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Covid puts the brakes on P&R expansion in West Midlands

Covid puts the brakes on P&R expansion in West Midlands
Andrew Forster

The West Midlands Combined Authority has put most of its park & ride expansion programme on hold, in one of the first public signs of how Covid-19 is affecting... continue

20 Feb 2021Local Transport Today News

Work starts on new streets manual

The lead consultant for the new Manual for Streets this week highlighted to LTT some of the key themes that will feature in the guide.  The new Manual for Streets will supercede the original 2007 edition that focused on residential street design, and the 2010 Manual for Streets 2 that looked... continue

20 Feb 2021Local Transport Today News
Signs and EV bays to boost use of lamp column chargers

Signs and EV bays to boost use of lamp column chargers

London boroughs are to encourage the use of lamp post electric vehicle chargepoints by installing signage and dedicated EV charging bays. The actions come as data from London Councils indicate many of the... continue

20 Feb 2021Local Transport Today News

DfT awards £500m for road repairs

The DfT has announced funding allocations to local authorities from a £500m highways maintenance grant.  The grant is the second instalment from the £2.5bn Potholes Fund announced by the Chancellor in the 2020 Budget and providing £500m a year between 2020/21 and 2024/25.... continue

20 Feb 2021Local Transport Today News
Legislate for five-year MCA transport pots, says NIC

Legislate for five-year MCA transport pots, says NIC

The National Infrastructure Commission wants the Government to legislate for five-year devolved transport budgets for each of England’s mayoral combined authorities (MCAs). The Commission’s... continue

20 Feb 2021Local Transport Today News
Bike hire hits the streets in West Mids

Bike hire hits the streets in West Mids

The first bikes of Transport for the West Midlands’ public cycle hire scheme have been introduced in Sutton Coldfield.  Twenty-five bikes and... continue

20 Feb 2021Local Transport Today News

Ford pledges all-electric by 2030

Ford this week pledged to sell only electric cars in Europe from 2030, a policy that supports the UK Government’s ambition to end the sale of new pure petrol or diesel vehicles from that date.     The US car giant said that by mid-2026, 100 per cent of its passenger vehicle range in... continue

20 Feb 2021Local Transport Today News
PUBLISHER'S ANNOUNCEMENT 
Andrew Forster to stand down as LTT editor

PUBLISHER'S ANNOUNCEMENT Andrew Forster to stand down as LTT editor

We are sad to announce that after a remarkable 20 years’ tenure of the position, Andrew Forster has decided to stand down as editor of LTT at the end of April.  As directors of Landor LINKS (and its predecessors) since the launch of LTT over 30 years ago, we pay... continue

20 Feb 2021Local Transport Today News
Richmond looks to kickstart back-to-base car club growth

Richmond looks to kickstart back-to-base car club growth

The London Borough of Richmond is exploring how to kickstart growth in the area’s back-to-base car club operations. Back-to-base car clubs have operated in Richmond since 2009. Operators Zipcar and Enterprise Car Club... continue

20 Feb 2021Local Transport Today News

SME freight firms not switched on to CO2

Many smaller freight businesses do not have the time or interest to engage in the Government’s carbon reduction agenda, a report for the DfT has found.  Ipsos MORI was commissioned to explore the attitudes of small and medium-sized road freight operators to CO2 emissions... continue

20 Feb 2021Local Transport Today News

Scots councils plan EV charging tariffs

More councils in central Scotland are preparing to introduce tariffs for electric vehicle drivers using public chargepoints. As well as reducing the authority’s own electricity costs, the councils hope charges will encourage the private sector to install more chargepoints.   North and... continue

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20 Feb 2021Local Transport Today News

Per gram CO2 charges for parking permits

Fees for residents parking permits in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea will be linked to the exact carbon dioxide emissions of the vehicle model from April. Conservative-controlled Kensington and Chelsea believes it will be the first local authority in the country to introduce a per gram... continue

20 Feb 2021Local Transport Today News

W Mids P&R expansion on hold as Covid alters travel habits

The West Midlands Combined Authority has put most of its park & ride expansion programme on hold amid uncertainty about whether P&R demand will return after Covid-19.  Transport for the West Midlands (TfWM) announced a major P&R investment programme in 2017. “There is a need... continue

20 Feb 2021Local Transport Today News

Covid disrupts trials of P&R booking app

Covid-19 has disrupted Transport for the West Midlands’ launch of charges for an app-based park & ride booking system.  In late 2017, TfWM partnered with app developer Accelogress to create a car park space booking service. This followed a successful funding bid to Innovate... continue

20 Feb 2021Local Transport Today News

West Mids tries again with MaaS

The West Midlands Combined Authority is to procure a mobility as a service (MaaS) app. The combined authority will explain its vision at a supplier event next week. The WMCA is looking for a supplier who can deliver a commercial off-the-shelf MaaS application within six months of contract... continue

20 Feb 2021Local Transport Today News
New transport strategy for TfN

New transport strategy for TfN

Transport for the North is to prepare a new strategic transport plan, though it is not expected to be complete until... continue

20 Feb 2021Local Transport Today News

TfN ponders a future for smart ticketing

Transport for the North is weighing up whether to retain a smart ticketing staff capability following the closure of its integrated and smart travel (IST) programme.  The IST?programme is being shut down following the DfT’s decision last month not to provide any funding for... continue

20 Feb 2021Local Transport Today News
Cost of NPR jumps by 15%, as Shapps tries to take control

Cost of NPR jumps by 15%, as Shapps tries to take control

The Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) programme has been hit by a 15 per cent increase to its estimated costs, raising more questions about the programme’s future.  News of the cost rise appears in a paper presented to... continue

20 Feb 2021Local Transport Today News
W Yorks advances pair of rail stations

W Yorks advances pair of rail stations

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) has authorised spending to prepare full business cases for two new rail stations, Thorpe Park on the... continue

20 Feb 2021Local Transport Today News

Croydon set to reinstate LTN but with multiple exemptions

Councillors on the London Borough of Croydon have endorsed the idea of reinstating a low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) scheme but this time with camera enforcement, rather than physical barriers, and a large number of exemptions.  The South Norwood and Crystal Palace LTN was implemented last... continue

20 Feb 2021Local Transport Today News

Clean Air Zone for Lancaster city centre?

A charging clean air zone (CAZ) is one of three options being explored to manage road traffic in Lancaster city centre.  The city centre is surrounded by a one-way gyratory system. Lancashire County Council consulted on options for managing traffic last autumn and has now shortlisted... continue

20 Feb 2021Local Transport Today News

£55m awarded for active travel in Wales

The Welsh Government has awarded councils £55m for active travel in 2021/22 and published two new pieces of design guidance on active travel infrastructure. The Government said the funding represented a £20m increase on last year and an 11-fold increase on the £5m awarded in... continue

20 Feb 2021Local Transport Today News

Citizen’s assembly for road pricing?

Transport for the North is considering setting up a citizen’s assembly to study road pricing, and says the exercise could be conducted in partnership with other sub-national transport bodies (STBs). A report presented to TfN’s board this week states: “Opportunity to organise a... continue

20 Feb 2021Local Transport Today News
West Mids councils offer Covid loan to Birmingham Airport

West Mids councils offer Covid loan to Birmingham Airport

Local authorities in the West Midlands conurbation are offering Birmingham Airport financial support to help cover Covid-19 losses. The pandemic has decimated air travel as nations impose restrictions on domestic and... continue

20 Feb 2021Local Transport Today News
Welsh Government takes over Wales and Borders rail services

Welsh Government takes over Wales and Borders rail services

The Welsh Government has taken Wales and Borders rail services into public ownership.  As of 7 February, Transport for Wales is operating the services under a subsidiary, Transport for Wales Rail Ltd.  The Welsh Government... continue

20 Feb 2021Local Transport Today News

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