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17 Jan 2022Local Transport Today News

Driverless trial underway in MK
Peter Stonham

A large-scale remotely-controlled car trial on public roads has started this month in Milton Keynes. It is the first significant project to offer ‘driverless’ travel on public roads, although the vehicles will be controlled remotely by an operator rather than driving themselves. The... continue

17 Jan 2022Local Transport Today News

Davies given decarbonisation lead at DfT

A new second permanent secretary has been appointed at the DfT. Gareth Davies, currently director-general at the department since May 2019, will provide leadership of a number of high-profile areas across DfT including decarbonising transport. Prior to his current role, Davies was a... continue

17 Jan 2022Local Transport Today News
Free taxis used to tackle Covid-19 booster access problems

Free taxis used to tackle Covid-19 booster access problems
Rhodri Clark

An LTT survey has revealed the extent to which... continue

17 Jan 2022Local Transport Today News

Shropshire calls up own fleet of booster buses
Peter Stonham

Shropshire Council has been deploying its own fleet of buses, between school start and finish times, to take people to and from vaccination centres. Cabinet member Simon Jones said last month: “In a large rural county like Shropshire it can be a struggle for some people without transport to... continue

17 Jan 2022Local Transport Today News

Cardiff bike hire re-starts after vandalism spike

Bicycle hire returned to the streets of Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan this week, after changes to address the vandalism which caused all hire bikes to be removed in November. Nextbike initially returned 400 bikes to the area, focused on the stations with highest usage, and will provide more... continue

17 Jan 2022Local Transport Today News
Leicester consults on levy scheme

Leicester consults on levy scheme

Leicester City Council has launched a public consultation over its proposed Workplace Parking Levy (WPL), a scheme that the... continue

17 Jan 2022Local Transport Today News

DfT to launch Disability Charter and update tactile paving guide

The Government has joined forces with disability charity Scope to develop a new Disabled Persons Passenger Charter for bus, coach, taxi, private hire vehicle and rail. The DfT has also updated its Use of tactile paving surfaces and Guide to best practice on access to pedestrian and transport... continue

17 Jan 2022Local Transport Today News

TfL emergency funding extended

The Government has extended the emergency funding package for Transport for London (TfL) until 4 February. This, it said, will give both sides more time to negotiate the terms of a long-term settlement to secure the future of London’s public transport services. The funding deal was due to... continue

17 Jan 2022Local Transport Today News
TfL’s chief finance officer Kilonback quits

TfL’s chief finance officer Kilonback quits

Simon Kilonback, chief finance officer at Transport for London (TfL), has resigned after 12 years with the organisation. He said he has taken the “difficult... continue

17 Jan 2022Local Transport Today News
17 Jan 2022Local Transport Today News

London’s 24-hour bus lanes to become permanent

Transport for London (TfL) intends to make 24-hour bus lanes permanent after a trial found that extending bus lane hours on the capital’s busiest roads cut journey times and helped reliability. Improvements in bus journey times were particularly noticeable in central and inner London,... continue

17 Jan 2022Local Transport Today News
Boost for Scottish bus operators as young people get free travel

Boost for Scottish bus operators as young people get free travel
Rhodri Clark

Scottish bus operators will be reimbursed at a significantly... continue

17 Jan 2022Local Transport Today News

Belfast backs free public transport for young people
Rhodri Clark

Belfast councillors voted this week to ask the Northern Ireland Executive to pilot free travel for young people on train and bus services. The original motion, proposed by Green Party councillor Brian Smyth, was amended to include free travel in black taxis. The Executive is already considering... continue

17 Jan 2022Local Transport Today News
Trial of hydrogen fleet launched on
Birmingham’s bus rapid transit route

Trial of hydrogen fleet launched on Birmingham’s bus rapid transit route
Peter Plisner

The first of 20 hydrogen powered buses have gone into service in... continue

17 Jan 2022Local Transport Today News

Go-Ahead signs up for ‘hydrogen town’ project
Deniz Huseyin

Go-Ahead has announced plans to launch its first fleet of hydrogen buses in the Gatwick Airport, Crawley and Horley area in West Sussex and Surrey. The transport operator has agreed a 15-year hydrogen supply deal with industrial gas firm Air Products to power a fleet of fuel cell buses. The... continue

17 Jan 2022Local Transport Today News

Growth of drone freight deliveries will ‘depend on public attitudes’
Rhodri Clark

Further deployment of drones in delivery roles around the UK seems likely during 2022, building on some successful initial projects, but progress looks set to depend on regulatory change and the attitudes of the public. The rate at which Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, commonly known as drones, are... continue

17 Jan 2022Local Transport Today News

West Midlands smart card includes parking payment
Peter Plisner

Swift, the public transport smart card system, has been expanded to allow payment for parking across the West Midlands. The Swift parking app can be used at 35 car parks across Dudley and Coventry, and more are expected to follow in the coming months. More than 3,000 users have already registered... continue

17 Jan 2022Local Transport Today News
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Highway Code changes offer vulnerable more protection
Deniz Huseyin

Changes to the Highway Code, which will include placing pedestrians at the top of a new “road user hierarchy”,  will come into force on 29 January. The revamped guide includes eight new rules as well as 49 updates to existing rules. The new hierarchy means those who pose the... continue

17 Jan 2022Local Transport Today News

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