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Developer of longer, heavier HGV awaits news of DfT review

Developer of longer, heavier HGV awaits news of DfT review
Andrew Forster

The promoter of a 60-tonne, 25.25-metre lorry is waiting to hear if the DfT will approve his proposal for on-road trials of 1,000 of the vehicles.  Dick Denby,... continue

26 May 2017Local Transport Today News

Tories plan Infrastructure Police Force

A national Infrastructure Police Force to protect the strategic road network, railways and other vital infrastructure, will be created if the Conservatives win the General Election next month.  The force will bring together the British Transport Police, which polices the rail network,... continue

26 May 2017Local Transport Today News
26 May 2017Local Transport Today News
Level crossing closures ‘will put walkers on unsafe roads’

Level crossing closures ‘will put walkers on unsafe roads’
Andrew Forster

Some of Network Rail’s plans to close level... continue

26 May 2017Local Transport Today News
Welsh Government criticised for ‘secretive’ rail franchise

Welsh Government criticised for ‘secretive’ rail franchise
Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government is coming under fire for not... continue

26 May 2017Local Transport Today News
­­We’ll treat taxis and PHVs as the same thing, says Skates

­­We’ll treat taxis and PHVs as the same thing, says Skates
Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government is proposing to introduce common... continue

26 May 2017Local Transport Today News
Urban fringe or car-based new town? Councils at odds on land for homes

Urban fringe or car-based new town? Councils at odds on land for homes
Andrew Forster

The Secretary of State for communities and local government may have... continue

26 May 2017Local Transport Today News

No case for mass zebra cull, says City’s congestion review
Andrew Forster

The city of London Corporation looks likely to retain the majority of its zebra crossings after a review concluded that replacing them with signalised crossings would only cut traffic delays in a minority of cases. The City’s review of 15 zebras  follows its recent conversion of a zebra... continue

26 May 2017Local Transport Today News
All change at the Bank as junction becomes car-free during daytime

All change at the Bank as junction becomes car-free during daytime
Deniz Huseyin

A major change to traffic flow in the City of London came into... continue

26 May 2017Local Transport Today News
Tories silent on Crossrail 2 but steadfast on HS2 and Heathrow

Tories silent on Crossrail 2 but steadfast on HS2 and Heathrow
Andrew Forster

The Conservative manifesto for next month’s General... continue

26 May 2017Local Transport Today News

Northants explains managing agent plan for place services
Andrew Forster

Northamptonshire County Council has revealed more details of its proposed joint venture with a private sector partner to deliver the council’s place-based services, including transport.  An engagement day for companies interested in bidding for the ten-year ‘managing agent... continue

26 May 2017Local Transport Today News

Barnet acts against footway

The London Borough of Barnet is to try and recover the costs of footway damage caused by skip lorries and other vehicles involved in property refurbishments.  Barnet says lorries collecting loaded skips from driveways or front gardens of houses under renovation often exceed the weight that... continue

26 May 2017Local Transport Today News

Labour backs new Brighton railway
Andrew Forster

A labour Government would build new stretches of railway to relieve the London-Brighton main line, according to the party’s manifesto for the General Election.  The commitment is one of the late changes made during drafting of the manifesto. The final document was published last week,... continue

26 May 2017Local Transport Today News

Edinburgh has top ten Scots cycle crash hotspots

Research by Sustrans Scotland shows that the top ten locations for cycle injury accidents are all within Edinburgh.  Cycle accident clusters between 2005 and 2014 across Scotland were identified using the STATS19 accident dataset, which holds details of accidents in which a casualty has... continue

26 May 2017Local Transport Today News

We’ll abolish Severn tolls – Tories & Labour

The Conservatives have promised to abolish tolls on the Severn Crossings if they win the General Election. In its manifesto for Wales, the party says it will press the Welsh Government to deliver much-needed road improvements, including the M4 relief road at Newport. “We will also scrap the... continue

26 May 2017Local Transport Today News

Edinburgh-Glasgow electrification delayed

Network Rail’s Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) has suffered a further delay after a fault was discovered in one of the components that has already been installed.  The news comes three months after it emerged that some of the new electrification equipment on the Gospel Oak... continue

26 May 2017Local Transport Today News

Daventry calculates saved lorry miles

The operator of the Daventry Intermodal Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) in the Midlands has published an estimate for how many lorry miles the trains remove from the road network. The release of data by WH Malcolm follows the Government’s recent decision to reduce the subsidy given to support... continue

26 May 2017Local Transport Today News

Industry issues route map to truck platoons

A routemap to the introduction of truck platoons on Europe’s roads has been published by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA). ACEA says truck platoons will reduce fuel consumption, carbon dioxide emissions, improve safety, and make better use of road space. Their... continue

26 May 2017Local Transport Today News

Analysis: transport plays second fiddle in the housing debate
Peter Headicar

Rival policies on ways to address the national housing shortage are at the top of the political agenda just at the moment but concern for the travel implications of where new housing might be built seems to be close to an all-time low. When was the last time you heard ‘sustainable... continue

26 May 2017Local Transport Today News

Swansea eyes traffic powers

Swansea council could follow in Cardiff’s footsteps and take over the enforcement of moving traffic offences from the police. Cardiff is the first authority outside London to penalise drivers for Moving Traffic Offences using powers available to all Welsh unitary authorities.   Cardiff... continue

26 May 2017Local Transport Today News
Light segregation for cycle lane at cushions

Light segregation for cycle lane at cushions

The City of York Council is to trial the light segregation of a cycle lane to protect it from motorists encroaching it as they pass over speed cushions.  Triple speed... continue

26 May 2017Local Transport Today News

20mph limits haven’t delivered, says Bath

Bath and North East Somerset Council (B&NES) says its signed-only 20mph limits have delivered few benefits and there is no case for extending the programme to more streets.  The council spent £871,000 between 2011 and 2016 implementing 20mph limits on 1,499 streets.  Officers... continue

26 May 2017Local Transport Today News

The Other Parties

With so many powers now devolved to the National Assembly for Wales, Plaid Cymru’s manifesto has little to say about transport. The party does, however, criticise the Labour-controlled Welsh Government, saying it is “determined to blow Wales’s borrowing budget on an M4 relief road... continue

26 May 2017Local Transport Today News
Greens: scrap HS2

Greens: scrap HS2

The Green Party would scrap HS2, major road improvements, and all... continue

26 May 2017Local Transport Today News
UKIP: no to HS2 and Heathrow

UKIP: no to HS2 and Heathrow

UKIP would scrap the HS2 “vanity project” and plans for the “environmentally... continue

26 May 2017Local Transport Today News

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