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Mobike to launch London-wide without backing of boroughs

Mobike to launch London-wide without backing of boroughs
Andrew Forster

Mobike is to roll-out its dockless bike hire system across London without the prior agreement of boroughs or Transport for London.  The Chinese firm says the... continue

6 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News

Liverpool next stop for ArrivaClick

Arriva is to launch its ArrivaClick demand responsive bus service in Liverpool later this summer. The announcement came as Go-Ahead Group subsidiary the Oxford Bus Company launched its PickMeUp on-demand service (LTT 11 May).  Arriva is working with Merseytravel on plans to roll-out... continue

6 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News
On the Up

On the Up

Road traffic volumes in Great... continue

6 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News
Do more for cycling, Gilligan tells Cambridge, Oxford & MK

Do more for cycling, Gilligan tells Cambridge, Oxford & MK
Andrew Forster

Former London cycling commissioner Andrew Gilligan has... continue

6 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News

Councils and mayor prepare new Heathrow legal challenge
Andrew Forster

Opponents of Heathrow Airport expansion are preparing a legal challenge to the Government’s airports National Policy Statement (NPS), which was approved last week by a huge majority in the House of Commons. MPs voted by 415 to 119 to approve the NPS, making the provision of a Heathrow third... continue

6 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News

Climate targets ‘off track’

The UK is not on course to achieve its fourth (2023-2027) or fifth (2028-2032) carbon budgets and transport is a major source of the difficulty, according to the Committee on Climate Change. With the closure of many coal-fired power stations, the transport sector is now the UK’s largest... continue

6 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News

Commission backs Crossrail to Ebbsfleet

Extending Crossrail from Abbey Wood to Ebbsfleet in Kent and building a multi-modal crossing of the Thames estuary are among the recommendations made by a Government commission on the future of the Thames Gateway. The Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission was set up in 2016 to examine the future... continue

6 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News
Khan sets funding tests for Westminster’s Oxford St plan

Khan sets funding tests for Westminster’s Oxford St plan
Andrew Forster

Westminster City Council is to lead a new plan to... continue

6 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News

Boroughs alarmed by Met’s collision data

London borough officers have written to the mayor’s office to express concern about the deteriorating quality of road accident collision data provided by the Metropolitan Police.  The issue is highlighted in a letter sent last month by Mark Frost, head of traffic & transport at the... continue

6 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News

Scots councils voice concern on 20mph Bill

Scottish local government has voiced concerns about a proposed Bill to make 20mph the default speed limit on roads in built-up areas.  Green MSP Mark Ruskell’s proposed Restricted Roads (20mph Limit) (Scotland) Bill was discussed at the environment and economy board of the Convention of... continue

6 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News
Welsh roads ‘suffering from annual funding settlements’

Welsh roads ‘suffering from annual funding settlements’
RHodri Clark

The Welsh Government’s annual funding and work... continue

6 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News

Parking levy urged for out-of-town retailing

A Welsh think tank has proposed a levy on parking at out-of-town shopping centres to raise funds for sustainable transport, and claims the idea has some support in councils. The recommendation features in an Institute of Welsh Affairs  report on decarbonising transport by Chris Roberts, who... continue

6 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News

Welsh travel survey urged to inform policy

The Welsh Government must urgently introduce a new travel survey to gather the data required for monitoring and managing transport decarbonisation, according to a new report by the Institute of Welsh Affairs.  Report author Chris Roberts says the lack of statistics since Wales withdrew from... continue

6 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News
National speed limit on single carriageway roads ‘is too high’

National speed limit on single carriageway roads ‘is too high’
Andrew Forster

The national speed limit on single carriageway roads should... continue

6 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News

Road crash investigation pilots

The Government is to pilot the use of investigation teams dedicated to analysing the cause of road collisions. The RAC Foundation, which has championed the idea, will lead the trial, supported by £480,000 of Government funding. The Foundation will work alongside the DfT, Highways England, the... continue

6 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News

New homes ‘could boost case for A47 dualling’

The business case for dualling the A47 between Peterborough and Wisbech in Cambridgeshire could be enhanced if thousands more new homes are built in the corridor, according to a report for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.  The A47 is a trunk road and the main east-west... continue

6 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News

RTPs can influence priorities, insists Transport Scotland
Andrew Forster

Transport Scotland insisted this week that the door had not been closed to Scotland’s seven regional transport partnerships (RTPs) inputting into the second strategic transport projects review (STPR2), which will decide Scotland’s future transport investment priorities.   STPR2 is... continue

6 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News

Bus and rail patronage down in NE Scotland

Bus and rail patronage in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire has fallen sharply over the last two years, according to data published by Nestrans, the North East Scotland transport partnership. Rail patronage through the area’s eight stations is down 18 per cent in just two years: from 6,032,870 in... continue

6 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News

Dumfries-Edinburgh bus route secured

Inter-urban bus routes between Dumfries and Edinburgh will continue but at a reduced level of service, after one of the council funders slashed its support. The 101/102 routes are currently operated by Stagecoach with £390,984 of subsidy a year. South West regional transport partnership... continue

6 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News

First exits real-time system

The South East Scotland’s real-time bus information  website and app has been closed down following bus operator First Scotland East’s withdrawal from the system. Information will, however, continue to be communicated to the public through the hundreds of public information screens... continue

6 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News

Traffic Commissioner rules on TfGM’s franchise data request
Andrew Forster

North-west traffic Commissioner Simon Evans has ruled on what information Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has a right to request from operators to inform an assessment of bus franchising for the conurbation. The Bus Services Act 2017 allows prospective franchising authorities to request a... continue

6 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News

Greater Manchester bus operators form OneBus

Greater Manchester’s 18 commercial bus operators have come together under the branding OneBus, as Transport for Greater Manchester and mayor Andy Burnham continue to weigh-up whether to pursue bus franchising.  OneBus branding will start to appear on the circa 1,500 buses deployed in the... continue

6 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News

Welsh free travel shake-up

Bus operators in Wales are to be reimbursed on a regional basis for carrying passengers under the Welsh Government’s concessionary travel scheme. Since the pioneering nationwide free travel was established in 2002, each of the 22 unitary authorities has made reimbursement payments to local... continue

6 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News

Regional broker for contactless fare caps

Public transport users in the Midlands will benefit from fare caps on contactless card payments under a proposed regional brokerage system.  Transport for the West Midlands (TfWM), Nottingham City Council, and shadow sub-national transport body Midlands Connect are exploring the way to deliver... continue

6 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News

Tees Valley procures bus franchising study

Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) is commissioning an initial feasibility study into bus franchising.  The £150,000 study will explore the operating costs and revenues of the area’s bus network and provide an “unambiguous understanding of the level of financial... continue

6 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News

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