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SNP promises free bikes, and e-buses

SNP promises free bikes, and e-buses

Free bikes will be given to Scottish schoolchildren of low income households if the SNP is returned to Government next month. The party’s manifesto also pledges to remove the “majority” of fossil fuel buses from Scotland’s roads by 2023. How this will be achieved is not... continue

16 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News
Don’t set early date for ending diesel bus sales

Don’t set early date for ending diesel bus sales
Andrew Forster

Bus operators in England this week urged the Government not to set an overambitious deadline for ending the sale of new diesel buses.  The... continue

16 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News
Treat historic railway estate as assets, not liabilities, say MPs

Treat historic railway estate as assets, not liabilities, say MPs

The House of Commons transport committee is calling on the Government to regard 3,200 bridges, tunnels and viaducts across Britain that make up the Historical Railways Estate as assets rather than liabilities. Highways England is responsible for managing the... continue

16 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News

Three shortlisted for Thames tunnel, as link roads tendered

Highways England has  shortlisted three joint ventures to build the Lower Thames Crossing tunnels, and has invited tenders  for the connecting roads on either side of the estuary. The shortlist to build the tunnels are: a BFV joint venture comprising: BAM Nuttal Ltd, Ferrovial... continue

16 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News

Petrol retailer invests in EV charging

Motor Fuel Group (MFG) plans to invest circa £400m over the next decade in rapid electric vehicle charging points at its petrol station forecourts. MFG anticipates installing 2,800 ultra-rapid (150kW) chargers at about 500 sites by 2030. The chargers could add about 100 miles range to an EV... continue

16 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News
Ten-year direct award for West Coast rail

Ten-year direct award for West Coast rail

The DfT plans to give train operator First Trenitalia West Coast Rail Ltd a ten-year direct award contract for the West Coast Partnership rail franchise. The... continue

16 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News

Bus margins ‘were falling before Covid’

Bus operators were seeing profitability fall before Covid-19 struck, according to an analysis of operator accounts for 2018/19. Profits dropped for the fourth year in a row, and were the lowest since this analysis began in 1991, says market intelligence firm Passenger Transport Monitor... continue

16 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News

HS2 phase 2a contract

HS2 Ltd has signed the first contract for the HS2 phase 2a project to build a high-speed railway from the West Midlands to Crewe.  The £52m early environmental works contract with Balfour Beatty will create new woods and wetlands. The 36-mile Phase 2a route will run from Fradley Wood in... continue

16 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News

Ito World wins WMCA contract to revamp RTI

The West Midlands Combined Authority has awarded transport data specialist Ito World a contract to improve the provision of real-time information (RTI) about bus services. The Transforming Real Time Information (T-RTI) contract will include a data hub, prediction engine and analysis... continue

16 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News
Covid and net zero drive new bus financing models

Covid and net zero drive new bus financing models

Politicians are backing investment in zero emission buses to support net zero carbon dioxide targets. The DfT has promised funding to support 4,000 vehicles outside London, with bidding for the... continue

16 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News

Uncertainty and challenge emphasised in TPP revamp

The importance of constructive challenge and the need to acknowledge uncertainty are emphasised in changes made to the Transport Planning Professional (TPP) qualification.  The TPP qualification was launched in 2008 and is awarded by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation... continue

16 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News

Prize for land value research

A dissertation exploring how service improvements on the London Overground rail network have impacted houses prices has won a £1,000 prize.  Miaw Ling Chor was awarded the 2020 Voorhees-Large Prize for her transport planning Masters dissertation, ‘Residential Price Impacts due to... continue

16 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News

E-scooter parking bays for Square Mile

The City of London Corporation is to convert on-street cycle parking bays implemented during Covid-19 into dual bicycle parking and e-scooter parking facilities. The bays were created using experimental traffic orders, which will be restarted to accommodate the change of use.  ... continue

16 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News

Scrap LTNs, say Greenwich Tories

Conservative councillors on the Royal Borough of Greenwich have called on the council to halt the implementation of low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) residential street closures. The Tories say the council should hold a referendum on each proposal, with implementation requiring a “clear... continue

16 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News

Croydon LTN discussion deferred

The London Borough of Croydon’s cabinet has deferred consideration of a new low traffic neighbourhood scheme in the Crystal Palace and South Norwood area. The original LTN scheme in the area was withdrawn earlier this year in response to public opposition. In February, however,... continue

16 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News

£15m traffic signals fund for councils

The DfT has invited highway authorities to bid for a share of a   £15m pot to upgrade and maintain traffic signals and associated equipment. The Transport Technology Forum (TTF) and the Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) are supporting the DfT on the project. Local authorities... continue

16 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News

Transdev buys Arriva operations in W Yorks

Transdev has signed an agreement with Arriva to acquire the Yorkshire Tiger bus services in Halifax and Huddersfield. The deal includes Arriva’s depots at Elland, near Halifax, and Waterloo in Huddersfield, as well as 61 buses and the transfer of 163 Arriva staff.... continue

16 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News

Jacobs advises on Glasgow strategy

Glasgow City Council has awarded a £240,000 contract to consultant Jacobs for the supply of technical analysis to inform a new Glasgow transport strategy.... continue

16 Apr 2021Local Transport Today News

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