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Birmingham clean air zone to cover cars

Councillors in Birmingham will be asked to authorise a consultation next week on a charging clean air zone (CAZ) covering all types of vehicle, including cars.   The proposal (see page 16), comes as Leeds City Council this week announced changes to its  Category B charging CAZ, covering buses, coaches, HGVs, taxis and private hire vehicles. The revisions, which follow a consultation, include a smaller boundary and a reduction in the daily charge for some non-compliant vehicles.  The Freight Transport Association welcomed the changes announced by Leeds.“Leeds Council has listened to a key FTA argument about restricting the size of zones where possible,” it said. “The proposed boundary of the city’s zone has been adjusted to achieve the same air... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News
What should be our priorities for appraisal reform, asks DfT

What should be our priorities for appraisal reform, asks DfT
Andrew Forster

The DfT is consulting on priorities for the next round of... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

TPS principles champion planners’ integrity

A set of principles to guide the behaviour of transport planners has been published by the Transport Planning Society.  Writing this week’s Viewpoint column, Keith Buchan, the Society’s director of director of skills, says: “The principles are part of the process of making... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News
NIC explores rail to road freight switch

NIC explores rail to road freight switch

The National Infrastructure Commission is asking consultants to assess the benefits of shifting freight from road to rail, and from rail to road.   The... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News
­­Yousaf’s taskforce calls for active travel delivery reforms

­­Yousaf’s taskforce calls for active travel delivery reforms
Andrew Forster

Wide-ranging reforms to the way active travel programmes are... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News
IoW rail  blueprint submitted to DfT

IoW rail blueprint submitted to DfT

A fleet of refurbished former London Underground trains will be delivered to the Isle of Wight if the Government accepts franchise operator... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Active travel measures cut as road costs rise

Active travel components of Welsh Government road schemes are being reduced to compensate for increased construction costs, Sustrans Cymru has claimed. Since 2013 Welsh ministers have been under an obligation to include provision for walkers and cyclists in road schemes. The Active Travel (Wales)... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News
Parking standards revamped  after housebuilder protests

Parking standards revamped after housebuilder protests
Andrew Forster

Worcestershire County Council has revised its proposed... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Tyne and Wear touted for mobility testbeds

Nexus wants to collaborate with new mobility firms to make Tyne and Wear a testbed for transport innovations. The Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive has announced a market engagement exercise for companies and experts involved with flexible on-demand transport, aggregator applications, low... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News
Lincs bus market ‘too fragile’ to support Bus Act powers

Lincs bus market ‘too fragile’ to support Bus Act powers
Andrew Forster

Lincolnshire’s bus market is too fragile to... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

We’ll ignore petitions, says bus operator

Bus operator National Express West Midlands says it will disregard petitions about the future of bus routes that are subject to live consultation processes.  The operator says listening to petitions could skew its network review process, which involves several stages of public... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Council re-runs tender for popular bus route

Rutland County Council is re-running a tender process for a popular bus route after the first process became mired in confusion.  The Rutland Flyer 1 service links Melton Mowbray and Corby via Oakham and carried 127,200 passengers in 2017/18. The council launched a new tender for the route in... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News
London-wide byelaw explored to regulate dockless bike hire

London-wide byelaw explored to regulate dockless bike hire
Andrew Forster

A London-wide byelaw to manage dockless bike share... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Urbo exits London’s bike share market

Dockless bike hire firm Urbo is quitting London just months after starting operations.  A statement on the Irish company’s website says: “We regret to inform you that, from 4 July, Urbo will no longer be providing shared bike services in the London boroughs of Enfield, Waltham... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News
Bus powers shake-up at heart of Scotland’s Transport Bill

Bus powers shake-up at heart of Scotland’s Transport Bill

All local authorities in Scotland will be given the power to implement bus franchising, under powers contained in the Scottish Government’s new Transport (Scotland) Bill. The Bill also includes powers for the creation and... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News
Autonomous vehicles ‘could weaken case for roundabouts’

Autonomous vehicles ‘could weaken case for roundabouts’
Andrew Forster

Roundabouts could be replaced by signalised junctions... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Liverpool borrows to improve roads

Liverpool City Council is to borrow £185m over 25 years to improve the city’s road network. The majority (£160m) of the funding will be allocated to road reconstruction over the next five years with £25m allocated to resurfacing. The council says total capital financing... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Derby orders audit as road cost mushrooms

Derby City Council has asked an internal audit team to investigate an almost doubling of the cost of a road improvement scheme. The A52 Wyvern transport improvement scheme features extra lanes near the Wyvern junctions, carriageway resurfacing, a new skip road, a signal-controlled crossroads, and a... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Northern and Western bypasses for Durham

Northern and western relief roads for the city of Durham feature in the county council’s local plan consultation.  A Northern Relief Road connecting the A691 and A690 would feature a new crossing of the River Wear. The council says the road, which has been mooted ever since the 1970s,... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News
Westminster pulls the plug on Khan’s vision for Oxford Street

Westminster pulls the plug on Khan’s vision for Oxford Street
Andrew Forster

London mayor Sadiq Khan’s plan to transform Oxford... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Legal challenge to cycle superhighway

Westminster City Council has applied for a judicial review to halt TfL’s construction of Cycle Superhighway 11 between Swiss Cottage and central London.  TfL announced in May that it plans to start work on the Swiss Cottage part of the scheme next month (LTT 11 May). Swiss Cottage lies... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Cycle Cities share £7m

The DfT has awarded £7.1m to six of England’s eight Cycle Ambition Cities for further measures to improve conditions for cycling.  Cambridgeshire County Council has been awarded £550,000 to help install a ‘Dutch-style’ roundabout in Cambridge.  The Fendon... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Rail industry urged to pilot Swiss approach to timetabling
Andrew Forster

The Government should create a Strategic Timetabling Authority to plan the rail timetable and settle disputes about priorities, a timetabling expert has said.   Jonathan Tyler of consultant Passenger Transport Networks says the current rail timetable is full of irregularities and poor... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

DfT explores ways to cut Cross Country franchise overcrowding

Reducing overcrowding is the Government’s top priority for the next Cross Country trains franchise. The current Cross Country (XC) franchise, operated by DB-owned Arriva, is due to expire in late 2019 but can be extended by up to one year. Consultation on the specification for the new... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Airport’s bid for more rail services rejected

The DfT has rejected a call from the owner of Luton Airport for more East Midlands trains to call at Luton Airport Parkway station.  The station is currently served by Thameslink trains and just one East Midlands Trains service an hour. The airport wanted the DfT to increase East Midlands... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

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