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Diesel buses face ban from city bus lanes

Cambridgeshire County Council wants to ban non-electric buses from using the county’s bus lanes as part of plans to improve air quality.  “As the Conservative administration at the county council, we intend to increase pressure on bus companies to swap to electric vehicles, by drawing up plans and consulting on denying them access to bus lanes, with an aspiration to implement the new system from the end of 2021, unless they are fully electric,” says a new air quality policy document.  Cambridgeshire also plans to lobby East of England traffic commissioner Richard Turfitt to introduce a licence condition allowing only electric buses to operate within Cambridge city.  In addition, the council wants to open up bus lanes to all electric vehicles.  LTT... continue

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Berkeley’s alternative plan to HS2 is flawed, says consultant

Berkeley’s alternative plan to HS2 is flawed, says consultant

Lord Berkeley, the deputy chair of the Government’s review into HS2, has called on ministers to axe most of the project and focus instead on upgrading capacity on existing lines in the Midlands and north of England.  The final... continue

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Capital’s rapid charge hub

The first of five rapid charging hubs in the capital has opened in Stratford, east London. The facility, funded by Transport for London and operated by Engenie, is capable of charging six electric vehicles simultaneously. Drivers can use a contactless card or smart phone to access the 50kW... continue

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Old Oak station ‘will disrupt GWML trains’

The proposed HS2 interchange station at Old Oak Common, west London, will disrupt Great Western Main Line services, the rail industry has said.  Jonathan James, head of contract management at MTR Crossrail said: “The period between 2021 and 2027 will see extensive restrictions of... continue

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TfL grapples with short and long-term financial challenges

TfL grapples with short and long-term financial challenges
Andrew Forster

Transport for London expects the further delay to the... continue

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End your fascination with road user charges, Cambs tells city

End your fascination with road user charges, Cambs tells city
Andrew Forster

Cambridgeshire County Council’s leader has called on... continue

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How to clean up air without charging drivers

How to clean up air without charging drivers

The ruling Conservative administration on Cambridgeshire County Council has presented a package of actions to improve the county’s air quality without  imposing... continue

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Axe HS2 and upgrade existing lines instead, says Berkeley

Axe HS2 and upgrade existing lines instead, says Berkeley
Andrew Forster

When transport secretary Grant Shapps appeared before... continue

10 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

A flawed critique and flawed solution
William Barter.

Whatever Lord Berkeley’s engineering capabilities might be, this ‘Dissenting Report’ has major gaps and weaknesses in its treatment of rail operations and service planning issues. Although happy to pontificate about HS2’s capabilities and propose alternative infrastructure... continue

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Welsh ministers abandon plan to raise concessionary age

Welsh ministers abandon plan to raise concessionary age
Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government has abandoned plans to increase... continue

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EEH’s draft transport strategy criticised

A team of transport academics and former local government transport and planning officers in Oxfordshire has questioned the value of the draft transport strategy of England’s Economic Heartland (EEH). POETS (Planning Oxfordshire’s Environment and Transport Sustainably) says the strategy... continue

10 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

NR reveals cost of foot crossing inquiry

Network Rail spent more than £70,000 on external legal support to fight the reopening a foot crossing on a Welsh branch line that would have cost to  £203,000 to install and maintain over 20 years. The legal costs are, however, only a fraction of the costs Network Rail has incurred... continue

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Road user charge to support Oxford’s zero emission zone

Road user charge to support Oxford’s zero emission zone
Andrew Forster

Details of a road user charging-based zero emission... continue

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New framework for capital road upgrades

Transport for London is procuring a London-wide framework to deliver medium and high complexity/value road enhancement and renewal projects.  TfL intends to appoint five tenderers to the framework, which will run for six years from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2027. All contractors will be invited... continue

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TfL procures journey time data for roads

Transport for London is procuring a two-year contract for the supply of journey time data on the capital’s road network.  The ‘Data as a Service - Journey Time Data’ (DaaS-JTD) contract is the first new and improved data source to be procured as part of TfL’s data... continue

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London drives the decline in England’s bus patronage

London drives the decline in England’s bus patronage
Andrew Forster

Local bus passenger journeys in England fell by 29... continue

10 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

Accessibility and buses probed by NAO

The National Audit Office is undertaking pieces of work on local transport and bus services.  An interactive mapping exercise is examining access to public services and public spaces by private and public transport across England. Meanwhile, a value for money study will explore Government... continue

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UTG commissions bus patronage model

UTG commissions bus patronage model

The Urban Transport Group has commissioned consultant WSP to develop a new Metropolitan Bus Model.  The UTG said the model would help... continue

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Bus operators urge Burnham to dump his franchising plan

Bus operators urge Burnham to dump his franchising plan
Andrew Forster

Transport for Greater Manchester has begun studying... continue

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Rapid EV charge hubs for York P&R sites

The City of York Council is procuring electric vehicle charging ‘hyper hubs’ that will be built adjacent to two park-and-ride sites on the city’s outer ring road. The facilities at the Poppleton P&R site on the west of the city and the Monks Cross P&R site in the northeast... continue

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Small rise in road traffic

Road traffic volumes in Great Britain grew slightly in 2018, according to the DfT’s annual Transport Statistics GB.  An estimated 328.1 billion vehicle miles were driven on Britain’s roads in 2018, up from 327.1 billion in 2017. Cars accounted for 78 per cent of vehicle miles,... continue

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Scotland must up its game on carbon reduction, says CCC
Andrew Forster

The Scottish Government must do more to reduce transport sector greenhouse gas emissions, the UK’s Committee on Climate Change has said in its annual performance assessment for the Scottish Parliament.  Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions fell three per cent in 2017 to 40.5 million... continue

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Decarbonising freight ‘may be impossible’

The Government may have to exempt the freight sector from complete decarbonisation, a logistics expert has said.  Professor Alan McKinnon told the Freight Transport Association’s Logistics Magazine:  “There’s a general agreement that logistics is going to be one of the... continue

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Biofuels backed for freight

The Government has announced funding for four advanced biofuel plants that will produce fuel for use by road freight and potentially aviation.  Household waste, unused straw, and old wood will be among the materials used to feed the four plants.  KEW Projects and Rika Biogas have been... continue

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Prioritise climate, PM told

The Committee on Climate Change has called on Boris Johnson to use his large parliamentary majority to ensure the UK leads the “defining global challenge of our age”. “Your strong parliamentary majority will permit confident decisions on the climate challenges now before... continue

10 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

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