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Politicians didn’t see adviser’s damning assessment of HS2

Politicians didn’t see adviser’s damning assessment of HS2
Andrew Forster

A damning assessment of the HS2 project was prepared by a Government-appointed adviser just two months before MPs passed the hybrid Bill for the phase one London-West... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

TfL streets chief walked away with £445,000 severance pay

Leon Daniels, Transport for London’s former managing director of surface transport, received a severance payment of almost £445,000 when he left the organisation last December. Garrett Emmerson, TfL’s former chief operating officer for surface transport, received almost... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Treasury to team up with fund manager to push EV charging

The Treasury is to work with the private sector to establish an investment fund to accelerate the delivery of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.   Chancellor Philip Hammond announced plans for a £400m Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund in the Budget last November. The plan... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News
Nottingham rules out a charging CAZ

Nottingham rules out a charging CAZ

Nottingham City Council will not introduce a charging Clean Air Zone after modelling suggested an alternative set of measures would achieve... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

‘Driver training could cut CO2 emissions’

Local and national governments are overlooking the potential for driver education to reduce air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions from road vehicles, according to IAM RoadSmart’s head of technical policy. Tim Shallcross said many drivers did not understand the technology incorporated in... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

NPPF increases ability to set maximum parking standards

The Government has given local planning authorities more leeway to set maximum parking standards in new developments in the final version of the updated National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for England.  The draft version, published for consultation in March (LTT 16 Mar), said maximum... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News
How can we encourage e-bikes and vans for deliveries, asks DfT

How can we encourage e-bikes and vans for deliveries, asks DfT

The DfT has issued a call for evidence on how to increase the use of electric cargo bikes and electric vans for delivery services in urban areas.  The DfT says e-cargo bikes have “huge potential” but asks if financial support is... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

GMCA selects active travel schemes

Greater Manchester Combined Authority has selected the first 15 schemes to improve cycling and walking conditions in the conurbation, which will be funded by mayor Andy Burnham’s £160m cycling and walking challenge fund.  Greater Manchester’s ten metropolitan districts... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Poole to retender bike share contract

Bournemouth and Poole councils are to retender for a dockless bike hire scheme after failing to reach agreement with their preferred operator.  The councils selected a preferred operator earlier this year  for a scheme featuring 1,000 bikes. However, the operator subsequently proved... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

TfL trials mobile data for modelling

Transport for London is working with consultants Jacobs  and AECOM and mobile network operator O2 on a project to analyse travel demand using anonymised mobile phone data.  The parties are working to fuse the ‘event data’ with a range of complementary datasets to better... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Government pressed to write an NPS for Heartland area

The England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) alliance of local authorities wants the Government to prepare a National Policy Statement (NPS) for the area to give long-term certainty to the growth agenda. National Policy Statements are a provision of the Planning Act 2008 and provide a framework for... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

EEH bus association

Bus operators in the England’s Economic Heartland area have formed an association whose chair, Stagecoach’s Robin Knight, will sit on the EEH’s strategic transport forum.  The association includes Stagecoach, Arriva, Oxford Bus Company, Thames Travel, Carousel Buses, City... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Reading eyes traffic restraint by 2020

Demand management measures such as a workplace parking levy or road charging could be implemented in Reading as soon as 2020, according to the council.  The Labour-run authority is to study three demand management options to inform a new local transport plan: • a workplace parking... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News
Build new P&R sites as temporary facilities, says mayor on Metro mission

Build new P&R sites as temporary facilities, says mayor on Metro mission
Andrew Forster

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has ordered future... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Mayor wants to accelerate major schemes

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority is exploring how to accelerate the delivery of its transport priorities, including the Metro system known as CAM. A report presented to the CA-last week says that for CAM, “it is estimated that a conventional approach to delivery and... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News
DfT caught out by feedback on community transport reforms

DfT caught out by feedback on community transport reforms
Andrew Forster

The DfT is grappling with a range of complex points... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

TfGM to seek bus franchise auditor

Transport for Greater Manchester is to appoint an independent audit organisation to review its bus franchising proposal, should the Greater Manchester Combined Authority decide to pursue a franchise scheme. The Bus Services Act 2017 requires authorities pursuing franchising to appoint an auditor to... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Gtr Manchester presses for local licensing

Greater Manchester Combined Authority wants the Government to act to prevent taxi and private hire drivers licensed in other parts of the country from operating within the conurbation.  The ten metropolitan districts, with support from Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), are developing a... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Focus on productivity and sort out boundaries, LEPs told
Andrew Forster

The Government has announced a package of reforms to local enterprise partnerships (LEPs), the business-led bodies that manage the Local Growth Fund and play a wider role in setting transport priorities.     Among the important changes, LEPs will be asked to focus solely on productivity... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Council threatens bus station closure

One of the most modern bus stations in Wales is under threat of closure as the local authority grapples with funding challenges. Bridgend County Borough Council is also considering ending its bus subsidies and abolishing school crossing patrols, among other cost-saving measures.  The bus... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News
Grayling rejects splitting up GWR

Grayling rejects splitting up GWR

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has decided against splitting up the Great Western Railway franchise. The present franchise... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

WECA cautious about STB status

The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has voiced misgivings about creating a statutory sub-national transport body (STB) covering the area. WECA is participating in plans for a Western Gateway shadow STB, which would also cover Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, North Somerset, Poole and... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Preferred route for Hereford bypass

Herefordshire Council has selected a preferred route for a western bypass of Hereford, following a consultation on seven route options this spring. The road would connect the A49 trunk road north of the city round with the A465 south-west of the city. Development work will now be undertaken on the... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Councils ‘need help to exploit benefits of transport data’

The Government should help local authorities exploit the potential of transport data to improve transport network management, with road traffic data being the priority, consultants have advised.  The DfT appointed consultant North Highland in January to  review the local transport data... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

HE prepares for air pollution barrier trials

Highways England plans to install nine-metre-high cantilevered barriers over parts of the road network, in an effort to reduce air pollution in the surrounding areas.  Feasibility work for the first barrier alongside the M1 in South Yorkshire started last September. “We are planning a... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

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