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Government frustrates efforts to tackle illegal roadside NO2

Government frustrates efforts to tackle illegal roadside NO2

A project to tackle illegal levels of air pollution beside a Hertfordshire road appears to be heading for failure, seemingly because of conditions imposed by the... continue

1 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News

Wales launches new transport strategy

The Welsh Government’s new transport strategy pledges to increase the proportion of trips by walking, cycling and public transport from 32 per cent to 45 per cent by 2040. The strategy majors on the Welsh Government’s declaration of a ‘climate emergency’ . Alongside the... continue

1 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News
Scots buses go electric

Scots buses go electric

The Scottish Government has awarded £40.5m towards the cost of 215 electric buses... continue

1 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News
Extra bus and Metro subsidy will be needed for years – NE

Extra bus and Metro subsidy will be needed for years – NE

The North East of England’s bus and Metro networks will need additional Government subsidy for years if service levels are not to collapse from the impact of Covid-19, the area’s local authorities have said.... continue

6 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News

TfL funding deal extended

The government and London mayor Sadiq Khan have agreed to roll forward the existing emergency Covid funding arrangement for Transport for London to the other side of the mayoral election on 6 May.  The existing funding deal had been due to end on 31 March but has now been extended until 18... continue

6 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News

Industrial action may thwart rail recovery

The rail industry’s attempt to  recover from Covid-19 could be disrupted by industrial action.  The RMT trade union has raised the spectre of a national dispute, claiming that Network Rail is planning for “thousands of rail worker redundancies by this September and a wholesale... continue

6 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News
25% of rail commuting trips ‘may not return’

25% of rail commuting trips ‘may not return’

Commuting and business trips by train are both likely to suffer long-term decline because of Covid-19 but leisure trips could grow, according to industry analysts. A report by... continue

6 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News
More pedestrianisation touted for central London after Covid

More pedestrianisation touted for central London after Covid

A permanent shift to home working sparked by Covid-19,  will put tens of thousands of jobs in central London at risk with knock-on implications for travel demand, a report for the Greater London Authority says.   “The... continue

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6 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News
Walking trips soar in pandemic lockdown

Walking trips soar in pandemic lockdown

Walking has been “a big winner” of the transport modes during Covid-19, according to a  team of academics.  Researchers from the... continue

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6 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News

We won’t use experimental traffic orders, says borough

The London Borough of Sutton has removed all of its low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs), ‘school street’ traffic restrictions and two cycleways implemented last summer, amid doubts about their lawfulness. Five LTNs, 13 timed ‘school street’ traffic restrictions, and two... continue

6 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News

Covid frustrates Ealing’s traffic trials

The London Borough of Ealing has delayed making a decision on whether to make permanent two experimental traffic management schemes to help cyclists, saying Covid-19 prevents a proper assessment of their impact.  Ealing made experimental traffic orders (ETOs) last summer for traffic... continue

6 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News
Axing bike lane ‘may have helped elderly’

Axing bike lane ‘may have helped elderly’

The removal of temporary cycle lanes from Kensington High Street was beneficial for the elderly and disabled but detrimental to young people, the Royal Borough of... continue

6 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News

West Lothian scraps bus stop boarders after driver backlash

West Lothian Council is removing temporary extensions to bus stops that force buses to stop in the carriageway after a backlash from drivers. But the council has ignored calls from thousands of residents for temporary 20mph limits to be scrapped as well.    The bus stop boarders and 20mph... continue

6 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News

UTG explores how to drive e-bike sales

The Urban Transport Group has commissioned a report into  the potential benefits e-bikes can bring to city regions and how transport authorities can help spread their use.  The UTG says take-up of e-bikes remains low in the UK, with them accounting for just three per cent of bikes sold... continue

6 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News

Burnham orders bus franchising

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has decided to make a bus franchising scheme. Under the plans prepared by Transport for Greater Manchester,  franchising will be introduced in three phases, starting in January 2023 and completing in January 2025.  Said Burnham: “In Greater... continue

6 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News
Ministers block actions to tackle illegal NO2

Ministers block actions to tackle illegal NO2

W hen the High Court instructed the Government to comply with the EU NO2 limit values as soon as possible it was widely believed that the ruling left ministers and councils with... continue

6 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News
TfL selects operator for foot & bike ferry

TfL selects operator for foot & bike ferry

Transport for London  has selected Uber Boat by Thames Clippers to run the temporary Hammersmith ferry that will take pedestrians and cyclists over the Thames... continue

6 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News
Class C or D CAZ for central Liverpool

Class C or D CAZ for central Liverpool

A charging clean air zone (CAZ) will be needed in Liverpool city centre to tackle illegal concentrations of nitrogen dioxide, says the city council. An... continue

6 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News

Sunderland e-scooter rental launched

Neuron Mobility this week launched an e-scooter trial in Sunderland that will feature 300 scooters.  This is Neuron’s third scheme, following on from Slough and Newcastle.  Single trips will cost £1 to unlock the e-scooter and 20 pence per minute after that.  Three-day... continue

6 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News

S Coast e-scooter trials live

Swedish firm Voi has launched e-scooter rental schemes in Southampton and Portsmouth, both of which feature parking racks.  The Southampton scheme launched with 50 scooters and Portsmouth launched with 100. E-scooters are available for hire between 06.00 and 22.00 at a cost of £1 to... continue

6 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News
Review road projects and cut traffic – Cambs climate body

Review road projects and cut traffic – Cambs climate body

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority’s climate advisers have recommended a 15 per cent reduction in car mileage by 2030 and say the CA’s support for major road improvements should be... continue

6 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News

Land value capture explored for CAM

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority is to explore land value capture as a way to part-fund the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM). The combined authority is working with consultants Deloitte, Jacobs, and Pinsent Mason on a CAM delivery strategy that will be presented to the... continue

6 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News

GCP studies three grid upgrade options

The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) has identified three options for delivering a reinforced electricity grid to support zero emission transport, thousands of new homes, and new employment sites.  The GCP has set aside £25m  to upgrade the area’s electricity network,... continue

6 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News

£500m HE contract for Cambs road

Highways England has awarded Skanska a £507m design and build contract for the A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet improvement scheme, which will improve journeys between Milton Keynes, Bedford and Cambridgeshire. The ten-mile dual carriageway will connect the A1 Black Cat roundabout in... continue

6 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News

Essex grapples with cost and revenue risk of new rail station

Essex County Council has failed to persuade the Government to waive the council’s responsibility for the risk of losses associated with a proposed new rail station. But the council has won concessions over how the calculations will be made.  Essex is to enter into an agreement with Homes... continue

6 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News

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