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Net zero plans must consider rural communities, says CILT
Mark Moran

A one-size-fits-all approach to net zero carbon emissions is likely to have disproportionate societal effects on already challenged rural communities, warns the Chartered... continue

3 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

Post-lockdown rail use remains low

Patronage of national rail services in May were less than half pre-pandemic levels, according to the latest Great Britain ‘use of transport modes’ statistics from the DfT. The data includes the week starting 17 May, when the easing of lockdown restrictions began across the UK. Usage on... continue

3 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News
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Immense and SYSTRA agree partnership

Technology company IMMENSE has formed a partnership with consultancy SYSTRA Group to develop simulation and modelling tools and services to better understand and plan for future mobility demands.  The businesses say they will provide a “new software platform and services to enable more... continue

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4 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News
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4 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

LTAs face tight deadlines to deliver National Bus Strategy
Stuart Render

Guidance issued to Local Transport Authorities (LTAs) by the DfT has revealed tight deadlines for the delivery of the first stage of the National Bus Strategy (NBS). The NBS, announced in March, aims to transform bus services and encourage the return of passengers including by promoting modal shift... continue

3 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

DfT to give TfL £1.08bn

The DfT has offered Transport for London (TfL) a third emergency package worth around £1.08bn to support the capital’s transport network until 11 December 2021. The agreement between the DfT and TfL follows two previous emergency packages, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, in April... continue

3 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News
Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone goes live

Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone goes live
Peter Plisner

After months of delay Birmingham’s ‘Class D’ Clean Air Zone (CAZ) was launched on 1 June.... continue

3 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News
Midlands Connect unveils plans for faster, more frequent services

Midlands Connect unveils plans for faster, more frequent services
Peter Plisner

Regional transport body Midlands Connect has released reports on... continue

3 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

‘White Paper won’t affect plans for ScotRail’
Rhodri Clark

The UK Government’s plan for Great British Railways to “run and plan the rail network” will have no effect on the renationalisation of ScotRail, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told the Scottish Parliament last week. The decision not to extend Abellio’s ScotRail contract... continue

3 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

Ealing scraps Low Traffic Neighbourhood
Mark Moran

Ealing Council has ended the trial West Ealing South Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN 21) and promises local people will have the final say on control measures in their communities.   The move follows a decision by the London Borough of Hounslow to close Swyncombe Avenue for a period of two... continue

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Far-reaching reforms to bring rail under centralised body

Far-reaching reforms to bring rail under centralised body
Mark Moran

Control of rail infrastructure and train services will... continue

3 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

£400m pledge for regional rail upgrade

The government has announced that £400m will be spent on improving passenger and freight rail services across the North, Midlands and the South. There will be an investment of £317m into the Transpennine route upgrade, which the DfT said will improve punctuality, reliability and... continue

3 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

White Paper falls short of renationalisation

The Williams-Shapps Plan’s proposals fall short of renationalisation. Privately owned train operating companies will still run services, with franchises replaced by contracts that will incentivise the private firms on punctuality and efficiency rather than raising revenue. GBR will contract... continue

3 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News
Mixed response to reforms but long-term vision is welcomed

Mixed response to reforms but long-term vision is welcomed
Peter Plisner

Although there have been mixed views on some aspects of... continue

3 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

Campaigners offer guarded support to plan

Organisation campaigning for better passenger transport gave the Williams-Shapps plan a guarded welcome. The Campaign for Better Transport wants to see more detail on fare changes. Paul Tuohy, the campaign’s chief executive, said: “We welcome this plan with its focus on the needs of... continue

3 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

Rail plan ‘lacks substance’

The labour party and trade unions have voiced doubts about the Williams-Shapps proposals. The Labour Party’s shadow transport secretary Jim McMahon said: “With fare hikes, £1bn cuts to Network Rail and broken promises to communities across the country, it’s yet another... continue

3 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

‘Inform drivers of link between emissions and high speeds’
Rhodri Clark

The public needs to be made more aware of the connection between fast driving and carbon emissions, a campaigner has suggested as new statistics revealed an increase in cars exceeding speed limits. In January to March 2021, the proportion of cars exceeding the speed limit in free-flow road... continue

3 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News
Average speed cameras installed on M4 at Gwent

Average speed cameras installed on M4 at Gwent
Deniz Huseyin

A fixed 50mph speed limit is to be introduced on a 15-mile stretch of the M4 in Gwent, Wales, this summer. A total of 32 average cameras... continue

3 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

More trams arriving for West Midlands Metro

West Midlands Metro has taken delivery of the first of eight  trams arriving this year ahead of further expansion of the region’s network. The Urbos tram was shipped from the factory in Spain and arrived at the Metro depot in Wednesbury on a 40m lorry. The new trams, manufactured by CAF,... continue

3 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News
Slow uptake of chargepoint grants but demand is rising

Slow uptake of chargepoint grants but demand is rising
Rhodri Clark

In the past four years fewer than 700 on-street... continue

3 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

MPs warn of missed targets

The government risks missing its official target of banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030, a committee of MPs has warned.  House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has said the Government has no plan for persuading motorists to switch to electric vehicles. In a new... continue

3 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

£300m investment will rewire Britain, says Ofgem
Mark Moran

A £300m investment could help boost the UK’s electric vehicle (EV) charging network, Ofgem has announced. The funding will go towards more than 200 low carbon projects across the country, the energy regulator has pledged. The move, which is part of a wider £40bn plan, will help... continue

3 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

Westminster installs 1,000th chargepoint

Westminster City Council has been ramping up its provision of on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging points. The council installed the 1,000th charging point in April and says it is on track to deliver another 500 chargers by April 2022.   The council is working with Siemens GB&I, which... continue

3 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News
EV newcomer Arrival targets cities and fleet operators

EV newcomer Arrival targets cities and fleet operators
Stuart Render

EV developer Arrival is using a new method for the... continue

3 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

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