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Labour backs two Crossrails and plans bus route protection

Labour backs two Crossrails and plans bus route protection
Andrew Forster

Labour is promising to build Crossrail 2 in London and a ‘Crossrail of the North’ connecting the north of England’s big cities if it wins the General... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today News

Fifth of Londoners stay at home all day

A fifth of Londoners stay at home all day on any given day of the week, thus making no journeys, according to Transport for London. The amount of time the average Londoner spends travelling each day fell more than 10 per cent, from 73 minutes to 66 minutes, between 2006/07 and 2015/16, says... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today News
Highway sector is a suppliers’ market, says Cheshire West

Highway sector is a suppliers’ market, says Cheshire West

Cheshire West and Chester Council is to open negotiations with Ringway to extend a highways contract after councillors heard that retendering now would lead to a significant increase in contract costs.  The council’s... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today News

MaaS apps ‘must be open to maximise benefits for users’
Andrew Forster

App-based Mobility as a Service (MaaS) products should be open rather than proprietary systems, in order to maximise the benefits they bring society, according to a report by the TravelSpirit Foundation. TravelSpirit was set up last year to promote MaaS applications using open source... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today News
Stepped cycle tracks the best

Stepped cycle tracks the best
Andrew Forster

Stepped cycle tracks should be the default provision for cyclists on busy streets,... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today News
Norman gets to work on persuading Londoners to travel actively

Norman gets to work on persuading Londoners to travel actively
Andrew Forster

Persuading Londoners to walk and cycle more is an important... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today News

DfT explores changing travel habits
Andrew Forster

The Commission on Travel Demand (LTT 06 Jan) has published the submissions it received from its first call for evidence.  The DfT has revealed an extensive programme of work underway to understand the changing nature of travel demand in England.  Details are contained in the... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today News
Uncertain future for SPT as SNP takes control in Glasgow

Uncertain future for SPT as SNP takes control in Glasgow
Andrew Forster

The future of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today News
Only implement charging CAZs as a last resort, councils told

Only implement charging CAZs as a last resort, councils told
Andrew Forster

Charging-based Clean Air Zones (CAZs) should only be... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today News

New travel demand scenarios explored

New scenarios for travel demand forecasting will be developed in a mobility study being conducted by the Government Office for Science. The Future of Mobility study is due for completion next summer.  Says the DfT: “The study will examine the technological, demographic, behavioural,... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today News
Council seeks solution for cycle safety across railway

Council seeks solution for cycle safety across railway
Rhodri Clark

Gwynedd Council has gone back to the drawing board in... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today News
Kensington to extend lamp post charging

Kensington to extend lamp post charging

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is to expand the provision of lamp post electric vehicle charging points, building on a successful trial. The... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today News

WSP wins Cumbria road work

Consultant WSP has been awarded a contract by Cumbria County Council to prepare strategic outline business cases for improvements to the A595, A66 and A590 corridors to the west of the M6.  The work build on the earlier West of M6 strategic connectivity study.  Cumbria is working with the... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today News

Haskoning awarded travel plan contract

Gloucestershire County Council has awarded consultant Royal Haskoning a contract to provide residential and school travel plan services for the Cold Pool Lane development. The residential contract includes development of a travel plan, and could feature measures such as personalised travel... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today News

Journey planner trials bus service

Journey planning app firm Citymapper trialled a bus service in central London this week. The company has developed journey planning apps for a huge number of cities around the world, including three in the UK: London, Birmingham and Manchester. As well as providing journey planning advice by mode... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today News
TfL seeks hydrogen bus suppliers

TfL seeks hydrogen bus suppliers

Transport for London is procuring a framework for the supply of hydrogen fuel cell buses, which could also be used to supply... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today News

City studies on-street charging for taxis

The City of London Corporation may install its first on-street electric vehicle charging points, amid pressure from Transport for London and London Councils to facilitate the introduction of electric taxis. Ian Hughes, the Corporation’s assistant director for highways, said the City’s... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today News

RHA sets HGV manifesto priorities

The Road Haulage Association is calling on the next Government to implement a scrappage scheme to help hauliers replace pre-Euro VI lorries. The RHA also wants any new restrictions on HGVs in cities to be phased in, allowing hauliers time to adapt. Restrictions should be “fully costed and... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today News

Corbyn: ‘I’ll axe hospital car park charges’

Labour will abolish parking charges at hospitals in England if the party wins the general election on 8 June.  Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said the charges placed an “unfair and unnecessary burden on families, patients and NHS staff. Hospital parking charges are a tax on serious... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today News

‘Revise Highway Code to protect cyclists’

The Highway Code and driving tests should be revised to give more attention to the safety of cyclists, according to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on cycling. The group’s report on cycling and the justice system says the Highway Code should give “clearer priority to cyclists and... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today News

Khan pulls support for Garden Bridge

The Thames Garden Bridge project looks doomed after London mayor Sadiq Khan’s refusal to provide mayoral guarantees for the project.  The signing of operation and maintenance guarantees for the pedestrian bridge in central London is a requirement of the Port of London Authority (PLA)... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today News

Ten rail forecasting lessons offered by Steer

Consultant Jim Steer has provided the Commission with ten lessons from his career in rail demand forecasting: 1. Unexpected changes in the supply side can undermine demand forecasts “The case of Eurostar and the CTRL (Channel Tunnel Rail Link, now HS1) is widely regarded as a good example of... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today News

Young people’s travel probed

The implications of generational changes to travel behaviour are being considered in research for the DfT. Data on car use shows that young adults are driving much less than previous generations. The DfT has commissioned Kiron Chatterjee, an associate professor in travel behaviour at University of... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today News

Modellers ‘slow to change’

Transport modellers are too slow to respond to changing trends in travel behaviour, a transport academic has told the Commission on Travel Demand.  “Professionals invest so much effort in building models that they are reluctant to recognise behavioural changes that are inconsistent with... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today News
Errors in big city forecasts highlighted

Errors in big city forecasts highlighted

Inaccurate travel demand forecasts for urban areas are highlighted in submissions to the Commission made by big city authorities. Bristol City Council says... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today News

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