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Half-baked mayors?
Local Transport Today

As anyone who has been through organisational change will know, the process can take time to settle and mutterings of discontent are  an inevitable part of the journey. So it is too early to cast definitive judgments on the performance of the mayors who were elected in May to lead six combined authorities (Liverpool City Region, Teesside, Greater Manchester, the West Midlands, the West of England, and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough). There are, however, signs in some areas that all is not well.   From the Liverpool City Region came reports over the summer of tensions between city-region mayor Steve Rotheram and Liverpool City Council’s elected mayor Joe Anderson. Anderson, indeed, has stopped attending meetings of the city-region cabinet.  Governance in the West of... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today Comment
To ensure cyclists get a good deal, do we have  to annoy people?

To ensure cyclists get a good deal, do we have to annoy people?
Steve Melia, University of the West of England

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15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today Comment

The guesswork behind Michael Gove’s fossil fuel car ban
Paul Withrington, Director, Transport-Watch, Northampton NN2

The figure of 29,000 deaths attributed to particulates that sparked the Great Dirty Diesel Scare is cited in the summary to the 2010 report The mortality effects of long-term exposure to particulate matter in the United Kingdom published by COMEAP, the Government’s Committee on the Medical... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today Comment
A driverless car to the Chilterns, via Sheffield

A driverless car to the Chilterns, via Sheffield
Mile Crowhurst, Garforth, Leeds LS25

I have a few quick thoughts on some recent articles in LTT.  Iain Reeve’s Viewpoint piece about driverless cars struck a chord with... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Politicians ought to keep clear of high-speed trains
Roger Davies, Kendal LA9

It bothers me no end when I see politicians getting on high-speed trains. It reminds me of the early days of David Cameron’s premiership when he took to leaving meetings at the EU with the words “I’ve a train to catch.” Others must have thought “Is he really the Prime... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Apps can open up bus travel to the partially sighted
Paul Everson, Product manager, Trapeze Group, Wiltshire BA14

The Bus Services Act 2017 allows the Secretary of State to make regulations requiring bus operators to provide on-board audio visual (AV) information to help the blind and partially sighted. This is undoubtedly a step in the right direction to ensure that bus services are accessible for visually... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Ignore the environmentalists opposing Stonehenge tunnel
Malcolm Bulpitt, Maidstone, Kent ME15

In both the news and letters columns of the last issue you give space to the comments of UNESCO, and of a spokeswoman representing a branch of Friends of the Earth (FoE), who criticise Highways England over its proposals to improve the environment of Stonehenge.  Both organisations apparently... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today Comment

The case for a Capital-Region Transport Body
Derrick Ashley, Executive member for environment, planning and transport, Hertfordshire County Council

This is a time of change for transport planning, with a move to breaking down the artificial barriers created by local authority boundaries. The creation of bodies such as Transport for the North has generated impetus to improve transport links and enable economic growth. Amongst all this change,... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today Comment

In Passing

A press release arrives from FirstGroup reporting the outcome of a court case in which a passenger from Leeds was found guilty of fabricating bus collision injuries and handed a £4,600 legal bill. And the name of this person? Mr A Crook. Surely that’s a fabrication too? Nope. Simon... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today Comment

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