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First trials taxibuses to feed passengers onto main routes

First trials taxibuses to feed passengers onto main routes
Andrew Forster

FirstGroup is to launch a trial urban taxibus service next month to improve access to core bus routes in Bristol. First West of England is teaming up with the Transport... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Treasury will hold purse for rail upgrades

The government’s new pipeline approach to rail enhancements in England and Wales will see the Treasury make final decisions on individual rail enhancements.  The pipeline approach, explained by the DfT last month (LTT30 Mar), will see projects approved on a case-by-case basis, replacing... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
Bristol Metrobus is ready to roll

Bristol Metrobus is ready to roll

The first of three ‘Metrobus’ bus rapid transit routes will launch in Bristol on 29 May, following a £230m... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
Future Generations chief under fire for M4 relief road criticism

Future Generations chief under fire for M4 relief road criticism
Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government has accused the Future Generations... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
No speculative development around new Aberdeen bypass, say NE Scotland councils

No speculative development around new Aberdeen bypass, say NE Scotland councils
Andrew Forster

Councils in the North East of Scotland are proposing to quash developer... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
Corbyn pledges free bus travel for under 25s in franchise areas

Corbyn pledges free bus travel for under 25s in franchise areas
Andrew Forster

A Labour Government would fund free bus travel for under 25... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
TfN criticised for presentation of Northern Powerhouse Rail

TfN criticised for presentation of Northern Powerhouse Rail
Andrew Forster

Transport for the North should change the way it presents... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
Transport for Wales to operate Cardiff’s new bus station

Transport for Wales to operate Cardiff’s new bus station
Rhodri Clark

Government company Transport for Wales will operate... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Highways England's road upgrade consultation is a sham, says green group
Andrew Forster

Environmental campaigners have described Highways England’s consultation on a major road improvement in Gloucestershire as “a sham”, saying it only presents one realistic option. Consultation ended last month on plans to upgrade the three-mile A417 ‘missing link’ in... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Merseytravel begins next stage of bus regulation study
Andrew Forster

Merseytravel is launching the next stage of a review into possible changes to the regulatory framework for buses in the area.  Consultant Steer Davies Gleave recently completed a strategic outline case of the regulatory options available to the Liverpool city region. Merseytravel will now... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
Bath assesses three options for a charging Clean Air Zone

Bath assesses three options for a charging Clean Air Zone
Andrew Forster

Bath and North East Somerset Council has shortlisted... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
First sub-contracts Metrobus route to social enterprise firm

First sub-contracts Metrobus route to social enterprise firm
Andrew Forster

FirstGroup is to sub-contract the operation of one of the... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Councils hostile to Welsh Government’s reform plans

Local government leaders say the Welsh Government has caused disquiet and confusion by producing new merger proposals. The Government’s previous plan to reduce the number of Welsh councils to eight or nine was abandoned after Labour failed to win a majority of Assembly seats in May 2016.... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
DfT reviews airport surface access funding

DfT reviews airport surface access funding

The DfT is reviewing funding arrangements for surface access improvements to airports, and asking who should own the roads and railways that serve airports – the... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
Snow Hill public realm plan

Snow Hill public realm plan

Birmingham City Council is preparing a £16m public realm and traffic management programme for the... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

New rideshare service up and running in central London

Via, the New York ride sharing start-up, has launched its ViaVan service in London.  ViaVan is a partnership with Mercedes, which invested $50m in Via last year. ViaVans are hailed using the Via app and operate in London’s travelcards zones 1 and 2.  They will charge a flat rate of... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Scots eye driverless roads

Scottish transport  minister Hunza Yousaf has pledged to ensure the next phase of Scotland’s road improvement programme takes into account the needs of autonomous vehicles. The Sunday Times reports that Yousaf has been in talks with the UK Government about an autonomous vehicle pilot... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

DfT gives free bus pass more protection

The Government has amended legislation to protect free off-peak bus travel for over 65s and people with a disability in England. The English national concessionary travel scheme was introduced in 2007. The legislation that provides the scheme has now been amended so that it no longer needs to be... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

No clarity on CP5 projects

Network Rail did not receive the expected clarification last month from the DfT about the status of enhancement schemes in England and Wales that were originally programmed for Control Period 5 (2014/15 to 2018/9). The Control Period 6 strategic business plans published by Network Rail routes in... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Explain low cost estimate for HS2 phase one, Berkeley asks Grayling

Phase one of HS2 will end up costing taxpayers more than twice as much as official estimates, according to a new assessment. Quantity surveyor Michael Byng believes the London to West Midlands route will cost £51bn in 2015 prices, compared with the £24bn in 2013 prices quoted by the... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

FirstGroup rebuffs Apollo

FirstGroup’s board has rejected a takeover bid from US private equity firm Apollo Management, saying it “fundamentally undervalues the company and is opportunistic in nature”. Aberdeen-based FirstGroup revealed that it had been the subject of the offer after its share price rose... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Welsh bus funding row

The bus industry has written to local authority leaders in Wales to say that a recent funding announcement by the Welsh Government was “highly misleading”. On 23 March, the Government issued a press release titled “Bus grants to keep Wales moving”, in which transport... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Cardiff and Caerphilly ordered to prepare air quality action plans

Cardiff and Caerphilly councils are to conduct feasibility studies into bringing nitrogen dioxide concentrations down to within EU limit values within the shortest possible time.  The Welsh Government directed the two councils last month to prepare a plan, mirroring the direction that the... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Rail time savings deferred

Promised rail journey time savings between North and South Wales can only be delivered by omitting station stops, Network Rail has revealed.  NR has just completed a £49m Welsh Government improvement scheme between Chester and Shrewsbury. It was originally due for completion in 2015 and... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Wiltshire backs South West STB proposal

Wiltshire Council has backed the formation of one or more sub-national transport bodies in the South West of England, saying not doing so willleave the area “significantly disadvantaged” in securing Major Road Network (MRN) funding.  “There is a compelling argument for the... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

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