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Treasury announces £200m for buses

The Chancellor Sajiv Javid has promised more than £200m of extra funding for buses in England next year. Details of the funding are still to be announced. The Treasury said the cash would “transform bus services, making best use of technology and promoting decarbonisation”.  Javid’s spending review increased the DfT’s resource budget by 11 per cent, from £3.7bn this year to £4.1bn in 2020/21. The DfT’s capital budget for 2020/21 was set some time ago. The Treasury confirmed continued funding for development work “on the Leeds to Manchester route of Northern Powerhouse Rail” . The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has received an extra £30m for air quality. A multi-year spending review will be... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News
13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

EV test procedures ‘exaggerate battery range’

Electric vehicle battery range test procedures produce much higher mileages than are typically achieved in real world conditions, researchers have warned.  Engineering and testing consultancy HORIBA MIRA says there are “drastic differences” in the reported and actual range of... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News
13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News
Scots pledge £500m for bus priority, and zero CO2 railway

Scots pledge £500m for bus priority, and zero CO2 railway

A £500m bus priority fund and a passenger rail network with zero carbon emissions by 2035 are two of the most eye-catching transport commitments in the Scottish Government’s new programme for government.  The... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

NR challenges foot crossing re-opening

Network Rail is appealing against a planning inspector’s  ruling that a public right of way over a railway must be re-opened.  Following a three-day public inquiry in May, planning inspector Joanne Burston said she was satisfied there was evidence of 20 years’ use of the... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

Newham to trial cargo bikes for weekly shop

The London Borough of Newham wants to launch a cargo-bike hire service targeted at residents doing their weekly shop.  Newham principal policy officer Steve Tennison told councillors: “The transportation of bulky goods (such as a weekly shop) is very challenging by sustainable means.... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

Support net zero target or face legal action, councils told
Andrew Forster

ClientEarth has threatened  legal action against 100 English local authorities if they don’t put their areas on a credible path to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions through their Local Plans.  The environmental law charity has written to each council developing a new Local... continue

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13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

‘Climate emergency rules out new roads’

Councillors in Oxfordshire are citing the council’s declaration of a ‘climate emergency’ as a ground for opposing new roads.  Labour councillor John Sanders said building the Oxford to Cambridge expressway “flies in the face of Oxfordshire’s commitment to reduce... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

Mandatory climate targets for Scots?

The Scottish Government is consulting on requiring all public sector bodies to state the year by which they will cease to emit any direct greenhouse gases and also to set targets for reducing indirect emissions. “Currently there is no requirement for public sector bodies to report on the year... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

Hydrogen cargo bikes for Aberdeen

Aberdeen City Council has secured funding for ten hydrogen fuel cell cargo bikes as part of a  project part-funded by the EU. The Fuel Cell Cargo Pedelecs project is led by the German Aerospace Centre and part-funded by the EU’s Interreg North West Europe programme. The cost of the... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

Electric & hydrogen deckers for London

Two London bus routes will become the first in the UK to use only electric double-deck buses this autumn. Route 43 runs from Friern Barnet to London Bridge Station and the 134 runs from North Finchley bus station to Tottenham Court Road. The vehicles are being built by Leeds-based Optare and the... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

Bridge ban for vans angers FTA

The Freight Transport Association has criticised the decision that only cars and buses will be allowed over Hammersmith Bridge following repair works. Denise Beedell, policy manager for vans and urban, said: “The FTA is calling for TfL and Hammersmith & Fulham Council to allow – at... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

Climate chief slams climate ‘extremists’

The secretary-general of the World Meteorological Organisation has attacked climate activists such as Extinction Rebellion, describing them as  “extremists” who distort science.  Petteri Taalas, a Finn, told Talouselämä magazine in his native country that the climate... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

Notts proposes residents’ exemption from bus gate rule

Residents of a housing estate in Nottinghamshire could be exempted from a bus gate restriction, despite uncertainty about the legality of doing so.  The bus gate in Nuthall operates between 1600 and 1800 Mondays-Fridays, providing direct access for westbound buses-only to the A610 Nuthall... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

‘Ignored’ speed limit to be raised

Surrey County Council is to raise the speed limit on a section of road where the police recorded 93.5 per cent of drivers breaking the law.  The speed limit on a section of the A25 Godstone Road was cut from 50mph to 30mph in 2012. A police survey in 2018 found mean speeds were 41mph in one... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

Vandals ‘damaging 3.5 hire bikes a day’ in Cardiff

GPS equipment on hire bikes in Cardiff has been improved as part of efforts to reduce vandalism, which is now affecting 3.5 bikes per day on average. Operator Nextbike says the launch of its Cardiff scheme in March 2018 was its most successful ever in the UK, based on the numbers of customers and... continue

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13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

PTW in bus lanes trial for Leeds?

Councillors on  a scrutiny board in Leeds have recommended the council trials allowing powered two wheelers to use bus lanes, despite council officers expressing reservations. The councillors have called for a time-limited trial in a suitable area, with the trial developed in conjunction with... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

MPs urge pavement parking controls

The Government should simplify the process for banning pavement parking in England outside London, the House of Commons transport committee has said.  The committee says that, in the long-term, legislation banning pavement parking should be introduced, with a method for exempting areas that is... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

Hounslow takes forward workplace parking levy, and plans a second scheme

The London Borough of Hounslow is pressing ahead with a plan for a workplace parking levy (WPL) in part of the borough, despite opposition from employers. It is also to start work on plans for a levy in an adjoining part of the borough. Hounslow consulted last winter on a proposed WPL for the... continue

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13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

Cost of rail re-opening study doubles

The cost of development work for a passenger service over the freight-only Brentford to Southall railway has almost doubled, the London Borough of Hounslow has reported.  Hounslow says Network Rail originally estimated that the cost of the Grip 3 (option selection) and Grip 4 (single option... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

Portsmouth proposes Class B clean air zone

Councillors in Portsmouth have approved the idea of introducing a Class B charging clean air zone (CAZ) as part of plans to ensure the city complies with EU nitrogen dioxide limit values.   The CAZ?would apply to buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles and heavy goods vehicles. Initial... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

20mph for Ctl London main roads

Work will begin before the end of the year to cut the speed limit on 5.5 miles of central London’s Transport for London Road Network (TLRN) from 30mph to 20mph. TfL this month said it would press ahead with the plans as it published the results of a consultation. It also announced that it... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News
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HS2 cycle network wins cash

The DfT has announced £20m for 22 improvements to the National Cycle Network in England, including sections of what was dubbed the HS2 Cycleway.  Schemes include re-routing the Fylde coastal path to become traffic-free between Blackpool and St. Anne’s; creating a new pedestrian and... continue

13 Sep 2019Local Transport Today News

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