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Sturgeon doubles spend on active travel

Sturgeon doubles spend on active travel

The scottish Government is to double investment in walking and cycling to £80m a year from 2018/19, Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon (pictured) has announced. The SNP administration’s programme for 2017/18 signals a major push on environmental transport issues.  It... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News
TfL’s global trading arm seeks partnerships with consultants

TfL’s global trading arm seeks partnerships with consultants
Andrew Forster

Transport for London has released new details of its plan... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

DfT studies if new technology can replace paper-based NTS
Andrew Forster

The DfT is reviewing the findings of two studies into how technology could be used in the National Travel Survey (NTS). Moving away from a paper-based survey may, however, lead to a break in the survey’s time series.   The NTS currently collects  data about household travel patterns... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Should we extend lane rental to all or scrap it, ask ministers
Andrew Forster

All highway authorities in England could be given powers to charge utility companies for roadworks under lane rental proposals published for consultation by the DfT. But the consultation also asks for views on abolishing lane rental and replacing it with a system of ‘super... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Scots consult on raising the eligibility age for free travel
Andrew Forster

Transport Scotland is consulting on whether to raise the eligibility age for free bus travel to the state pension age.  Scotland’s free travel scheme is currently open to residents aged 60 and over, as well as people meeting disability criteria.  Concessionary cardholders are... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News
W Mids drops 24-metre buses plan for Sprint BRT corridors

W Mids drops 24-metre buses plan for Sprint BRT corridors
Andrew Forster

Transport for the West Midlands (TfWM) has abandoned... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News
Step-entrance buses continue running, two years after ban

Step-entrance buses continue running, two years after ban
Rhodri Clark

Step-entrance minibuses are still being used on... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Go-Ahead looks overseas to make up for rail franchise loss
Andrew Forster

The Go-Ahead Group is targeting international bus and rail markets to make up for its loss of the London Midland rail franchise, which was a large chunk of its UK rail business.  Go-Ahead wants international operations to contribute 15% to 20% of group profits within five years. Its first... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News
County seeks support for capital-region transport body

County seeks support for capital-region transport body
Andrew Forster

Hertfordshire County Council has written to transport... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News
Rethink Oxford-Cambridge Expressway plan, say councils

Rethink Oxford-Cambridge Expressway plan, say councils
Andrew Forster

Councils have expressed doubts about the... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Dockless bike hire schemes launch in London and Oxford
Andrew Forster

More dockless bike hire schemes have been launched in London and Oxford, with further schemes promised in the coming months.  Mobike this week launched a 750-bike scheme in the London Borough of Ealing (LTT 21 Jul). It already operates in Manchester/Salford and is believed to be eyeing other... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News
Segregated cycle lanes ‘could reduce delays for buses’

Segregated cycle lanes ‘could reduce delays for buses’
Andrew Forster

Building segregated cycle lanes alongside main roads... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Scotland’s four largest cities to implement LEZs by 2020
Andrew Forster

Low Emission Zones will be implemented in Scotland’s four biggest cities – Glasgow,  Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee – between 2018 and 2020, the Scottish Government has announced.   The first LEZ will be implemented in 2018 but enforcement would not begin until some... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Rail North loses client role on Transpennine rail upgrade
Andrew Forster

Local government is being left out of decision-making about upgrading the Transpennine railway between Manchester and Leeds/York via Huddersfield,  according to West Yorkshire Combined Authority.    The line was originally supposed to be electrified by December 2018 but the project... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Report reveals Government concern over HS2 affordability
Andrew Forster

The Government’s Major Projects Authority voiced concern about the affordability of HS2 in September 2015, questioning whether the budget was big enough to allow the routes to Manchester and Leeds to be completed. The MPA raised concerns in a review of the Government’s decision to... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Start-up unveils plans for mobility cryptocurrency
Beate Kubitz

A transport start-up is planning to offer the public a new way of paying for travel. Dovu claims to be a seamless platform for multiple mobility services, which are paid for with one secure ‘global token’ for riding a bus or train, renting a bike or car, or even enabling people to share... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News
Autonomous cars for Oxford trial unveiled

Autonomous cars for Oxford trial unveiled

A research consortium has unveiled three of the six self-driving cars that will feature in tests on public roads in Oxfordshire and between Oxford and... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

TfL probes Tube users’ mobile phone data

Transport for London wants to collect depersonalised Wifi data from Tube travellers’ mobile phones on a regular basis after hailing the success of a trial.   A four-week pilot ran between November and December last year. Focused on 54 stations within travelcard zones 1-4, it saw more... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

M4 relief road ‘at odds with the law’

The Welsh Government’s preparations for the M4 relief road risk “permanently damaging the spirit” of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, according to a fresh intervention in the road’s public inquiry by the official appointed to ensure the legislation is... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

West Yorks CA unveils its Key Route Network

West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and its five constituent highway authorities have agreed a key route network (KRN) of the most important local roads in the conurbation, which will be managed more collaboratively. The KRN comprises about 400 miles of road – 7% of the network –... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News
CMA backs new municipal bus companies

CMA backs new municipal bus companies

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has indicated support for Welsh councils having the option to  form municipal bus companies, on... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Go-ahead for Metro extension

Construction of a 2km extension to Midland Metro in central Birmingham can proceed after the DfT approved the release of £59.8m to the project.  The £149m scheme will extend the Wolverhampton-Birmingham light rail line from its terminus close to New Street station to Five Ways in... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Contactless ticketing for W Mids

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is to finance the purchase of contactless ticket machines for some of the conurbation’s smaller bus operators.  WMCA wants to introduce contactless payment and best value capping across the conurbation’s bus network but many smaller... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

West Midlands rail re-openings studied

The new operator of the West Midlands rail franchise has pledged to explore introducing a number of new services, including one over a section of the Severn Valley Railway. West Midlands Trains, a joint venture of Abellio, East Japan Railway Company, and Mitsui & Co Ltd, won the new franchise... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Welsh active travel maps ‘a mixed bag’

The first Integrated Network Maps produced by Welsh local authorities under the Active Travel (Wales) Act show a wide variation in proposed future provision of cycling and walking routes, according to Sustrans Cymru.  The charity believes the maps would have been more consistent had the Welsh... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

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