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Grayling imposes conditions on Silvertown tunnel approval

Grayling imposes conditions on Silvertown tunnel approval
Andrew Forster

Construction of the Silvertown Tunnel in East London could commence next year following the Government’s decision to grant Transport for London a Development... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Cost of Crossrail set to exceed budget

The Government is expected to confirm next month that the cost of Crossrail – or the Elizabeth Line – will exceed its £14.8bn envelope.  Transport for London revealed in January that the new east-west rail route was facing cost pressures (LTT 02 Feb).  In a paper to this... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Scots rail upgrade £116m over budget

The cost of Network Rail’s  Edinburgh to Glasgow improvement programme (EGIP) has risen from £742m to £858m and could go up even more, Scottish transport minister Humza Yousaf has said. EGIP includes electrification of the Edinburgh-Glasgow via Falkirk High line, and the... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Hertfordshire poised to join England’s Economic Heartland
Andrew Forster

Hertfordshire County Council is expected to approve plans next month to join the England’s Economic Heartland alliance of local authorities, which has ambitions to form a statutory sub-national transport body (STB).  The EEH covers a geography of central southern England stretching from... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Cambridgeshire builds case for more transport spend

The economic case for  more investment in Cambridgeshire’s transport infrastructure is set out in an interim report from the Cambridge and Peterborough Independent Economic Review. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough elected mayor James Palmer has commissioned the review, which is chaired by... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News
Planning policy ‘must support active travel’

Planning policy ‘must support active travel’

Planners are calling on the Welsh Government to strengthen active travel messages in its revised Planning Policy Wales document.  Responding to a consultation on the new... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

NIC funds five road tech projects

The National Infrastructure Commission has shortlisted five projects focused on preparing the UK’s road network for connected and autonomous vehicles.  The Roads for the Future competition was launched in January and is being run with Highways England and Innovate UK. Eighty-one entries... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News
City declares success of Bank junction traffic restriction trial

City declares success of Bank junction traffic restriction trial
Andrew Forster

The City of London Corporation will decide in the coming weeks... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Ultra-low emission HGV standard probed

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) is undertaking emissions tests on lorries, to help define a new category of Ultra Low Emission trucks, on which incentives and other policies can be based.  Commissioned by Government agency Innovate, the LowCVP is working with TRL and Millbrook to... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Defra explores cutting vehicle particulates

The Government is to explore how particulate emissions from tyres and brakes can be reduced. The Clean Air Strategy from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs features an aim to reduce concentrations of the smallest particulates (PM2.5) by 30 per cent by 2020 and 46 per cent by... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News
NR has rethink on rail cost allocation

NR has rethink on rail cost allocation

Network Rail has rethought the way it will allocate fixed costs to train operators in the next control period (CP6 2019/20-2023/24) after draft... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Birmingham bus stop closure trial a success, says TfWM
Andrew Forster

Transport for the West Midlands may consider the case for closing more bus stops in the conurbation after declaring a trial in south Birmingham a success.   TfWM launched the trial last October in an attempt to speed up bus services. Many bus stops in south Birmingham are spaced at short... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News
First launches taxi feeder trial for buses

First launches taxi feeder trial for buses

A trial taxi feeder for bus services has been launched in north Bristol.  Bus operator First West of England has teamed up with Bristol-based technology start-up... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

TfL rules out corridor-based bus tendering

Transport for London has rejected a London Assembly call to explore multi-route bus tenders covering all services in a corridor. Meanwhile, TfL has reported no progress on the Assembly’s call for Wi-Fi to be installed on the capital’s buses.  The multi-route tender recommendation... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

KeolisAmey JV is preferred bidder for Welsh rail franchise
Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government was accused of excessive secrecy as it announced this week that it intends to award KeolisAmey the contract to operate the Wales and Borders rail franchise.  The 15-year contract is for an Operator and Development Partner (the ODP), which will oversee modernisation of the... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

In-house operator for East Coast

The rail industry has called for more flexibility to be built into rail franchises, as the Government announced that operation of the troubled East Coast franchise will be brought in-housenext month. Transport secretary Chris Grayling said the Stagecoach/Virgin joint venture would relinquish East... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

DfT and TfN demand Northern improvements

Train operator Northern has submitted a recovery plan to the DfT and Transport for the North (TfN) as parts of the franchise continue to suffer cancellations and short formation trains.  The problems began in April and particularly affect the western area of Northern’s franchise, with... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

DriveNow expands one-way car club coverage in London
Andrew Forster

One-way car club DriveNow is to expand its London operations, with four more boroughs reportedly ready to sign agreements with the operator.  DriveNow, a joint venture between BMWand Sixt, currently operates in four boroughs in the north-east of the capital – Hackney, Haringey, Islington... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News
easyBus sues council, as network expands

easyBus sues council, as network expands

A bus operator that uses the easyCoach and easyBus brand is suing Shropshire Council in the High Court. The news comes as the company expands its operations... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Two more car clubs for Waltham Forest

The London Borough of Waltham Forest has authorised two more car clubs to operate in the borough. Enterprise Car Club and Ubeeqo will launch schemes with 17 and 16 vehicles respectively. Zipcar already has 47 vehicles based in the borough and more than 100 flexible car club vehicles are provided by... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

TfL considers life after LoHAC

Transport for London is seeking views from the highways market about what should replace the London highways alliance contracts (LoHAC) for delivering highways maintenance and improvement schemes when they expire in March 2021. LoHAC commenced in 2013, with four separate geographic contracts:... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Transport Scotland seeks STPR advisor

Transport Scotland is procuring  a consultant to conduct the second strategic transport projects review (STPR2), which will identify Scotland’s future transport investment priorities. The contract will cover modelling, appraisal and forecasting, taking account of policies from a new... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

TfW sets up delivery framework

Transport for Wales (TfW) is procuring a new framework for the delivery of transport infrastructure. Firms on the STrIDE (sustainable transport infrastructure delivery) framework will deliver investments such as the South Wales Metro and North Wales Metro public transport programmes. The framework... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News
25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Shake-up for NTS questionnaire

The DfT is consulting on removing, changing or alternating 14 questions asked of households in the National Travel Survey (NTS). The Department believes the current questionnaire is at the limit of acceptable length. “Without removing some questions we will not be able to add new questions to... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

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