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Streamline funding approach, says NIC
Peter Stonham

The Government has been told to change its mechanism for rewarding funds for improvements to infrastructure aimed at levelling up England’s towns.  The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) criticises the “multiple ring-fenced pots of money” which councils must compete for to get funding. It wants councils to have the power to deliver their own infrastructure strategies with five-year devolved budgets. The current array of around 15 funding streams for local transport should be streamlined to just two based on population and local network size, says the NIC. This would allow a targeted schemes to help areas with poor transport connections and to support new industries. The Government should enable local authorities to spend up to £6bn per year on local... continue

5 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News
5 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News
5 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News

New approach to funding will aid levelling up, says NIC report
Peter Stonham

Levelling up towns will require a shift in the Government’s approach, from announcing multiple ringfenced pots of money – many of which councils must compete over – to handing power to local areas to deliver their own infrastructure strategies with five-year devolved budgets, says... continue

5 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News

Southeastern operator loses franchise after ‘serious breach’
Deniz Huseyin

The Government is to take over Southeastern services after discovering that operator London & South Eastern Railway (LSER)  failed to declare £25m in taxpayer funding which should have been returned. Southeastern services will be run by the Government’s “Operator of Last... continue

5 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News

DfT proposes Welsh rail development board
Rhodri Clark

The DfT has proposed a board to progress rail development in Wales, where rail infrastructure remains a non-devolved subject. This follows criticism of current arrangements by witnesses at a Welsh Affairs Committee inquiry into rail investment. MPs on the committee recommended establishing a Wales... continue

5 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News
Plans for more West Mids Metro routes

Plans for more West Mids Metro routes
Peter Plisner

The West Midlands Metro network is set to expand further following plans for a £2bn investment... continue

5 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News
Public inquiry into roads schemes postponed as Sloman heads panel

Public inquiry into roads schemes postponed as Sloman heads panel
Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government has postponed a public inquiry into two... continue

5 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News
Cardiff’s bus stop cycle bypasses are ‘hazardous’ says passenger group

Cardiff’s bus stop cycle bypasses are ‘hazardous’ says passenger group
Rhodri Clark

A bus watchdog has criticised the use of ‘island bus... continue

5 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News
5 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News

Scotland lacks levers to disincentivise car use, says transport minister
Rhodri Clark

The Scottish Government’s aim of reducing car use is being affected by the principal levers not being devolved from Westminster, according to Scottish transport minister Graeme Dey. “We are aware that we need to disincentivise car use to encourage people to make more sustainable... continue

5 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News
5 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News
5 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News
‘Recruiting women will help tackle HGV driver shortage’

‘Recruiting women will help tackle HGV driver shortage’

One way of addressing the shortage of HGV drivers in the UK would be to recruit more females, according to Women in Transport. The not for profit organisation points to the latest figures from Logistics UK, which shows... continue

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Mergers and sackings point to industry shake-up

The continuing upheaval in the public transport system has been given a double twist with the plans for a merger between National Express and Stagecoach and the sacking of Go-Ahead from its major Southeastern rail franchise. Commentators are seeing the merger of two of the big five transport... continue

5 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News

Covid-19 marks end of five-day commute for many

Less than 10% of rail commuters who are able to work from home expect to return to travelling into work five days a week, a new survey by Transport Focus has found.  The independent watchdog spoke to regular rail commuters whose jobs could be done without going to their place of... continue

5 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News

Young passengers get discount on Tyne & Wear Metro

Passengers aged 19 to 21 are being offered a 30% discount off any journeys on the Tyne and Wear Metro.  Nexus, the public body that owns and manages Metro, said the Pop card means the service now offers free travel or smart card discounts for every age group up to 21. This follows the launch... continue

5 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News
Study to examine case for re-opening Armagh line

Study to examine case for re-opening Armagh line
Rhodri Clark

A feasibility study is to be conducted on reopening the railway between Armagh and the Belfast to Dublin main line at Portadown. The 10-mile... continue

5 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News

Rail freight returns to pre-pandemic levels

The amount of rail freight moved across Britain has returned to pre-pandemic levels, reveal new figures from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). Between April to June 2021 a total of 4.33 billion net tonne-kilometres of rail freight was moved across the network, up 1.3% compared with two years ago... continue

5 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News
‘No clear end to HS2 costs or delays’ say MPs

‘No clear end to HS2 costs or delays’ say MPs
Peter Plisner

MPs on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have said they are becoming “increasingly alarmed” about key elements of the... continue

5 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News
DfT will miss zero emission bus targets, group warns

DfT will miss zero emission bus targets, group warns

If the Government does not accelerate plans for the roll-out of zero emission buses it will miss key targets, according to a coalition of bus operators, local authorities, manufacturers and... continue

5 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News
Lockdown travel restrictions linked to fall in road deaths

Lockdown travel restrictions linked to fall in road deaths
Deniz Huseyin

There were 1,460 reported road deaths in the UK in 2020,... continue

5 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News
Councils not looking at LTN impacts on walking and cycling, says Aldred

Councils not looking at LTN impacts on walking and cycling, says Aldred
Rhodri Clark

Decisions on the future of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods are being made... continue

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Give councils active travel framework, says Sustrans
Rhodri Clark

Sustrans Cymru has called for an active travel commissioning framework, to help local authorities overcome a shortage of skilled practitioners. It is eight years since the Welsh Parliament passed the first legislation in the world compelling councils to plan and progressively implement walking and... continue

5 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News
5 Oct 2021Local Transport Today News

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