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Ofo exits UK, and Ford closes Chariot

The closure of two new mobility services has been announced, with Chinese dockless bike hire firm Ofo quitting the UK and Ford closing its Chariot micro-bus business.  Financially troubled Ofo is reported to have closed down its entire international operations as it tries to stave off bankruptcy.  The company was founded in 2014 and introduced its yellow bikes to the UK in 2017, initially in Cambridge and then London, Oxford, Norwich and Sheffield. The services offered by Ofo and rivals such as Mobike prompted questions about whether dockless bike hire would replace traditional dock-based systems.  Ofo’s troubles became apparent last summer when it withdrew from Norwich and Sheffield and scrapped plans to launch in Leeds as part of a wider global retrenchment. In... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News
Legality of Birmingham’s delay to NO2 compliance questioned

Legality of Birmingham’s delay to NO2 compliance questioned
Andrew Forster

Birmingham City Council’s decision to delay the... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News
High staff turnover in Whitehall ‘undermining policy delivery’

High staff turnover in Whitehall ‘undermining policy delivery’
Andrew Forster

The DfT lost about 17 per cent of its headquarters staff in... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Fewer and slower trains to cut HS2 costs?

The number of trains using the proposed HS2 high-speed rail network could be cut and their speed reduced, in order to deliver the project within budget.  The options appear in a letter from Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the Commons and Conservative MP for South Northamptonshire, to HS2 Ltd... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News
Defra pledges new drive to cut particulate concentrations

Defra pledges new drive to cut particulate concentrations
Andrew Forster

The Government has promised more action to reduce... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Traffic pollution link to girl’s death probed

The Attorney General has backed a fresh inquest into the death of a south London girl, to see if air pollution from road traffic was partly to blame.  Ella Kissi-Debrah died aged nine in 2013. The original inquest concluded that her death was the result of acute respiratory failure and severe... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Plans to comply with NO2 limits a ‘farce’

The Government’s efforts to ensure all of England complies with EU nitrogen dioxide limit values as soon as possible is becoming a “farce” as a string of councils miss deadlines for submitting their plans for ministerial approval, say environmental lawyers. ClientEarth this week... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News
No need for CAZ charges, says Soton, but Highways England roads in breach

No need for CAZ charges, says Soton, but Highways England roads in breach
Andrew Forster

Southampton City Council has dropped plans to introduce a charging clean... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Gtr Manchester CAZ work misses deadline

A charging Clean Air Zone is “highly likely” to be necessary in Greater Manchester to achieve compliance with the EU’s nitrogen dioxide limit values in the shortest possible time, says the area’s combined authority.  Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is leading... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Scots default 20mph Bill ‘too costly and will confuse drivers’
Andrew Forster

A PArliamentary Bill to make 20mph the default speed limit across most built-up roads in Scotland will create confusion for drivers and be unaffordable for councils, says Fife Council.  Mark Ruskell, the Green MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, introduced his Restricted Roads (20mph Speed Limit)... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News
Bradford approves 20mph limits

Bradford approves 20mph limits

Councillors in Bradford have approved the implementation of 20mph speed limits across the city centre and in streets... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

‘Cut speed limit on commons’

The Open Spaces Society is calling for speed limits as low as 20mph on unfenced roads across common land, to reduce accidents involving livestock.  Responding to the Government’s review of England’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the society says grazing... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Average speed cameras praised

More average speed cameras are to be installed in Solihull after councillors heard a pilot scheme had cut 85th percentile speeds to below the speed limit.  Average speed cameras were introduced on three roads in Solihull and five in Birmingham in 2016. Reviewing the Solihull experience, Ashley... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News
TfL to procure real-time data tool for capital’s road network

TfL to procure real-time data tool for capital’s road network
Andrew Forster

Transport for London is to procure a data as a service... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Bus body questions TfW’s role

Bus industry organisation CPT Wales has called for clearer accountability around Transport for Wales and highlighted the lack of transport expertise among its board members. The comments feature in CPT Wales’ written submission to a National Assembly for Wales inquiry into TfW’s future... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Law Commission to study bus legislation

The Law Commission is to  review the laws governing bus services in the light of technological change. The Daily Telegraph this week reported comments made by Jessica Uguccioni who is working on the Commission’s  review of legislation surrounding automated vehicles. “At the... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Ford scraps Chariot minibus business

Ford is to close its entire business of ‘Chariot’ fixed route minibus services and employee transit in the US and UK.  Chariot was launched in San Francisco five years ago using 15-seater Ford vans. In 2016 the company was purchased by Ford’s new Smart Mobility... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Shambolic Welsh bus scheme saw operators profit by millions of Pounds
Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government’s chaotic handling of a discounted bus travel scheme for 16-18 year olds is revealed in a report by the Wales Audit Office (WAO). Ministers set the scheme budget without discussing it with officials and bus operators were then paid millions of pounds despite little... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News
18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News
TfW reveals ‘smart’ ticketing plans for rail

TfW reveals ‘smart’ ticketing plans for rail

Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) smartphone ticketing should be available to Wales and Borders rail passengers by April 2021. The facility will not necessarily involve ITSO Ltd, which... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Wales may scrap Network Rail payments

Wales may soon abolish a system of penalty payments for causing rail disruption, to bring Network Rail and train operators closer together and eliminate the cost of administering the penalties. The system was established during rail privatisation to incentivise train and infrastructure operators to... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News
DfT not fit to lead on active travel policy, PACTS tells MPs

DfT not fit to lead on active travel policy, PACTS tells MPs
Andrew Forster

THE DfT should not lead on active travel policy but should... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

TfL may hire borough healthy street officers

Transport for London  plans to procure a team of ‘healthy streets officers’ who will work with boroughs to encourage people to walk, cycle and take public transport more often. A prior information notice (PIN) has been issued to the market, explaining the intention to appoint... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Consultation on HGV cab vision standard

Transport for London is  consulting on its proposed HGV safety permit scheme that is intended to reduce collisions with cyclists and pedestrians. The scheme introduces a  direct vision standard (DVS) for HGVs over 12 tonnes, based on a star rating system of the drivers’ view through... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

TfL plans bus Intelligent Speed Assistance retrofits

Transport for London is to retrofit intelligent speed assistance (ISA) technology to a portion of the capital’s bus fleet. A market engagement exercise will take place in February. The equipment must: • limit speed by restricting acceleration, and not allow activation or de-activation by... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

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