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First reveals ticketing trials, as ex-Arriva CEO appointed chair

First reveals ticketing trials, as ex-Arriva CEO appointed chair
Andrew Forster

FirstGroup this week outlined a series of new bus ticketing trials and insisted it was “business as usual” for the bus division, despite preparations being made to separate it... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News
Pop-up EV charging points trialled in Oxford

Pop-up EV charging points trialled in Oxford

Pop-up electric vehicle charging points have been installed on a residential street in Oxford, in what is claimed to be the first application of its kind.   The UEone... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Trip rates ‘highest since 2009’

The number of trips made by residents in England rose last year to their highest level since 2009 but the average distance travelled per person fell slightly, according to the National Travel Survey. The average number of trips per person per year was 986 in 2018, up from an all-time low of 934 in... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News
Wi-Fi fails to deliver reliable pedestrian data in Square Mile

Wi-Fi fails to deliver reliable pedestrian data in Square Mile
Andrew Forster

A trial to capture pedestrian movement data using the... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News
Scots explore the practicality of Blue Badge LEZ exemption

Scots explore the practicality of Blue Badge LEZ exemption
Andrew Forster

The Scottish Government is exploring the practicality of... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News
Right-leaning think tank calls for pollution charges and fines

Right-leaning think tank calls for pollution charges and fines

The public should be given the power to report engine idlers and profit from the fines issued, according to a right of centre think tank. The recommendation is part of a much wider package of measures to tackle vehicle emissions set out in a... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News
Traffic forecasts for HE’s A428  dualling worry Cambs councils

Traffic forecasts for HE’s A428 dualling worry Cambs councils
Andrew Forster

Councils in Cambridgeshire have expressed concern about the... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News
Welsh Government’s municipal and franchise costs ‘unreliable’

Welsh Government’s municipal and franchise costs ‘unreliable’
Rhodri Clark

the bus industry has criticised Welsh Government financial... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News
Competitive bus environment puts city’s hydrogen trailblazer at risk

Competitive bus environment puts city’s hydrogen trailblazer at risk
Andrew Forster

the deregulated bus environment appears to have complicated... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News
LEP considers revised funding model for Very Light Rail centre

LEP considers revised funding model for Very Light Rail centre
Andrew Forster

The Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership is expected to... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News
16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

First retains Gtr Manchester interest

FirstGroup has dropped plans to sell its Oldham bus depot, its last remaining depot in Greater Manchester.  First sold the Manchester Queens Road depot to Go-Ahead this spring (LTT 01 Mar) and has announced the sale of its Bolton depot to Rotala (LTT 05 Jul). First Bus managing director Giles... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Making the case for side road zebras

Installing zebra crossings on side streets in Greater Manchester would be a cheap and easy way of improving pedestrian safety, believes Chris Boardman. But the DfT has stated that under UK law zebra crossings must be wired to the electric mains and have Belisha beacons and zigzag... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Strengthening project for Aston Expressway

Birmingham City Council is preparing a £93.5m scheme to strengthen and refurbish a section of the A38(M) Aston Expressway, which connects the M6 and the city centre.  The Expressway, which opened in 1972, carries more than 90,000 vehicles every weekday between... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News
ZECs only on City’s covered street

ZECs only on City’s covered street

The Corporation of London has approved a plan to make a covered street in the City open to zero emission capable vehicles only. Beech... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Scots draft NTS light on new proposals

Transport Scotland has published a new draft national transport strategy for consultation.  The document contains few policy proposals.  It speaks of embedding the “sustainable travel hierarchy” in decision-making, promoting walking, “wheeling” (travel by... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

All-electric taxi & PHV fleet for SE Wales?

Taxis and private hire vehicles in Southeast Wales may have to be electric under plans being considered by the Cardiff Capital Region Transport Authority. The ten councils have appointed low emission vehicle research and consultancy organisation Cenex to advise on a strategy for low emission taxis... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Cardiff & Caerphilly must revisit CAZs

The Welsh Government has ordered Cardiff and Caerphilly Councils to conduct more analysis on their clean air plans, including further investigations of charging clean air zones.  Last year the Government ordered Cardiff and Caerphilly to develop action plans to comply with illegal levels of... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Ofgem baulks at DNO’s EV & HS2 funding requests

Electricity regulator Ofgem looks likely to reject applications to raise electricity costs to fund investment for electric vehicles and HS2. The regulator is consulting on requests from distribution network operators (DNOs) to raise funds for works that were not foreseen when the regulatory... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News
Severn Tunnel’s electrification doesn’t work

Severn Tunnel’s electrification doesn’t work

Electrification equipment installed in the Severn Tunnel three years ago as part of the Great Western electrification project cannot be used without costly remedial... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Early scrappage of diesel vehicles could increase CO2

The early withdrawal of fossil fuel powered vehicles on environmental grounds could increase carbon dioxide emissions because of the emissions associated with vehicle manufacture, writes Rhodri Clark.   The expected service lives of many freight and passenger vehicles could be shortened as... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

No end in sight for Edinburgh tram inquiry

The findings of a judge-led inquiry into why Edinburgh’s first tram line was delivered years late, massively over budget, and with a truncated route, may still be months away from publication. The City of Edinburgh Council’s first tram line was supposed to connect Edinburgh Airport in... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

York tenders for two transport models

The City of York Council is procuring two new transport models, one of which will be used to predict how road traffic will respond to planned and unplanned events up to five hours in the future, using live and historical traffic data.  The real-time traffic model will receive instructions... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Major fall in Belfast bike hire vandalism

Overnight closure of docking stations in problem areas is one of the methods that have dramatically reduced vandalism to Belfast’s hire bikes, the city council said this week. Damage to hire bikes has been a problem in several UK cities. Last year Mobike cited unsustainable losses from theft... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Transport academic fined over climate action protest

University of West of England transport academic Steve Melia has been fined £500 and ordered to pay £300 costs following his arrests during April’s Extinction Rebellion’s climate change protests that disrupted parts of London. A judge at Westminster magistrates court found... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

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