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Covid traffic curbs unfair and irrational, judge tells TfL and DfT

Covid traffic curbs unfair and irrational, judge tells TfL and DfT
Andrew Forster

A high Court judge has ruled that Transport for London and the DfT used the Covid-19 pandemic as a pretext for pushing through unjustifiable restrictions on urban traffic.  Mrs Justice Lang... continue

24 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

TfL proposes control period-style funding

Transport for London wants a long-term capital funding settlement from Government similar in style to the five-year control period settlements Highways England and Network Rail receive.  The idea is proposed in TfL’s  Financial sustainability plan, which will inform negotiations... continue

24 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News
Brighton eyes city-wide ULEZ and less central area traffic

Brighton eyes city-wide ULEZ and less central area traffic

An ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) covering the built- up area of Brighton & Hove is being studied by the city council.  Councillors this week approved further work on five possible ULEZ geographies. A consultant’s... continue

24 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Greens call for a cross-Forth rail tunnel

The Scottish Green Party has proposed building a rail tunnel between Edinburgh and Fife under the Firth of Forth.   The proposal would enter Scotland’s capital in Leith where an underground station is suggested.   The party’s rail proposals, presented ahead of May’s... continue

24 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News
DfT cuts TfN’s core budget and closes ticketing initiative

DfT cuts TfN’s core budget and closes ticketing initiative

Transport for the North is likely to have to cut staff numbers after the Government announced a big cut to its grant.  The DfT informed TfN on 4 January that its core budget for 2021/22 was likely to be £6m, down from... continue

24 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

W Yorks develops CO2 assessment tool

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has given more details of a new method for assessing the carbon impact of transport and other investments in the conurbation.  Consultant Mott MacDonald is developing the method, which should be applied in February and March to projects currently going... continue

24 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

S Yorks predicts huge underspend of grant

The Sheffield City Region Combined Authority has confirmed major difficulties in spending its Transforming Cities Fund grant allocation. Last March the DfT awarded the combined authority £166.3m for the period 2019/20 to 2022/23.  Sue Sykes, assistant director of the combined... continue

24 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Croydon quotes Shapps to justify revamped LTN scheme

The London Borough of Croydon is weighing up whether to scrap a controversial low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) street closure scheme, or replace the physical barriers with camera enforcement. The latter option would enable local residents to be exempted from the restrictions.  Almost 3,000... continue

24 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

TfL's borough guide for consulting

Transport for London has issued guidance to boroughs  on the public engagement they must conduct for schemes funded by the £20m of Active Travel Fund grant awarded to the capital by the DfT.  The DfT announced the allocation of £175m of Active Travel Fund grant in November, of... continue

24 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News
NE councils unaffected by fall in Tyne Tunnels tolling income

NE councils unaffected by fall in Tyne Tunnels tolling income

Local authorities in Tyne and Wear say they will not be financially impacted by reduced traffic volumes through the tolled Tyne Tunnels caused by Covid-19. Traffic through the tunnels (one northbound and one southbound) normally amounts to... continue

24 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Phased delivery of free flow ‘cuts evasion’

The phased implementation of free-flow tolling for the Tyne Tunnels is ensuring a lower proportion of non-payments than was seen where the change happened overnight – such as the Dartford Crossings – says Transport North East. To prepare for the removal of toll booths on the Tyne Tunnel... continue

24 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

‘Give capital vehicle licensing powers’

The mayor of London should be granted powers to implement a ‘London vehicle ownership duty’ that would replace Vehicle Excise Duty, says capital business group London First and consultant Arup.  The proposal is one of four ideas suggested in a report looking at how TfL could reduce... continue

24 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

TfL’s Streetspace Plan flouted equality duty, rules High Court

Transport for London failed to have proper regard to the public sector equality duty when preparing its Streetspace Plan for temporary traffic restrictions during Covid-19, the High Court ruled this week.   Mrs Justice Lang quashed TfL’s Streetspace Plan, the accompanying guidance for... continue

24 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Junction redesign for buses ruled out

Consultants have recommended making no changes to the design of a major junction upgrade on the A720 Edinburgh City bypass, despite the City of Edinburgh Council requesting that better provision be made for buses.  Following Edinburgh’s request, Transport Scotland asked consultant AECOM... continue

24 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News
York to add e-bike rental to e-scooters

York to add e-bike rental to e-scooters

E-bike rental is to be introduced alongside an expansion of York’s e-scooter rental scheme. E-scooter rental operator TIER plans to add e-bikes its... continue

24 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

NR must reopen crossing

Network Rail and Conwy County Borough Council in North Wales are being urged to swiftly re-open a footpath crossing over a railway after Network Rail’s legal fight to keep it closed reached the end of the road. Network Rail closed the crossing over the single track Llandudno Junction to... continue

24 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Exeter station cost quadruples

Work could finally soon get underway on a new railway station near Exeter, the cost of which has almost quadrupled in a decade.  Devon county councillors have given final approval to a station at Marsh Barton, between Exeter and Newton Abbot. The station will serve a major employment site and... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News
Cost of WMCA’s five new rail stations climbs above £115m

Cost of WMCA’s five new rail stations climbs above £115m

The estimated cost of building five rail stations in the West Midlands conurbation has risen from £70m to £117m. The West Midland Combined Authority’s board last week approved the full business cases for... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News
TfN recommends new direction for Trans-Pennine road studies

TfN recommends new direction for Trans-Pennine road studies

Transport for the North (TfN) has recommended ending a study into building a major new road between Lancashire and Yorkshire, and says the idea of a road tunnel connecting Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire needs to be rethought... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Longer appraisal ‘at odds with Treasury’

The dft’s proposal to extend the appraisal period beyond 60 years goes “against the spirit” of the Treasury’s Green Book reforms, a consultant has said. Consultant Steer makes the comment in its response to the DfT’s consultation on lengthening the appraisal period... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

NR’s project abilities ‘average’

Network Rail has much room for improvement in how it specifies capital investment, says a report for the Office of Rail and Road. The ORR asked consultant Nichols to assess the performance of NR’s five regions in preparing project business cases for renewals and enhancements. By conducting... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Don’t skimp on North East rail upgrade, councils tell DfT

Councils in northeast England are urging the Government to commit to re-opening the whole of the Leamside railway line, saying a shorter variant won’t deliver the necessary benefits. The Leamside line connected Pelaw Junction in Gateshead with Tursdale Junction, near Ferryhill, in Durham... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Welsh Government responds to Burns

The Welsh Government has set up a team in Transport for Wales to take forward the recommendations of the South East Wales Transport Commission. The final report of the commission, chaired by Lord Burns, was published in November. It recommended a major investment in rail services, including several... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Three options to ease Manchester rail delays

The DfT?has launched a consultation on options for improving the reliability of Manchester’s railways. Manchester’s rail network is heavily congested, with the busy two-track Castlefield corridor between Manchester Piccadilly and Deansgate particularly prone to delays that have knock-on... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Pantograph charging for W Mids buses

The West Midlands Combined Authority is to install a pantograph charger for battery electric buses in Wolverhampton. Suppliers have been invited to tender for a framework contract to supply pantograph chargers. The framework has an initial term of four years but with the potential for two further... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

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