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Cornwall lobbies for transport projects facing Brexit fall-out

Cornwall lobbies for transport projects facing Brexit fall-out
Rhodri Clark

Local government and businesses in Cornwall are lobbying for a replacement investment programme to ensure that planned projects, including improvements to railway signalling, are not... continue

30 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News
30 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News
DfT ignoring risks of taking out hard shoulders, warn MPs

DfT ignoring risks of taking out hard shoulders, warn MPs
Deniz Huseyin

The DfT is “blatantly ignoring” concerns... continue

30 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News
30 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News
Cuts could hinder ambitions of devolved bodies, warns report

Cuts could hinder ambitions of devolved bodies, warns report
Geoff Dudley

Plans to devolve powers to combined authorities represent... continue

30 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News
New priorities suggested for post-EU regeneration funding

New priorities suggested for post-EU regeneration funding
Rhodri Clark

Replacement funding schemes for deprived areas of the UK... continue

30 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News
ORR prepares for rail compensation reform

ORR prepares for rail compensation reform
Rhodri Clark

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) is exploring how the rail industry’s incentive regime can be reformed to reflect... continue

30 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News
Cycle planning champions

Cycle planning champions

The winners of the Cycle Planning Awards 2016 were announced at Glaziers Hall, Southwark, last... continue

30 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

Trade body welcomes ‘strong action’ against GHA Coaches
Rhodri Clark

Bus industry body CPT Cymru has welcomed “strong action” by Welsh traffic commissioner Nick Jones against bus and coach operator GHA Coaches, which went into administration in July. Jones held a public inquiry on 20 September which related to GHA’s final months. He has yet to... continue

30 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News
Average speed cameras cut  crashes by more than a third

Average speed cameras cut crashes by more than a third
Deniz Huseyin

The use of average speed cameras cuts the number of... continue

30 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

Investment priorities to be set by Labour members
Peter Stonham

Newly re-elected leader of The Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, has said he is going to seek a voice for the party's half a million members in deciding which capital investment projects should be prioritized, including major transport schemes.  It marks a further step away from limiting transport... continue

30 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

Audit reveals poor evaluation of Welsh rail spend
Rhodri Clark

The Wales Audit Office has found that Welsh Government rail expenditure has been inadequately evaluated, and warns of new risks in the process of awarding the next Wales and Borders franchise. Although rail infrastructure in Wales is not devolved, the Welsh Government is actively involved in the... continue

30 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

Yorkshire on track

Network Rail has replaced 250 miles of track across Yorkshire using a specialist engineering train to minimise passenger disruption.The four-year programme, using Network Rail’s Track Renewal System (TRS), started in 2012. This renewal forms part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan.... continue

30 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

Cycle-rail boost in Scotland

More than 600 extra cycle parking spaces have been installed at rail stations across Scotland. Train operator Abellio says the new spaces will complement its Bike & Go scheme, which is currently available at 10 of Scotland’s biggest stations including Edinburgh Haymarket, lasgow Central,... continue

30 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

London Mayor seeks Garden Bridge review

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has asked Dame Margaret Hodge MP, former chair of the Public Accounts Committee, to conduct a review of the Garden Bridge project. The review of the proposed £185m footbridge linking Temple with the Southbank will look at whether value for money has been achieved... continue

30 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

‘Longer HGVs bring benefits’

The use of longer semi-trailers HGVs brings benefits to the economy, by reducing congestion, improving air quality and pollution, said the Road Haulage Association (RHA). The Department for Transport began a trial of longer semi-trailers for articulated goods vehicles in January 2012 with a total... continue

30 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

Extent of fare evasion revealed by survey

A fare evasion survey conducted of the South Western franchise revealed that one in 30 rail passengers could be travelling without a valid ticket.  Transport consultancy Steer Davies Gleave, as part of its role as technical advisors to the Department for Transport in the re-letting of the... continue

30 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

‘UK can lead autonomous revolution’

The House of Lords Science & Technology Committee has launched an inquiry into autonomous vehicles. The committee states that UK has the potential to become a world leader in developing, producing and deploying autonomous vehicles. Its inquiry will collect evidence on the potential uses and... continue

30 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

Road fatalities alliance formed

Police forces from across Europe working together to reduce road fatalities have launched the first ‘European Day With a Road Death’, otherwise known as Project EDWARD. The project is supported by the 30 members of TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network, and will highlight all the... continue

30 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

Modal filters have halved traffic, says Waltham Forest

Traffic in the Walthamstow village area in north-east London has more than halved on roads where modal filters have been installed, Waltham Forest council has reported. Some roads have been closed to through traffic as part of the Mini Holland programme – a £27m grant awarded by former... continue

30 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

Welsh projects could front load EU aid
Rhodri Clark

Transport and other projects in Wales are being reviewed to see if some can be accelerated or have their European Union funding ‘front loaded’. Also, grant agreements may be worded to ensure that contracts can be terminated prematurely if the cessation of EU aid comes earlier than... continue

30 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

Bus operators sign Liverpool partnership
Patrick McDonnell

A new deal signed by operators Arriva, Stagecoach and Merseytravel looks set to improve bus services in the Liverpool City Region. More than £25m will be invested in bus services in the first year of a five-year partnership. The Liverpool City Region Bus Alliance is seeking to encourage... continue

30 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

Barnsley bus service saved by partnership

A bus partnership has stepped in to save a Barnsley bus service from cancellation after the original operator Arriva had notified its intention of cancelling the service.  Watersons Coaches, part of the Barnsley Bus Partnership will start running service 193, which operates between Barnsley... continue

30 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

Hybrid double-decker backed by NVN

A project to build a hybrid fuel-cell double-decker bus has received £150,000 from a competition run by the Niche Vehicle Network (NVN). The project to create a range-extended electric bus is being led by Arcola Energy, which is working with partners Alexander Dennis and Warwick Manufacturing... continue

30 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

Response strategy for threatened Welsh buses

The Welsh Government has promised to develop a “local strategy” to respond when bus services are threatened with withdrawal. The pledge is one of five made by economy and infrastructure secretary Ken Skates after a summer in which three significant Welsh bus operators closed. His... continue

30 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

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