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DfT asks public for ideas on how to decarbonise transport

DfT asks public for ideas on how to decarbonise transport
Andrew Forster

The DfT this week invited the public to put forward ideas for  decarbonising the transport sector to support the 2050 net zero greenhouse gas emissions target. A... continue

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13 Jul 2020Local Transport Today News

Council may cut bus Covid-19 payments

Luton Borough Council may stop paying bus operators concessionary fares reimbursement at pre-Covid-19 levels because of the council’s own financial problems.  The DfT has asked all councils in England to pay operators at pre-Covid levels as part of the strategy to keep the bus industry... continue

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13 Jul 2020Local Transport Today News
E-scooter rental trials are ready, steady, go!

E-scooter rental trials are ready, steady, go!

The Tees Valley Combined Authority looks set to launch Britain’s first e-scooter rental trial this month, with many more schemes set for launch before the end of August. In this... continue

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13 Jul 2020Local Transport Today News
Edinburgh to end competition between its tram and bus firms

Edinburgh to end competition between its tram and bus firms

The City of Edinburgh Council plans to end competition between its tram and bus compnaies by creating a single company.  Municipally-owned Lothian Buses has continued to compete with the Edinburgh Tram on the airport to city... continue

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13 Jul 2020Local Transport Today News

West Yorks ticketing company ‘in jeopardy’

West Yorkshire's public transport ticketing company could be in jeopardy if public transport use does not recover strongly this autumn, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority has warned. The West Yorkshire Ticketing Company Ltd is a joint venture company owned by the combined authority and transport... continue

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13 Jul 2020Local Transport Today News

Solent model upgrade delayed by Covid-19

Solent Transport is delaying a major update to its sub-regional transport model (SRTM) because Covid-19 has fundamentally altered travel patterns.  The mutli-modal land-use/transport interaction model was developed in 2010 by a team led by SYSTRA, and went through an extensive update in 2015.... continue

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13 Jul 2020Local Transport Today News

Office workers want home working to stay

Many office workers want to continue working from home after the Covid-19 pandemic recedes, a survey suggests. A survey of 1,500 UK adults by consultant SYSTRA found that 29 per cent of office workers who expect to stay in the same or similar role no longer want to spend any time working from... continue

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Operators raise bus capacity to 50% after risk assessment

Operators raise bus capacity to 50% after risk assessment

Bus operators across Britain are expected to raise vehicle passenger capacity to 50 per cent in the coming days after a review concluded that one passenger per row is compatible with the Government’s Covid-19 social... continue

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13 Jul 2020Local Transport Today News

First pledges end to diesel as CPT calls for green bus fund revamp

FirstGroup has pledged to purchase no more diesel buses after 2022. Its announcement came as the Confederation of Passenger Transport called for a new funding model to deliver green buses.   FirstGroup said this week it did not plan to purchase any new diesel buses after December 2022 and... continue

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13 Jul 2020Local Transport Today News

Franchises demanded

Bus operator Abellio has called for the swift introduction of franchising in the UK.  Alan Pilbeam, its deputy managing director and chief operating officer, told Route One magazine that franchising would give councils a bigger stake in the industry and encourage them to install more bus... continue

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13 Jul 2020Local Transport Today News
DfT explores further round of emergency cash for bus & rail

DfT explores further round of emergency cash for bus & rail
Andrew Forster

The bus industry is in talks with the DfT about an... continue

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13 Jul 2020Local Transport Today News

More cash for English councils

The government has announced another £500m of support for local government in England to cope with the impact of Covid-19, and further assistance to partially cover lost income from parking.  The £500m takes the total Covid-19 support to councils in England to £4.3bn.... continue

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13 Jul 2020Local Transport Today News

Fall in business rates could hit TfL’s coffers

Transport for London could face further financial pressures from an expected fall in the capital’s business rates revenues because of Covid-19. London mayor Sadiq Khan has said the Greater London Authority group, of which TfL is a part, faces a £493m budget shortfall over the next two... continue

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13 Jul 2020Local Transport Today News

Boroughs back road charging for capital

London Councils is pressing the mayor and Transport for London to pursue a London-wide road pricing scheme as part of a green recovery from Covid-19. London Councils’ leaders’ committee this week endorsed  eight proposals drawn up by officers.  One is to “radically... continue

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13 Jul 2020Local Transport Today News
Brighton sets out next steps of roadspace reallocation plan

Brighton sets out next steps of roadspace reallocation plan
Andrew Forster

Brighton and Hove City Council has outlined a package of... continue

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13 Jul 2020Local Transport Today News
Pop-up cycle lanes for Birmingham roads

Pop-up cycle lanes for Birmingham roads

Birmingham City Council has given more details of the temporary traffic schemes it plans to implement with DfT emergency funding and says the projects... continue

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13 Jul 2020Local Transport Today News

New criteria for tables and chairs

The City of London Corporation has published new criteria for deciding whether restaurants and bars should be granted licences to place tables and chairs on streets while social distancing guidelines remain in place.  The reopening of bars and restaurants in England last weekend presents... continue

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13 Jul 2020Local Transport Today News

Air pollution ‘likely’ to worsen Covid symptoms – COMEAP
Andrew Forster

People exposed to poor air quality may be more susceptible to severe symptoms of Covid-19 but the linkage has not been demonstrated, health experts have told the Government. The Government asked the Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG) to report on how Covid-19 has affected air pollution and if there is... continue

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13 Jul 2020Local Transport Today News

Emission-based parking charges

The London Borough of Hounslow is proposing to introduce emissions-based parking charges for on- and off-street parking, and  parking charges in Hounslow town centres on Sundays.   Hounslow already has an emissions-based element in residential parking permits, with a £50 diesel levy... continue

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13 Jul 2020Local Transport Today News

Electric buses take to Birmingham’s streets

National Express West Midlands has taken delivery of its first fleet of double deck electric buses. Nineteen vehicles will serve the number 6 route between Solihull and Birmingham city centre. Electric vehicle charging facilities have been installed at the company’s Yardley Wood... continue

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13 Jul 2020Local Transport Today News
Kent floats electric bus fleet for Fastrack

Kent floats electric bus fleet for Fastrack

Kent County Council is procuring two frameworks for electric vehicle charging, one specifically for bus infrastructure.  The description of the bus charging lot says:... continue

13 Jul 2020Local Transport Today News
Luton Council hit by airport’s Covid-19 financial troubles

Luton Council hit by airport’s Covid-19 financial troubles
Andrew Foster

Luton Borough Council and its airport London Luton... continue

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13 Jul 2020Local Transport Today News

Wales announces new Covid bus scheme

The Welsh Government has announced a new scheme to help bus operators increase service levels as Covid-19 lockdown restrictions ease. But there is no clarity about if additional funding will be available.   Since lockdown restrictions were introduced in March the Welsh Government has continued... continue

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13 Jul 2020Local Transport Today News
Teesside first in the queue for an e-scooter revolution

Teesside first in the queue for an e-scooter revolution
Andrew Forster & Alan Clarke

E-Scooters The first trials of e-scooters on public... continue

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13 Jul 2020Local Transport Today News

Leics refuses to take on risk for town’s southern link road
Andrew Forster

The future of a Government grant for a new road in the Leicestershire town of Melton Mowbray rests with Homes England after the county council said it will not bear the risk of developer contributions failing to cover a portion of the road cost. Homes England last autumn offered Leicestershire a... continue

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13 Jul 2020Local Transport Today News

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