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New look LTPs expected by spring 2024, but no link to funding until later

New look LTPs expected by spring 2024, but no link to funding until later
Peter Stonham

The new guidance on preparation of local transport plans is set to be issued in the autumn and will include new objectives and supporting advisory documents setting out in one place all the DfT’s objectives for... continue

29 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News

Speculation beats stats on fuel cost and strike impacts

Behavioural responses to recent fuel price surges and the effects of the national rail strike remain confused despite suggestions that car journeys have been cut and more people may be switching to bus and cycle options.  National and local media reporting has been mainly anecdotal, with the... continue

29 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News
EV charging strategy requirement to be spelt out for councils

EV charging strategy requirement to be spelt out for councils
Peter Stonham

Confirming a requirement for an electric vehicle charging... continue

29 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News
Scotland unveils second National Transport Strategy Delivery Plan

Scotland unveils second National Transport Strategy Delivery Plan
Deniz Huseyin

Bus priority measures, a net zero transport system by 2045, and... continue

29 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News
Rail legislation could raise the bar for open access rail entrants

Rail legislation could raise the bar for open access rail entrants
Rhodri Clark

The DfT is proposing to raise the bar for new open access rail... continue

29 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News
Waters questions focus of Burns Commission on commuter travel

Waters questions focus of Burns Commission on commuter travel
Rhodri Clark

Welsh deputy transport minister Lee Waters has admitted he... continue

29 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News
Integrated regional transport system at heart of EEH business plan

Integrated regional transport system at heart of EEH business plan

Improved bus services, and better routes for cycling and walking must be at the top of “transport hierarchy”, England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) has stated in its new business plan. EEH said that over the next three years it will plan for an... continue

29 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News
Cost of living crisis could delay repairs to local roads, says councils network

Cost of living crisis could delay repairs to local roads, says councils network
Deniz Huseyin

England’s largest local authorities have warned they may have to cancel... continue

29 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News
Vision Zero approved in Oxfordshire

Vision Zero approved in Oxfordshire
Deniz Huseyin

Oxfordshire County Council has adopted a ‘Vision Zero’ strategy to eliminating all deaths... continue

29 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News
TfWM completes first Sprint route

TfWM completes first Sprint route
Deniz Huseyin

Work has been completed on phase one of the Sprint bus rapid transit network in the West Midlands,... continue

29 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News
Bristol Temple Meads project gets £94.7m in government funding

Bristol Temple Meads project gets £94.7m in government funding

Plans to transform Bristol’s Temple Meads Station and the surrounding land is to receive £94.7m in government funding. Work to modernise the station is already underway, including rewiring, roof refurbishment and a new eastern entrance... continue

29 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News
Proposal to ban mileage payments for non-compliant vehicles in LEZs

Proposal to ban mileage payments for non-compliant vehicles in LEZs
Rhodri Clark

The Scottish Parliament’s oversight body will look into... continue

29 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News
Cross-modal working will help UK freight meet net zero targets, DfT says

Cross-modal working will help UK freight meet net zero targets, DfT says
Deniz Huseyin

A wide ranging re-think on how freight transport is provided to reflect... continue

29 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News

School meals delivered by drone
Mark Moran

Pupils in remote parts of Scotland could soon have their school meals delivered by drone. In what is being billed as a UK first, Argyll and Bute Council is teaming up with drone specialists Skyports to trial the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in delivering school meals. Flying from Oban... continue

29 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News
Midland Connects awards £100k to EV and car sharing platform

Midland Connects awards £100k to EV and car sharing platform
Mark Moran

An online platform that will encourage EV usage and car... continue

29 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News

Welsh roads review imminent but publication deferred
Rhodri Clark

The ground-breaking Welsh roads review is almost complete but the results will not be revealed to the public until the Welsh Government has examined the findings on each of the 55 schemes under consideration. The government established an independent Roads Review Panel, chaired by consultant Dr... continue

29 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News

Schemes to reopen disused rail lines get £15m boost

The Government has announced £15m to support the reopening of nine disused railway lines as part of its Restoring Your Railway Fund.  The nine schemes are: the Barrow Hill line between Sheffield and Chesterfield; the Ivanhoe Line between Leicester and Burton on Trent; new stations at... continue

29 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News

Project to explore the benefits of ‘digital roads’
Peter Stonham

A new project is to explore how the “digitalisation” of local roads can lead to more efficient road asset management and maintenance, improved traveller information and communication. It will also assess how digital roads can help pave the way for connected and autonomous vehicles. The... continue

29 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News

Negative financial case for Welsh 20mph default limit
Rhodri Clark

Conventional analysis of the economic benefits of the planned 20mph default urban speed limit in Wales shows the monetised economic dis-benefits from extended journey times being more than three times greater than the road safety, active travel and emissions benefits.  The Welsh Government... continue

29 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News

TfL get powers to fine drivers who infringe on cycle lanes

Drivers that infringe on cycle lanes and cycle tracks in the capital can now be fined by Transport for London and councils in the same way that moving traffic contraventions are enforced. New powers introduced by the Government mean that TfL and London boroughs can issue fines to those that drive... continue

29 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News

Plan to use agency workers during rail strikes

The Government has drawn up new legislation to allow agency workers to fill staffing gaps during strikes. Under current trade union laws employers cannot supply temporary agency workers when staff are on strike.  The DfT said: “This can have a disproportionate impact, including on... continue

29 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News

Spike in Stagecoach bookings during rail strike

The number of inter-city Megabus tickets sold by Stagecoach during last week’s rail strikes was 85% higher than the previous week, the coach operator has reported. Stagecoach has a network of 7,300 buses and coaches covering around 100 towns and cities in England, Scotland and Wales. Just 20%... continue

29 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News

Burnham brings forward plan to cap bus fares

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham has announced plans to introduced simplified, cheaper bus fares as year earlier than planned on 1 September 2022. Subject to agreement with the Government and bus operators, single journey fares will be capped at £1 for children and £2 for... continue

29 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News

DfT road freight survey to guide new appraisal inputs
Peter Stonham

A significant new road freight survey being carried out by Aecom for the DfT and National Highways is set to inform future road scheme transport investment appraisal by providing new values of time and reliability inputs. It is pointed out that England’s Strategic Road Network (SRN) is the... continue

29 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News
Royal Mail to launch 50 postal drone routes

Royal Mail to launch 50 postal drone routes
Mark Moran

Royal Mail has set out its ambition to scale up its use of drone technology and create more than 50 new postal drone routes over... continue

29 Jun 2022Local Transport Today News

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