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Sheffield suspends Uber’s private hire licence

Sheffield City Council has suspended Uber’s licence to operate private hire vehicles in the city. The council said the decision was made “after the current licence holder failed to respond to requests, made by our licensing team, about the management of Uber”. Uber can continue operating in the city until 18 December and if it chooses to appeal the suspension it can continue to operate until the appeal is determined. The council added: “We received a new application for a licence to operate taxis in Sheffield from Uber Britannia Limited on 18 October 2017 which we are currently processing.” It added: “The legislation does not allow for the transfer of an operator’s licence.” In September, Transport for London decided not to renew... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News
Demonstrate value or you may lose funding, Catapult warned

Demonstrate value or you may lose funding, Catapult warned
Andrew Forster

The Government should cease funding for the Transport... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

Kent to cut supported bus services budget by 70%

Kent County Council is to cut its spending on supported bus services by 70% over the next two years, from £5.69m to £1.7m.  Supported services account for 3% of total local bus mileage in the county and carried 3.8 million journeys in 2016/17. The cuts, to be introduced next... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

Franchising

The Bus Services Act 2017 gives mayoral combined authorities automatic access to franchising powers.  Elsewhere, a two-step process to access the powers applies. In step one, the Government will make regulations to provide a category of authority with the power to be a franchising authority... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News
DfT sets out the rules for bus Act powers

DfT sets out the rules for bus Act powers

Enhanced partnerships Enhanced partnerships (EPs) are a new more powerful form of partnership working between councils and bus operators.  Before beginning... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

Grayling bails out Stagecoach and Virgin on East Coast rail

The Government has agreed to allow Stagecoach and Virgin to exit the current East Coast franchise agreement three years early, in 2020, saving them from about £2bn in premium payments to the taxpayer. Transport secretary Chris Grayling announced last week that from 2020 the franchise would be... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News
Councils weigh-up BRT and light rail for Cambs corridor

Councils weigh-up BRT and light rail for Cambs corridor
Andrew Forster

Local authorities in Cambridgeshire are to consult... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News
Operating losses on regional rail exceed £5 per train mile

Operating losses on regional rail exceed £5 per train mile
Andrew Forster

The Northern, Arriva Trains Wales, ScotRail and... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

Health benefits of walking modelled

Cycling and walking infrastructure schemes are an effective way of improving air quality, leading to fewer deaths, according to a new modelling tool.  Environmental consultancy Eunomia developed the tool in partnership with charity Sustrans to calculate the potential contribution of walking... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

Welsh Active Travel Act failing ‘to live up to expectations’
Rhodri Clark

Cardiff Council has agreed to revise its new cycling and walking maps within a year, amid concerns that councils across Wales have not followed the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 guidance. The Act was the world’s first legislation obliging local authorities to plan networks of integrated... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News
Leeds proposes charging CAZ

Leeds proposes charging CAZ
Andrew Forster

Leeds City Council has announced plans for a charging Clean Air Zone covering... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

Extra cash for station upgrade

A funding package could be agreed this week for the Wolverhampton Interchange project, which has been hit by a huge cost escalation.  The project’s original budget was £51.8m but the latest estimate is £81.8m – a £30m or 58% increase.  The works include... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News
Coventry reveals more details of Very Light Rail ambitions

Coventry reveals more details of Very Light Rail ambitions
Andrew Forster

Coventry City Council has given more details of its plans... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

Forget Bristol, DfT tells Welsh rail bidders

The DfT has said bidders for the 15-year Wales and Borders rail franchise must not propose any services to Bristol, despite the city’s proximity to South Wales. But transport secretary Chris Grayling told MPs last week that he looks forward to the franchise enhancing services to the city. The... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News
DfT ‘orders further reductions to scope of East West Rail’

DfT ‘orders further reductions to scope of East West Rail’
Andrew Forster

The DfT is understood to have asked Network Rail to find... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

City pilots use of wi-fi data to enhance pedestrian modelling
Andrew Forster

The City of London Corporation is to enhance its new pedestrian model with locational data sourced from mobile phones. The City’s model, built by Space Syntax, forecasts pedestrian movements for a 2016 base year and 2026 in two time periods – a morning peak hour and a lunchtime... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

HE reveals programme for A2/M2 connected corridor

Highways England has released details of the A2/M2 Connected Corridor pilot project, which will test in-vehicle information for drivers, such as upcoming roadworks and the optimal speed of travel to receive a green light at junctions.  The project will take place on  the A102, A2, M2 and... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News
Road design prize for a driverless future

Road design prize for a driverless future

The National Infrastructure Commission has released more details of its forthcoming prize competition to design roads capable of accommodating driverless vehicles... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News
Switching freight from rail to HGV platoons will  allow more passenger services – Adonis

Switching freight from rail to HGV platoons will allow more passenger services – Adonis
Andrew Forster

Freight traffic should be switched from rail onto lorry platoons, a move that would... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

Welsh Government at odds with Costain over road cost
Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government has revealed an expected 23% cost increase in the on-going project to dual part of the A465 Heads of the Valleys road, where the Government is now in dispute with its  contractor. The problems relate to the five-mile section between Gilwern and Brynmawr, where construction... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News
Khan clamps down on parking

Khan clamps down on parking

A tightening of parking standards for new developments  features in London mayor Sadiq Khan’s... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

TfL consults on Ford’s bus plan

Ford has applied to TfL for permission to launch six micro-bus routes.  The automotive giant has identified London as the next city for its Chariot service using 15-seat Ford Transit vans. Passengers reserve seats and make payments via an app. The service already operates in San Francisco, New... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

DfT studies O licence exemption for community transport services

The DfT is considering granting some community transport organisations (CTOs) an exemption from having to obtain an Operator licence for undertaking commercial work.  The Department is expected to publish a consultation later this month on how parts of the community transport sector must... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

South Eastern ITT

The Government has issued the invitation to tender to the three shortlisted bidders for the next South Eastern franchise, which begins in April 2019. The bidders are: a joint venture of Abellio/East Japan Railway Co/Mitsui; a joint venture of Go-Ahead and Keolis; and Stagecoach.  Bids must be... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

South East’s mega-franchise to be split up

The Government is to split the existing Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern mega-franchise when it comes up for renewal in 2021. The franchise was formed in 2014, to support delivery of the Thameslink infrastructure programme, which is now nearing completion.  “With the completion of... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

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