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Give us control of North’s rail infrastructure, says TfN

Give us control of North’s rail infrastructure, says TfN
Andrew Forster

Transport for the North (TfN) wants to take control of rail infrastructure in the north of England from Network Rail. In evidence to the Government’s Williams... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Pollution shortens life of city’s buses

Lothian Buses saw its operating profit almost wiped out last year after directors cut the expected life of buses from 15 to 12 years, citing the heightened political focus on. The municipal company’s operating profit fell to 0.6 per cent, from 6.1 per cent in 2017. “Profit from... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Road traffic ‘must be cut 20% to hit net zero’

Road traffic must be cut by 20 per cent by 2030, all road building must cease, and the cost of air travel will have to rise significantly to ensure the UK hits its net zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2050, environmental campaigners said this week. Campaign group Friends of the Earth and... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News
New co-ordinating body to lead capital’s electric vehicle drive

New co-ordinating body to lead capital’s electric vehicle drive

A pan-London co-ordination body to oversee electric vehicle charge point installation is recommended in London mayor Sadiq Khan’s new EV infrastructure delivery plan.  “It is very clear that there is strong support for the setting up... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News
MPs warn of funding impasse for A303 Stonehenge tunnel

MPs warn of funding impasse for A303 Stonehenge tunnel
Andrew Forster

The Government’s plan to dual the A303/A358... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News
Bus grant top-sliced to support route in minister’s constituency

Bus grant top-sliced to support route in minister’s constituency
Rhodri Clark

Local authorities in Wales this week expressed astonishment... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Council to demolish homes to solve air pollution problem
Andrew Forster

A row of homes on a road in South Wales are likely to be demolished to ensure the area complies with the EU limit value for nitrogen dioxide concentrations.  Caerphilly County Borough Council’s cabinet last week approved a plan to purchase, via compulsory purchase if necessary, 23... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Birmingham seeks protection from legal challenge on NO2
Andrew Forster

Birmingham City Council has asked the Government for protection from any third party legal action in the event of a delay to the city complying with the EU limit value for nitrogen dioxide concentrations.  The Government has set 2021 as the deadline for the city to comply with the annual mean... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News
Aberdeen City Council studies purchase of First Aberdeen

Aberdeen City Council studies purchase of First Aberdeen
Rhodri Clark

Aberdeen City Council is considering bidding to buy bus... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News
CA approves next step in Gtr Manchester bus franchise plan

CA approves next step in Gtr Manchester bus franchise plan
Andrew Forster

Greater Manchester Combined Authority has backed the... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Johnson ponders HS2 as DfT and Commons clash on costs
Andrew Forster

Boris Johnson has promised an urgent review of the HS2 project if he is elected Conservative leader, and thus Prime Minister, later this month.  In a Q&A with party members organised by the ConservativeHome website, Johnson said: “HS2 has a weak business case. Costs are spiralling... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News
Drakeford sidesteps ribbon development 20mph concerns

Drakeford sidesteps ribbon development 20mph concerns
Rhodri Clark

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford has declined to... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News
Parliament legislates for May’s net zero greenhouse gas target

Parliament legislates for May’s net zero greenhouse gas target
Andrew Forster

Legislation committing the UK to achieving net zero... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News
UK hydrogen station safety checks after Norway explosion

UK hydrogen station safety checks after Norway explosion
Rhodri Clark

The Health and Safety Executive is not ruling out... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

DfT refuses to commit to stop trains at new station in Wales
Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government is continuing to develop plans for a £50m park-and-ride station near Newport despite receiving no commitment from the DfT that trains will actually stop there. The Welsh Government plans  to provide 1,000 parking spaces at the new Llanwern station,  east of... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Cost rise sinks Thames active travel bridge

Transport for London has halted work on a planned pedestrian and cycle bridge over the River Thames in east London after its cost ballooned. The crossing, championed by active travel charity Sustrans, would have connected Rotherhithe on the south side of the Thames with Canary Wharf on the... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Cambs CA seeks £520m for roads

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority wants £520m of road schemes in the area to be included in the bid by England’s Economic Heartland to the DfT’s Major Road Network and Large Local Majors Funding streams.  The combined authority has proposed the... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Nottingham opens EV service centre

Nottingham City Council is to open its own electric vehicle service centre this summer,  believed to be the first in the UK run by a local authority. Nottingham Electric Vehicle Services (NEVS) will offer MOTs and servicing to customers across the city and beyond, as well as maintaining the... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Data behind Sturgeon’s AWPR claim released

Transport Scotland has published the data that prompted Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to say the completion of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) had halved the volume of traffic in Aberdeen. Sturgeon tweeted on 21 May that “around 50 per cent of traffic has... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Action urged on North Wales buses

Councils in North Wales are calling for urgent action to secure the future of the region’s bus network, amid continuing upheaval in the industry.  Iwan Prys Jones, programme manager for the North Wales Economic Ambition Board, said the instability of bus networks in the region was... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Welsh regional transport confusion

Discussions are continuing about the future model of regional transport governance in Wales. The Government’s Improving public transport White Paper consultation last December proposed establishing joint transport authorities on two possible models: a national JTA supported by regional... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Sheffield consults on CAZ

Sheffield City Council has launched a consultation on introducing a Class C charging clean air zone (CAZ) in the city centre from early 2021. Daily charges would apply to taxis, private hire vehicles, vans, lorries, buses and coaches driving in the zone that fail to meet the CAZ standard. The... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Leeds proposes on CAZ taxi changes

Leeds City Council is to consult on giving taxi and private hire vehicles licensed outside Leeds the same exemptions from clean air zone (CAZ) charges as those licensed by the council. Leeds has proposed two exemptions from CAZ charges for non-compliant Leeds-licensed vehicles: those in a finance... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News
Bristol consults on CAZ and diesel car ban

Bristol consults on CAZ and diesel car ban

Bristol City Council has published the boundaries for a charging clean air zone (CAZ) and a diesel car ban that could be introduced to ensure the city complies with... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Councillors approves CAZ order

Councillors in have approved making the Order to establish the city’s Class D clean air zone (CAZ), which will cover roads within the city’s ring road. Non-compliant cars, light goods vehicles, and taxis will be charged £8 a day, and HGVs and buses £50. Failure to pay on... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

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