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Rethink of MaaS products in West Midlands

The UK’s first Mobility as a Service (MaaS) trial is to be relaunched with new products. Finnish firm MaaS Global launched its Whim offering in the West Midlands conurbation last spring. For £349 a month Whim Unlimited provided unlimited use of public transport in the conurbation, unlimited car hire from Enterprise, and unlimited taxis within a three mile radius of Birmingham city centre. Whim Everyday, at £99 a month, offered unlimited public transport in the conurbation and preferential rates for car hire. A third option was  Whim pay-as-you-go.  The £99 and £349 products have now disappeared from Whim’s website.  Chris Perry, MaaS Global’s head of partnerships UK, told LTT that changes were being made based on learning from the... continue

8 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News
DfT invites council bids for two major road improvement funds

DfT invites council bids for two major road improvement funds

The DfT has invited local authorities in England to prepare bids to two funding streams for major road improvements.   The Government has earmarked £3.5bn over the first five years of the new National Roads Fund, commencing in April... continue

8 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Quarter of DfT staff may help out on Brexit

The DfT’s ability to handle its normal workload in the coming months could be severely constrained by headquarters staff being put into Brexit-related operational roles, such as dealing with lorries at Dover. Sky News reported that a quarter of DfT HQ staff could be affected. The Government... continue

8 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News
Guildford P&R goes electric

Guildford P&R goes electric

Stagecoach has introduced electric buses on the park-and-ride route in Guildford, Surrey. The nine vehicles... continue

8 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

DfT amends the MRN map

THE DFT has amended the new Major Road Network (MRN) in response to  consultation feedback.  Many respondents called for additional roads to be added to the network. A smaller number called for roads to be deleted.  The DfT said it could not satisfy all requests. “Sub-national... continue

8 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News
STBs charged with prioritising council bids for roads funding

STBs charged with prioritising council bids for roads funding
Andrew Forster

England’s sub-national transport bodies (STBs) will... continue

8 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

NIC moots urban freight trials and criticises planning policy
Andrew Forster

Regulations governing freight could be waived to allow trials of urban freight innovations and alternative fuels. The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) floats the idea of creating “regulatory sandboxes”?in its interim report on freight. The Chancellor Philip Hammond asked the NIC... continue

8 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Zero emission HGVs probed

The committee on Climate Change (CCC) is exploring the options to deliver zero emission heavy goods vehicles (HGVs). The £50,000 project will study four technologies: • Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen refuelling stations • Battery electric vehicles with “extremely... continue

8 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Platoons ‘a stepping stone to full automation’

Lorry platoons are a stepping stone to deploying driverless lorries on parts of the road network, and it is the latter development that will deliver huge benefits for freight operations, the Freight Transport Association has told the National Infrastructure Commission’s freight... continue

8 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News
Five-stage HGV plan for Kent’s roads in case of no-deal Brexit

Five-stage HGV plan for Kent’s roads in case of no-deal Brexit
Andrew Forster

Kent County Council has released more details of contingency... continue

8 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Contracts let for extra ro-ro ferries

The DfT has procured additional ferry services for roll-on/roll-off freight in the event of a no-deal Brexit on 29 March. The services would relieve pressure on the Short Straits routes (Dover and Eurotunnel), which could become congested by increased border checks. Contracts have been awarded... continue

8 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Council may ask staff to work from home

Staff at Kent County Council  may be asked to work from home  whenever possible for three to six months in the event of a no-deal Brexit, to reduce pressure on the county’s road network. The council’s information and communications technology (ICT) team is exploring how to... continue

8 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Axe Dartford Crossing charges, says AA

Charges on the Dartford Crossings should be scrapped, according to the AA, after figures suggested that a record number of penalty charge notices (PCNs) will be issued for non-payment in 2018.   Since toll booths were removed in favour of free-flow tolling in December 2014, millions of drivers... continue

8 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News
Capital’s new cycle routes must meet TfL quality criteria

Capital’s new cycle routes must meet TfL quality criteria
Andrew Forster

All new cycle routes in London will have to satisfy six... continue

8 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News
NICE calls for physical activity champions

NICE calls for physical activity champions

Local authorities and healthcare commissioning groups should designate physical activity champions at a senior level, who would work across the transport, leisure and... continue

8 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Slough bike hire under new management

Slough’s public bike hire scheme is operating under new management, which will reduce costs to the council. The Berkshire town’s bike hire scheme was launched in 2013 but has failed to attract users in the numbers anticipated.  Slough Borough Council paid social and environmental... continue

8 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News
West Mids trams is first operator to offer ITSO on Mobile tickets

West Mids trams is first operator to offer ITSO on Mobile tickets
Andrew Forster

Transport for the West Midlands has become the first transport... continue

8 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Bristol’s taxibus feeder trial withdrawn

A trial taxibus feeder service for main bus routes in north Bristol has been withdrawn following the end of a trial period.  Launched last spring, the taxibuses connected the Henleaze residential area to bus routes operated by First West of England on the Gloucester Road (LTT 13... continue

8 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Fund a range of MaaS pilots, MPs urge DfT

The Government should fund a pilot programme of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) applications across the country to learn about its potential, the House of Commons transport committee has said.  The MPs voice concern that the Government “does not yet seem to have recognised the full extent... continue

8 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News
Taxi drivers will be hardest hit by Clean Air Zone standards

Taxi drivers will be hardest hit by Clean Air Zone standards

Many taxi and private hire drivers in Birmingham may retire rather than invest in vehicles that comply with new licensing conditions associated with the city’s charging clean air zone (CAZ), the council believes.  New taxi... continue

8 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News
Complex mitigation package  for Birmingham’s CAZ

Complex mitigation package for Birmingham’s CAZ
Andrew Forster

Birmingham City Council hopes a complex system of exemptions and mitigation measures will placate opponents of its proposed charging clean air... continue

8 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

TfL won’t release detail of HS2 payments for bus disruption
Rhodri Clark

Transport for London has refused to release details of how it will be compensated by HS2 Ltd for disruption to bus services during construction of the high-speed railway. During the petitioning process for the High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Act 2017, TfL reached an agreement with the UK... continue

8 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News
We may cut more buses, says TfL

We may cut more buses, says TfL

Further cuts to bus routes  in inner and central London may be necessary to reduce unsustainable levels of subsidy,... continue

8 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Electrification of bus fleet costed

 A feasibility study into installing electric vehicle charging equipment at 60 bus garages in London has been completed by Transport for London and electricity distribution network operator UK Power Networks. TfL says the work will inform proposals to electrify more of the capital’s bus... continue

8 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

‘Put safety at heart of bus contracts’

London’s bus contracts should be rewritten to place safety at the heart of operations, says trade union the GMB.  Its comments came after data collated by Transport for London showed that eight people were killed and 719 seriously injured in accidents involving buses in the capital in... continue

8 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

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