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Major Road Network presents new funding route for councils
Andrew Forster

About 5,000 miles of local authority A roads in England could be designated as the Major Road Network (MRN), with improvements eligible for funding from the... continue

5 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News

Work permits urged to fill modelling jobs

The Government should  make it easier for consultants to recruit transport modellers from overseas to fill a skills gap in the UK, a modelling recruitment consultant says this week.   Writing in LTT, Fred Ewing of Meridian Business Support says the country has an acute shortage of... continue

5 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News
Concessionary fares offer low or medium value, DfT finds

Concessionary fares offer low or medium value, DfT finds
Andrew Forster

England’s mandatory concessionary fares scheme... continue

5 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News

Oxon town procures bus routes

A town council in Oxfordshire is tendering for an improved bus network in the town.  Henley on Thames Town Council has spent £19,000 a year for the last two years supporting the town’s bus services following Oxfordshire County Council withdrawal of funding. Local operator... continue

5 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News

Review groups to oversee all Welsh transport appraisals
Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government has updated its WelTAG transport appraisal guidance, taking account of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and other changes since the last update in 2008.  The guidance says all transport interventions must consider the needs of future as well as present... continue

5 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News

Branch line frequency cut to bring MetroWest costs down
Andrew Forster

Network Rail and local authorities in the Bristol area have cut the cost of the MetroWest phase one rail package but only by cutting planned train frequencies on a re-opened branchline. Phase one of MetroWest will deliver half-hourly services on the Bristol-Severn Beach and Bristol-Bath Spa lines,... continue

5 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News
M4 relief road cost jumps by £190m, as opening date slips

M4 relief road cost jumps by £190m, as opening date slips
Rhodri Clark

The forecast cost of the  M4 Relief Road has... continue

5 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News
Set up accident investigation unit to help cut road deaths, RAC Foundation urges government

Set up accident investigation unit to help cut road deaths, RAC Foundation urges government
Andrew Forster

An accident investigation unit should be set up to help reduce the number of road accident... continue

5 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News

Kent gets tough on lorry parking

More than 600 lorries in Kent were clamped for breaking rules on overnight parking in the first four weeks of a trial being conducted by the county council and Ashford Borough Council.  The initiative, which could run for up to 18 months, sees lorries clamped for first time offences on the A20... continue

5 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News

Edinburgh explores reducing Princes Street bus volumes

Hundreds of buses a day could be removed from Princes Street, Edinburgh’s premier street, under an idea being studied by the City of Edinburgh Council. David Hunter, of consultant Not for Profit Planning, told LTT that the possibility of major changes to city centre bus movements had emerged... continue

5 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News
Interest grows in tunnels to improve access to Argyll & Bute

Interest grows in tunnels to improve access to Argyll & Bute

Argyll & Bute Council wants Transport Scotland to explore the feasibility of building tunnels to remove a trunk road from a notorious landslip area, and to improve connections with Scotland’s central belt. The council’s... continue

5 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News
ScotRail to consider providing carriages for bikes on scenic routes

ScotRail to consider providing carriages for bikes on scenic routes

The Scottish Government has started talks with ScotRail over the provision of carriages with space for outdoor equipment, including bicycles, on some of the nation’s scenic railways. The Government’s programme for 2017-18 committed to taking forward work... continue

5 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News

Welsh bus operators cease trading

Two Welsh bus operators have ceased to trade in recent weeks, the latest in a string of recent closures. Wrexham-based D Jones & Son gave only a day’s notice of its intention to withdraw services in mid-December. It had increased its operation to 19 vehicle licences following the collapse... continue

5 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News

Bus operators not to blame for fall in patronage in Scotland, says study

Much of the recent decline in Scotland’s bus patronage can be attributed to factors outside operators’ control, including car ownership growth and the rise of home deliveries, according to a new study. Scottish bus patronage fell from 436 million trips in 2011/12 to 409 million in... continue

5 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News

Freight’s cost treatment is flawed, complain operators

Network Rail’s plan to allocate £566m of the rail network’s fixed costs to freight is flawed because freight services are often forced to use secondary lines so that passenger trains can use main lines, freight operators have said. Operator DB Cargo has told NR: “It is... continue

5 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News
Yousaf refuses to guarantee the future of Scotland’s RTPs

Yousaf refuses to guarantee the future of Scotland’s RTPs
Andrew Forster

Scotland’s transport minister Humza Yousaf has... continue

5 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News

New Trans-Pennine road study

Investigations are  underway into a revised plan for a road tunnel under the Pennines to connect Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire. The DfT’s original trans-Pennine tunnel study explored a route 24-26 miles long, of which between 12 and 20 miles would be in tunnel (LTT16 Dec 16).... continue

5 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News
Highways England floats new orbital routes to ease the jams

Highways England floats new orbital routes to ease the jams
Andrew Forster

Highways England (HE) wants to study the case for new and... continue

5 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News

DfT confirms changes to wider economic impact guidance
Andrew Forster

The DfT has confirmed changes to the way wider economic impacts of transport projects are appraised, including advice on capturing the direct land-use impacts and how to report GDP/Gross Value Added impacts.  Scheme promoters will be expected to prepare a context-specific economic narrative of... continue

5 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News

No bus franchising powers for North of Tyne’s elected mayor
Andrew Forster

The elected mayor of the North of Tyne Combined Authority will not have the automatic power to implement bus franchising – unlike every other elected mayor leading a combined authority in England.  The mayor, who will cover Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland, will be deprived... continue

5 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News

Sheffield probes Clean Air Zone but rules out charges for cars
Andrew Forster

Sheffield City Council has ruled out charges for cars, taxis and private hire vehicles if a charging Clean Air Zone is set up.  Sheffield was one of 28 councils identified by the Government last summer as having the greatest problem with meeting the EU limit value for nitrogen dioxide. Each... continue

5 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News

TfL cuts borough LIP funds but Oxford St & cycling get a boost
Andrew Forster

Transport for London is to make deep cuts to many borough funding streams as it prioritises cycling and the mayor’s flagship project to transform Oxford Street (LTT10 Nov 17).  Among borough funding streams to suffer are bus priority, road asset management, major schemes, liveable... continue

5 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News
TfL cuts fare projections by £1.6bn over the next five years

TfL cuts fare projections by £1.6bn over the next five years
Andrew Forster

Transport for London has cut its expectations of public... continue

5 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News

Efficiency drive continues at TfL

Transport for London is promising to continue its efficiency drive. The organisation’s day-to-day operating costs fell £153m in 2016/17, which was the first reduction in its history and the result of “the largest ever overhaul of the organisation”.    Further... continue

5 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News

Burnham seeks to take more control of Greater Manchester bus network
Andrew Forster

Greater Manchester’s elected mayor Andy Burnham has set out his ambitions to take more control of the conurbation’s bus network, but stopped short of committing to bus franchising.  In a speech about transport last month, Burnham said his Twitter feed was inundated with complaints... continue

5 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News

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