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Local majors fund almost fully allocated

Councils submitting bids to the DfT’s Large Local Major Transport Schemes Fund next month may be in for disappointment after the Treasury awarded almost all the remaining cash to two road schemes. The £475m fund was announced in the 2016 Budget. The Government immediately awarded £151m to two schemes in Suffolk and last month awarded a further £101m to two roads in Worcestershire and Cheshire East (LTT10 Nov).  In this week’s Budget, the Treasury announced further awards of £79m towards Cornwall Council’s plan to link St Austell to the A30 (LTT3 Mar) and £98m for Norfolk County Council’s proposed new bridge in Great Yarmouth (LTT31 Mar).  With some funds awarded to help develop schemes, it appears that less than £40m is... continue

24 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Devolution deal for North of Tyne councils

An elected mayor with bus franchising powers could head-up local government north of River Tyne, the Government announced this week.  The Treasury said it had agreed a “minded to” devolution deal with the North of Tyne authorities – Newcastle City Council, North Tyneside and... continue

24 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News
Hammond bets on transport to drive UK economy forward

Hammond bets on transport to drive UK economy forward
Andrew Forster

Transport was a winner in this week’s Budget... continue

24 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Prize for best design of driverless road

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) is to run a prize competition to identify how road-building should adapt to the advent of driverless cars. The news came as the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, said he wanted fully driverless cars on the UK’s roads by 2021. In this week’s Budget,... continue

24 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Councils should have seat on air quality unit board – NAO
Andrew Forster

Local government should be represented on the board of the Government’s joint air quality unit (JAQU), the National Audit Office has said.  JAQU was established in February 2016 and was initially to have ten full-time equivalent staff – three from the DfT and seven from Defra, the... continue

24 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Councils look to Roads Fund as local majors pot runs down
Andrew Forster

Local authority road schemes that are unsuccessful in the upcoming bidding round for the DfT’s Large Local Major Transport Schemes Fund could be eligible for funding from the DfT’s new National Roads Fund. The DfThas invited outline business case submissions next month for the Large... continue

24 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News
Distance-based HGV charge probed, as NIC studies freight

Distance-based HGV charge probed, as NIC studies freight

A distance-based charging scheme for lorries, that rewards vehicles with the lowest emissions, is being considered by the DfT. The Department has launched a call for evidence on how the existing time-based HGVroad user levy... continue

24 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Thameslink services delayed

The full introduction of new north-south cross-London services on Thameslink will be delayed by a year, the National Audit Office has revealed.  The DfT and franchise holder Govia Thameslink had initially planned to connect up services from Sussex and Kent with the Midland Main Line, East... continue

24 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Public ‘want more cycle spending’

A survey of seven UK cities has revealed that 75% of residents want to see more investment in cycling.  Active travel charity Sustrans carried out research in the cities – Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Greater Manchester and Newcastle – two years after an... continue

24 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News
Mobike revises dockless bike share scheme in Manchester

Mobike revises dockless bike share scheme in Manchester
Andrew Forster

Dockless bike share operator Mobike is revising its... continue

24 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Strategic infrastructure tariff floated to fund better transport

The Government has announced a series of reforms to the planning system with implications for transport planning and scheme delivery. The reforms are part of a push by ministers to tackle the housing shortage by increasing new housing supply. A Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)... continue

24 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News
Rethink on Glasgow Airport  rail link

Rethink on Glasgow Airport rail link

The future of a rail link to Glasgow Airport is once again in doubt, with councils studying a critical report into the project.  The original... continue

24 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Scots bus reforms ‘will give operators too much influence’
Andrew Forster

Transport Scotland’s proposed reforms to bus partnership working give operators too many opportunities to veto proposals, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) has said. Transport Scotland is consulting on proposed reforms to bus legislation to inform the forthcoming Transport... continue

24 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News
No need to cancel community transport contracts, says DfT

No need to cancel community transport contracts, says DfT
Andrew Forster

Councils should not feel compelled to cancel contracts... continue

24 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Cardiff transport authority formed

The Regional Transport Authority (RTA) for the Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) has been formally established as a sub-committee of the regional cabinet.   The RTA has previously met in shadow form. Its objective is to facilitate the region’s City Deal, subject to funding, by: •... continue

24 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

TfW should have recruited top team earlier, says academic
Rhodri Clark

Transport for Wales (TfW) is appointing permanent directors to replace secondees, but an influential academic believes the process should have occurred before TfW began procuring the next Wales and Borders franchise. TfW, which is owned by the Welsh Government, has recently advertised for a finance... continue

24 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Funding allocations revealed for new £1.7bn transport pot
Andrew Forster

The six combined authorities of England with elected mayors will receive more than £800m from the Government’s new £1.7bn Transforming Cities Fund for improving transport links.  The fund was announced by the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, in this week’s Budget. About half... continue

24 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Legal challenge brings axe down on Kent lorry park

Road hauliers have lambasted the Government after plans for a huge lorry park in Kent were dropped because the environmental impacts had not been properly assessed.   The 3,600-vehicle capacity lorry park was planned for Stanford West, close to junction 11 of the M20. The facility would have... continue

24 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News
Views sought on new £220m Clean Air Fund

Views sought on new £220m Clean Air Fund

The Government is consulting on what type of measures should be funded by its new £220m Clean Air Fund. The fund, open to English councils with the most... continue

24 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

WMCA and districts plan air quality MoU

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has explained how air quality responsibilities will be shared with constituent/non-constituent authorities.  The WMCA functions order gives the combined authority the same air quality powers and responsibilities as local authorities under the... continue

24 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

NECA defines a Key Route Network

The North East Combined Authority (NECA) is devising a key route network (KRN) of the area’s most important roads for moving people and freight.  Tobyn Hughes, NECA’s managing director (transport operations), explained how the KRN would sit with Highways England’s strategic... continue

24 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

Give us a motorway, says Plymouth leader

Plymouth City Council wants the Government to extend the M5 to the city. The motorway currently ends at Exeter, with Plymouth accessed via the A38 dual carriageway. A motion tabled by Plymouth’s Conservative council leader Ian Bowyer calls on the Government to commission an options... continue

24 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News
Stockport deliberates on A6-M60 relief road

Stockport deliberates on A6-M60 relief road

Councillors in Stockport will vote next week on whether to take forward work on the controversial proposed A6 to M60 relief road.  The 8.5km dual carriageway would... continue

24 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News
Stockport deliberates on A6-M60 relief road

Stockport deliberates on A6-M60 relief road

Councillors in Stockport will vote next week on whether to take forward work on the controversial proposed A6 to M60 relief road.  The 8.5km dual carriageway would... continue

24 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

West Yorks CA vents frustration with NR

West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) has vented  frustration at Network Rail’s working practices on rail projects.  Melanie Corcoran, WYCA’s director of delivery, told councillors that the area had a number of rail improvements in the planning stages: rail park-and-ride;... continue

24 Nov 2017Local Transport Today News

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