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Coventry & Oxford win electric bus fund

Coventry and Oxford were named this week as the  winners of the DfT’s all-electric bus competition. Each city could be awarded up to £50m to introduce an all-electric bus network. The funding will also pay for new infrastructure, such as charging stations and electric grid upgrades. In Coventry, operators will invest £75m in the programme. Up to 500 vehicles will be replaced in the two cities by 2025. The Government will work with the local authorities to finalise their business cases over the coming weeks.  Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) led the Coventry bid with support from Coventry City Council and Warwickshire County Council. The competition attracted 19 bids. In November the Chancellor said a further £120m would be made... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News
Travel demand plummets as national lockdowns reimposed

Travel demand plummets as national lockdowns reimposed
Andrew Forster

Public transport operators across the UK were... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News
Van Vuren leads Australian firm’s UK push

Van Vuren leads Australian firm’s UK push

Transport planning and modelling expert Tom Van Vuren is leaving his post as technical director of Mott MacDonald after 21 years, to head UK development for... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Legal challenge launched against national networks NPS

Environmental activists have launched a new legal challenge against the Government’s transport policies, this time focusing on the National Policy Statement (NPS) for National Networks. The action is being pursued by the Transport Action Network (TAN), which has been granted a separate... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Legal challenge launched against national networks NPS

Environmental activists have launched a new legal challenge against the Government’s transport policies, this time focusing on the National Policy Statement (NPS) for National Networks. The action is being pursued by the Transport Action Network (TAN), which has been granted a separate... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Whitehall ‘steering MCA transport funds’

The Urban Transport Group expects the Government to try and exert considerable influence over how mayoral combined authorities spend a new fund for intra-city transport.  The Government has promised £4.2bn for long-term intra-city transport settlements for the eight mayoral combined... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Councils try to agree risk deal for new road

Leicestershire County Council is trying to reach agreement with Melton Borough Council on a risk-sharing agreement that will allow the county council to accept a Homes England grant for a major new road in Melton Mowbray. Homes England has offered Leicestershire a £15m Housing Infrastructure... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News
LTN street closures don’t show on emergency service satnavs

LTN street closures don’t show on emergency service satnavs

Satnav systems used by the London Ambulance Service (LAS) and Metropolitan Police do not show the location of low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) street closures, many of which feature physical barriers.   Boroughs have closed roads... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Hackney’s travel chief quits for Liverpool

The councillor credited with making the London Borough of Hackney a trailblazer for active travel and traffic restraint is stepping down – but with ambitions to be the next elected mayor of Liverpool.  Jon Burke, Hackney’s cabinet member for energy, waste, transport and public... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

LTNs ‘have no impact on fire brigade times’

Fire brigade response times have not been affected by residential street closures, according to a study in one part of London.  Researchers looked at London Fire Brigade data from 2012 to 2020 in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, where low traffic neighbourhood street closures were... continue

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Car club operators urged to share usage data with councils

Car club operators urged to share usage data with councils

Car clubs could play a much bigger part in transport policy if operators agree to share operational data with councils, says a report published by the RAC Foundation.  The report proposes a Car Club-Local Authority Data... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

SEStran wants DRT partners

The South East Scotland transport partnership (SEStran) wants to partner with bus operators, community transport providers and mobility tech companies to deliver demand responsive transport (DRT) demonstration projects. SEStran intends to forge partnerships to bid for funding from the second round... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

HE ‘hitlist’ to demolish railway structures

Hundreds of potentially useful disused railway structures are threatened with demolition or infilling by Highways England, campaigners have warned. Highways England is responsible for managing the DfT’s Historical Railways Estate (HRE) – around 3,200 bridges, tunnels and viaducts, some... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

DfT invites views on extending appraisal beyond 60 years

Longer appraisal periods are likely to improve the benefit:cost ratios of transport infrastructure projects, says the DfT in a consultation that proposes lengthening the period beyond 60 years. Sixty years is the Treasury’s  default maximum appraisal period for spending departments.... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

MPs launch transport infrastructure probe

The House of Commons transport committee has invited written evidence for an inquiry into the appraisal and delivery of major UK transport infrastructure. Topics the committee wants to receive evidence on include: the Government’s transport infrastructure priorities and the National... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

£5bn tag for Bakerloo Lewisham extension

Extending London Underground’s Bakerloo Line from Elephant & Castle to Lewisham in south London would probably cost about £5bn (2020 prices), Transport for London estimates.  Alex Williams, TfL’s director of city planning, revealed the figure in a report to TfL’s... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

M25 ‘not a London bypass’

Very little car and taxi traffic on the M25 is avoiding London entirely, analysis for the RAC Foundation has found.  Data from more than four million trips on the road shows that only 14 per cent bypassed the capital completely. The majority –  74 per cent – had an origin or... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News
NIC leaves HS2’s eastern arm in sidings and NPR in limbo

NIC leaves HS2’s eastern arm in sidings and NPR in limbo

The eastern arm of HS2 from the West Midlands to Leeds is not a priority for improving the Midlands and the north of England’s rail connections, the National Infrastructure Commission has told ministers. It is also... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Stagecoach and GMCA spar over bus franchise consultation

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority has refused a request from Stagecoach for a time extension to the bus franchising consultation, and rejected a claim that the correct legal procedures have not been followed.    GMCA mayor Andy Burnham had been due to make a final decision on... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Bus info stream up and running

The DfT’s Bus Open Data Service (BODS) should be hosting timetable, fares and real-time service information for bus services across England (outside London) from this week. The information can be used in web and app-based journey planners.  The DfT believes that mandating supply of fares... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Metropolitan bus demand model

The Urban Transport Group  has launched a new model for assessing bus demand in city regions. The Metropolitan Bus Model was developed by consultant WSP and is freely available for use by the UTG’s full members. The UTG is itself using the model to explore scenarios for bus patronage... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Boroughs save on concession bill

London boroughs will pay 13.6 per cent less towards concessionary travel in 2021/22 because of the slump in concessionary passholder journeys arising from Covid-19. Boroughs will pay £295.2m, down from £342.2m in 2020/21. Most of the funding goes to Transport for London.  TfL will... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Covid tests on Tube and buses

Transport for  London has explained the tests being used to detect if Covid-19 is transmitted on the capital’s public transport.  Each month researchers from Imperial College London conduct tests during the peak period on the Northern Line from Waterloo to Euston, and the 205 bus... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

National Transport Model peer review identifies output ‘flaws’

A peer review of the DfT’s National Transport Model (NTM) has questioned the credibility of model output showing that massively increasing road capacity results in lower motorway traffic volumes. The review team also expresses concern about a ‘backcasting’ exercise that shows a... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

NAO conducts modelling inquiry

The National Audit Office is examining how central government makes use of computer models. “The Government relies on hundreds – possibly thousands – of models for a huge variety of critical activities, from forecasting spending plans to guiding operational decision-making,”... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

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