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Brussels outlines transport legislative reform programme

Brussels outlines transport legislative reform programme
Andrew Forster

The European Commission has unveiled a major programme of transport legislation reform but there is uncertainty as to how much of it – if any – will apply... continue

9 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Hard times for bus industry – O’Toole

The UK’s bus industry faces an “uphill struggle” because of rising costs and falling patronage, FirstGroup chief executive Tim O’Toole has said. Results for FirstGroup’s UK bus division in 2016/17 reveal revenues dropped from £870.9m (2015/16) to £861.7m;... continue

9 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News
Transport Scotland releases economic impacts guidance

Transport Scotland releases economic impacts guidance
Andrew Forster

Transport Scotland has published new guidance on... continue

9 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News
Study raises cost of local rail and reveals freight subsidy

Study raises cost of local rail and reveals freight subsidy
Andrew Forster

Urban and rural rail services are more costly to provide... continue

9 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News
Cambs studies bus solution despite mayor’s light rail focus

Cambs studies bus solution despite mayor’s light rail focus
Andrew Forster

Cambridgeshire County Council is commissioning a study of... continue

9 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Police investigate cycle death reportedly linked to tram rails
Andrew Forster

Police are investigating a fatal accident in central Edinburgh last week when a cyclist apparently got her wheels stuck in the groove of a tram rail and fell into the path of a minibus.  The accident at the West End junction on Princes Street has heightened concern about the dangers that the... continue

9 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News
Major rethink of road safety policies needed, says PACTS

Major rethink of road safety policies needed, says PACTS
Andrew Forster

A major overhaul of road safety policy is needed to... continue

9 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Cyber security fears for connected cars

Cyber security experts said this week that developers of connected and autonomous vehicles are not paying enough attention to the potential for vehicle systems to be hacked.  “The big problem that we foresee is that connectivity is being built into vehicles without necessarily the proper... continue

9 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Cambridgeshire seeks more transport planners

A national recruitment campaign is being launched to attract transport planners to Cambridgeshire as the area gears up for a huge programme of transport project delivery.  The first phase of recruitment is about to get underway with 29 posts being advertised. A further phase of recruitment is... continue

9 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

FirstGroup to take more costs out of struggling bus business
Andrew Forster

Firstgroup is to make further cost reductions in its UK bus business in response to difficult trading conditions. First’s full year results for 2016/17 show that UK Bus revenues fell from £870.9m (2015/16) to £861.7m. Operating profit dropped from £52m to £37m and... continue

9 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Surrey districts can pay to keep streetlights on at night

Surrey County Council will allow district councils to opt out of the county’s night-time streetlight switch-off programme – but only if they shoulder the cost.  Surrey’s cabinet approved plans last October for part-night lighting of about 44,000 of its 89,000 streetlights,... continue

9 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Campaigners make case for Borders rail

Campaigners for the full restoration of the Borders Railways between Edinburgh and Carlisle have set out the case in a new report.  The 98-mile line closed in 1969 but the 35.5-mile northern section between Edinburgh and Tweedbank, south of Galashiels, re-opened in September 2015.  The... continue

9 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

TIF cash earmarked for new Scots road

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) could part-fund a £32m road improvement in central Scotland.  The A801 Avon Gorge project comprises a 3.2km road and bridge over the River Avon, on the boundary of Falkirk and West Lothian councils.  The A801 connects the M9 Edinburgh-Stirling motorway... continue

9 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Heathrow mulls court’s ruling on Crossrail

Heathrow airport Ltd is reviewing its options after the High Court rejected the airport’s bid to charge Crossrail trains a contribution to the historical costs of building the Heathrow Spur railway.  The ORR concluded last May that HAL had not provided evidence to justify levying charges... continue

9 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Three UK Hyperloop routes floated

Three possible UK routes for a magnetic levitation system that would slash intercity journey times have been shortlisted in a European competition.  Los Angeles-based business Hyperloop One is promoting the Hyperloop system, which involves placing passengers and cargo into pods that are... continue

9 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Funding to retain Ashford Eurostars

The South East England Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) has released final funds for a project that should secure the future of Eurostar services at Ashford International station.  The £10.5m Ashford International Rail Connectivity project will upgrade the station’s signalling... continue

9 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Swanage rejoins rail network

Scheduled passenger trains between the Dorset coastal town of Swanage and the mainline rail network will recommence next week after an absence of 45 years.  Four trains a day will operate between Swanage and Wareham on the South West Trains network on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays... continue

9 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Taxpayer funds S106 road scheme

A road improvement in Caerphilly that was to be fully funded by Section 106 developer contributions has been awarded public funding after the council introduced a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). The roundabout at Pwllypant will be remodelled to handle increased traffic, some of which is... continue

9 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Air quality consultation ‘misleading’

Environmental activist lawyers Client-Earth have asked the High Court  to intervene again over the Government’s air quality plan. The Government published its draft plan on 5 May. ClientEarth says the document and the accompanying consultation do not mirror the findings of the technical... continue

9 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

ScotRail criticised for rethinking bike policy

Politicians have criticised ScotRail for going back on a pledge to greatly increase cycle carriage on trains between central Scotland and Inverness/Aberdeen. ScotRail services between Edinburgh/Glasgow and Inverness/Aberdeen are currently operated by Class 170 trains, with each three-car set having... continue

9 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News
Barriers go up on London road bridges

Barriers go up on London road bridges

The Metropolitan Police has installed barriers to prevent vehicles mounting the pavement on three bridges in central London following the recent... continue

9 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Brexit ‘may cut UK influence on vehicle safety’

The UK’s exit from the EU could remove our influence on European vehicle safety standards and weaken the UK’s vehicle safety research community, a vehicle safety expert has said. Consultant Paul Fay, who spent more than 30 years working on vehicle safety for Ford until retiring last... continue

9 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Morgan Tucker goes into administration

Transport and civil engineering consultant Morgan Tucker has gone into administration with the loss of 65 jobs after suffering losses on projects in the Middle East.  Founder Matthew Tucker stepped down as managing director of the Newark-based firm in  February, being replaced by Steve... continue

9 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Porsche Holdings purchase PTV Group

Porsche SE has acquired traffic and transport modelling specialist PTV Group for more than 300 million Euro. Porsche Automobil Holding SE said it saw “considerable growth potential in the optimisation of the flow of people and goods and this is precisely where PTV’s core competence... continue

9 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Change of control at M6 Toll

Macquarie has exited the M6 Toll road in the West Midlands after the road’s debt was purchased by a new team of lenders led by Australian pension fund manager IFM Investors. The new lenders have exercised a ‘golden share call option’ in Peregrine Motorways Ltd, the parent company... continue

9 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

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