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Appraisal ‘at odds with climate agenda’

Current transport appraisal methods with their focus on time savings are inadequate for the climate change agenda, the chief executive of Transport for Wales?has said. James Price told the National Assembly for Wales inquiry on transport decarbonisation: “[One] thing I think is worthy of some real proper look, and this is a UK as well as a Wales issue, is if we’re saying – which I think we are – that transport interventions are there to save the planet and to also generate economic activity, then why are we still evaluating them on the basis of time saved and, an important thing, killed and serious injuries reduced?” He said the transport industry was still using “a 1960s road building methodology” to assess schemes. “We will be developing... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News
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Tories pledge £4.2bn for public transport

The Conservatives this week pledged a £4.2bn Local Public Transport Fund for buses, trains and light rail if they win the General Election next week.   The party said the cash would become available from 2022, and would be funded by the party’s decision not to cut corporation... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

More details of Scots £500m bus priority pot

Transport Scotland’s new £500m bus priority fund is likely to be allocated over five years with funding weighted towards the later years, councillors in the Highlands and Islands have heard. Neil Macrae, partnership manager for Hitrans, the Highlands and Islands transport partnership,... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News
Zero emission bus target for Wales a bit like Brexit – Skates

Zero emission bus target for Wales a bit like Brexit – Skates
Rhodri Clark

Welsh transport minister Ken Skates has said his... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Aberdeenshire ends free charging

Aberdeenshire Council is to start charging motorists for using its network of publicly accessible electric vehicle charging points.  About 25,000 charging events have taken place at Aberdeenshire’s charge points in the last 12 months, costing the council £36,847 for... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Cambs councils back ULEV taxis

All taxis licensed for the first time by Cambridge city and South Cambridgeshire district councils may soon have to be ultra-low or zero emission.  Cambridge City Council has introduced the requirement to its licensing policy from April 2020 and South Oxfordshire District councillors last... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Streetlight EV chargers ‘impractical’

Reading borough Council has ruled out installing electric vehicle charging points in lamp posts on most of the residential streets it has surveyed.  Reading received funding from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for the ‘Go Electric Reading’ project to... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Scots EV charging joint working?

Local government in Scotland is starting to explore opportunities for collaboration on electric vehicle charge point installation, in order to dramatically expand levels of provision.   The board of Scotland’s Road Collaboration Programme has identified EV chargepoint design and... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Tories pledge big road & rail spend and further devolution

The Conservatives are the only major political party to pledge a big road building programme if they win the General Election.   The party’s manifesto also makes a promise to build the first part of the Northern Powerhouse Rail project but is non-committal on HS2 (see story below). It is... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Non-committal on HS2, committed to NPR phase 1

The Conservatives are non-committal about building HS2 but do pledge to build a new railway between Leeds and Manchester.  The party will study the recommendations of the Oakervee review into HS2 before making a decision. “HS2 is a great ambition, but will now cost at least £81bn... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Tories make cross-border pledges

The Conservatives promise better transport links between England and Wales. “To support our Union, we will upgrade the A55 as the main road transport artery for North Wales,” says the manifesto. A Marches Growth Deal is also promised, “focusing on cross-border infrastructure which... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Researchers estimate health impacts of pollution exposure
Andrew Forster

Estimates of health risks associated with exposure to air pollution are presented in a new report by academics at King’s College London.   The report presents statements about the impact of pollutants on individual health outcomes in nine English cities: London, Birmingham, Bristol,... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Pollution sensors ‘could mislead’

The use of low-cost air quality sensors by community groups and others could give a misleading picture of an area’s air quality, Hull City Council has warned.  Dave White, Hull’s air quality officer, told elected members that the  council’s environmental regulation team... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Personalised health statements

The report presents statements for various health outcomes in nine English cities, using four different measures. The following illustration is for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in London.  High vs low pollution days, change in risk  Living in London, your risk of experiencing an... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Statements challenged

The health statements have been challenged by Paul Biggs, environment spokesman for the Alliance of British Drivers and a retired cancer researcher at the University of Birmingham. In a letter to the research team, Biggs says Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster have amongst the highest air... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News
Watford is ArrivaClick’s next stop, as Kent operation ceases

Watford is ArrivaClick’s next stop, as Kent operation ceases
Andrew Forster

Watford Borough Council has appointed Arriva to deliver its... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News
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Sustrans buoyed by cash for revamp NCN

Sustrans says it has raised enough funding to pay for more than 80 schemes as part of its  plan to improve the National Cycle Network (NCN).  The charity launched a new strategy a year ago, calling for the length of NCN that is traffic-free to double to 10,000 miles by 2040. The NCN is... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News
Viewpoint: LCWIPs starting to set active travel agendas

Viewpoint: LCWIPs starting to set active travel agendas

Recent weeks have been a busy time for many authorities completing their local cycling and walking infrastructure plans (LCWIPs). Representing a key means of delivering the Government’s Cycling and Walking... continue

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6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

North of Scotland councils bid for roads collaboration cash
Andrew Forster

Local authorities in the north of Scotland are to request funding from the Scottish Government to accelerate their work on road service collaboration.   The Northern Roads Collaboration Joint Committee brings together seven councils: Angus, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Argyll & Bute, Western... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Councils want industry roads fund

Local authorities in the north of Scotland want to prepare a case for a new Government fund that would help pay for the upkeep and improvement of key local roads serving industries such as whisky, quarrying, and agriculture.  The fund could be modelled on the Government’s Timber... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Give us more responsibilities – Hitrans

Hitrans, the Highlands and Islands transport partnership, has called on the Scottish Government to give more powers to Scotland’s seven existing statutory regional transport partnerships (RTPs).  Transport Scotland’s consultation on the draft national transport strategy invited... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News
Working group sets out default 20mph limit plan for Wales

Working group sets out default 20mph limit plan for Wales
Andrew Forster

Emerging proposals for introducing a default 20mph speed... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

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