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New mayor Parker sets out timetable for West Mids bus franchising plans

New mayor Parker sets out timetable for West Mids bus franchising plans
Peter Stonham

Implementing a process for franchising bus services in the West Midlands is expected to begin in 2025, with the first such services starting around two years later, under plans announced by newly elected mayor... continue

22 May 2024Local Transport Today News
Transport for the North asks public for views on accessible stations

Transport for the North asks public for views on accessible stations
Deniz Huseyin

Some rail stations in northern England are “partially or... continue

22 May 2024Local Transport Today News

Government decision on Stonehenge back in court

Save Stonehenge World Heritage Site this week won permission to appeal the decision earlier this year to dismiss its application for judicial review of the Government’s decision to approve the controversial £2.5bn A303 road scheme at the historic site. The campaign says... continue

22 May 2024Local Transport Today News
More Government support needed for local and inter-urban transport, NIC says

More Government support needed for local and inter-urban transport, NIC says
Peter Stonham

Failure to go further, faster over the next five years on plans for... continue

22 May 2024Local Transport Today News
Rail plans for North and Midlands questioned

Rail plans for North and Midlands questioned

The NIC review includes new analysis on the railway network in the North and Midlands in light of the decision last autumn to cancel work on High Speed 2 north of... continue

22 May 2024Local Transport Today News
22 May 2024Local Transport Today News
Wayve gets £1bn backing for self driving vehicles development

Wayve gets £1bn backing for self driving vehicles development
Peter Stonham

UK AI company Wayve has announced that it has secured a... continue

22 May 2024Local Transport Today News

Catapult reports on progress from Innovate UK AI accelerator programme

Digital Catapult has announced that seven cutting-edge companies from across the country will join its High Growth AI Accelerator for transport, part of the Innovate UK BridgeAI programme to drive adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). The new cohort will develop... continue

22 May 2024Local Transport Today News

TfL plans bus accessibility improvements from AI

Under the Accelerator Programme, Transport for London will will work with OpenCapacity and PodTech to achieve productivity and efficiency gains, while improving the accessibility of bus services, exploring how a new solution could improve the experience of its bus users, primarily supporting... continue

22 May 2024Local Transport Today News
Lakes ready for better public transport to tackle visitor pressures, says study

Lakes ready for better public transport to tackle visitor pressures, says study
Peter Stonham

A survey to help support The Lake District National Park Partnership’s... continue

22 May 2024Local Transport Today News
Oxford drivers reaped benefits of giving up cars, research shows

Oxford drivers reaped benefits of giving up cars, research shows

Twelve people who gave up their cars for three weeks reported improved health, well-being and reconnection with the local environment and local people, according to a research project by climate charity Possible, Low Carbon Oxford North (LCON) and... continue

22 May 2024Local Transport Today News
22 May 2024Local Transport Today News

Birmingham council axes separate transport cabinet role
Deniz Huseyin

The role of Cabinet Member for Transport at Birmingham City Council is being scrapped as part of the local authority’s plan to “merge portfolios”. Cllr Liz Clements is to lose the role she has held for the past as it becomes reintegrated back into a general transport and... continue

22 May 2024Local Transport Today News
New SNP position on transport unclear as fares cut extended

New SNP position on transport unclear as fares cut extended
Rhodri Clark

John Swinney, Scotland’s new First Minister, has... continue

22 May 2024Local Transport Today News

Scotland seeks better coordination of transport and health planning
Rhodri Clark

The Scottish Government is developing a Transport to Health Plan with the aim of improving co-ordination of transport planning and healthcare planning. Minister for Public Health and Women’s Health Jenni Minto told MSPs at Holyrood: “In 2023, we prepared the draft Transport to Health... continue

22 May 2024Local Transport Today News

Skates wants conservation with UK ministers on future roads revenue
Rhodri Clark

Ken Skates, the Welsh Cabinet Secretary for North Wales & Transport, wants a conversation with the UK Government over future raising of roads revenue. His Scottish counterparts also wish to engage with UK ministers on the subject. The Welsh Government’s 2021 transport strategy said that... continue

22 May 2024Local Transport Today News

Plan to remove apostrophes from street signs ditched by North Yorkshire
Deniz Huseyin

North Yorkshire Council has scrapped plans to stop using apostrophes on new street signs after opposition from residents and language experts. The council had previously announced that future street signs would not include punctuation because of problems with geographical databases. The... continue

22 May 2024Local Transport Today News

Councils given extra time on signals plans

English local authorities that will get £50m in DfT funding to repair traffic signals have been given an extra month to detail the schemes they intend to deliver. All eligible authorities received a share of £10m ‘automatic’ funding from the Traffic Signal Obsolescence Grant... continue

22 May 2024Local Transport Today News

DfT releases new aviation forecasting and carbon emission modelling suite
Peter Stonham

The DfT has published an updated version of its modelling framework for UK aviation, including the transition to Jet Zero, and in creating the Sustainable Aviation Fuel mandate cost benefit analysis, and the provision of estimates for the expected range of aviation greenhouse gas emissions in... continue

22 May 2024Local Transport Today News

Surface access model makes big cuts in value of time

The new aviation modelling document has made significant, but unexplained, reductions in the value of time used for passenger surface access to airports. It notes that the estimated time and money costs of accessing airports by road or rail help to determine passenger airport choice, and are thus a... continue

22 May 2024Local Transport Today News
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Moving traffic enforcement continues to spread as Leicester adopts powers

Moving traffic enforcement continues to spread as Leicester adopts powers
Deniz Huseyin

Leicester City Council is to start using fixed ANPR cameras to enforce... continue

22 May 2024Local Transport Today News

Virgin Trains makes bid for open access return to West Coast Main Line
Peter Stonham

Virgin Trains is hoping to return to running rail services on the West Coast route between London and Glasgow five years after losing the franchise. Virgin Group has confirmed that it has applied to the Office of Rail and Road, the regulator for an Open Access licence. Virgin Group said that it has... continue

22 May 2024Local Transport Today News
22 May 2024Local Transport Today News

Arriva to pull out of High Wycombe and Aylesbury but Go-Ahead ‘ready to step in’
Peter Stonham

Bus operator Arriva the Shires is planning the closure of its depots in Aylesbury and High Wycombe and withdrawal of services within the next few months. It says they are both loss-making operating centres despite “extensive efforts to turn the situation around.” The move will see... continue

22 May 2024Local Transport Today News

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