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16 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

Grayling authorises capacity boost for West London motorway

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has approved a smart motorway scheme to increase capacity on the M4 in West London and Berkshire. The improvement to the 32-mile section of the M4 between junctions 3 (Hayes) and 12 (Reading West and Theale) will see the hard shoulder converted to a permanent... continue

16 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News
Operators may seek subsidy to operate Bristol BRT routes

Operators may seek subsidy to operate Bristol BRT routes
Andrew Forster

Bus services on new bus rapid transit (BRT) routes in... continue

16 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

Funding crunch will force TfL to cut investment – Assembly
Andrew Forster

Transport for London will have to cut back its capital investment programme to cope with acute funding pressures, the London Assembly has warned.  The budget and performance committee says TfL faces pressures on multiple fronts.  Government revenue funding will be cut from £700m a... continue

16 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

Lincolnshire sets up company to deliver passenger transport
Andrew Forster

Lincolnshire County Council has established a wholly-owned council company, TransportConnect, to deliver public transport and specialist transport in the county.  A council spokesman told LTT: “The key purpose for establishing TransportConnect Ltd is primarily for market moderation... continue

16 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News
Provide more car parking with new housing, says Northants

Provide more car parking with new housing, says Northants

Northamptonshire County Council’s new parking standards will encourage housing developers to provide more car parking, in response to criticisms that the current standards have created parking problems. The... continue

16 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

Planning regime could thwart TfN’s multi-modal freight hubs

A network of multi-modal distribution parks (MDPs) should be built to serve the North of England’s biggest cities, says Transport for the North. The facilities would be built on the edge of urban centres and be served by road and rail/water.  The idea features in TfN’s new freight... continue

16 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News
Profession voices unease over transport appraisal practices

Profession voices unease over transport appraisal practices
Andrew Forster

Transport planning needs to be much more open about the... continue

16 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

Fund local transport from business rates, says LGA

Local transport funding in England should be derived from business rates under Government plans to allow local government to retain 100% of business rate revenues, according to the Local Government Association (LGA).  The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is consulting on... continue

16 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

National Infrastructure Commission powers axed

The Treasury this week insisted that the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) still had a “crucial role to play” after ministers dropped plans to place the body on a statutory footing.  Legislation on the NIC was to  be included in a Neighbourhood Planning and... continue

16 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News
LTT Network to come together for first Summit Conference

LTT Network to come together for first Summit Conference
Local Transport Today

Friday the 4th of November will see the first ever... continue

16 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News
Rethinking appraisal is key to a better transport system

Rethinking appraisal is key to a better transport system
Andrew Forster

Transport economists may see their work on appraisal as... continue

16 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News
Scottish councils join forces on roads

Scottish councils join forces on roads

Councils in the north of Scotland are preparing to establish a joint committee to oversee road collaboration activities.  The Northern Roads... continue

16 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

Go-slow on Welsh council re-organisation

Reorganisation of Wales’ 22 unitary authorities is at least a decade away, a local authority leader has claimed.  Before the Welsh Assembly election in May, the Welsh Government said it intended to legislate to introduce eight or nine authorities because the councils themselves had... continue

16 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News
Two London bus routes go all electric

Two London bus routes go all electric

Two London bus routes will become fully electric operations from the end of the year, London mayor Sadiq Khan has announced. The 507 (Victoria to... continue

16 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

Big jump in capital’s moving traffic PCNs

London boroughs and Transport for London issued 4,664,281 penalty charge notices (PCNs) to drivers in 2015/16 for parking and moving traffic contraventions.  The figure was just under 82,000 fewer than the number issued in 2014/15. Parking PCNs have fallen to 3,348,951, their lowest level for... continue

16 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

Fare caps on Arriva’s bus & rail routes?

Fare controls could be introduced on a number of bus and rail routes in northern England to allay concerns that Arriva’s takeover of the Northern Rail franchise has diminished competition.  The Competition and Markets Authority has identified four rail routes where competition could be... continue

16 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

Operator fined for late buses

Bus operator Yorkshire Tiger has been fined £21,750 for failing to operate punctual services.  A Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency officer monitored 432 services between September and November last year, finding that ten (2%) didn’t run, 18 (4%) were more than a minute early,... continue

16 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

Health chiefs put Total Transport pilot in jeopardy, says council

A project to integrate Lincolnshire County Council’s demand responsive transport (DRT) services with healthcare transport could be jeopardised by a procurement decision made by health chiefs. The project to integrate the council’s CallConnect DRT bus service with non-emergency patient... continue

16 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

Parking permit surcharge for diesels

The London Borough of Merton is drawing up plans for a £50 diesel surcharge on residential and business parking permits.  The council hopes the charge will cut diesel vehicle ownership, thereby reducing pollution. “There is now conclusive evidence to show that diesel vehicles... continue

16 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

Scots develop strategy for EV charging tariffs

Transport Scotland is developing a national tariff strategy for the ChargePlace Scotland network of electric vehicle charging points.  The strategy is being devised with Charge Your Car, which was recently awarded a contract to provide a back office facility for the Charge Place Scotland... continue

16 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News
TfGM opens six new Cycleways

TfGM opens six new Cycleways

Six new cycleways have opened in Greater Manchester, in the first phase of the conurbation’s £42m... continue

16 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

Air pollution ‘a bigger killer than crashes’

Transport policy is underplaying the importance of air pollution on people’s health, according to academics at the University of the West of England. Tim Chatterton, a senior research fellow at UWE’s Air Quality Management Resource Centre, and Graham Parkhurst, director of the Centre... continue

16 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

Impact of longer HGVs in urban areas probed

Consultants are proposing further analysis of the safety of longer lorries in urban areas, as interim results from the Government’s trial suggest the vehicles cut HGV mileage and have caused few injury accidents. The DfT launched a ten-year trial of longer semi-trailers (LSTs) in 2012,... continue

16 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

DfT considers support for rail freight sector

The DfT may assist Britain’s troubled rail freight sector, which has been hit by the decline in sectors such as coal and steel.  The Office of Rail and Road is reviewing track access charges but the DfT’s new rail freight strategy warns that a “significant increase” in... continue

16 Sep 2016Local Transport Today News

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