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Transport can make suburbs sustainable, says UTG report

Transport can make suburbs sustainable, says UTG report
Peter Stonham

Transport has a key role to play in shaping a new and sustainable era for the suburbs, but their situation has been often overlooked and a new era for suburbs... continue

11 Aug 2022Local Transport Today News

Shapps calls for crackdown on dangerous cycling

Cyclists who kill pedestrians would be prosecuted in the same way as motorists under a legal change proposed by transport secretary, Grant Shapps. He said the law is needed to “impress on cyclists the real harm they can cause when speed is combined with lack of care”. It comes four... continue

11 Aug 2022Local Transport Today News
11 Aug 2022Local Transport Today News
Concern for highways structures as potholes steal limelight

Concern for highways structures as potholes steal limelight
Rhodri Clark

Highways professionals are concerned that the political... continue

11 Aug 2022Local Transport Today News
11 Aug 2022Local Transport Today News

Growing demand for bus bike racks leads operator to boost capacity
Rhodri Clark

A Scottish bus operator is trebling the bicycle capacity of its vehicles amid growing interest in cycle provision on inter-urban bus routes. Ember was founded in 2020 using battery-electric coaches between Dundee and Edinburgh, and later added a Dundee to Glasgow route. From day one, there was... continue

11 Aug 2022Local Transport Today News
Neglected Suburbia needs transport tools to become sustainable

Neglected Suburbia needs transport tools to become sustainable

Sustainable transport planning for suburban areas is a long-term challenge. Originally designed to match the growth in commuter rail and early motorbus networks, the initial lower density late Victorian, Edwardian and the Nineteen Twenties and... continue

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Stark contrast’ in fare discounts for young people across UK

Stark contrast’ in fare discounts for young people across UK
Deniz Huseyin

Young people aged 16-24 use buses far more than older age... continue

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11 Aug 2022Local Transport Today News

First HS2 tunnel section completed

A 2000-tonne boring machine has completed the first tunnel section along the London to Birmingham HS2 route. It emerged after passing under Long Itchington Wood in Warwickshire after 8 months underground, completing one bore of a mile of the 64 miles of two bore tunnelling to be created between... continue

11 Aug 2022Local Transport Today News

Goodwin concern over change of road space use
Peter Stonham

Fifty years since the size of a standard parking space was established, there are plans to make them bigger to match the growing size of cars. The Times has reported that ministers are supporting the change. But LTT columnist Professor Phil Goodwin has raised his own concerns at the increasing size... continue

11 Aug 2022Local Transport Today News

National Rail revenue recovers slower than passenger numbers
Rhodri Clark

Revenue across National Rail operators has not recovered from the pandemic as much as passenger numbers have, new statistics indicate. The network-wide picture contrasts with the situation at Transport for Wales Rail, where passenger journeys were recently reported to be below target but revenue at... continue

11 Aug 2022Local Transport Today News

Government confirms how £5.7bn will be split between city regions

As part of its ‘levelling up’ agenda, the Government has confirmed delivery plans for the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements (CRSTS), totalling £5.7bn.  The amount each city region will get has been confirmed while the North East will be eligible for a CRSTS... continue

11 Aug 2022Local Transport Today News
Leicester to improve walking and cycling routes

Leicester to improve walking and cycling routes
Deniz Huseyin

A range of measures to improve routes for pedestrians and cyclists are to be implemented by Leicester City Council as part of its... continue

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11 Aug 2022Local Transport Today News

Studies show air pollution increases risk of dementia

There is a clear link between exposure to air pollution and the risk of developing dementia, says the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP) in a new report. In the past 20 years there has been a rise in the number of epidemiological studies reporting associations between... continue

11 Aug 2022Local Transport Today News
11 Aug 2022Local Transport Today News

Bournemouth's Yellow Buses goes into administration
Peter Stonham

Former municipal operator Bournemouth Transport Ltd , which trades as Yellow Buses, entered administration on 29 July. It has been run for the past three years by a management buy-out team. It is understood that negotiations are underway on the potential purchase of Yellow Buses by “a large... continue

11 Aug 2022Local Transport Today News

Yorkshire bus operations of HCT Group fold

CT Plus Yorkshire and Powell’s Bus – both part of the HCT Group – ceased all services last week “with a view to entering administration.” Originally the companies had said they would be making an orderly return of contracted services to commissioning bodies. However,... continue

11 Aug 2022Local Transport Today News

Expanding Rotala buys Burton operator Midland Classic

Bus Group Rotala has acquired Burton-upon-Trent operator Midland Classic for £2.58m, on a business that generated revenues of approximately £5.6m in the 2020/21 financial year to 31 July 2021. Midland Classic operates around 60 vehicles on services in Derbyshire, Leicestershire and... continue

11 Aug 2022Local Transport Today News

Scottish half price rail sale diverts journeys from car
Rhodri Clark

One in four people who availed themselves of ScotRail’s recent Half Price Seat Sale would have travelled by car instead of train had the promotion not been staged, the operator has revealed. However, 15% would otherwise have gone by bus. Scottish bus operators are continuing to receive... continue

11 Aug 2022Local Transport Today News

Going Car Free changes travel behaviour across UK

Nearly 1000 people across the UK reduced or completely cut their car journeys during July as part of a challenge organised by the climate change charity Possible.  Going Car Free challenges included replacing weekly grocery shop, commute or school with a low-carbon transport alternative, or... continue

11 Aug 2022Local Transport Today News
11 Aug 2022Local Transport Today News

House to be demolished for new active travel path
Rhodri Clark

Cardiff Council has given planning permission for a detached house to be demolished to provide space for a new cycling and walking route. Property developers United Welsh and Edenstone Homes will build 45 new affordable homes on a greenfield site in the suburb of Pontprennau. The unlit road to the... continue

11 Aug 2022Local Transport Today News

Lorry safety scheme is cutting fatalities, says TfL

The launch of the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) safety scheme in London has been key to a drop in fatal collisions involving lorries, said Transport for London (TfL). In the first year of the scheme nearly 200,000 safety permits have been and more than 112,000 heavy goods vehicles have been fitted... continue

11 Aug 2022Local Transport Today News
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On-street parking charges to double across Glasgow
Peter Stonham

Minimum short stay parking charges on hundreds of Glasgow streets are set to double from later this month. On-street pay and display fees will rise from 20p for 15 minutes to 40p from 28 August. Resident parking permits are also due to rise, but by a more modest amount  though certain... continue

11 Aug 2022Local Transport Today News

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