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Wales unveils new financing model to deliver road upgrade

Wales unveils new financing model to deliver road upgrade
Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government has embarked on a new method of financing road schemes in its invitation for bids to dual the final section of the A465 Heads of the Valleys... continue

20 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Northants to make further transport cuts

Northamptonshire County Council looks likely to make further cuts to its transport, road maintenance, and capital investment budgets in response to its worsening financial crisis.  Northamptonshire’s difficulties were highlighted in February when executive director of finance Mark... continue

20 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Borough studies light rail and sinking roads

The London Borough of Havering is exploring the possibility of a new public transport corridor – possibly light rail – and building above two major roads.  The east London borough wants to improve north-south public transport connectivity across the borough, and says this could be... continue

20 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Highland rail upgrade pledge fails to deliver

The Scottish Government has failed to deliver on a promise to cut train journey times from Inverness to Edinburgh and Glasgow, says environmental transport group Transform Scotland. It said Scotland’s then first minister Alex Salmond gave a commitment ten years ago to cut 35 minutes from the... continue

20 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News
Workplace parking levy could fund borough’s rail connection

Workplace parking levy could fund borough’s rail connection

The London Borough of Hounslow is preparing to consult on introducing a workplace parking levy (WPL), which could help pay for a new passenger rail service to connect the borough with Crossrail.   The west London borough envisages... continue

20 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

City reviews deficient car parking standards

Portsmouth City Council is reviewing its parking standards for new developments after the Planning Inspectorate overturned three recent decisions by the council to reject planning applications on the grounds of inadequate parking provision.  The council’s current standards, published in... continue

20 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News
Time savings still best way to appraise projects – economists

Time savings still best way to appraise projects – economists
Andrew Forster

Abandoning the valuation of travel time savings in transport... continue

20 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

DfT consults on new laws to combat dangerous cycling

new offences equivalent to causing death by dangerous or careless driving could be introduced for cyclists, under proposals published for consultation by the DfT. Any changes to the law will apply to England, Scotland and Wales. The DfT says there were 2,491 recorded collisions between cyclists and... continue

20 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Active travel Act grant payments

The Welsh Government has allocated the first funding for councils to implement schemes developed under the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013. The Act is the world’s first legislation requiring all councils to map and subsequently construct active travel networks. The first years since the Act... continue

20 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News
DfT reviews guidance on tactile paving

DfT reviews guidance on tactile paving

The DfT is to update its guidance documents on tactile paving and inclusive mobility after researchers found that many authorities are failing to... continue

20 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

MPs announce inquiry into active travel

The House of Commons transport committee is to hold an inquiry into ways of increasing active travel across England.  Committee chair Lilian Greenwood said take-up of active travel was still “disappointingly low”.  The committee has invited written evidence on matters... continue

20 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Welsh police enforce ‘close pass’ offences

Police in Wales have launched ‘close pass’ enforcement against motorists overtaking cyclists after the scale of the problem was highlighted by a new online portal for camera evidence of poor driving.  The Welsh enforcement, based on techniques pioneered by West Midlands Police, was... continue

20 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News
Diamond Bus pays penalty for poor timekeeping in W Mids

Diamond Bus pays penalty for poor timekeeping in W Mids
Andrew Forster

The West Midlands traffic commissioner has fined... continue

20 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Skates cheered by free bus impact

Welsh transport secretary Ken Skates has said the trial of free weekend travel for all passengers on TrawsCymru bus services has shown “some excellent early results”.  The trial began in July 2017 and is continuing for a second year. The Welsh Government was unable to provide... continue

20 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Councils ‘paying too much reimbursement’

Some local authorities are paying too much concessionary fares reimbursement to bus operators, a consultant has claimed. Consultant SCP says its work for Tees Valley Combined Authority concluded that the fixed deal reimbursement scheme was more generous than it should be to comply with the... continue

20 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Rutland saves £150k on repeat bus tender

Rutland County Council has saved almost £150,000 by re-running a tender for one of the area’s most popular bus services. The council has handed Centrebus a five-year contract for the Rutland Flyer route (RF1) between Melton Mowbray and Corby via Oakham and Uppingham. The contract value... continue

20 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News
Consultants at heart of technical scrutiny of open access rail plan

Consultants at heart of technical scrutiny of open access rail plan

Whether it’s planning inquiries into new housing developments or new pieces of transport infrastructure, or calculating bus operators’ entitlement to concessionary fares reimbursement, the job of many transport planning consultants is to represent clients... continue

20 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Welsh Government publishes advice to rail franchise bidders
Rhodri Clark

Transport for Wales has finally published the documents issued to bidders for the 15-year Wales & Borders rail operator and development partner (ODP) contract, which was awarded to Keolis Amey in June. TfW and the Welsh Government had previously rejected requests under the Freedom of... continue

20 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

NR income up but debt hits £51bn

Network Rail’s revenues rose from £6.259bn to £6.580bn in 2017/18 but net debt rose from £46.3bn to £51.2bn. Operating costs climbed from £2.836bn to £3.192bn. Capital expenditure fell from £6.788bn to £6.634bn.  Profit before tax fell from... continue

20 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

TfN account-based ticket tender

Transport for the North (TfN) is tendering for a smart ticketing system for the north of England. There are two lots. Lot one is for an account-based back office for travel (ABBOT) to manage multi-operator, multi-modal ticketing using bankcards or other ‘smart’ payment methods. The back... continue

20 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

DfT action plan for SMEs

The DfT has published an updated action plan setting out how it will meet the Government’s aspiration for 33 per cent of departmental procurement spend to be with small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) by 2022.  The Department says it directed 29.9 per cent of its spend at SMEs in... continue

20 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

HCT buys two commercial firms

Social enterprise bus operator HCT Group has purchased two commercial bus operators, in Yorkshire and London. Powells Bus operates local bus services, school buses and private hire services in Sheffield and Doncaster with a fleet of about 30 vehicles. Impact Group operates contract transport and... continue

20 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

TfWM tenders for new trams

Transport for the West Midlands has launched a procurement for 18 new trams, with the option to purchase a further 32. The contract could take the fleet up from 21 to 71. Additional vehicles are needed to provide services on the proposed extensions to the Metro network. A supplier should be... continue

20 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

WSP wins smart motorway works

Highways England has appointed consultant WSP to provide engineering and design services for two new smart motorway projects. A 20-mile stretch of the M62 between junctions 20 and 25 linking Yorkshire and Lancashire will be upgraded from three lanes to four in each direction. The existing two lane... continue

20 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Go-Ahead wins German rail contract

The Go-Ahead Group has been awarded the contract to operate the ‘E-Netz Allgau’ routes by the Bavarian rail authority and the Baden-Wurttemberg public transport authority. Due to commence in 2021, the 12-year franchise is the fourth network that Go-Ahead’s Germany company,... continue

20 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

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