the merits of low traffic neighbourhoods (Letters LTT 2 Oct) reminds me of a street improvement scheme I was involved with as a local resident in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, in the mid-1980s. Our road and an adjacent street were used as ‘rat runs’ and consequently... continue

16 Oct 2020Local Transport Today Comment
Urban driving isn’t anti-social, and motorists aren’t vermin!

Urban driving isn’t anti-social, and motorists aren’t vermin!
Terry Hudson Whitstable Kent CT5

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16 Oct 2020Local Transport Today Comment

Low traffic neighbourhoods: wrongly blamed for jams
Rik Andrew London SE6

Regarding the letter from the Richardsons about the London Borough of Lewisham’s low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) (Letters LTT 02 Oct), they are wrong to say LTNs are undemocratic and wrong to blame them for congestion.  Lewisham consulted extensively on the details of its schemes... continue

16 Oct 2020Local Transport Today Comment

Free town centre car parking a boon for commuters?
Ray Bentley Bere Alston PL20

It was encouraging to read Andrew Potter’s article discussing the pros and cons of free unlimited parking in Billericay High Street car park (‘Free parking: a wise way to help town centre economies?’ LTT 02 Oct). It seems the benefits to the high street may only be marginal and... continue

16 Oct 2020Local Transport Today Comment

Satnav firms have beaten road authorities to connected cars
David Metz University College London Centre for Transport Studies www.drivingchange.org

You reported publication by the RAC Foundation of a report on how information can be conveyed to drivers via connected vehicles (‘DfT urges to lead on exploiting benefits of connected vehicles’ LTT 2 Oct). This assessed representative possibilities including in-vehicle signage (IVS) to... continue

16 Oct 2020Local Transport Today Comment

Some transport home truths for a post-Covid economy
Roger Davies Kendal LA9

“Imagine there’s no railways And no buses too Below us only tarmac Above us we just fly It’s easy if you try” Apologies to John Lennon. We have been in this Covid situation for over six months now and will be for at least another six and very likely 12. The way we live has... continue

16 Oct 2020Local Transport Today Comment
Bike carriage on buses is needed in hilly urban areas too

Bike carriage on buses is needed in hilly urban areas too
Dave Holladay Glasgow G3

It’s good to see the ongoing discussion about... continue

16 Oct 2020Local Transport Today Comment

In Passing

Bus-based park-and-ride is a simple enough concept but there are fiendish complexities to how they operate in different towns and cities, for instance fare structures, funding models, what you pay for (parking, bus or both), and how services are organised (dedicated routes or served by local bus... continue

16 Oct 2020Local Transport Today Comment

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