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‘Garden Cities will encourage less car-dependent lifestyles.’ Really? Pull the other one.

‘Garden Cities will encourage less car-dependent lifestyles.’ Really? Pull the other one.
Peter Kay

The disappearance of “Garden City principles” from the new draft National Policy Planning Framework does at least seem to have succeeded in provoking more people into wondering whether the currently-intended mass of huge developments in the countryside,... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Impact assessment

Each year, there is a plentiful supply of new reports prepared about the UK transport system. Many have a long shelf life but, unfortunately, not in a good way: the bookshelf is where they end up, gathering dust. Some are more successful and have a tangible influence on practice or thought. It can... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Traffic can fall even if everybody drives more. But what follows?

On 3 May the local government elections were important but inconclusive. On the same day, the report All Change was launched, with important conclusions on future travel demand and the Government’s traffic forecasting methods and assumptions. Taken together, the scene is set in the next two... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today Comment

­It’s time for a brave decision, Mr Grayling: cancel HS2
Roger Davies Kendal LA9

You can play the part of all three wise monkeys for so long but, ultimately, something happens that you cannot ignore, cannot dismiss, and cannot avoid. With highly experienced professionals such as Lord Berkeley and Michael Byng telling you HS2 is in very deep trouble indeed (‘Contractors... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today Comment

TfN’s transport plan: outdated thinking, wrong priorities
Chas Ball Huddersfield HD4

Transport for the North’s draft strategic transport plan must be judged on more than its economic benefits (Letters LTT27 Apr). For an assessment of the plan’s contribution to both the economic and environmental well-being of the North, Anthony Rae’s analysis was highly relevant... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today Comment

TfN’s plan ignores the findings of its own economic review
Anthony Rae Chair, Yorkshire & Humber grouping of environmental transport organisations Hebden Bridge West Yorkshire HX7

I am grateful to Neil Chadwick from Steer Davies Gleave for engaging in the discussion about Transport for the North’s new draft strategic transport plan (Viewpoint LTT 13 Apr, Letters LTT 27 Apr), and can reassure him that I’ve not misunderstood what the independent economic review,... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Derbyshire has managed bus cuts better than others
Julian Peddle Ipswich IP8

John Disney’s criticism of bus services in Derbyshire is unfair and at odds with the facts (Letters LTT 27 Apr).  All local authorities have seen a massive reduction in their grants from central government and have had to economise on non-statutory services such as bus subsidies, whereas... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Three cheers for the new National Road Fund
Roger Lawson Campaign director The Alliance of British Drivers Chislehurst BR7

Your correspondent Phil Goodwin’s long diatribe against the National Road Fund and the alleged hypothecation of taxes from road users justifies a response (‘VED and the National Road Fund – the wrong fence in the wrong place’ LTT 27 Apr). The creation of the National Road... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Ignore road hauliers’ plea for bus lane access
Philippa Edmunds Freight on Rail manager Campaign for Better Transport London N1

Allowing HGVs to use bus lanes is not the answer to improving either freight delivery efficiency, or reducing air pollution and it will gravely affect road safety for cyclists and pedestrians as well as worsening bus reliability. (‘Freight bodies urge Grayling to intervene in CAZ... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today Comment
France demonstrates that Bath could support light rail

France demonstrates that Bath could support light rail
Andrew Braddock Yateley Hampshire GU32

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11 May 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Japan shows another way of running railways
John Helm Chatham ME4

I have no wish to pursue this tedious, tiresome and tendentious exchange of correspondence with Paul Withrington on the matter of road-rail conversion beyond its natural lifespan – as I have produced enough evidence to support my case already, while he has produced none on his side. But... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Future travel demand - WebTAG - congestion - Transport for the South East

Discussing transport provision in new housing developments at last week’s ‘Future travel demand’ event, Keith Mitchell, chairman of consultant Peter Brett Associates, described the challenge of getting decision-makers to think differently and warned: “We’re in danger... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today Comment

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