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Ealing prepares plan to halve transport CO2

The London Borough of Ealing has promised “bold” actions to more than halve carbon dioxide emissions from transport by 2030.  A draft strategy to achieve net zero status by 2030 projects transport emissions coming down from more than 250,000 tonnes a year today to about 100,000.  Proposed actions include 20mph speed limits on all roads by next year; investing in electric vehicle charging points so that all residents are within a five-minute walk of a charge point by 2025; a workplace parking levy 2030; and the consideration of road user charging. Jo Mortensen, Ealing’s sustainability programme manager, told councillors: “The council has committed to treat climate change as a current crisis, where a swift, intensive and substantial response is compulsory,... continue

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Reprieve for Pacers could help solve train shortage – WYCA

Reprieve for Pacers could help solve train shortage – WYCA
Andrew Forster

West Yorkshire Combined Authority has suggested halting... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

North’s rail commuting ‘may escape Covid hit’

Covid-19 may not have a big lasting impact on rail commuting in West Yorkshire, the combined authority has suggested.  An officer report to councillors said it was impossible to know the timescale or magnitude of the impacts. “It is legitimate to ask both: (a) Will demand return, in the... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

WYCA suggests fewer but longer trains

Fewer, but longer, passenger trains may be the way to improve service punctuality on some routes in the north of England, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority has suggested.  Poor punctuality and reliability has plagued services in the north of England in recent years but WYCA officers have... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Concession next stop for Northern?

The government is likely to replace its operation of the Northern rail franchise in with a concession model, though the change may be many months away because of Covid-19. In a report discussing the future of Northern, officers of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority told councillors: “It is... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Country’s battery electric car strategy is ‘doomed to failure’
Andrew Forster

The Government’s push to electrify road transport is based on naivety, the undue influence of the Committee on Climate Change, and a lack of engineering expertise within Government, an academic has said.  Professor Michael Kelly, the former chief scientific adviser to the Department for... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

CCC touts scrappage scheme to boost EVs

A scrappage scheme to replace fossil fuel cars with battery electric versions should be considered as part of the UK’s Covid-19 recovery programme, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has said.   CCC chief executive Chris Stark raised the idea at the final meeting of Climate Assembly... continue

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Motorway rapid EV charging plan

Every motorway service area in England will have at least six rapid electric vehicle chargepoints in place by 2023, the DfT has said. The chargepoints will be funded by a rapid charging fund announced in the Budget in March. Some service areas will have ten to 12 of the 150-350kW chargepoints, all... continue

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Rethink Mids and North rail plans – Greengauge

Rethink Mids and North rail plans – Greengauge
Andrew Forster

The Government should replace many of the existing rail projects proposed for the Midlands and North of England with projects that... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Councils release blueprint for Toton HS2 access

A three-phase plan to connect the HS2 station at Toton, between Derby and Nottingham, into local and regional transport networks has been published by councils and business leaders.  The access strategy for Toton station – now dubbed the HS2 East Midlands Hub – envisages... continue

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Vision for faster Anglo-Scots rail

Improving rail connectivity to Scotland is a higher priority than building the HS2 Phase 2b high-speed line from Crewe to Manchester, Greengauge has told the National Infrastructure Commission. Greengauge says the Government should focus on bringing the rail journey time from London to Glasgow and... continue

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Government hid HS2 problems to keep it on the rails, say MPs

A committee of MPs has accused the Government of hiding the problems afflicting HS2 from Parliament and the public in order to ensure the project was not scrapped.  “The Department and HS2 Ltd seemed to believe that a lack of transparency with Parliament and the public on the problems... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

DfT still wants 18 trains on HS2

The House of Commons transport committee has asked HS2 minister Andrew Stevenson to explain why the Government is sceptical about cutting the number of trains on the London to West Midlands leg of HS2 from 18 to 14 an hour.  The reduction was recommended by Doug Oakervee in his review of the... continue

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Review transport priorities – ICE

A rapid review of major transport plans is needed to reassess priorities in the aftermath of Covid-19, the Institution of Civil Engineers has said.  “It would be prudent to conduct a rapid review of the phasing of major programmes, particularly within transport, to ascertain what should... continue

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Don’t forget urban transport – NIC

Don’t forget urban transport – NIC

The Government must not  its commitment to funding major public transport in English cities because of Covid-19, the National... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Green light for Old Oak

The planning application for the Old Oak Common HS2 station has been approved by the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation OPDC). The station, promoted by HS2 Ltd, will have 14 platforms: six for HS2 services and eight for  Crossrail, Heathrow Express and Great Western... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News
Wiltshire creates team to lead M4-South Coast road upgrade

Wiltshire creates team to lead M4-South Coast road upgrade
Andrew Forster

Wiltshire Council is creating an officer team to take... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News
Preferred options to complete dual A66

Preferred options to complete dual A66

The Government has announced the preferred options to complete the dualling of the A66 Transpennine road between the M6 at Penrith in Cumbria and the... continue

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Cash for ten rail reopening projects

Ten rail reopening proposals have been awarded a share of £500,000 from the Ideas Fund stream of the DfT’s Restoring Your Railway fund.  The projects are:  reopening Meir Railway station between Stoke-On-Trent and North Staffordshire passenger services on the Barrow Hill line... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

A14 across Cambs opens to traffic

The full 21-mile A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon road scheme has opened to traffic.  The east-west route will improve travel conditions from the east of England to the Midlands and the North.  Part of the Highways England project, a new 12-mile bypass south of Huntingdon, opened last... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News
EEH prioritises corridors for  transport studies programme

EEH prioritises corridors for transport studies programme

England’s Economic Heartland is sifting a shortlist of  transport corridors to determine which should be the subject of studies to inform investment planning.  An initial long list of corridors was drawn up... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

German rail contract problems weigh on Go-Ahead’s mind

The Go-Ahead Group is undertaking a “comprehensive” review of its loss-making German rail contracts. In Baden-Württemberg  the company reports a shortage of drivers and problems with the late delivery of trains. “In light of ongoing challenges, a comprehensive review of... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Grand Union revises S Wales plan

Prospective open access train operator Grand Union Trains has revised its proposed South Wales to London service, extending them to Carmarthen. Grand Union has applied to the Office of Rail and Road for a 15-year track access contract commencing in December 2021.  Services would initially... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

EYMS wins N Lincs DRT contract

North Lincolnshire Council has awarded Go-Ahead subsidiary East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS) a contract to provide a “transformational” demand responsive transport service.  The council, headquartered in Scunthorpe, already has a DRT service, CallConnect, which is delivered in... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Voi poaches from Bird

Swedish E-scooter firm Voi has recruited the UK head of rival firm Bird oversee the company’s launch of services in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands.  Richard Corbett joins from Bird UK, a subsidiary of rival US Bird.  Voi said Corbett had been “responsible for leading... continue

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