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TfL reviews office requirements as home working ‘here to stay’

TfL reviews office requirements as home working ‘here to stay’

Transport for London is looking to reduce its office estate as Covid-19 prompts a permanent shift towards more home-working by many of its desk-based staff.  TfL revealed its plans... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Bus seat reservations trial for Bristol

Bus passengers in the Bristol area will be able to reserve a seat on socially-distanced bus services in a trial expected to be launched by First West of England this summer.   Passengers will use an app to  pre-book a seat on a service.  “Subject to the effectiveness of the... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News
One metre social distancing unlikely to boost bus capacity

One metre social distancing unlikely to boost bus capacity
Andrew Forster

The Government’s decision to reduce social... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Upheaval for buses – WECA

Covid-19 will cause lasting damage to the bus sector in Bristol and the surrounding area, the West of England Combined Authority has warned, and could demand new thinking on the regulatory framework for the industry.  Peter Mann, WECA’s head of strategic transport integration, told the... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Scots launch £47.6m bus support package

The Scottish Government has announced a £47.6m eight-week grant for bus operators to pay for enhanced service levels as the country comes out of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.  Bus mileage in Scotland has been operating at about 30-40 per cent during lockdown, facilitated by the... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

No cash to increase bus services in Wales

Bus operators in Wales have offered a gloomy assessment of the prospect for running additional services, with no sign of additional funding coming from the Welsh Government.  Bus operators in England have received additional grant from the DfT to fund the ramp-up in services as lockdown... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

GM puts bus franchising on ice as Covid-19 costs are itemised

Greater Manchester Combined Authority has kicked a decision on its bus franchising plans into the long grass because of Covid-19. Presenting a report about the franchise consultation exercise to this week’s meeting of the GMCA, Eamonn Boylan, the chief executive of Transport for Greater... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Boroughs must wait for Covid-19 Freedom Pass savings

London boroughs will have to wait until 2021/22 for Covid-19 savings in the concessionary travel reimbursement they pay Transport for London.  Boroughs are facing huge funding shortfalls in 2020/21 because of the additional costs and income losses resulting from Covid-19. This has prompted... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News
Huge drop in TfL’s streets spend

Huge drop in TfL’s streets spend

Transport for London’s financial crisis caused by Covid-19 will badly hit this year’s expenditure on active travel... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Axe road tunnel, say greens

Environmental campaigners are calling on Transport for London to cancel construction of the twin-bore Silvertown Tunnel under the River Thames in East London.  TfL awarded a design, build, finance and maintain contract for the tunnel to the RiverLinx consortium in November 2019. The crossing... continue

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E-scooter trials attract interest

The Government’s plan for e-scooter rental trials is attracting considerable interest from councils across Britain.  Shared transport charity CoMoUK has set up a local authority e-scooter forum. Last week’s meeting attracted about 40 authorities. London Councils has reported that,... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Birmingham’s default 20mph plan rejected

The DfT has rejected Birmingham City Council’s request to pilot default 20mph limits on urban roads.   Birmingham has already implemented signed-only 20mph limits in large parts of the city but said a default 20mph limit would “significantly” reduce the implementation costs... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News
Brighton proposes mixed fleet of rental bikes and e-scooters

Brighton proposes mixed fleet of rental bikes and e-scooters
Andrew Forster

Brighton and Hove City Council is planning to procure a... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Virus ‘will change travel habits’

Covid-19 may have a big impact on the long-term travel patterns of office workers, according to a survey by workplace travel consultancy Go-Travel Solutions.  Go Travel surveyed 829 commuters from 49 employers  in May. Most were members of its ‘SmartGo’ green travel schemes in... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

SPT warns of cuts as ministers fail to fund extra Covid costs

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) has warned of deep cuts to public transport spending if it does not receive financial support from the Scottish Government for the additional costs and income losses from Covid-19.   SPT has continued operating the Glasgow Subway and  some... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Car clubs seek support

Car clubs operators are seeking financial assistance to see them through the Covid-19 pandemic, which has badly hit the sector.  The London Borough of Richmond reported this month that operators have scaled back operations “and requested contractual relief”.  Shared mobility... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Councils stare at huge losses from virus

More local authorities have revealed the size of the funding pressures they are facing because of Covid-19.  London boroughs are projecting additional spend and income loss of £1.8bn in 2020/21 (additional spend £709m and lost income £1.1bn). Taking into account Government... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Cambs busway decision axed, as company for CAM mooted
Andrew Forster

The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) has shelved making a decision about the route of a controversial busway to the delight of James Palmer, the elected mayor of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.  The GCP and the mayor have been at loggerheads for months over the... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News
Study into more third rail electrification

Study into more third rail electrification

Ways of delivering infill rail electrification in areas with 750V DC third rail are to be explored in a study for the Rail Safety and Standards Board... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News
Council submits busway claim

Council submits busway claim

Cambridgshire County Council has submitted a court claim against BAM Nuttall, the contractor who built the... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

10mph advisory limits mooted for Stockport district centres

Temporary road closures, timed closures of streets outside schools, new cycle lanes, and advisory 10mph speed limits are among the Covid-19 social distancing traffic management measures being implemented by councils across the country. Gloucestershire County Council has installed water-filled... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Greens criticise Norwich traffic plan

Green party councillors in Norwich say Norfolk County Council is not doing enough to deliver temporary traffic management schemes to help pedestrians social distance.  Norfolk and Norwich have deployed stencilled and temporary signs to encourage people to walk on the left hand side of the... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Newham diverts road cash to green transport

The London Borough of Newham is to redirect some of its special road maintenance budget to wider transport investments that would normally be funded by Transport for London. The borough is in the fifth year of its ten-year ‘Keeping Newham Moving’ programme of  carriageway and... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News
Aberdeen bus operators vexed by closure of city’s main street

Aberdeen bus operators vexed by closure of city’s main street
Andrew Forster

Bus operators have protested to Scottish transport minister... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

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