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16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News
Network Rail and HS2 Ltd take  top spots in quango pay table

Network Rail and HS2 Ltd take top spots in quango pay table
Andrew Forster

The rail sector dominates a ‘rich list’ of the... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News

Reforms urged to the NIC

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) should be given more independence, and a new body is needed to engage communities in infrastructure planning, according to a new report on improving infrastructure decision-making.  The report by the Institute for Government think tank says the... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News

£465m congestion-relief plan has BCR of 1.04, HE reveals

A plan to spend almost £500m to cure a bottleneck on a three-mile stretch of trunk road in Gloucestershire has a benefit:cost ratio of just 1.04, Highways England revealed this week.  HE is consulting on two options for upgrading the A417 ‘missing link’ in the vicinity of Air... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News

Khan’s parking controls won’t work – outer London boroughs

London mayor Sadiq Khan’s plan to impose strict limits on car parking provision in new outer London residential developments could lead to parking “misery” for residents, a borough has warned.  The draft London Plan proposes that outer London boroughs set maximum residential... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News
Transport projects win share of HIF

Transport projects win share of HIF

Transport projects to facilitate housing developments in England feature prominently among the 133 projects sharing £866m from the... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News

Kent’s trunk road shopping list

Kent County Council wants the DfT to trunk three roads in the county and fund a number of improvements to complement the proposed Lower Thames Crossing. The DfT is currently consulting on whether parts of the road network should be trunked or detrunked (LTT05 Jan). Kent  suggests the following... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News
PCNs generate 45 per cent of Dartford Crossing revenues

PCNs generate 45 per cent of Dartford Crossing revenues
Andrew Forster

Almost half (45%) of the income from the Dartford... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News

TfL must up its game on new mobility systems – Assembly
Andrew Forster

Transport for London needs to play a stronger role in shaping how emerging transport technologies serve the capital, the London Assembly’s transport committee said this week. It calls for a licensing system for dockless bike hire schemes and legislative reforms to manage demand responsive bus... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News

Innovate UK funds railway projects

A project to increase train seating capacity in peak hours is among ten rail innovations to share £3m from the Government’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.  Transcal Engineering Ltd has been awarded £349,904 for three innovations known as Horizon, Island Bay and... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News
Cambs seeks level crossings solution to increase rail traffic

Cambs seeks level crossings solution to increase rail traffic
Andrew Forster

Cambridgeshire County Council is pressing for a major... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News
­­CP5 enhancements will be our initial focus for CP6, says NR

­­CP5 enhancements will be our initial focus for CP6, says NR

There will be few opportunities for delivering entirely new rail enhancement schemes in England and Wales in the next few years, as Network Rail concentrates on delivering late-running schemes in the existing programme. The message is... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News

Brighton mainline upgrade urged

A campaign to secure funding for a major rail capacity scheme in South London is being organised by the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership. The Brighton Mainline Alliance wants the Government to commit to upgrading the ‘Selhurst Triangle’ of junctions just  north of East... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News

Review of transport fund’s legality

Perth and Kinross Council has played down the significance of a review into the legality of its developer-funded transport fund.  The council’s tariff on new development is intended to part-fund a £109m (2013 prices) package of transport improvements, comprising an £88m Cross... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News
‘New developer funding model for capital unviable’ – study

‘New developer funding model for capital unviable’ – study
Andrew Forster

A new form of developer funding for transport... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News
Bristol reviews 20mph limits, as research finds speed drop

Bristol reviews 20mph limits, as research finds speed drop
Andrew Forster

Bristol City Council is to conduct a review of the... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News

Speed camera debate re-opened

A speed camera critic is challenging academics over new research suggesting that fixed speed cameras have reduced killed and serious injuries.  A London School of Economics research paper published last October said that, between 1992 and 2016, speed cameras had cut accidents by between 17 and... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News
­­­­Hydrogen car trial poised for launch in Welsh market town

­­­­Hydrogen car trial poised for launch in Welsh market town
Rhodri Clark

More than 900 people have applied to participate in a trial... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News
Skates sets out timetable for Valley Lines asset transfer

Skates sets out timetable for Valley Lines asset transfer
Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government has shed light on the proposed... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News

PSV exemption for short-trip community transport services
Andrew Forster

The DfT has invited views on  exempting community transport operators (CTOs) running short distance commercial services from the requirement to hold a public service vehicle (PSV) licence. The proposal appears in the long-awaited consultation on amending legislation to require CTOs conducting... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News
No benefits from reforming HGV levy, freight body tells DfT

No benefits from reforming HGV levy, freight body tells DfT
Andrew Forster

None of the possible reforms to the HGV road user levy... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News

West Yorks reviews transport scheme delivery timetables

West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) is preparing a reserve list of transport and other capital projects whose delivery could be accelerated if progress delivering existing priority schemes slip.  The Leeds City Region growth deal struck with Government in 2014 included a six-year... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News

Crossrail 2 CIL rate is unfair, says borough

An outer London borough is pressing Sadiq Khan to reduce the proposed mayoral Community Infrastructure Levy (MCIL) that development in the borough will have to pay to part-fund Crossrail 2.  Consultation closed this month on the mayor’s plan for a second MCIL (‘MCIL2’) on new... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News

Rail stations data contract

The Office of Rail and Road is inviting bids for a three-year contract to estimate rail passenger flows between all GB stations and estimate passenger use at individual stations. The contract, with an estimated value of £425,000, will commence in May next year and run to May 2021. An existing... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News

North East’s MRN is too small, says NECA

North East Combined Authority is calling on the DfT to include more of the area’s local authority roads in the new Major Road Network (MRN). Shadow sub-national transport body Transport for the North included a proposed MRN for the north of England in its Initial Major Roads report last... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News

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