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Introducing road user charging need not be political suicide, says architect of Stockholm’s scheme

Introducing road user charging need not be political suicide, says architect of Stockholm’s scheme

Stockholm’s congestion charge scheme has proved remarkably effective at suppressing traffic levels and encouraging a shift to other modes of transport in the 20 plus years since its launch. After initially facing widespread public opposition, it now has majority support, even among... continue

14 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News
Light rail and tri-mode trains to run on Cardiff’s Valley Lines

Light rail and tri-mode trains to run on Cardiff’s Valley Lines
Rhodri Clark

Two fleets of new trains will be introduced to the Core Valley... continue

8 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Mayor orders halt to Cambridgeshire Park & Ride, busway and pricing work
Andrew Forster

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority mayor James Palmer has ordered a halt to all development work on new busways, park-and-ride, and road charging, until a review determines whether the projects are consistent with his transport objectives.  Palmer’s instruction is a... continue

8 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News
Grayling orders inquiry into rail franchises’ timetable farce

Grayling orders inquiry into rail franchises’ timetable farce
Andrew Forster

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has asked Office of Rail... continue

8 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Timetable for Scots transport reviews

Transport Scotland has outlined the timetable for preparing three key elements of future transport policy: the second national transport strategy (NTS), the fourth national planning framework (NPF), and the second strategic transport projects review (STPR).  Preparation of the new NTS is... continue

8 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Welsh council reform plan ‘will get nowhere’

The Welsh Government’s proposals for local government reform will get nowhere, a local authority has warned. The Government’s Green Paper, published in March, proposes merging councils to reduce their numbers from 22 to 10. Three options were presented: voluntary mergers;  a phased... continue

8 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Bypass is first test for Active Travel Act

Active travel campaigners have criticised the Welsh Government for approving a new town bypass in north Wales that, they believe, flouts the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013.  The £135m six-mile Caernarfon and Bontnewydd bypass features little infrastructure for active travel but the Welsh... continue

8 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Councillors back controversial northern bypass of Chichester
Andrew Forster

West Sussex County Council is calling for a northern A27 bypass for Chichester, despite warnings it may be impossible to deliver because of its effect on the South Downs National Park.  The council’s cabinet member for highways and infrastructure, Bob Lanzer, this week endorsed officer... continue

8 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News
Masterplan for West Mids motorway hub

Masterplan for West Mids motorway hub

A programme of improvements to the West Midlands’ motorway and trunk road network, including a new Western Strategic Route connecting the M5... continue

8 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

New funding model for MetroWest probed

North Somerset Council has vowed to find a way of delivering the MetroWest phase one project to improve local rail services in Bristol and surrounding area, following the DfT’s rejection of a bid to the Large Local Majors Fund (LTT 25 May). MetroWest phase one would see the branch to... continue

8 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Plan for two shadow sub-national transport bodies in South West advances

Two shadow sub-national transport bodies could be set up in South West England later this year.   A Peninsula shadow STB would cover Cornwall, Devon, Plymouth, Torbay, Somerset and Dorset.  The other STB, which is likely to be called the Western Gateway,?would cover the West of England... continue

8 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News
Hardie prepares conclusions on Edinburgh’s tram debacle

Hardie prepares conclusions on Edinburgh’s tram debacle

If any budding student of project management had the time, then Edinburgh has been the place to be for the last nine months as the inquiry into the city’s tram debacle took oral evidence from scores of witnesses.... continue

8 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News
No safety benefits from signed 20mph limits, says Hampshire

No safety benefits from signed 20mph limits, says Hampshire
Andrew Forster

Signed-only 20mph speed limits have had no beneficial... continue

8 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

W Mids bike share fleet allocated

More details have been revealed of the West Midland conurbation’s public bike hire scheme, which will see 5,000 bikes introduced by next spring.  The West Midlands Combined Authority has awarded Nextbike a five-year contract (with a possible three-year extension) to provide a dock-based... continue

8 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

TfL trials passenger counting tech

Transport for London has launched a trial of five automatic passenger counting technologies on London bus services.  The three-month trial will run on seven buses and test: • Cameras aimed across the bus floor observing the footsteps of passengers getting on and off the bus •... continue

8 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

‘Explore potential of Blockchain’

The Government should explore the potential transport applications of Blockchain, the decentralised ledger system,  according to a new paper by the Transport Systems Catapult and the University of Sheffield.   The report says that, although Blockchain technology has not yet reached full... continue

8 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Councils press for clarity on Skates' bus funding comments

Welsh local authorities are seeking clarification about public funding of bus services in the light of comments in a letter from transport secretary Ken Skates.  Skates has told councils that,  from April 2019, each authority's allocation of the Government's Bus Services Support Grant... continue

8 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News
Wrexham-Merseyrail service explored

Wrexham-Merseyrail service explored
Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government is sending a senior civil servant to Liverpool next week to discuss the possibility... continue

8 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

DfT wanted more cost pressure on franchise

The DfT encouraged Transport for Wales to demand more from bidders for the Wales and Borders franchise at a late stage in the procurement, only to change its mind about three or four months ago, according to TfW.  The DfT’s rethink appears to have coincided with concerns about... continue

8 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Free rail travel for youths

Free or discounted travel for children and young people will be introduced on Wales and Borders rail services in 2020. Children aged under five currently travel free. This will be extended to all children aged under 11 years. The offer may be of limited use to parents and grandparents, however,... continue

8 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

BRT, tram-train and major new road proposed for Stockport
Andrew Forster

Bus rapid transit, tram-trains and a controversial new road all feature in a draft transport strategy for the south-east side of Greater Manchester published by Stockport and Cheshire East councils.   The refresh of the 2001 South East Manchester Multi-Modal Strategy (SEMMMS) has been prepared... continue

8 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News
TfGM develops station partnering plans after devolution rebuff

TfGM develops station partnering plans after devolution rebuff

Transport for Greater Manchester is working on new plans to enhance the conurbation’s rail stations following transport secretary Chris Grayling’s decision to refuse the full transfer of stations to Greater Manchester Combined... continue

8 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Future of cities report

The key findings of a European research project into the impact of transport policy on congestion have been published in a new report.  The project – called CREATE (Congestion Reduction in Europe: Advancing Transport Efficiency) – examined congestion reduction policies in five... continue

8 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News
‘Ask ORR to devise long-term road pricing model for EVs’

‘Ask ORR to devise long-term road pricing model for EVs’
Andrew Forster

Ministers should ask the Office of Rail and Road to... continue

8 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Midlands prepares for CAV testbed trials

Fifty miles of public road in Birmingham, Solihull and Coventry will be used to test connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) in the Midlands Future Mobility project.  Midlands Future Mobility is one of five CAV testbed sites that make up the Meridian Mobility eco-system to develop CAV testing... continue

8 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

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