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Huge number of transport  pledges in election campaigns

Huge number of transport pledges in election campaigns
Andrew Forster

Transport decarbonisation pledges feature prominently in many of the manifestos for next week’s local elections in England and the elections to the Welsh... continue

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30 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News
Uncertainty and innovation emerge as key issues at first Modelling World International

Uncertainty and innovation emerge as key issues at first Modelling World International

Uncertainty in the context of the global pandemic and the behavioural responses to it was not surprisingly one of the key topics for discussion at the first Modelling World International event held online last week.  But some of the 400 attendees were surprised that grappling with the longer-term implications of climate change within... continue

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30 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News
Net zero won’t affect freedom of choice, insists Government

Net zero won’t affect freedom of choice, insists Government

People’s freedom of choice will not be affected by the net zero decarbonisation agenda, the Government said last week, as it confirmed legislation to cut UK greenhouse gas emissions by 78 per cent by 2035 (against 1990... continue

4 May 2021Local Transport Today News

Tech ‘could defer grid upgrades for BEVs’

The need to upgrade electricity networks for electric vehicle charging could be deferred by new technology and software, according to UK Power Networks. UKPN, the electricity distribution network operator (DNO) for London, the South East and East of England, has run a simulation of ‘active... continue

4 May 2021Local Transport Today News

Coroner presses for tougher PM targets

The Government has been urged to adopt the World Health Organization target for particulate matter by the coroner of a landmark inquest into the death of a nine-year old schoolgirl in south London.    The inquest into the death of Ella Adoo Kissi-Debrah in 2013 concluded she had died of... continue

4 May 2021Local Transport Today News

Operators sceptical of zero emission bus grant & pledges

Bus operators will lose money if they sign up for big orders of vehicles through the DfT’s new zero emission bus fund, an operator said this week. Meanwhile, the zero emission bus pledges of political parties tipped to run the governments in Scotland and Wales after next week’s... continue

4 May 2021Local Transport Today News
Huseyin in as Forster signs off as LTT editor

Huseyin in as Forster signs off as LTT editor

With this issue of LTT we say farewell to the magazine’s long-serving and well-known editor Andrew Forster, who has decided to stand down after 20 years in the... continue

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4 May 2021Local Transport Today News
Khan’s pledges for a second term

Khan’s pledges for a second term

Ensuring London’s economy recovers from Covid-19 and accelerating decarbonisation are two major themes in Sadiq... continue

4 May 2021Local Transport Today News
Berry: road pricing and £400m for active travel

Berry: road pricing and £400m for active travel

A London-wide road pricing scheme is promised by Green candidate Siân Berry, along with a huge increase in active travel spending. Berry would consult on expanding the ultra-low... continue

4 May 2021Local Transport Today News
Scrap ULEZ expansion & c-charge hike: Bailey seeks motorist’s vote

Scrap ULEZ expansion & c-charge hike: Bailey seeks motorist’s vote

Drivers and outer London residents are high on Conservative candidate Shaun Bailey’s political priorities.    Bailey would cancel Sadiq Khan’s planned October extension of the ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) from central London up to the... continue

4 May 2021Local Transport Today News
Lib Dem Porritt backs capital-wide road charging

Lib Dem Porritt backs capital-wide road charging

A London-wide road user charging scheme is the centrepiece of Liberal Democrat candidate Luisa Porritt’s transport plans. “London should be the first city in the country to... continue

4 May 2021Local Transport Today News
Palmer’s CAM plan is too high risk, says Lib Dem challenger for mayor

Palmer’s CAM plan is too high risk, says Lib Dem challenger for mayor

The progression of the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM) project depends on James Palmer being re-elected mayor of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority on 6 May.  CAM is central to Conservative Palmer’s transport strategy. But his likely... continue

4 May 2021Local Transport Today News

West of England mayor and Bristol mayor: The Conservative’s Tim Bowles, the first mayor of the West of England Combined Authority, is not standing for re-election. In 2017 Bowles won 27 per cent of the vote, with Labour’s candidate winning 22 per cent, the Liberal Democrats 20 per cent, an independent 15 per cent, and the Greens 11 per cent. Using the supplementary vote system, Bowles won with 51.6 per cent to Labour’s 48.4 per cent. In Bristol, Labour’s Marvin Rees is seeking a second term as

Samuel Williams, the Conservative candidate for West of England mayor, promises a network of electric bikes and to deliver at least six new railway stations, in Avonmouth, Ashley Down, Charfield, Henbury, North Filton and Portishead. Labour candidate Dan Norris will explore mass transit and bus... continue

4 May 2021Local Transport Today News

Byrne majors on electric transport to accelerate decarbonisation

Liam Byrne, Labour’s candidate for the West Midlands mayor, is proposing a huge investment in electric vehicles – not only to decarbonise the transport sector but to make the West Midlands a major player in electric vehicle manufacture.  Decarbonisation is a key theme of his... continue

4 May 2021Local Transport Today News
Look how much transport cash I’ve won – Street

Look how much transport cash I’ve won – Street

Andy Street says public expenditure on local transport in the West Midlands  has grown seven-fold since he was elected  mayor of the combined authority in 2017. And the... continue

4 May 2021Local Transport Today News
Relief road is only way to solve M4 jams, say Tories

Relief road is only way to solve M4 jams, say Tories

A Conservative Government in Wales would revive the plan for an M4 Relief Road at Newport. The Conservative’s manifesto commits to the road as well as improvements to the A55 in north Wales and the A40... continue

4 May 2021Local Transport Today News

Labour: new powers for TfW

As the party of Government, many of Labour’s transport manifesto pledges are already well known.  Labour will take forward the recommendations of the South East Wales Transport Commission (the Burns Commission), which recommended a major programme of public transport investment as an... continue

4 May 2021Local Transport Today News
Plaid promises road pricing and rail investment

Plaid promises road pricing and rail investment

Plaid Cymru’s manifesto includes a huge number of transport pledges, many of which will support the party’s pledge for Wales to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by... continue

4 May 2021Local Transport Today News
SNP: free bikes, and zero emission bus investment

SNP: free bikes, and zero emission bus investment

Free bikes will be given to Scottish schoolchildren of low income households if the SNP is returned to Government next month. The party’s manifesto also pledges to remove the... continue

4 May 2021Local Transport Today News
We’ll triple active travel spend and extend free travel - Greens

We’ll triple active travel spend and extend free travel - Greens

A tripling of the active travel budget, free bus travel for more young people, and a frequent flyer levy feature in the manifesto of the Scottish Greens.  The annual budget for active travel would immediately be increased from over £100m to... continue

4 May 2021Local Transport Today News

Tories propose big road programme

A big programme of road improvements and a stronger role for Scotland’s seven statutory regional transport partnerships (RTPs) feature in the Scottish Conservatives’ manifesto.   Improvements would be made to trunk roads including “the A77 and A75, which are vital for ports... continue

4 May 2021Local Transport Today News
Labour pledges default 20mph limit

Labour pledges default 20mph limit

A Labour Government in Scotland would consult on changing the default speed limit on restricted roads from 30mph to 20mph.  The... continue

4 May 2021Local Transport Today News

Interim solution explored for landslip-prone A83

A temporary solution to the problem of landslips on the A83 trunk road in Argyll could be delivered within four years but a permanent solution could take  ten, Argyll and Bute Council has reported. Transport Scotland announced in March that a solution would be developed in the existing... continue

4 May 2021Local Transport Today News
More cycle lockers for Edinburgh

More cycle lockers for Edinburgh

The City of Edinburgh Council wants to install a further 200 cycle storage lockers over the next two years for residents who... continue

4 May 2021Local Transport Today News
Lib Dems promise bigger role for RTPs

Lib Dems promise bigger role for RTPs

Scotland’s seven statutory regional transport partnerships (RTPs) would be given more clout by a Liberal Democrat Government. The statutory... continue

4 May 2021Local Transport Today News

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