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TfL grapples with data protection rule change

New rules on how organisations use personal data will affect transport planning activities, Transport for London has warned. The EU General Data Protection Regulation comes into force on 25 May 2018, governing the use of personal data in the digital economy.  Howard Carter, TfL’s general counsel, said the Government recognised that UK businesses and public sector organisations would need to continue to comply with the GDPR after Brexit. The regulation restricts the use of personal data for ‘profiling’ an individual’s behaviour or attributes. Even using data in anonymised or pseudonymised form could break the rules if the individual was still linked to a persistent unique identifier, said Carter.  “This has potentially significant implications for... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News
We don’t want dockless bike share in West Midlands, says TfWM

We don’t want dockless bike share in West Midlands, says TfWM
Andrew Forster

Dockless bike share schemes will not be welcome in the West... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News
Northern and freight shoulder bigger share of NR fixed costs

Northern and freight shoulder bigger share of NR fixed costs
Andrew Forster

Local trains in the north of England and rail freight... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News
Khan confirms ULEZ for 2019

Khan confirms ULEZ for 2019
Andrew Forster

The implementation  of  central London’s Ultra Low Emission zone... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Court quashes NE Scotland’s developer transport fund

Local authorities in north-east Scotland are rethinking their developer transport fund after the UK’s Supreme Court ruled it unlawful.  The ruling affects the Aberdeen City and Shire Strategic Development Planning Authority’s (SPDA) tariff-based strategic transport fund. It was set... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Roadworks threat to bus route

A troubled road dualling project is causing Stagecoach in South Wales to consider temporarily withdrawing or scaling back an inter-urban bus route. Last month the Welsh Government revealed that it had ordered an urgent cost review of the programme to dual the A465 Heads of the Valleys road,... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News
Big cut in subsidy looming for Wales and Borders franchise

Big cut in subsidy looming for Wales and Borders franchise
Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government is budgeting for a large reduction... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

‘Devolving APD no threat to Bristol

Devolving Air Passenger Duty (APD) to Wales would pose little threat to Bristol Airport, the Welsh Government has claimed.  The UK Government rejected the advice of an official commission on Welsh devolution in 2012 that APD should be devolved in Wales, as in Scotland.  Last week Welsh... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News
Retain a watching brief on Hyperloop, scientists tell DfT

Retain a watching brief on Hyperloop, scientists tell DfT

The DFT should continue monitoring developments in Hyperloop technology but an operational system is still probably at least two decades away, according to the Department’s Science Advisory Council (SAC).  ... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Motorists to pay for expanded P&R provision in West Mids
Andrew Forster

A big increase in park-and-ride (P&R) provision is being planned for the West Midlands conurbation but the policy of free parking is likely to be axed.  Transport for the West Midlands (TfWM) currently provides more than 8,500 parking spaces at 38 rail stations, three Midland Metro stops,... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Councils battle it out for share of DfT’s local majors funding
Andrew Forster

Many local authorities could lose out in the competition for what remains of the DfT’s £475m Large Local Major Transport Schemes Fund, with bids likely to far exceed available resources. The fund was announced in the 2016 Budget, with £475m available between 2016/17 and 2020/21.... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Mass transit and new road links backed for Bristol area
Andrew Forster

A new mass transit system for the Bristol area is among measures recommended in the final report of a transport study commissioned by councils. Expanded park-and-ride, major road improvements, and demand management measures such as road pricing and a workplace parking levy also... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Tunnelled station at Piccadilly for Northern Powerhouse Rail

Greater Manchester’s political leaders are pressing for an underground station at Manchester Piccadilly to accommodate Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) services. The idea features in a new plan for accommodating HS2 and NPRservices at the station.  NPR is the concept of a  network of... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News
New mobility services must support mayor's agenda – TfL

New mobility services must support mayor's agenda – TfL
Andrew Forster

The regulatory environment for road transport needs to... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News
TfL unveils transformational plan for Oxford Street West

TfL unveils transformational plan for Oxford Street West
Andrew Forster

Transport for London is consulting on plans to ban all... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

City Deal evaluation plans start to take shape

Details are emerging of the evaluation plans that will determine if City Deal areas receive the next five-year tranche of Government funding to deliver transport and other projects. City deals struck between local authorities and central government feature a 30-year investment fund – a... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News
Government campaign seeks to inspire next generation of engineers

Government campaign seeks to inspire next generation of engineers
Mark Moran

The Year of Engineering will see government and industry offer... continue

16 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Court challenge on NO2 plan

ClientEarth has launched a legal challenge against the Government’s new plan for bringing roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations into compliance with EU limit values.  The environmental activist lawyers are seeking a judicial review of the plan on the grounds that: 1. The plan... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

‘Enshrine 2040 petrol car ban in legislation’

The Government should enshrine its plan to ban the sale of new diesel - and petrol-only cars from 2040 in legislation, the Government’s energy adviser has said. Dieter Helm has told ministers that the ban on sales of new pure petrol and diesel cars, and the plan to phase out coal-fired power... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Cars could feature in Leicester’s ULEZ plan

Leicester City Council is commissioning consultants to design an ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) for the city, which may see non-compliant cars and other vehicles charged for driving in the city from 2020.  Leicester is not among the 29 councils mandated to prepare a plan for bringing nitrogen... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Transport partnership mooted for Ayrshire

The three Ayrshire councils are exploring forming a partnership for economic development services, which could ultimately  take responsibility for roads and local transport.  North, South and East Ayrshire councils say the joint economic development service could underpin the proposed... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News
TfSE prepares transport strategy

TfSE prepares transport strategy

Shadow sub-national transport body Transport for the South East has revealed more details of its work programme and... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Scots planning reforms ‘must link to transport’, says COSLA

Local government in Scotland has urged ministers to ensure the effective integration of transport and land-use planning, ahead of the expected publication of a Planning Bill next month.  The Bill will abolish strategic development plans for the city regions of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth and... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Councils support taxi/PHV reforms

Councils are  supporting the Welsh Government’s proposal to create a single-tier licensing system for taxis and private hire vehicles (LTT23 Jun).  Launching the recent consultation on changes to the licensing system, infrastructure secretary Ken Skates said the distinction between... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Lockers would aid walk to school

Pupils at three secondary schools in South Wales have revealed that the absence of lockers in school is the main reason they do not walk or cycle to school more often. The schools were surveyed by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council as part of its preparation of Integrated Network Maps (INMs),... continue

10 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

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