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NO2 impact on mortality lower  than we thought, say experts

NO2 impact on mortality lower than we thought, say experts
Andrew Forster

Nitrogen dioxide may be responsible for far fewer lost life years than previously thought, experts on the medical effects of air pollutants have advised the... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

UNESCO’s Stonehenge views rebuffed

The Government seems likely to ignore UNESCO’s call for a rethink on plans to place the A303 in a 1.8-mile tunnel in the vicinity of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site.  In June UNESCO said the proposals were inadequate and the Government should consider either lengthening the tunnel or... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

DfT probes overseas markets for UK transport enterprises

The UK has world-leading transport consultants who can play a part in winning more work overseas for a post-Brexit UK, a review for the DfT has concluded.  The Department commissioned consultant PwC to assess the capability of the UK’s transport infrastructure supply chain earlier this... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Bus stop standards ‘will have a cost’

The Welsh Government’s proposal to issue statutory guidance on the quality of bus stop infrastructure and information has received a qualified welcome from many respondents to the Welsh Government consultation on bus industry reforms. The Cardiff Capital Region Transport Authority’s bus... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News
Lack of funding ‘could thwart Welsh bus industry reforms’

Lack of funding ‘could thwart Welsh bus industry reforms’
Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government’s proposals to introduce bus... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News
Cambridgeshire prepares legal claim for guided busway repair bill

Cambridgeshire prepares legal claim for guided busway repair bill
Andrew Forster

Cambridgeshire County Council is preparing legal action against... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News
Four charging Clean Air Zone options shortlisted for Bristol

Four charging Clean Air Zone options shortlisted for Bristol
Andrew Forster

Bristol City Council is exploring four options for a... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Geo-fence trial to improve Leeds air

Researchers are to trial technology in Leeds that switches hybrid vehicles to zero emission power in polluted areas.  Project ACCRA is a collaboration between Leeds City Council, Cenex, the Transport Systems Catapult, Earthsense, Dynniq, and Tevva Motors Ltd.  The technology, known as... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News
Valley Lines asset transfer in jeopardy as devo talks drag on

Valley Lines asset transfer in jeopardy as devo talks drag on
Andrew Forster

The Welsh Government’s plan to take control of the... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

SEStran ponders name change ahead of possible new powers
Andrew Forster

SEStran, the South East Scotland regional transport partnership, may rebrand in an attempt to raise its profile and reduce confusion with active travel charity Sustrans.  SEStran business partner Keith Fisken told last week’s board meeting that the regional transport partnership (RTP)... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

TfL appoints contractor for bus safety standard tests

Transport for London has appointed TRL to test potential measures for inclusion in London’s proposed bus safety standard. Measures to be tested include:     • Autonomous Emergency Braking systems that allow a vehicle to detect its surroundings and automatically apply the... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News
Abellio clinches West Midlands rail franchise

Abellio clinches West Midlands rail franchise

A Joint venture led by Abellio has won the contract to operate the West Midlands rail franchise. West Midlands Trains Ltd is a joint venture of Abellio (70.1%), East Japan Railway... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News
Liverpool brings bike hire operations in-house

Liverpool brings bike hire operations in-house

Liverpool City Council is to bring operation of the city’s public bike hire scheme in-house.  The Citybike scheme was launched in 2014 and features about 1,000 bicycles for... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Buses director to drive Welsh reforms

Transport for Wales (TfW) is to appoint a bus services director to lead Government reforms of the sector.  The director will be responsible for planning “a new integrated transport network”. “The director will be expected to work closely with Welsh Government, local... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Advanced partnership for Solihull

Councillors have approved an advanced quality bus partnership scheme for Solihull town centre.   Under the scheme, buses will only be allowed to layover at stops outside the town’s railway station. Access to the stops will be managed by a slot booking system operated by West Midlands... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Cambridgeshire operator wants franchising

A bus operator in Cambridgeshire has called on the area’s elected mayor to implement bus franchising.   Whippet Coaches issued the call ahead of its withdrawal from 16 routes on 3 September. Whippet said the routes, a mixture of commercial and contracted, had been operating at a loss for... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

‘Rethink capital bus network’

Outer London’s bus network should be remodelled with more express and orbital routes, as well as feeder routes that connect into trunk services, the London Assembly’s transport committee has said.   The committee says expanding outer London bus routes should be a “key... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

HE outlines clean air research programme

Highways England is exploring the practicality of building canopies over major roads in pollution hotspot areas.  “We are investigating if we can reduce the costs to construct a canopy, which is a tunnel-like structure designed to prevent vehicle emissions reaching our neighbours, to... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Councils foot bill for Metrobus cost hike

Bristol City Council has outlined how it plans to cover a possible £7m rise in the council’s contribution to the Metrobus programme.  Metrobus comprises three routes and is being delivered by Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset councils. The DfTis providing a fixed... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

DfT issues CAV cyber security principles

Key principles for ensuring cyber security for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) have been published by the Government.   “As vehicles get smarter, cyber security in the automotive industry is becoming an increasing concern,” says the guidance, prepared jointly by the DfT... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

NR studies Chilterns link to Old Oak station

Some Chiltern Railways services could be routed to serve the proposed Old Oak Common station in west London, rather than Marylebone, under plans being studied by Network Rail.  NR says that up to four additional trains an hour on the Chiltern line could be routed into Old Oak Common, where... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

TfGM Metrolink developing new framework

Transport for Greater Manchester is creating a framework for Metrolink renewal and enhancement projects. A maximum of 30 participants are expected to be appointed to the framework, which is split into a number of lots. TfGM has been responsible for funding and oversight of all renewals and... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Go-Ahead wins Dublin contract

Go-Ahead Group has won the contract to provide bus services in outer Dublin, the first open tender process run by Ireland’s National Transport Authority. Go-Ahead will operate 24 routes with 125 buses and around 350 drivers. The contract will commence in late 2018 and run for five years with... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Northants seeks joint venture partner

Northamptonshire County Council has launched the procurement process for its managing agent strategic joint venture for place directorate services, including transport (LTT 26 May). The managing agent will be expected to drive efficiencies in service delivery. The contract will initially run for... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Southampton sets up trading company

Southampton City Council is setting up a local authority trading company (LATco) to manage services including: on and off-street parking operations; public transport; adult and children’s transport; fleet services; housing management and operations; street cleansing; waste management; parks... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

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