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MK probes DRT replacement for buses

Milton Keynes Council is exploring whether demand responsive transport minibuses can deliver a better service to its citizens than tendered bus routes. From next week the council will reimburse DRT operator ViaVan for carrying English National Concessionary Travel Scheme passengers in the Emerson Valley area of Milton Keynes. The area is also served by an infrequent subsidised route with a long journey time.  “We will be monitoring uptake to assess whether this provides a more attractive option for bus users in the area so that we can consider whether some of our other poorly used services might be better served by DRT when we review the entire network in October,” Steve Hayes, the council’s head of transport, told LTT. “The idea is that buses should... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News
DfT urged to sort out ‘mess’ of emission-based traffic zones

DfT urged to sort out ‘mess’ of emission-based traffic zones
Andrew Forster

Motoring and freight bodies this week demanded Government... continue

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NAO criticises DfT for HS2 management

The National Audit Office this week censured the DfT and HS2 Ltd for their poor management of the HS2 project. The NAO’s report, released as LTT closed for press, says the project is over budget and behind schedule because the DfT, HS2 Ltd and wider government have underestimated the... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News
Steer sets ball rolling on new rail tunnel under the Irish Sea

Steer sets ball rolling on new rail tunnel under the Irish Sea
Andrew Forster

The consultant who was instrumental in putting HS2 on the... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

‘Regauge Ireland’s rail network’

Connecting Northern Ireland’s railways up to a tunnel to Scotland presents extra challenges because Ireland’s railways are laid to a different track gauge to those in Britain – 5ft 3in versus 4ft 81⁄2in.  “There are gauge-changing systems available for through... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

Skates intervenes as Cardiff Council floats road charging
Rhodri Clark

Welsh transport minister Ken Skates intervened this week in Cardiff Council’s proposal for a road user charge from which city residents would be exempt. The council’s new transport White Paper explains that the authority will consider road user charging and a workplace parking levy... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News
Oxon plans parking levy in Eastern Arc

Oxon plans parking levy in Eastern Arc

Oxfordshire County Council is to prepare a business case for a workplace parking levy covering some of the least accessible parts of the city. The levy... continue

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Sharp drop in Milton Keynes bus punctuality alarms council
Andrew Forster

Milton Keynes Council has voiced alarm about deteriorating bus service performance in the area.  There has been a “considerable deterioration of service punctuality and reliability over recent months”, head of transport Steve Hayes and strategic lead for passenger transport Adele... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News
Cambs CA approves £100k CAM study

Cambs CA approves £100k CAM study

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority is to spend £100,000 developing plans for regional arms of the... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

Jams hit Bristol’s Metrobus

The boss of FirstGroup’s bus operations in the Bristol area has written an open letter apologising for the dreadful service on two of the Metrobus bus rapid transit routes since the start of the year.  James Freeman, managing director of First West of England, said congestion,... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News
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Manual for Streets 3 mooted

The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) is in talks with the DfT about refreshing Manual for Streets and Manual for Streets 2.   The likelihood is that the CIHT and DfT will collaborate on a new version, Manual for Streets 3, incorporating developments since... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

BRT system could support MK’s growth

A bus-based mass rapid transit (MRT) system could support the future growth of Milton Keynes, according to a 30-year spatial strategy published for consultation by the council.  Milton Keynes Council’s draft 2050 strategy envisages the area’s population almost doubling from 268,600... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

Funding gap for junction work hits Hants Garden Village plan
Andrew Forster

The construction of a  ‘garden village’ between Portsmouth and Southampton appears to be in jeopardy because of a lack funding for the necessary improvements to a nearby motorway junction.    The 6,000-home Welborne Garden Village near Fareham is being promoted by... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News
Norfolk slates HE’s delivery record on A47

Norfolk slates HE’s delivery record on A47

Norfolk County Council has complained to the Office of Rail and Road about Highways England’s lack of progress to improve sections of the A47 east-west road that... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

Lack of CAZ autopay irks FTA

The Freight Transport Association has voiced frustration at the Government’s decision not to provide an account-based autopay facility for clean air zone charges.  The Government is creating a national payment portal for all charging CAZs in England, simplifying the payment process. But... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News
Warrington presses for town centre station on NPR network

Warrington presses for town centre station on NPR network
Andrew Forster

Warrington Borough Council is pressing for a Northern... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

Scrapping HS2 ‘will inflate project costs’

Cancelling HS2 will push up the cost of all future major Government infrastructure projects because contractors will build in additional risk premiums to their tender prices, the rail industry warned this week.  The message comes in a letter to the Prime Minister ahead of the Government making... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

Waterloo remains busiest station

London Waterloo retained top spot as Britain’s busiest rail station in 2018/19, according to statistics compiled by consultant Steer for the Office of Rail and Road. The total number of passenger entries and exits at Waterloo was estimated to be 94.2 million. Birmingham New Street is the only... continue

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Councillors endorse Bath’s Class C CAZ

Councillors endorse Bath’s Class C CAZ

Bath and North East Somerset Council (B&NES) has submitted a plan to ministers  for a Class C clean air zone in Bath. If approved, then from 4... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News
Gtr Manchester councils want extra services after franchising

Gtr Manchester councils want extra services after franchising
Andrew Forster

Local authorities in Greater Manchester want additional bus... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

South Yorks braced for First service cuts

Bus services in South Yorkshire could deteriorate as FirstGroup prepares its UK bus businesses for possible sale, the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority has said.   In a report to the combined authority transport board, senior finance manager Mike Thomas said South Yorkshire Passenger... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News
Commons citizens’ assembly meets to discuss net zero

Commons citizens’ assembly meets to discuss net zero
Andrew Forster

The first meeting of the House of Commons’... continue

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Leeds explores parking levy...

Leeds City Council is to consider introducing a workplace parking levy.  The idea is presented in a report discussing how the council is responding to its recent climate emergency declaration. The council also plans to stop paying staff travel expenses if they use pure petrol or diesel cars on... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

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