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18 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News
‘Uncertainty’ over funding hinders plans for zero emission buses

‘Uncertainty’ over funding hinders plans for zero emission buses

There is a lack of clarity about how local zero emission bus (ZEB) standards would be enforced or delivered by local transport authorities with Enhanced Partnerships, according to a new report.  Also, uncertainty about funding cycles has made local... continue

18 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News
Transport funding boost for East Midlands long overdue, Sunak told

Transport funding boost for East Midlands long overdue, Sunak told
Deniz Huseyin

The East Midlands is the lowest funded region per head for... continue

18 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News
‘Ban some domestic flights and make train the cheaper option’

‘Ban some domestic flights and make train the cheaper option’

Some domestic flights in the UK should be banned and more should be done to promote rail to help tackle climate change, says Campaign for Better Transport. There should be a curb on the number of domestic flights, with a ban on certain routes... continue

18 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News
Strong support for 20mph in Wales but ‘scepticism’ over behaviour change

Strong support for 20mph in Wales but ‘scepticism’ over behaviour change

The Welsh Government has released results of research which found that 80% of adult respondents support making 20mph the default speed limit in built-up areas. However, the research uncovered “a great deal of scepticism over whether driver behaviour will change”. Beaufort... continue

18 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News
Scottish Government presses ahead with A96 dualling plan despite review

Scottish Government presses ahead with A96 dualling plan despite review
Rhodri Clark

The Scottish Government remains committed to dualling the A96 despite... continue

18 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News
Plans for Birmingham tunnel closure

Plans for Birmingham tunnel closure
Peter Plisner

The A38 tunnel under Birmingham city centre could be closed to traffic as part of plans to divide the... continue

18 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News
Canal bridge marks milestone for 
Birmingham university station project

Canal bridge marks milestone for Birmingham university station project

A new canal bridge has been installed as part of the £56m revamp of University Station in Birmingham. It spans the Worcester & Birmingham Canal and will link the new station to the University of Birmingham campus. The new building will replace the existing 1970s station, which... continue

18 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News
Monitoring of Translink revenues 
reveals £24m funding shortfall

Monitoring of Translink revenues reveals £24m funding shortfall
Rhodri Clark

The Department for Infrastructure’s June monitoring round... continue

18 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News

Speed limits could be cut on more Welsh roads to improve air quality
Rhodri Clark

Two more sections of trunk road in Wales are being studied for possible speed limit reductions to improve air quality, following major cuts in pollution where 50mph limits replaced 70mph in 2018. The Welsh Government was the first in the UK to reduce trunk road speed limits to accelerate compliance... continue

18 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News
Calls for Covid-style awareness 
campaign to meet modal shift targets

Calls for Covid-style awareness campaign to meet modal shift targets
Rhodri Clark

Transport campaigners are calling for government action to raise... continue

18 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News
Uncertain future for park & ride schemes

Uncertain future for park & ride schemes
Rhodri Clark

Uncertainty around the future of park & ride has led to some station car park expansion schemes being deferred or... continue

18 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News
Combined bus and car club 
smartcard launched in north east

Combined bus and car club smartcard launched in north east

A smartcard that can be used for bus journeys and to get access to a car club has been launched by Go North East and Co-Wheels. The ‘Flexility’ smartcard can be used on Go North East buses and also works as a car club... continue

18 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News

Will fuel crisis change anything?
Rhodri Clark

The fuel crisis that began in late September, as disrupted deliveries sparked panic buying, was a shock to the UK’s transport system. Parallels could be drawn with the fuel-price protests in September 2000, the major disruption to the rail network after the Hatfield crash in October 2000 and,... continue

18 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News

Deadline looms for council bus improvement bids

English local transport authorities must submit their bus improvement service plans (BSIPs) to the DfT by the end of October in order to receive a share of new £3bn funding. Under the Government’s National Bus Strategy, published in March (LTT 22 March), all LTAs in England (outside... continue

18 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News

Top transport thinkers to gather for Summit

After a pandemic-induced pause, the Local Transport Summit is back. The 5th Summit will be taking place at the Brentford Lock Holiday Inn in the London Borough of Hounslow on Thursday and Friday 18/19 November. The Summit will bring together  senior people involved in UK local transport from a... continue

18 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News
Training centre to expand rail sector workforce

Training centre to expand rail sector workforce
Peter Plisner

A new rail training centre has opened in the West Midlands to enable local people to acquire the skills needed to build the region’s... continue

18 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News

Midlands VLR projects gather momentum
Peter Plisner

There has been significant progress on two Very Light Rail schemes being developed in the Midlands. The ‘Revolution’ VLR demonstrator vehicle is now being showcased on a purpose built facility at Ironbridge, near Telford. The new line will be used to host stakeholders and potential... continue

18 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News

Old Severn Bridge road could become an A road
Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government is considering removing motorway status from the original M4 leading to and crossing the Severn Bridge. The move would require agreement from the UK Government, since the road crosses the border with England. The road became the M48 when the Prince of Wales Bridge and its... continue

18 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News

Northern Ireland road strategy delayed to next year

Northern Ireland’s new road safety strategy will not be published until next year, two years after the previous one was due to end, and may contain fewer targets than before. The previous strategy has been extended. “The impact of the Covid crisis meant that we were unable to replace... continue

18 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News

Demolition begins of houses on heavily polluted road

Houses alongside a road once described as the most polluted in the UK outside central London have been demolished, after the local authority decided that re-housing was the quickest way of protecting the residents from high nitrogen dioxide concentrations. Woodside Terrace was immediately adjacent... continue

18 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News

Caernarfon flyover could close to motor vehicles
Rhodri Clark

Gwynedd Council has confirmed that the 1970s flyover which divides the historic town of Caernarfon in two could cease to carry motor vehicles after the Welsh Government’s £135m Caernarfon to Bontnewydd bypass is completed early next year. It is consulting on future options for the... continue

18 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News

West Midlands gets ‘smart and green’ new bus shelters
Peter Plisner

Two new types of bus shelter with a range of ‘smart and green’ features are being installed in the West Midlands.  Worcester City Council has become the first local authority in the country to place orders for a different type of green shelter.  The so called ‘Smart... continue

18 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News

Pop-up cycle cycle lanes in Belfast ‘disrupting’ bus services

Pop-up cycle lanes in Belfast must be altered to ease the disruption they are causing to some bus services, says Northern Ireland’s state-owned public transport operator Translink.  The cycle lanes were introduced in Belfast last year to provide alternative transport in response to the... continue

18 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News

Welsh councils get grants to promote active travel

The Welsh Government has dedicated some of its latest round of active travel funding to promotion of walking and cycling.  Grants for infrastructure dominate, including £8.8m for a new active travel bridge across Newport railway station to replace an unpopular subway. The Transform Cymru... continue

18 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News

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