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‘LSTF projects offer good value for money’, DfT evaluation reveals

Projects delivered under the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) have achieved their chief objectives of supporting the local economy and reducing carbon emissions, according to a new DfT... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News
13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

Proposed West London Orbital rail scores high BCR
Rhodri Clark

Consultants have estimated a Benefit:Cost Ratio of more than 50 for proposed West London Orbital (WLO) passenger rail services. The West London Alliance, representing seven borough councils, commissioned WSP to explore the feasibility of introducing the first scheduled passenger trains in more than... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News
Transport Scotland to study Levenmouth rail scheme

Transport Scotland to study Levenmouth rail scheme
Rhodri Clark

Scottish transport minister Humza Yousaf has told Transport Scotland to look into re-opening a six-mile disused rail line between Leven in Fife and a junction with the Edinburgh to Dundee line.... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

Wales set for concessionary fares changes

The Welsh Government is consulting on possible changes to its concessionary travel scheme, launched in 2002. Infrastructure secretary Ken Skates said: “We have a responsibility to ensure that our scheme remains financially sustainable to meet the needs of a growing, ageing population.”... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

Rail network to get £48bn, says Grayling

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced that approximately £48bn is to be spent on rail network infrastructure in England and Wales across control period six, which will run between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2024. The DfT’s final Statement of Funds Available (SoFA), published... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News
Future of Caernarfon inner relief road called into question

Future of Caernarfon inner relief road called into question
Rhodri Clark

A relief road that bisected the town of Caernarfon in the... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News
Oxfordshire seeks employer views on workplace levy

Oxfordshire seeks employer views on workplace levy
Rhodri Clark

Oxfordshire County Council is surveying 1,500 businesses about staff travel habits, to inform its development of a Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) for Oxford. The authority sees the WPL as a source of... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News
Deeper investment in regional rail pays off, report suggests

Deeper investment in regional rail pays off, report suggests

Investigating a diverse mix of regional rail services would not only represent high value for money but would also act as an “effective conduit” for regeneration, economic growth and improving the envirorment, says a new study... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News
Coventry considers proposal for £6m very light rail project

Coventry considers proposal for £6m very light rail project

Proposals for a very light rail (VLR) service in Coventry have been unveiled. The WMG research and development group at the University of Warwick delivered early vehicle concept designs to representatives from Coventry City... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

Funding for West Yorks schemes

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has agreed to fund two schemes designed to reduce carbon emissions in the conurbation. A £30m scheme will aim to improve Ainley Top roundabout and junctions along the route to speed up bus journeys. The project will result in new walking and cycling... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News
Glasgow bus operators react angrily to council’s LEZ plans

Glasgow bus operators react angrily to council’s LEZ plans
Rhodri Clark

Glasgow City Council has sparked anger among bus... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

Gender inequality at Network Rail ‘shocking’
Patrick McDonnell

Network Rail must address its gender imbalance, with women accounting for just 16% of its workforce of 40,000. This “shocking” statistic was revealed by Mark Carne, chief executive of Network Rail, at the Everyone Summit held at the Royal Academy of Engineering last week. “In the... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

Uber sales in London rise 59%

Ride-hailing platform Uber’s profit and turnover in London rose significantly in the last financial year, with sales increasing by 59% from £23.3m to £36.9m and pre-tax profits up by almost two thirds from £1.8m to just over £3m. The 2016/17 accounts for Uber London... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News
Hugh Wenban-Smith – an appreciation

Hugh Wenban-Smith – an appreciation

Hugh Wenban-Smith, who died recently (LTT 29 Sep) made significant contributions to transport thinking, policy and practice, as an... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

BT gets maximum fine for risk to pedestrians

British Telecom (BT) has been fined the maximum fine of £25,000 after Transport for London (TfL) prosecuted the telecommunications giant for serious lapses in safety, which put the public at “significant risk” in Lambeth. This is the second time in 12 months that TfL has taken the... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

Scotrail free returns scheme

The ScotRail Alliance has announced a scheme that will offer two free return journeys a month for jobseekers attending an interview and a free ScotRail travel ticket for the first month of a person’s return to work. The alliance is also promoting the Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

MaaS pilot in Scotland

A trial in Dundee and North Fife will allow young people aged 16-25 to find, book and pay for the fastest and cheapest transport using a web app called NaviGoGo. The app was created by a consortium led by the ESP Group, which also includes Mudlark, the National Entitlement Card (NEC), Route Monkey,... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

Train conductors in Wales offered job security guarantee

The Welsh Government has committed to retaining a conductor on all trains during the 15-year term of the next Wales and Borders franchise.  The minority Labour administration has also assured staff that there will be no compulsory redundancies, and that pension rights will be unaffected if... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

Silvertown Tunnel decision delay

A government decision on whether to approve a new road tunnel under the Thames, the proposed Silvertown Tunnel, has been delayed by a month, to 10 November, due to concerns about the new tunnel’s impact on air quality in East London. Transport minister Paul Maynard said the delay would allow... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

‘Hands-free is like drink driving’

Hands-free phone use while driving can be just as dangerous as drink driving or using a hand-held phone, according to new research by The Open University and the University of Sussex. Those who use hand-free phones are four times more likely to be involved in a crash, says the research. Also,... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

Tram operators warned on non-stop movements

Tramway operators have been advised to assess the additional risks where trams pass through stops without pausing, after an investigation into a pedestrian’s death in Sheffield in December. Following a different fatal accident, red cycle lanes will be installed at five Edinburgh locations to... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

Wales earmarks £50m for park & ride station

The Welsh Government’s capital budget for the next three years includes £50m for a new railway station east of Newport and £4m for the design of a new Menai Strait road crossing. The new station at Llanwern is expected to result in modal shift from car to rail. Land which was... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

£300m pledge for Liverpool HS links ‘not enough’

Philip Hammond's pledge of £300m funding to improve Liverpool’s transport links to the HS2 route has been described as a “modest down payment” by Liverpool City Region metro mayor Steve Rotheram. Prior to the Chancellor’s announcement, transport secretary Chris... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

City Deal is too complex, say council officers
Rhodri Clark

Officers at a Welsh council have criticised the “excess of ambiguity” surrounding the Swansea Bay City Region Deal, and suggested that the UK government cannot be trusted to keep its funding promises following the sudden cancellation of the Cardiff to Swansea rail electrification... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

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