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Councils ask: 'Do we still need a CAZ?'

Sheffield, Leeds and Bristol city councils are all reviewing whether they still need to implement a clean air zone (CAZ) to comply with legal limits on nitrogen dioxide concentrations.  The councils say Covid-19 has fundamentally altered travel patterns, raising questions about whether a charging CAZ is still necessary. Bristol’s proposal to introduce a blanket ban on diesel cars in part of the city centre has been rejected by the Government.   Birmingham, Bradford and authorities in Greater Manchester this week told LTT that they remained intent on implementing their clean air zones.  Meanwhile, Oxford City Council claims to be the first authority in the country to propose setting a target for nitrogen dioxide below the Government’s 40μg/m3 annual mean. The... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News
Road traffic levels get back to normal but rail stuck in siding

Road traffic levels get back to normal but rail stuck in siding
Andrew Forster

Road traffic volumes in Britain are exceeding their pre-Covid... continue

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21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Inspector backs S Oxon’s car-based housing plan

Thousands of new homes could be built in an isolated, car dependent location in south Oxfordshire after a planning inspector indicated he was minded to approve the proposal.  Jonathan Bore has backed a plan to build homes on Chalgrove Airfield in his preliminary conclusions on South... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News
Use public transport or lose it, warns Cambridgeshire’s mayor

Use public transport or lose it, warns Cambridgeshire’s mayor

The elected mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has urged people to start using public transport again, warning that services will be cut if they don’t. James Palmer said: “Despite an increase in recent weeks, the number of... continue

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21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Oxford consults on lower NO2 limit

Oxford City Council claims to be the first council to propose a citywide target for nitrogen dioxide concentrations lower than the national objective. The national air quality strategy sets an objective for the annual mean of nitrogen dioxide to be below 40μg/m3. Oxford’s new draft air... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Rail industry urges people to take a train

The rail industry has launched a campaign to persuade people to use rail again as figures suggest that patronage is only just over a third of pre-Covid levels.    The launch of the #RailToRecovery campaign by the Rail Delivery Group, comes amid fears of a second wave of Covid-19 cases,... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Skates presses DfT to back S Wales rail plan

Welsh transport minister Ken Skates has urged the DfT to support plans to enhance rail capacity on the south Wales main line between Cardiff and the Severn Tunnel.  Skates has welcomed the emerging conclusions of the South East Wales transport commission chaired by Lord Burns.  It... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News
Bristol wants CAZ plans dropped

Bristol wants CAZ plans dropped

Bristol city Council hopes to persuade ministers to drop their insistence that the council must introduce two charging... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

CAZ may be unnecessary – Leeds

Leeds City Council says Covid-19 and continuing upgrades to vehicle fleets may mean there is no longer a need to implement a charging clean air zone (CAZ) in the city.   The Government has ordered Leeds to implement a Class B CAZ covering a large part of the city as part of a clean air plan to... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Hauliers welcome rethinks

News that Bristol, Sheffield and Leeds city councils are all reviewing the need for clean air zones has been welcomed by the Road Haulage Association.  Chris Ashley, its head of policy on the environment and regulation, said: “We have consistently said that CAZ policy needs reviewing and... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Sheffield reviews need for its CAZ

Sheffield City Council is reviewing whether its proposed city centre clean air zone is still necessary.Sheffield consulted last summer on a proposed Class C CAZ for the city centre (LTT 05 Jul 19).  The council said this week: “Our current direction from Government to implement a clean... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

CAZ plans advance in Birmingham and Bradford

Labour-controlled Birmingham City Council is pressing ahead with its plan for a Class D clean air zone (CAZ) within the city’s ring road.  A council spokeswoman told LTT this week: “Birmingham remains committed to launching it’s CAZ in 2021. Air pollution continues to be a... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News
Gtr Manchester to consult on conurbation-wide CAZ

Gtr Manchester to consult on conurbation-wide CAZ

Local authorities in Greater Manchester plan to launch a consultation next month on their proposed conurbation-wide Class C clean air zone.  The eight-week consultation has been held up by... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Voi awarded exclusive contract for West Mids e-scooter trials

The West Midlands Combined Authority has awarded an exclusive e-scooter rental contract to Voi for six separate trials.   The WMCA says Voi has  committed to deliver thousands of e-scooters to the conurbation during the 12-month trial. Mike Waters, Transport for the West Midlands’... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

TfL reports 47% KSI fall during lockdown

The number of people killed or seriously injured on London’s roads almost halved during the first four months of Covid-19 restrictions, says Transport for London.  Road user KSIs in the capital were down 47 per cent in the period 20 March to 15 July compared with the same period of 2019.... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News
Borough suspends ‘flawed’ low traffic neighbourhoods

Borough suspends ‘flawed’ low traffic neighbourhoods

London’s programme of low traffic neighbourhood road closures is running into more controversy, with one borough announcing the suspension of its programme and another threatening to take its neighbour... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News
Hammersmith Bridge taskforce formed

Hammersmith Bridge taskforce formed

The DfT has formed a taskforce to find a solution to reopen Hammersmith Bridge in west London. Hammersmith Bridge has been closed to... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News
Climate Assembly majors on tech to cut transport emissions

Climate Assembly majors on tech to cut transport emissions

Technological solutions to reducing transport sector carbon dioxide emissions have been endorsed ahead of policies to cut travel demand by the citizens’ assembly set up to advise on how the UK can achieve its 2050 statutory... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News
Increase VED on SUVs, climate committee tells the Chancellor

Increase VED on SUVs, climate committee tells the Chancellor

The Committee on Climate Change has urged the Government to increase vehicle excise duty (VED) on the largest cars.  The Treasury launched a consultation this spring on reforming VED to encourage the take-up of zero and ultra-low... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Ways to boost EV sales probed

Ways to encourage more people to purchase battery electric vehicles are explored in a report published by the DfT. TRL and the Behavioural Insights Team examined factors such as information, financial incentives, and changing attitudes.   “While the actual cost of EVs and the... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Transport for Wales could take over council bus tendering role

Transport for Wales could take over tendered bus service procurement from local authorities as part of wider reforms to the bus industry proposed by the Welsh Government. The shake-up follows the Welsh Government’s decision to withdraw the Bus Services (Wales) Bill this summer. It featured... continue

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21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Scots Covid rail bill: £250m in six months

transport scotland  estimates that Covid-19 has imposed additional costs of £250m on the taxpayer for the operating the ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper franchises   during the initial six month emergency measures agreements (EMAs). Transport Scotland introduced the EMAs for the two... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News
Electric bus fund ‘may thwart franchising’

Electric bus fund ‘may thwart franchising’

Government funding for zero emission buses in England must not undermine the ability of local transport authorities to introduce bus franchising, the Urban Transport... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News
EEH’s plan for statutory status questioned by Cambs CA

EEH’s plan for statutory status questioned by Cambs CA

Local government in Cambridgeshire has voiced concerns about England’s Economic Heartland’s proposal to become a statutory sub-national transport body (STB). The EEH is consulting on the powers it may... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

‘Waive council contributions to projects’

The Government should temporarily waive the need for councils to contribute to the capital costs of major local transport  projects, the England’s Economic Heartland has suggested.  The EEH wants a five-year dispensation from local authority financial contributions to projects in... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

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