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Hammond delivers cash boost for roads and local transport

Hammond delivers cash boost for roads and local transport
Andrew Forster

Transport will be one of the sectors to benefit from a new £23bn five-year National Productivity Investment Fund announced by the Chancellor this week.  The... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News
Hammond awards funding for Oxford-Cambridge road & rail

Hammond awards funding for Oxford-Cambridge road & rail
Andrew Forster

The Government has announced £137m to develop... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News

­­­­HE demands funding clarity for Ashford motorway junction
Andrew Forster

The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) is seeking Government assurances about funding for a new £104m motorway junction in Ashford, Kent. Highways England has warned that, without assurance, the planning process could stall. The M20 Junction 10a project  will support new... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News
Tough times ahead for new rail projects – Transport Scotland

Tough times ahead for new rail projects – Transport Scotland
Andrew Forster

Funding for rail enhancements in Scotland will be much... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News

DfT admits ‘material’ errors in trip forecasting dataset

The DfT is to release an addendum to the new version of its National Trip End Model (NTEM) dataset after the discovery of serious errors for some local authority areas. The NTEM forecasts are created from a series of models developed and run by the DfT, and are widely used in transport modelling... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News

Transport delivery will suffer if districts join CA, warns Hants
Andrew Forster

Transport delivery in Hampshire will suffer if district councils join the proposed Solent Mayoral Combined Authority (MCA), the county council has warned.  Five south Hampshire districts – East Hampshire, Eastleigh, Fareham, Gosport and Havant – have previously expressed interest... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News
25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News
Councils and West of England mayor share transport powers

Councils and West of England mayor share transport powers
Andrew Forster

Unitary authorities in the Bristol area could retain... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News

Oxfordshire studies workplace parking levy and road pricing
Andrew Forster

A workplace parking levy could be introduced in Oxford under plans being drawn up by Oxfordshire County Council.  The council’s cabinet this week authorised £100,000 to be spent on preparing an outline business case for a workplace parking levy, but said it would be implemented no... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News
Passenger satisfaction levels soar on Manchester’s busway

Passenger satisfaction levels soar on Manchester’s busway
Andrew Forster

Greater Manchester’s busway is proving popular... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News

Active travel still suffers from a low profile, says Scots study
Andrew Forster

Walking and cycling still suffer from a low profile among key decision-makers in Scotland, according to a review commissioned by Transport Scotland. “Active travel does not enjoy a consistently high profile amongst key decision-makers,” says the report by consultant SYSTRA-JMP.... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News
City explores traffic reduction policies for the Square Mile

City explores traffic reduction policies for the Square Mile
Andrew Forster

The City of London Corporation is exploring a package of... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News
Anti-social behaviour blights Welsh town’s mechanical link

Anti-social behaviour blights Welsh town’s mechanical link

Blaenau gwent Council has voiced disappointment at the level of anti-social behaviour recorded on the recently opened mechanical link in Ebbw Vale, which connects a regeneration area – including Ebbw Vale Town railway station... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News

Khan scraps plan for cycle lanes on Westway

London mayor Sadiq Khan has scrapped the plans of his predecessor Boris Johnson to install segregated cycle lanes on the elevated A40 Westway dual carriageway in west London.  Johnson proposed using Westway to extend the East-West cycle superhighway from Paddington to Acton. A consultation on... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News

Assembly votes to axe Severn crossing tolls

A motion calling for tolls on the M4 Severn Crossings to be abolished has been supported by 45 members of the National Assembly for Wales, with one abstention and no opposition. However, the UK Government will determine what charges will apply after the current concession ends next year or in early... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News

East Sussex presses for major A27 upgrade

Political and business leaders in East Sussex are lobbying for a major improvement to the A27 trunk road east of Lewes.  Highways England is currently consulting on a £75m package of small-scale improvements for the road between Lewes and Polegate (LTT 11 Nov) but the A27 Reference Group... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News

Glasgow £100m public realm plan

Pedestrians and cyclists will benefit from a £100m programme of public realm improvements in Glasgow city centre due to get underway next year, funded by the Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal. The first street to be improved in Glasgow City Council’s Avenues project will be Sauchiehall... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News

Scots rail freight potential explored

Consultant Arup is conducting a review of rail’s potential to capture a larger share of Scotland’s freight market. The study, which has been commissioned by the Scottish Government and the Scotland Freight Joint Board, follows a huge drop in rail tonnages in Scotland caused by the... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News

Not-for-profit bid for ScotRail urged

The Scottish Government would welcome a bid for the next ScotRail franchise from a public sector operator, transport minister Humza Yousaf has said. Current franchise operator Abellio has been heavily criticised for its performance and is now implementing an improvement plan ordered by the... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News

Ministers seek to solve new rail stations logjam

Transport Scotland has announced additional funding  support for new rail stations in East Lothian and the Borders, with expectations that a similar announcement will be forthcoming for a station in Aberdeenshire. The Government has already offered a 50% contribution from the Scottish Stations... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News

Revamp to Welsh appraisal ‘imminent’

The Welsh Government is promising to consult imminently on a much-delayed revamp of its Welsh Transport Appraisal Guidance (WelTAG). The Government has been reviewing all areas covered in the guidance to take account of experience of using WelTAG since 2008 and changes to UK Government guidance in... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News
Real-time data on impacts of roadworks

Real-time data on impacts of roadworks

Real-time information about disruption caused by roadworks is now available to traffic managers, contractors and the public through a collaboration... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News

Travel demand values reviewed by DfT

The DfT is reviewing the values used to predict how transport schemes and policies influence travel demand. Consultant Atkins has been appointed to conduct the DfT’s ‘Local economics black book project’. Says the DfT: “The appraisal of transport requires certain technical... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News
Khan tells TfL to help Heathrow challenge

Khan tells TfL to help Heathrow challenge

London mayor Sadiq Khan has ordered Transport for London to help the four local councils and Greenpeace who are bringing a legal challenge against the... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News

Southampton’s CAZ to cover all main roads

Southampton City Council has released more details of a proposed Clean Air Zone (CAZ) that will see daily charges imposed on heavy goods vehicles, buses, coaches and taxis that fail to meet standards.  Southampton is one of five cities that the Government says must introduce charging CAZs in... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News

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