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Taxi drivers particularly at risk from COVID-19, ONS figures reveal

Taxi drivers particularly at risk from COVID-19, ONS figures reveal
Mark Moran

Road transport drivers, including male taxi and cab drivers and chauffeurs, have some of the highest rates of death involving COVID-19, Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show. People... continue

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20 May 2020Local Transport Today News
Cardiff Bus adds nextbike to its app

Cardiff Bus adds nextbike to its app
Mark Moran

Cardiff Bus customers can now travel around the city on bikes following collaboration with bike share... continue

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20 May 2020Local Transport Today News
City regions criticise bus fund  for Covid-19 recovery phase

City regions criticise bus fund for Covid-19 recovery phase
Andrew Forster

England’s city regions have criticised the... continue

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15 May 2020Local Transport Today News

Active travel inspectorate for England

The Government is to appoint a national walking and cycling commissioner and inspectorate for England. A long-term active travel budget similar to the five-year budget for Highways England will also be created. Announcing the proposals, transport secretary Grant Shapps also promised “legal... continue

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15 May 2020Local Transport Today News

Give roadspace to active travel, DfT tells councils

The DfT has instructed local authorities in England to consider temporarily re-allocating roadspace to pedestrians and cyclists to help them keep to social distancing guidelines, and to encourage new ‘greener’ travel behaviours in the long-term. In the foreword to new Covid-19 guidance... continue

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15 May 2020Local Transport Today News
Temporary footpaths and cycle lanes to ease Covid-19 pressures

Temporary footpaths and cycle lanes to ease Covid-19 pressures

local authorities across the country are implementing temporary cycle lanes and widened footways to encourage active travel as Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased. The actions are endorsed by the DfT, Scottish and Welsh governments. Councils... continue

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15 May 2020Local Transport Today News

E-scooter trials fast-tracked across UK

The Government is to permit trials of rental E-scooters from next month across the UK. The DfT said this would “help encourage more people off public transport and onto greener alternatives” during the Covid-19 restrictions.  The trials were originally due to take place next year... continue

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15 May 2020Local Transport Today News
TfL strikes £1.6bn deal with Treasury to cover Covid costs

TfL strikes £1.6bn deal with Treasury to cover Covid costs
Andrew Forster

Transport for London this week struck a £1.6bn deal... continue

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15 May 2020Local Transport Today News

Don’t decimate our budgets, boroughs tell TfL

London boroughs are urging Transport for London not to slash the budget for borough transport improvements as it struggles with Covid-19 financial problems (see story above).  Reductions in grant will add to the problems facing boroughs, who have already seen their transport plans hit by the... continue

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15 May 2020Local Transport Today News
Council transport budgets at risk as cost of Covid-19 grows

Council transport budgets at risk as cost of Covid-19 grows

Council transport spending looks set to be cut as local government grapples with the mounting cost of Covid-19.   The Government has given councils in England £3.2bn of emergency Covid-19 aid.  Councils say their share... continue

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15 May 2020Local Transport Today News

Emergency aid for Scots rapid transit?

The Scottish Government is in talks with Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) and the City of Edinburgh Council about Covid-19 emergency funding for the Glasgow Subway and Edinburgh Tram system.  Patronage on both systems has plummeted since the Covid-19 lockdown was introduced in... continue

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15 May 2020Local Transport Today News

Covid ‘could add to project costs’

Delays and social distancing requirements arising from Covid-19 could add to the cost of transport projects. Nottinghamshire County Council leader Kay Cutts said the cost of building the Gedling Access Road could increase by up to 8 per cent. “Early indications are that capital schemes will... continue

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15 May 2020Local Transport Today News
Travel demand to week 8 of Covid-19 restrictions

Travel demand to week 8 of Covid-19 restrictions

Car traffic volumes have started to climb from the low point seen between late March and mid-April, according to data released by the DfT this week.  Travel demand by all modes in... continue

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15 May 2020Local Transport Today News

Public ‘may be scared off buses’

Bus operators and Bus Users UK are calling on the Government to change its messaging about public transport and Covid-19 amid concern that the public will be scared-off using public transport even after the threat from Covid-19 diminishes.  A bus operator representative  told LTT this... continue

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15 May 2020Local Transport Today News

Social distance when you can, DfT tells public transport users

The Government has published guidance for social distancing on public transport  but left it to the industry to  apply the detail. Passengers are also being advised to wear a face covering. The release of the guidance came as the Government this week relaxed some of the lockdown... continue

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15 May 2020Local Transport Today News
Emergency support for light rail inadequate – city regions

Emergency support for light rail inadequate – city regions
Andrew Forster

The government has announced allocations of a £30m... continue

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15 May 2020Local Transport Today News

Train operators to increase timetables

Passenger train operators in England will increase services from Monday (18th) as people return to work following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.  Services will also increase in Wales where lockdown restrictions have yet to be eased. But the Scottish Government has instructed ScotRail to... continue

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15 May 2020Local Transport Today News

TfL targets return to normal service levels

Transport for London wants to return public transport service levels to normal “as soon as possible”. The action will make social distancing easier as Covid-19 restrictions ease. The Government’s instruction for people in sectors such as construction and manufacturing to return to... continue

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15 May 2020Local Transport Today News

Bus grant puzzle explained

Different rates of concessionary fare reimbursement and the lower – or complete absence – of minimum bus service level specifications in Scotland and Wales, help explain why their governments have not set up  dedicated Covid-19 emergency funds for the bus industry like the one... continue

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15 May 2020Local Transport Today News

Cut road-building and reform road tax after Covid, says CCC

Spending on broadband and active travel should be prioritised over road-building as the economy is rebuilt following Covid-19, the Committee on Climate Change has told ministers. It also hints that road transport taxation should rise. CCC chairman Lord Deben has written to the Prime Minister and... continue

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15 May 2020Local Transport Today News
‘Attach CO2 conditions to airline support’

‘Attach CO2 conditions to airline support’

Any government support for the airline industry to help it through the Covid-19 pandemic could be unlawful without climate conditions attached, lawyers and campaigners... continue

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15 May 2020Local Transport Today News

Stagecoach wants post-Covid bus vision

Bus operator Stagecoach has called for a joint strategy between industry and the Government to secure the bus sector’s future after the Covid-19 outbreak ends. Chief executive Martin Griffiths outlined a six-point plan calling for: a joint operational and investment plan developed by... continue

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15 May 2020Local Transport Today News

Air quality-Covid 19 ‘link’ sparks debate

US researchers claim to have found a link between air pollution and Covid-19 death rates. But a driver group in the UK has questioned the work’s credibility.  The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health says people with Covid-19 who live in US regions with high levels of air pollution... continue

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15 May 2020Local Transport Today News
East-west rail tunnel touted to ease Gtr Manchester’s rail capacity crunch

East-west rail tunnel touted to ease Gtr Manchester’s rail capacity crunch
Andrew Forster

A rail tunnel under Manchester is the best way to relieve the notoriously... continue

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15 May 2020Local Transport Today News
Sustrans prepares to reclassify 1,000 miles of NCN in Scotland

Sustrans prepares to reclassify 1,000 miles of NCN in Scotland
Andrew Forster

Sustrans is to reclassify about 1,000 miles of the National... continue

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15 May 2020Local Transport Today News

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