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Polls to cut through active travel ‘noise’

Polls to cut through active travel ‘noise’

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has told councils to conduct opinion surveys to cut through the “noise” generated by active travel schemes, such as segregated cycle lanes and low traffic neighbourhood residential street closures. Many councils have experienced a backlash against active... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News
Transport projects to benefit from £4bn Levelling Up Fund

Transport projects to benefit from £4bn Levelling Up Fund
Andrew Forster

The Chancellor this week  announced a new... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

New Green Book emphasises good strategic case over benefit:cost ratios

The Treasury this week published a new version of its  appraisal guidance, the Green Book, which reduces the emphasis on benefit:cost ratios (BCRs), and gives more attention to the local economic impact of projects.    The Green Book is used for the appraisal of all proposals that... continue

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30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Funding uncertainty hampers TfN

A lack of funding certainty is hampering Transport for the North’s work programme, board members heard last week.   Paul Kelly, TfN’s financial controller, reported: “TfN currently lacks any funding certainty with regard to either its core operations or its... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Road loses grant after delay for ‘greening’

Birmingham City Council has lost access to funding for a radial road dualling scheme because of a redesign to make the project better for active travel and public transport.   The A457 Dudley Road improvement scheme involves dualling about 1.25 miles of the road between the Ladywood... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Covid may harm tram line funding plan

Covid-19 could force the City of Edinburgh Council to meet more of the costs of the Edinburgh tram extension to Newhaven from reserves.   Construction of the tram line from York Place in the city centre to Newhaven via Leith Walk is currently underway. The council believes the project can... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Hendy review floats idea of a UK strategic transport network

Sir Peter Hendy has invited evidence to inform his Union Connectivity Review for the Government, which is considering how better transport links between the UK’s four nations can promote economic prosperity and improve the quality of life. One of the issues that the review is keen to hear... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News
The members of Hendy’s review team

The members of Hendy’s review team

The government has named the four members of the Union Connectivity Review team who will support its chairman, Sir Peter... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Grant awards for railway re-opening studies

Fifteen rail reopening proposals in England have been awarded up to £50,000 each to allow the ideas to be developed.  The awards from the ‘Ideas’ stream of the DfT’s Restoring Your Railway fund come despite rail demand plummeting to a level not seen for more than a... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

DfT rewards councils with best active travel plans

Seven areas of England have been rewarded with an extra portion of the DfT’s £175m Active Travel Fund grant because their bids reflected the ambitious programmes that the Government wants all councils to deliver. The beneficiaries are revealed in LTT’s comparison of the grant... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Local Tories oppose removal of W Sussex pop-up bike lane

West Sussex County Council is promising to install a high quality permanent cycleway in Shoreham after local councillors complained about the council’s decision to remove a ‘pop-up’ temporary lane  only installed this summer.   Conservative-controlled West Sussex this... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Leeds City Square design competition

Leeds City Council has published the brief for a design competition to end the traffic dominated environment in City Square. City Square is the first experience most rail travellers  have of Leeds after stepping out the railway station, which lies on the southern side of the square. Despite... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Double consultation for Edinburgh’s LTN

The City of Edinburgh Council is to hold two consultations on the city’s first low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) of residential road closures, with residents being asked for views before its implementation and after it has been installed.  The council plans to implement the scheme in the... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Vandals damage LTN traffic counters

Vandals have damaged automatic numberplate recognition (ANPR) cameras and traffic counting equipment installed in the London Borough of Hackney’s low traffic neighbourhood  (LTN) residential street closure schemes.  Jon Burke, Hackney’s cabinet member for energy, waste,... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News
Clock ticking for fossil fuel cars

Clock ticking for fossil fuel cars

Sales of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned from 2030, the Prime Minister has announced, though sales of new hybrid cars and... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News
Burnham presses ahead with bus franchising despite Covid

Burnham presses ahead with bus franchising despite Covid

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham is pressing ahead with his plan to introduce bus franchising as the industry grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic.  Burnham had been due to take a final decision on his franchising... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

TfGM reviews supported services criteria

Transport for Greater Manchester is making changes to how it assesses the case for supported bus services.  Alison Chew, TfGM’s interim head of bus services, told councillors the cost per passenger (CPP) threshold method needed  review. “Currently, £2.50 is used as a CPP... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Bids open for Scots bus priority fund

Transport Scotland has invited bids for the first tranche of its £500m Bus Partnership Fund for bus priority measures such as bus lanes, bus ‘gates’, guided busways and traffic signal priority.  The initial tranche will pay for the preparation of scheme appraisals and... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Cambs CA fails to secure CAM chief, as route row rumbles on

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has failed to secure its preferred candidate to lead the Cambridge Autonomous Metro (CAM) project.  The combined authority named David Hughes as its choice for the chief executive post for its new company One CAM Ltd in a report presented... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Covid ‘may force ENCTS rethink’

The impact of Covid-19 on the public finances may force the Government to end the policy of free off-peak bus travel for older and disabled people, Hampshire County Council believes. Conservative-controlled Hampshire wants the policy changed so that English National Concessionary Travel Scheme... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

GCP cuts budget for better bus services

The Greater Cambridge Partnership is to reallocate £50m earmarked for better bus services to pay for zero emission buses and cycling schemes. The GCP had allocated £75m of its £744m programme for better bus services. A report by consultant Systra, published earlier this year,... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Housing probe for EWR station locations

Intermediate stations on the East West Rail line between Bedford and Cambridge could become foci for housing development under Government plans. Officials from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) are leading the investigations. Officers from the Cambridgeshire and... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Charging CAZ for A10 in Herts axed over traffic diversion fear

A planned charging clean air zone (CAZ) applying to cars and other traffic on the A10 dual carriageway through the Hertfordshire town of Broxbourne has been abandoned amid concerns that the charges would shift the pollution problem elsewhere. But alternative ways of cutting the area’s illegal... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News
National road pricing on Treasury’s radar

National road pricing on Treasury’s radar

The Treasury is looking again at nationwide road pricing to replace lost fuel duty as more motorists switch to electric vehicles.   The Times reported last... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Re-build A83 ‘in existing corridor’

The Scottish Government should build a new route for a landslip-prone section of the A83 trunk road in the same corridor, Argyll and Bute Council and the regional transport partnership have said. Transport Scotland launched a consultation in late September on options for a new road to end the... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

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