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DfT tool paves way for whole life carbon assessment of schemes

DfT tool paves way for whole life carbon assessment of schemes
Peter Stonham

Mechanisms that enable a whole life carbon assessment of transport  schemes have been developed by a special DfT- led two year project soon to issue advice to local authorities and... continue

16 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News

Academics at odds over transport decarbonisation costs

Two professors who advocate measures to cut car use have expressed contrasting views over the costs of such actions. Prof Graham Parkhurst, of the University of the West of England, told a Senedd committee hearing on bus and rail in Wales: “It’s going to be very expensive to deliver the... continue

16 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News
Avoid shorter car journeys – walk or cycle instead, says AA president

Avoid shorter car journeys – walk or cycle instead, says AA president
Deniz Huseyin

With fuel prices hitting record highs, the AA’s president... continue

16 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News
Views sought on legal framework for Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail

Views sought on legal framework for Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail

The DfT has launched a public consultation that sets out plans for legislative changes needed to reform the railway. This follows publication of the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail in May 2021, and announcement in the Queen’s Speech on 10 May 2022 to... continue

16 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News

Australian-Spanish consortium to buy Go-Ahead for £647m

The board of rail and bus operator Go-Ahead has accepted a takeover bid from a consortium made up of Australian bus operator Kinetic and Spanish  highways and rail business Globalvia.  The consortium will buy all of the company’s shares at 1,500 pence each, equalling a total value... continue

16 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News
Revived Leamside Line and extended Metro in North East transport strategy

Revived Leamside Line and extended Metro in North East transport strategy
Deniz Huseyin

Plans to re-open the disused Leamside Line, originally part of the... continue

16 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News
Concessionary passengers show preference for community transport

Concessionary passengers show preference for community transport
Rhodri Clark

Holders of concessionary bus passes may have switched to... continue

16 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News
Welsh councils express concern over plan to drop bus partnerships

Welsh councils express concern over plan to drop bus partnerships
Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government’s decision to drop partnerships from... continue

16 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News
Councils must improve Blue Badge scheme operations, says DMUK

Councils must improve Blue Badge scheme operations, says DMUK

Disabled Motoring UK (DMUK) has expressed its disappointment at the lack of focus in local authority attitudes towards delivering and enforcing Blue Badge parking. In February, the charity submitted a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to... continue

16 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News

Benefits of A1 scheme unclear as forecasting proves inadequate
Rhodri Clark

National Highways has revealed that it was unable to measure the journey time benefits of a completed road scheme, or monetise the safety benefits, because of inadequate forecasting data. It had to refer to the scheme’s environmental statement, but this contained only forecasts produced for... continue

16 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News
LTNs are only part of solution to cutting car use, says think tank

LTNs are only part of solution to cutting car use, says think tank
Deniz Huseyin

Although Low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) benefit local streets,... continue

16 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News
Most drivers hesitant about switch to electric vehicles, poll finds

Most drivers hesitant about switch to electric vehicles, poll finds
Mark Moran

Just 12% of the UK population say they will drive an electric... continue

16 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News
16 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News
DfT provides £160m for four major road and bridge upgrades

DfT provides £160m for four major road and bridge upgrades
Peter Stonham

The DfT has released £160.8m  for four major... continue

16 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News

Car ownership falls but EVs rise rapidly, SMMT reports
Peter Stonham

Car ownership levels fell last year for the second year running,  according to the SMMT. New car sales in May were 21.5% below the pre-pandemic average.  Nevertheless, the number of vehicles in the UK grew 0.4% to 40,506,971 in 2021, according to new Motorparc data released by the Society... continue

16 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News

....as FirstGroup Rejects £1.2bn takeover bid

Britain’s biggest bus and train operator FirstGroup has rejected a £1.2bn takeover proposal from a US private equity firm, after its board determined the offer was too low. The company said it had carefully reviewed the proposal from I Squared Capital, but concluded that the 118p a... continue

16 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News

RMT set for biggest rail strike in more than 30 years

Members of rail union RMT are set to stage three days of industrial action later this month after talks with Network Rail and train operating companies broke down. RMT said it had not been able to secure a pay proposal nor a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies.  Last month members of the... continue

16 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News

Leave your car at home during July, charity says

Climate charity Possible is urging drivers to leave their car at home for key journeys or even not use it at all during July.  Possible ran a pilot scheme in January, where 10 participants did not use their cars for three weeks, to identify key barriers to going car free. The participants... continue

16 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News

Welsh Government scraps Cardiff – Ynys Mon air service

The publicly funded flights between Cardiff and Ynys Mon have been scrapped, after the Welsh Government decided the £2.9m spent each year on the service could be better used to improve public transport.  The Public Service Obligation (PSO) air service had been suspended since March 2020... continue

16 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News

DPTAC seeks new chair as Richards stands down

The DfT is seeking a new chair for DPTAC, the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee, to replace Keith Richards, who is standing down after eight years in the role. “Our ambition is for disabled people to have the same access to transport as everyone else,” a DfT spokesperson... continue

16 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News

‘Quick and safe’ pothole device trial in North Yorks

A new machine designed to quickly and safely repair potholes and other damage to carriageway surfaces is being trialled in North Yorkshire.  The county council's arm's-length company NYHighways is testing the JCB Pothole Pro, which allows the operator to carry out the work from the cab more... continue

16 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News

Cost of using rapid EV chargers rises by a fifth

The average price of charging an electric car on a pay-as-you-go, non-subscription basis at a publicly accessible rapid charger in Great Britain has increased by 21% to 44.55p per kilowatt hour (kWh) since September, figures analysed by the RAC’s new Charge Watch show. RAC Charge Watch is an... continue

16 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News

Dublin Bus staff ride e-bikes to travel between depots

Staff working for operator Dublin Bus are using e-bikes to travel between depots in the city under a new pilot in partnership with micromobility company Voi Technology. The employees can access a special fleet of 20 Voi e-bikes to enable them to travel between the eight depots which house the... continue

16 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News

Investment boost for firm that reconditions e-bikes

Upway, a start-up that sells reconditioned electric bikes, has raised $25m (£20m) led by investors Exor Seeds and Sequoia Capital.  The French company says it is making e-bikes more affordable and contributing to reducing waste. It believes it can contribute a modal shift where cars... continue

16 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News

HS2 forecast model updates released by DfT

The DfT has released  a series of model updates made for  High Speed 2 (HS2) benefits and revenue forecasts during the development of the Planet Framework Model version 10a (PFM v10a).  The PFM was created by HS2 Ltd to help calculate the demand and benefits of a new high speed rail... continue

16 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News

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