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23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News
West Midlands to pilot UK’s first multi-modal MaaS app

West Midlands to pilot UK’s first multi-modal MaaS app
Deniz Huseyin

The UK’s first Mobility as a Service (MaaS)... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News
Oxford publishes guidance to  steer station redevelopment

Oxford publishes guidance to steer station redevelopment
Andrew Forster

Planning guidance has been published for the... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News
TfN’s major road network will guide investment planning

TfN’s major road network will guide investment planning

A major road network (MRN) of the most economically important roads in the north of England has been identified by Transport for the North. The network of local authority roads and Highways England roads is described as... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News
‘Simplify Clean Air Zones and centralise enforcement plans’

‘Simplify Clean Air Zones and centralise enforcement plans’

The Government should simplify its plans for charging Clean Air Zones (CAZs), with just two classes of zone instead of four, road transport organisations have said.  The Government’s plans are for charging CAZs classed A-D,... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Air quality plan modelling not fit for purpose, say councils

The Government’s air quality monitoring regime is not suitable for identifying pollution hotspots where the imposition of measures such as charging Clean Air Zones (CAZs) are necessary, local authorities and air quality professionals have said.  The comments, contained in responses to... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Boroughs show enthusiasm for lamp post EV charging
Andrew Forster

A big expansion of lamp post electric vehicle charging points on London’s residential streets seems likely after more than 20 boroughs bid to a funding pot for their installation. Borough association London Councils invited expressions of interest from boroughs for a share of the... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News
Liverpool City Region explores red route status for KRN roads

Liverpool City Region explores red route status for KRN roads
Andrew Forster

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is exploring... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News
Mobike chooses Manchester for dockless bike hire pilot

Mobike chooses Manchester for dockless bike hire pilot

A dockless public bike hire system is to be piloted in Manchester. Chinese firm Mobike will provide 1,000 bikes in the six-month pilot scheme covers central Manchester and Salford. It is due to launch at the end of... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News
AVs and Hyperloop ‘could transform travel patterns’

AVs and Hyperloop ‘could transform travel patterns’

Human drivers will quickly have to be banned from roads on which autonomous vehicles are authorised, a transport economist has predicted.  Paul Buchanan, a partner at consultant Volterra, gave an... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News
Uncertainties of disruptive technology occupy transport modellers’ minds

Uncertainties of disruptive technology occupy transport modellers’ minds

The challenge that disruptive technologies such as autonomous vehicles and Mobility as a Service (MaaS) pose for transport modelling loomed large at this year’s Modelling World event.  Delivering the opening paper, Luis Willumsen, director of Willumsen Advisory Services and... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News
TfL reveals impact of drop in bus speeds on patronage

TfL reveals impact of drop in bus speeds on patronage
Andrew Forster

Some London bus routes have lost almost 20% of their... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News
MK’s network of AI sensors to monitor travel in real time

MK’s network of AI sensors to monitor travel in real time
Deniz Huseyin

Artificial Intelligence (AI) sensors are to be installed... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News
There’s no viable alternative to diesel buses, say operators

There’s no viable alternative to diesel buses, say operators

Diesel buses will remain the mainstay of urban fleets for the foreseeable future, so the Government must fund a retrofit programme if it wants to cut bus nitrogen dioxide emissions, operators have told the Government.  Responding to... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News
Welsh bus firms in the dark as free buses poised for launch

Welsh bus firms in the dark as free buses poised for launch
Rhodri Clark

Welsh bus operators say they have still not been told how... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Queen paves the way for HS2 to Crewe

Legislation to extend the high-speed rail network from the West Midlands to Crewe, and new powers to facilitate autonomous and electric vehicles, were included in the Queen’s Speech this week.  The High Speed Rail (West Midlands – Crewe) Bill will give the Government the power to... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News
Flintshire backs new trunk road to improve access

Flintshire backs new trunk road to improve access

Flintshire County Council is supporting a proposed new trunk road to relieve existing cross-border roads in the Deeside area. The Welsh Government has earmarked £200m to tackle... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Bidders shortlisted for HS2 franchise

The DfT has shortlisted three bidders for the West Coast Partnership franchise, which will include running initial services on the HS2 network.  The shortlisted bidders are: • First Trenitalia West Coast Rail Limited, a joint venture of FirstGroup plc (70%) and Trenitalia UK Limited... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

TravelSpirit pilots MaaS openness index

A method for assessing the openness of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) projects, has been launched by TravelSpirit.  The Openness Index for Mobility as a Service scores projects from level 1 (a closed system) to 5 (most open). Scores are given for different aspects of the MaaS system such as... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Toyota buys into MaaS

Toyota Financial Services has made an investment in MaaS Global, the Finnish firm the has pioneered Mobility as a Service with its Whim app. Toyota Financial Services , a subsidiary of car manufacturer Toyota that specialising in automotive financial services, and its insurance partner invested in... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Baker Street returns to two-way working

Westminster City Council has approved works to return Baker Street and Gloucester Place to two-way operations.  Works will commence next month with two-way flows operating from early 2019.  The project is led by Westminster City Council and Transport for London (TfL) and supported by the... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Glasgow Queen St study continues

Investigatory work is continuing in an attempt to find a way forward for a planned retail extension that appeared in jeopardy because of the redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street station.  Glasgow City Council approved the Buchanan Quarter Tax Increment Financing (TIF) business case in 2011... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Major road network for Midlands probed

The Midlands Connect partnership of local authorities and local enterprise partnerships is to identify a ‘major road network’ (MRN) for the area, combining Highways England roads and the most important local authority roads. Consultants will be appointed to devise an MRN and assess it... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Tees Valley CA plans Darlington bypass

The Tees Valley Combined Authority is developing a plan for a dual carriageway Darlington Northern Bypass connecting the A1(M) at junction 59 north of the town, with the A66 at Little Burdon roundabout to the east.  The CA says the new road would relieve the A167 and A1150 through Darlington,... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

TfN probes ticketing back office options

Transport for the North has opened talks with potential suppliers of a back office system for smart and contactless ticketing.  TfN wants passengers to be able to make journeys on multiple modes of transport and across multiple operators, and be charged the ‘best price’ for the... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

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