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Government directs Coventry to install class D charging CAZ

Government directs Coventry to install class D charging CAZ
Andrew Forster

The Government’s decision to instruct Coventry City Council to implement a class D charging clean air zone (CAZ) has been described as “heavy-handed” and... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News

NAO raises Stonehenge concerns

The National Audit Office this week voiced concern about the value for money and deliverability of Highways England’s A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down project, which includes a two-mile tunnel beneath the Stonehenge World Heritage Site.  The project lies on the A303/A358 corridor linking... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News

Bus operators blamed for cost of Welsh discount youth travel
Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government is blaming bus operators for the high initial cost of its discount travel scheme for people aged 16 to 18. The MyTravelPass scheme started as a 19-month pilot in September 2015. A Wales Audit Office report showed that, in 2016/17, the first full year of the pilot scheme, the... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News
HS2 overspend ‘threatens TfN’s rail vision’

HS2 overspend ‘threatens TfN’s rail vision’

Transport for the North’s proposed Northern Powerhouse Rail project may have to be axed if phase one of HS2 goes over budget, the House of Lords economic affairs... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News
New traffic plan for Edinburgh

New traffic plan for Edinburgh
Andrew Forster

The City of Edinburgh Council is consulting on a ten-year plan to reduce vehicular... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News
Twin boundary LEZ proposed for Edinburgh

Twin boundary LEZ proposed for Edinburgh

Plans for a twin boundary low emission zone (LEZ) in Edinburgh have been published for consultation. The Scottish Government has ordered Scotland’s four... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News

Councils among the winners of competition to spend HS2 cash
Andrew Forster

projects submitted by local authorities were among the winning entries in a competition to identify transport schemes that should be funded if HS2 were scrapped. The ‘Great British Transport Competition’ was organised by pressure group the Taxpayers’ Alliance (TPA) in conjunction... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News

NIC sets ministers tests

The National Infrastructure Commission has set four tests for the Government’s forthcoming national infrastructure strategy.  The strategy will form the Government’s response to the Commission’s national infrastructure assessment published last summer (LTT 20 Jul 18). It is... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News

Write a national bus strategy, transport committee tells DfT
Andrew Forster

The government should set a national strategy for buses and give local transport authorities in England long-term transport funding settlements, the House of Commons transport committee said this week. The recommendations feature in a new report into bus services outside London. The committee calls... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News
Scarborough’s P&R services under review

Scarborough’s P&R services under review

North Yorkshire County Council is reviewing responses to a consultation on the future of Scarborough’s park-and-ride services.  The Filey Road... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News

Swansea shakes up park-and-ride

Swansea’s dedicated park-and-ride bus routes are to be withdrawn, with the city’s two P&R sites in future being served by commercial routes.    The contract for park-and-ride services between the city centre and the sites at Landore (1.5 miles north of the centre) and... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News
Brokenshire rejects plan for SE London rail freight terminal

Brokenshire rejects plan for SE London rail freight terminal
Alan Wenban-Smith Birmingham B13

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24 May 2019Local Transport Today News

December start for Crossrail to Reading

Transport for London hopes to take over the management of local rail services between London Paddington and Reading in December. The services will transfer from the Great Western Railway franchise to TfL’s Crossrail concession, held by MTR.  The services had been expected to transfer to... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News

Rethink Crossrail 2, says lobby group

Big cuts should be made to the Crossrail 2 project to make it more affordable, the Taxpayers’ Alliance (TPA) has said. The Government is currently studying ways to reduce the cost of the project that would connect the national rail networks in south-west and north-east London via a central... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News

‘Out of hours’ transport pilot for workplace travel in Valleys
Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government is funding a trial of flexible “out of hours” community transport after employers complained that current public transport provision impairs recruitment. The pilot appears to share the aim of the demand-responsive Deeside Shuttle, which lost its Welsh Government... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News

Concessionary travel ‘skews bus services’

The Welsh Government’s concessionary travel scheme has “skewed” service provision in a way that makes buses less convenient for commuters, transport minister Ken Skates has said. In 2002 Wales was the first part of Great Britain to introduce nationwide free bus travel for all... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News
Tram-trains won’t have toliets, says TfW

Tram-trains won’t have toliets, says TfW

Transport for Wales has confirmed that new tram-trains for the Core Valley Lines will not have on-board toilets, despite First Minister Mark Drakeford telling... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News

Government approves Class C CAZs for Bath and Sheffield
Andrew Forster

The Government has approved plans for class C charging clean air zones (CAZ) in Bath and Sheffield. Proposals to improve air quality in Southampton, Rotherham, and parts of Hampshire and Surrey have also been approved. All the proposals have been drawn up to ensure the areas comply with the EU... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News

No cost yet for New Town rail link

The Preparation of a cost estimate to build a rail line to Skelmersdale in Lancashire has been held up by studies into traction power options. Lancashire County Council is promoting the project to build a rail branch off the Wigan to Kirby line to the 1960s New Town. The council says the station... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News
Newcastle’s pollution charge causes angst

Newcastle’s pollution charge causes angst

Councils in Tyne and Wear have been inundated with responses to their consultation on introducing road charges to help meet EU legal limits for nitrogen dioxide.... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News

Greater Manchester consults on CAZ plan

Councils in Greater Manchester have launched a seven-week consultation on their plan to introduce a conurbation-wide charging clean air zone (CAZ) to help meet EU limit values for nitrogen dioxide.  The CAZ, to be implemented in 2021, would initially be a Class B scheme, setting minimum... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News
Car makers doubt realism of ministers’ ULEV sales target

Car makers doubt realism of ministers’ ULEV sales target
Andrew Forster

Britain’s car industry has questioned the realism... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News

Hauliers are sceptical of hydrogen HGVs

The Freight Transport Association’s members have voiced scepticism about whether hydrogen will become a fuel for lorries.  The industry body voiced its members’ doubts in evidence  to the Committee on Climate Change last December, which has just been released.  Said the... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News

West Sussex plans to re-use EV batteries

West Sussex County Council is to build an energy storage facility from batteries previously used in electric vehicles. The project will see the council’s redundant Halewick Lane waste depot converted into a battery storage facility, storing energy from the National Grid at times of low... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News

Tees Valley procures hydrogen stations

The Tees Valley Combined Authority is procuring a contract for the delivery and operation of two hydrogen refuelling stations. The stations, along with a small fleet of hydrogen fuel cell electric cars, form phase one of the Tees Valley’s hydrogen transport initiative. The contract will run... continue

24 May 2019Local Transport Today News

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