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Undergraduate transport degrees to end at Loughborough University

Loughborough University is to stop running its undergraduate transport management and air transport management degrees due to falling demand when the final cohort graduates next July. They are... continue

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Aberystwyth University opens transport research centre
Rhodri Clark

A new transport and mobility research centre has opened at Aberystwyth University in Wales. The Centre for Transport and Mobility (CeTraM) is co-directed by Professor Peter Merriman (Dept of Geography and environmental Science) and Charles Musselwhite (Psychology), leading a group of academics... continue

30 Nov 2022Local Transport Today News

Transport innovators win share of £5m prize in DfT-backed competition
Deniz Huseyin

Self-charging trains was among the innovations to win DfT funding in the First of a Kind 2022 competition. This year’s competition focused on concepts designed to transform rail travel for passengers while decarbonising the network. The competition is delivered by Innovate UK, on behalf of... continue

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Car club membership may be offered alongside Scottish scrappage scheme

People in low-income households in Scotland may be offered car club membership or rental of low-carbon vehicles in conjunction with a possible car scrappage scheme, transport minister Jenny Gilruth has revealed. She told MSPs that work was being finalised on the design of a pilot mobility and... continue

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Poll finds that two-thirds of people in London, New York and Paris want fewer cars
Deniz Huseyin

More than 50% of Londoners are in favour of city centres being car-free, with exemptions for car-sharing clubs, taxis and cars used by disabled people, according to a new survey.  The survey, conducted by Survation for the Car Free Megacities campaign, found 51% want car-free cities in London,... continue

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Motorists open to the idea of using their cars less, study reveals

Motorists open to the idea of using their cars less, study reveals

Councils can help save motorists as much as £6000 a year by encouraging them to use their cars less, according to new report commissioned by bus operator Stagecoach.  Financial, environmental and community benefits of reduced car use and calls for... continue

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20mph limits deployed on roads around Bath city centre

Bath & North East Somerset council has implemented 20mph speed limits to busier roads outside of the centre of Bath that predominantly carry through traffic. In total the changes affect around six miles of highway, with approximately 140 new signs being installed, said the council. The new... continue

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Welsh councils should include potential active travel in 20mph deliberations
Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government has advised local authorities to consider potential, as well as current, active travel on individual streets when deciding which sections of road to exempt from the 20mph default speed limit, which will apply across Wales from 17 September. The government’s new guidance... continue

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University study questions impact of 20mph limits in Belfast city centre
Deniz Huseyin

Restricting speed limits to 20mph in town and city centres does not seem to reduce road traffic collisions, casualties, or driver speed, a study by Queen’s University Belfast has concluded. Over a three-year period, researchers drew on data for road traffic collisions, casualties, driver... continue

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GTR to face claim at tribunal of overcharging passengers

Train operator Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is to appear at a Competition Appeal Tribunal in February 2023 facing allegations that millions of passengers paid twice for part of their journeys. GTR operates the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchises. The claim has been launched by... continue

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Harper meets with RMT as unions resume rail strike action

Harper meets with RMT as unions resume rail strike action
Deniz Huseyin

Following dashed hopes of a settlement to the... continue

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Hunt protects major infrastructure projects in Autumn Statement
Deniz Huseyin

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt pledged his support for schemes such as HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail in the Autumn Statement, although his refusal to keep commitments in line with inflation means projects could be delayed. The chancellor pledged support for infrastructure projects and said he would... continue

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Scottish Government reaffirms commitment to transport capital schemes
Rhodri Clark

The Scottish Government has said it is committed to investing in road and rail capital schemes, despite high inflation and the prospect of a reduced funding allocation from the Treasury. Tom Arthur, the SNP minister for public finance, planning and community wealth, said the level of inflation in... continue

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Mid Wales CJC may use TraCC to commission consultants
Rhodri Clark

The newly formed Corporate Joint Committee for Mid Wales is considering using the old TraCC partnership to commission consultants to work on the new Regional Transport Plan (RTP). TraCC (Trafnidiaeth Canolbarth Cymru) was previously one of four regional transport consortiums (RTCs) which brought... continue

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Office of Place to get new role in supporting councils on design codes
Peter Stonham

Government amendments to The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill announced by DCLG Secretary Michael Gove are designed to "Strengthen devolution within England is a key component of Levelling Up' he said, including enhanced powers for “mayors to manage their key routes networks to increase... continue

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Hunt refocuses Kwarteng's infrastructure project plans
Peter Stonham

The Chancellors Autumn Statement also on 17 November itself, meanwhile, promised to “refocus” the investment zone ideas put forward by his predecessor Kwasi Kwarteng. Jeremy Hunt said: “The Government will seek to accelerate delivery of projects across its infrastructure... continue

29 Nov 2022Local Transport Today News
Planning reforms on hold as Gove focuses on 'beauty and neighbourhoods'

Planning reforms on hold as Gove focuses on 'beauty and neighbourhoods'
Peter Stonham

The Government has been forced to postpone legislating for already... continue

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Go-Ahead expands in Devon with Dartline buy
Peter Stonham

Go-Ahead Group has bought Devon bus and coach operator Dartline Coaches in a retirement sale. The deal will see 118 employees and 84 vehicles become part of the group’s Go South West subsidiary. Dartline will continue to operate as a standalone business expanding Go South West... continue

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£2 bus fare cap operator payments to be fixed
Peter Stonham

More details have been revealed on how operators will be reimbursed for offering a maximum £2 bus fare for three months starting in January. The Government's Bus Fare Cap Grant (BFCG) will distribute the £60m allocated to the £2 flat fare scheme planned in England outside London... continue

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Crow flies’ tap on, tap off charging trialled in Bridgend
Peter Stonham

Bus operator First Cymru is working with supplier Ticketer to pilot tap on, tap off contactless payment that uses a ‘crow-flies’ distance to calculate the fare for a journey. First Bus claims it as a UK first, and expands upon existing tap on, tap off work with Ticketer. The three-month... continue

29 Nov 2022Local Transport Today News

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