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Gender on the agenda

Gender on the agenda
Juliana O'Rourke

Issues around gender inequality and transport – along with wider equality, accessibility and inclusivity concerns – are climbing higher and higher up political, social and professional agendas. For me especially, as one of the females that make up 50.61 % of the UK’s population,... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

‘Ridiculous’ withdrawal of paper bus timetables
by Rhodri Clark

The task of rebuilding bus patronage after lockdown is being hampered by absences of printed timetable information, according to industry commentator Roger French. Many councils have stopped providing timetables at bus stops, because bus schedules have been changing too often as travel restrictions... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News
Glasgow bus depot will be largest EV charge station in UK

Glasgow bus depot will be largest EV charge station in UK
by Stuart Render

Second-round funding from the Scottish Ultra-Low... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

Edinburgh faces ETRO misuse claims

City of Edinburgh Council is using experimental traffic regulation orders (ETRO) to make supposedly temporary ‘Spaces for People’ measures permanent, claims the leader of the opposition Jason Rust. The Conservative group chair said the Labour-SNP coalition was trying to avoid “due... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

EV drivers associations form global alliance

Electric vehicle (EV) drivers associations from 24 countries have joined together to form the Global EV Drivers’ Alliance. They are calling for every new car and light-duty truck sold in their countries to have a plug by the end of this decade.  One of the first joint activities of the... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

Bus users get journey planning watch app

A watch app has been developed for bus passengers which will allow them to find their closest stops, look up departures from ‘favourite’ stops, view a step count/distance to bus stop and receive notifications when they approach their stop. The app, by software developer Passenger, is... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News
Gridserve acquires EV charge network from Ecotricity

Gridserve acquires EV charge network from Ecotricity

Ecotricity has sold its electric vehicle (EV) charging network Electric Highway to Gridserve.  Since the launch of Electric Highway ten years ago, charging has progressed from 3-pin plugs and 7kW... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

TIER gets £45m backing from Goldman Sachs

Micro-Mobility business TIER has raised $60m (£45m) in asset-backed financing from multinational investment bank Goldman Sachs. TIER, who also recently secured $250m (£177m) Series C funding round led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, said the investment will enable it to expands its... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

Atkins wins place on Lancs framework

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has won a place on Lancashire County Council’s Professional and Technical Services Framework. The deal initially runs for three years with the option to extend for a further year. Atkins will be providing the following services across Lancashire: ... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

Amey joins Clyde Waterfront project

Amey Consulting has won a highways design contract to link associated and new roads to the 184m road bridge to be built over the River Clyde, as part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal. The Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside (CWRR) project is being led by Renfrewshire Council. It will involve... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

Whoosh/Ordamo offer dual rail app

British tech disruptors Whoosh and Ordamo have formed a partnership to develop a multi-functional, real-time journey dashboard. While Whoosh’s system is designed to keep users up-to-date with details about their rail journey on their smartphone (such as on-time performance, live departure... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

First Bus role split to create two new MDs?

Two managing directors have been brought in to replace First Bus divisional director Dave Alexander, who has stepped down due to personal reasons. The new managing directors are Andrew Jarvis, currently First Bus MD for Scotland, and Joe Thompson, who has joined the group having previously held... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

£460m investment boost for Flixmobility

Flixmobility has picked up $650m (nearly £460m) Series G funding, a mix of equity and debt financing. The investment round was led by new US investor Canyon Partners along with existing investors General Atlantic, Permira, TCV, HV Capital, BlackRock, Baillie Gifford and... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News
Future proofing York: managing changing levels of demand

Future proofing York: managing changing levels of demand

I first met James in December 2019. The occasion was to kick off a contract which had just been awarded for Wood Group to lead a consortium, including RelativeGAP and PTV, in the development of a new transport modelling... continue

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15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News
Have protest movements made any difference to transport?

Have protest movements made any difference to transport?
Steve Melia

Protests are a waste of time; they never change... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News
15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News
Innovation in transport isn’t just about installing new technology

Innovation in transport isn’t just about installing new technology

It was a great honour to be elected chair of the Transport Planning Society (TPS) in March of this year. As I settle into the role there is an inevitable period of reflection as to what the focus should be for the society over my two-year term. I looked back at... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News
15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

Studentships in accessible transport

Coventry University has joined with disability charity Motability to recruit and sponsor doctoral candidates to carry out research into accessible transport at the university’s National Transport Design Centre (NTDC). The collaboration combines Coventry University’s design transport... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

Voi adds artificial noise to e-scooters

E-scooter operator Voi is adding artificial engine noise to 60 of its hire scheme vehicles in Liverpool, Birmingham and Bristol. The pilot is being carried out with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to increase safeguards for pedestrians with sight loss. Data from pilot areas will... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

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