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Transport Scotland paves the way for more speed cameras

Transport Scotland paves the way for more speed cameras
Andrew Forster

More of Scotland’s roads will be eligible for speed cameras under forthcoming changes to the criteria used to identify suitable sites. The changes include:... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

TfN to review its plan against climate targets

Environmental campaigners are hoping Transport for the North will jettison some of its road plans next year, in a review to ensure its new strategic transport plan (STP) is consistent with Government climate change targets. The STP, approved by TfN’s board last month, includes extensive plans... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

End of road for bus stop timetables in Suffolk

Timetables look likely to disappear from bus stops in Suffolk in a move that could save the council £100,000 a year.  The removal of bus stop timetables features in Suffolk County Council’s budget proposals for 2019/20.  A county spokesman told LTT: “This reflects the... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Concerns voiced over public aid for municipal Cardiff Bus
Rhordri Clark

The use of public resources to help loss-making municipal company Cardiff Bus is starting to be queried, amid concerns about fairness to other bus operators.  The company, owned by Cardiff Council, has acknowledged it could go bust unless it returns to profitability, and proposes service cuts... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News
Opposition to HS2 in the Cabinet ‘growing’

Opposition to HS2 in the Cabinet ‘growing’

Hostility towards the HS2 project within the Cabinet is growing, according to media reports this week. Channel 4’s Dispatches programme, ‘HS2: The Great... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News
Lancs defers decision to raise bus station departure charges

Lancs defers decision to raise bus station departure charges
Andrew Forster

Lancashire County Council has deferred a decision on... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Re-regulate the buses – Manchester

Councillors on Manchester City Council have voted in favour of bus re-regulation in a motion calling for the alleviation of transport poverty.   Manchester’s full council approved a motion tabled by Labour councillor Nasrin Ali, which said the council “fully supports the... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Where are the new bus services, ask boroughs

Outer London boroughs say they are not seeing evidence of Transport for London’s pledge to re-allocate bus resource from central and inner London to the suburbs.  Mark Frost, chair of the Local Government Technical Advisers  (LoTAG) Group 1, and head of traffic and transport at the... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News
Boroughs present DfT with agenda for capital’s transport

Boroughs present DfT with agenda for capital’s transport
Andrew Forster

London boroughs have urged the Government to find a new... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

TfL backs down on KSI target

Transport for London has back-tracked on a late change to the road safety targets in borough’s  third Local Implementation Plans (LIPs).  The mayor’s transport strategy sets a target for a 65 per cent reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) on the... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

TfL plays down data showing 26% KSI rise

Transport for London this week played down provisional data showing a 26 per cent rise in the number of people killed or seriously injured (KSIs) on London’s roads, saying that the figure was likely to be adjusted downwards.  Provisional casualty figures for quarter 3 (July-September)... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Wandsworth claims 20mph limits success

The London Borough of Wandsworth has reported a nine per cent drop in casualties on streets covered by 20mph limits. But the data also shows a 28 per cent drop in casualties across all roads in the borough during the same time period.  Wandsworth implemented a borough-wide 20mph speed limit on... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News
DfT consults on pay-as-you-go rail ticketing for South East

DfT consults on pay-as-you-go rail ticketing for South East

The DfT is consulting on creating a new pay-as-you-go (PAYG) zone for rail travel in the south-east of England.  PAYG systems automatically charge the fare for the journey without needing the customer to buy a ticket.  The... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

LGA & ATCO highlight bus funding pressures

The Government is underfunding the mandatory free off-peak bus travel scheme in England outside London by £652m a year, the Local Government Association has claimed. The estimate has been calculated in work by Paul Woods, chief finance officer for the North East Combined Authority. His... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Public inquiry into S19/S22 permit use

The legality of a community transport organisation in South Wales operating services using Section 19 and Section 22 permits is to be scrutinised at a public inquiry later this month. Welsh traffic commissioner Nick Jones has called Accessible Caring Transport, of Mountain Ash, near Aberdare, to a... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News
National Travel Survey to ask if respondents suffer loneliness

National Travel Survey to ask if respondents suffer loneliness
Andrew Forster

Participants in England’s National Travel Survey (NTS)... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

JAQU to improve air quality modelling
Andrew Forster

The Government’s Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU) is launching a two-year programme to improve the quality of air quality modelling.  JAQU, a joint unit of the DfT and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has led the Government’s current work to try and ensure the... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Notts introduces traffic survey permits

Companies conducting traffic surveys on local authority roads in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire will have to obtain a permit in future.  The two councils are the latest to join a traffic survey permits scheme administered by Leicestershire County Council.   Leicestershire introduced the... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News
More light rail will boost cities and UK plc, suggests Norman

More light rail will boost cities and UK plc, suggests Norman
Andrew Forster

The DFT has issued a call for evidence on opportunities to... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Liverpool/Wirral miss out on pod study cash

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has rejected proposals for studies into new people mover technologies, such as pods, in Liverpool city centre and the Wirral.  The CA invited constituent authorities to bid for a share of £500,000 of DfT Transforming Cities Fund grant for studies... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Bus reliance ‘may hold back city economies’

The economic performance of big cities such as Birmingham may be being hampered by their reliance on buses and lack of good rail infrastructure.  The CityMetric website, an arm of the left-leaning New Statesmen magazine, says many factors influence a city’s economic performance but in... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Parking levy and tourist tax powers for Scottish councils
Andrew Forster

The Scottish Government is to give councils the powers to implement a workplace parking levy and a transient visitor levy – or tourist tax – both of which could fund local transport improvements.  A commitment to the powers features in a deal struck between the minority SNP... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Bike lane appeal lost

The Court of Appeal has rejected Transport for London’s  bid to overturn a High Court judgment that has blocked construction of a Cycle Superhighway.  Last September the High Court blocked Transport for London’s plan to start construction of Cycle Superhighway 11, between... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News
Foot crossing impasse goes to public inquiry

Foot crossing impasse goes to public inquiry

A public inquiry will be held in May into Network Rail’s closure of a foot crossing in Deganwy in North Wales, and Conwy County Borough Council’s formal Order for... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Delay tunnel closure, Bradford asks HE

Councillors in Bradford want Highways England to delay work to permanently close a disused railway tunnel, which  campaigners say could form part of a new cycle/walking route to Halifax. The 2.3km-long Queensbury Tunnel was built in the 1870s but the rail line closed in the 1950s. The tunnel... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

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