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Greengauge 21 urges changes to key aspects of HS2 project

Greengauge 21 urges changes to key aspects of HS2 project
Andrew Forster

Greengauge 21 has called for changes to the HS2 programme, including accelerating delivery of a line between Leeds and Sheffield; scrapping the Manchester Airport... continue

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New Worcestershire station will help to remove traffic from the county’s main roads

New Worcestershire station will help to remove traffic from the county’s main roads

Worcestershire’s first new railway station in over 100 years is opening next weekend. The station will help to remove traffic from the county’s main roads and motorways. Currently, many commuters drive the entire journey to London or beyond, or drive to larger stations out of county. Passengers will be able to travel... continue

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EV cables on footways ‘may be necessary for CO2 emergency’
Andrew Forster

The public may have to accept electric vehicle charging cables running across footpaths as a consequence of council climate emergency declarations, a London borough has suggested.  The London Borough of Hounslow is to consult on a pilot scheme allowing residents with on-street parking to trail... continue

7 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

Electric buses ‘not suited to rural life’

Electric buses may be difficult to deploy in rural areas because they are too inflexible, a trial in Wales found. Denbighshire County Council in north Wales was awarded DfT funding in 2017 for four electric buses that would operate in rural parts of the county. The funding was not drawn down,... continue

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S Yorks climate chief will lead attempt to cut travel by 25%

The Sheffield City Region Combined Authority is to appoint a climate change commissioner to lead work on achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2040, including cutting travel demand by 25 per cent by 2030.  The combined authority has employed consultant Ricardo to assess the... continue

7 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

EEH funds climate research

England’s Economic Heartland has commissioned work on a regional approach to transport decarbonisation. The project will be undertaken by the University of Oxford’s Environment Change Institute and DAFNI (the Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure to advance UK... continue

7 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

U-turn on hybrid exemption from fossil fuel phase-out date
Andrew Forster

The Government’s proposal to phase-out the sale of new new petrol and diesel cars and vans could be extended to cover hybrid vehicles, ministers announced this week.  A consultation will propose bringing forward the phase out date for new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 to 2035... continue

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Wireless EV taxi charging

The DFT is investing £3.4m in a trial of wireless charging of electric taxis in Nottingham. The Department says that installing wireless chargers at taxi ranks will give drivers the chance to recharge while waiting for their next passengers.  Ten Nissan and LEVC electric taxis in... continue

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Manchester CAZ may hit 90,000 vans

As many as 90,000 vans could be non-compliant with Greater Manchester’s conurbation-wide charging clean air zone (CAZ) when it comes into operation at the end of 2021, according to an assessment by the local authorities. The ten Greater Manchester metropolitan districts submitted a clean air... continue

7 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

New vehicle fleet projections cut forecast of NOx emissions

A number of changes have been made to the modelling underpinning Greater Manchester’s clean air plan since the councils submitted their proposal for a conurbation-wide charging clean air zone (CAZ) to the Government last spring.  A report summarising the changes explains that, at the end... continue

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Impact of all-electric bus fleet modelled

AN ALL-ELECTRIC bus fleet could help reduce, but not eliminate, illegal concentrations of nitrogen dioxide in Greater Manchester’s regional centre, analysis suggests. The Government’s joint air quality unit (JAQU) asked Greater Manchester’s clean air plan consultants to compare... continue

7 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News
Shapps pledges to act as BBC probes smart motorway safety

Shapps pledges to act as BBC probes smart motorway safety
Andrew Forster

Transport secretary Grant Shapps is preparing to order... continue

7 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

HE consults on Lower Thames Crossing

Highways England has launched a new round of consultation on its plan for a £6.8bn Lower Thames Crossing road tunnel between Kent and Essex. The consultation reflects design changes since the 2018 consultation that attracted 29,000 responses.  Two 2.6 miles-long tunnels would be built,... continue

7 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

Vehicle checker for CAZs goes live

The Government has launched its new online vehicle checker  service to allow drivers to check if they will have to pay charges for entering clean air zones (CAZs). Drivers input their vehicle registration and then tick which CAZ they want to check their compliance with.  At the moment... continue

7 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News
PM hints at HS2 green light

PM hints at HS2 green light
Andrew Forster

Boris Johnson has given the clearest hint yet that his Government will authorise... continue

7 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

HS2 withholds critical review of LUTI model

HS2 Ltd is withholding a critical peer review of the modelling used to assess the project’s potential regional economic impact, it has emerged.  Planning consultant Alan Wenban-Smith told LTT that HS2 Ltd commissioned him in 2016 to peer review the land-use transport interaction (LUTI)... continue

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Climate claim refuted

An academic has criticised HS2 Ltd’s claim that building the railway will help the “country’s fight against climate change”.  In a report about the damage HS2 will do to wildlife habitats, The Guardian quoted an HS2 spokesman saying: “All leading wildlife... continue

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Rethink appraisal and study road pricing, says Scots panel
Andrew Forster

Scotland’s transport appraisal guidance should be rewritten to support the Governmet’s net zero greenhouse gas emissions target, the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland has said. The Commission also urges the Scottish Government to work with the UK Government on a national road... continue

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Cross-Forth trips up after bridge opening

Road traffic and bus passenger flows over the Firth of Forth estuary have both increased since the Queensferry Crossing opened in August 2017.   The Queensferry Crossing carries the M90 across the Forth and was built after structural problems were discovered with the Forth Road Bridge. The new... continue

7 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News
Cornwall prepares for low bus fare trial and network revamp

Cornwall prepares for low bus fare trial and network revamp
Andrew Forster

Cornwall council is preparing for the launch of its... continue

7 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

Mass transit study for WECA

The West of England Combined Authority is commissioning a strategic outline business case (SOBC) for a mass transit system.  WECA’s new joint local transport plan identifies the following mass transit corridors:  Bristol city centre to Airport: options are being considered for bus,... continue

7 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

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