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Mission creep leaves questions on Labour’s transport policy review

Mission creep leaves questions on Labour’s transport policy review
Peter Stonham

There are increasing hopes that much more clarity and detail on the transport policies of an incoming Labour Government may result from the review being led by Juergen Maier, former Siemens CEO and... continue

8 Feb 2024Local Transport Today News
Council Tax precept rise to pay for £11m Cambridgeshire & Peterborough bus package

Council Tax precept rise to pay for £11m Cambridgeshire & Peterborough bus package
Deniz Huseyin

The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) Board has... continue

8 Feb 2024Local Transport Today News

Plans to extend Ting DRT services despite £42 cost per passenger
Peter Stonham

Despite receiving a report admitting that the area’s initial pilot ‘Ting’ DRT service is costing £42 to carry each passenger and is characterised “by low vehicle occupancy and a much higher cost per passenger than most supported fixed bus services”,... continue

8 Feb 2024Local Transport Today News

Edinburgh ‘pay-as-you-go’ road pricing features in space reallocation strategy
Deniz Huseyin

A ‘pay as you go’ road user charge for central Edinburgh is among City Council proposals to create healthier transport links and support net zero 2030 goals. The Our Future Streets plan examines how space is allocated on the city’s streets, focusing on neighbourhoods, key... continue

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Emissions-based permits and tariffs coming to Westminster

Emissions-based permits and tariffs coming to Westminster
Deniz Huseyin

Westminster City Council is introducing emissions-based... continue

8 Feb 2024Local Transport Today News
8 Feb 2024Local Transport Today News

Mayor freezes fares until March 2025 in bid to attract more passengers
Deniz Huseyin

All Transport for London fares have been frozen until March 2025, with the shortfall in revenue covered by £123m of additional funding identified as part of the GLA budget setting process, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced. New analysis shows that TfL fares set by the Mayor in 2024... continue

8 Feb 2024Local Transport Today News
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Station in Bradford to get new platform after £24m from DfT

Station in Bradford to get new platform after £24m from DfT
Deniz Huseyin

Plans for a new platform at Forster Square Station in... continue

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8 Feb 2024Local Transport Today News

Property developments could fund station upgrades in Enfield

Enfield Council has identified several places in the borough where property developments could fund railway station upgrades as part of its transport strategy. These are sites where a developer would pay for station improvements as part of the property deal. Proposals include: Brimsdown station:... continue

8 Feb 2024Local Transport Today News

‘Lack of clarity over continuous footways’ frustrating moves to inclusive streets
Deniz Huseyin

There is a high degree of confusion over what a continuous footway actually is, with the lack of standardised designs having “real-world effects” for vulnerable road users, warns a study by the charity Living Streets. Most infrastructure currently being called a ‘continuous... continue

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Humber Bridge awards new tolling contract to go free-flow
Peter Stonham

Tolling technology company Neology has signed a multimillion-pound, multi-year contract with Humber Bridge Board to bring free flow tolling to the crossing, and deliver digital systems to provide improvements to bridge users, with roadside and back-office systems as well as website and mobile app... continue

8 Feb 2024Local Transport Today News

Tyne Bridge renovation to end re-routing of heavy vehicles through residential areas
Deniz Huseyin

The iconic Tyne Bridge is to undergo an extensive renovation alongside major improvements on the Central Motorway East (CME) A167. The project forms part of the Government’s Network North plan, with £544m in funding for a long-term plan to resurface local roads across the North... continue

8 Feb 2024Local Transport Today News

Review to ensure DVSA keeping pace with new technology

An independent review of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has been launched by the Government. This is part of the wider Cabinet Office public body review programme and will assess DVSA based on the “four pillars” set by the Cabinet Office of efficiency, efficacy,... continue

8 Feb 2024Local Transport Today News

Guidance highlights pros and cons of allowing motorbikes into bus lanes

The DfT has published new guidance for local authorities on allowing motorcyclists to use bus lanes. There are “potential benefits and disbenefits to allowing motorcycle access to bus lanes”, said the DfT, adding that the decision should be taken withcare to mitigate “foreseeable... continue

8 Feb 2024Local Transport Today News

LNER’s ‘Semi Flexible’ ticket could mean expensive off-peak fares, says watchdog
Deniz Huseyin

A trial of a new “Semi Flexible” ticket by LNER may result in more expensive off-peak journeys for some passengers, Transport Focus has warned. The scheme forms part of a policy to revise the fare structure on the rail network endorsed by Transport Secretary Mark Harper but seen by... continue

8 Feb 2024Local Transport Today News

West Yorkshire pledges funds to continue £2 bus cap until March 2025
Deniz Huseyin

The £2 bus cap for single journeys will continue in West Yorkshire until at least March 2025, Mayor Tracy Brabin has announced. West Yorkshire Combined Authority has voted funds to extend the £2 cap, which was launched by the Government in January 2022 and since extended until 31... continue

8 Feb 2024Local Transport Today News

Tap-in, tap-out train pilots for the West Midlands and Greater Manchester

Over 90 rail stations will be included in ‘pay as you go’ payment pilots in the West Midlands and Greater Manchester next year Department for Transport rail minister Huw Merriman has announced. He said it was the latest step in the government’s commitment to make fares and... continue

8 Feb 2024Local Transport Today News

Welsh CJC transport planning bodies concerned at getting TfW input on time
Rhodri Clark

The South East Wales Corporate Joint Committee (CJC) is concerned that producing its Regional Transport Plan will cost more than expected if Transport for Wales does not provide data services in the timescale required. The four Welsh CJCs are statutory bodies tasked with producing Regional... continue

8 Feb 2024Local Transport Today News

Welsh budgets have to be trimmed to prevent rail line closures, says minister
Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government will have to make substantial cuts, potentially including withdrawing all services on some lines, unless it reallocates £111m from other budgets to Transport for Wales for 2024/25, Climate Change Minister Julie James has said. The extra money was added to TfW Rail’s... continue

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Gloucestershire to get 26-mile ‘cycle spine’ linking towns

Gloucestershire to get 26-mile ‘cycle spine’ linking towns
Deniz Huseyin

A 26-mile cycling route is being constructed in... continue

8 Feb 2024Local Transport Today News

Waters defends membership of panel to review 20mph limit
Rhodri Clark

Welsh Deputy Climate Change Minister Lee Waters has defended the membership of a panel he has established to review how the 20mph default speed limit introduced across Wales on 17 September has been implemented. Guidance to local authorities could be amended as a result of the review. The... continue

8 Feb 2024Local Transport Today News

Speed Camera Enforcement begins by Go Safe

The new 20mph speed limits introduced across Wales in September have been enforced from the beginning of this Year following the end of a three month grace period when, the Welsh Government took an ‘education- focused’ approach to the enforcement of the new limit. Enforcement by GoSafe... continue

8 Feb 2024Local Transport Today News

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