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Main road traffic calming to cut speeds

Transport for London plans to traffic calm parts of the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN) to bring speeds down to 20mph.  The London Borough of Lambeth reports the proposal in its Local Implementation Plan. Says the borough: “National guidance only recommends installing physical traffic calming on classified (“A” and “B” roads) as a last resort when all other efforts to reduce a poor road safety record have been exhausted.  “Nonetheless, TfL is now considering such measures on the TLRN and we support this.”  TfL confirmed the plan to LTT. Penny Rees, head of network sponsorship, said: “We know that for each 1mph reduction in speed there is an associated six per cent reduction in collision frequency in urban... continue

9 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News
Emphasis on BCR ‘encourages promoters to abuse appraisal’

Emphasis on BCR ‘encourages promoters to abuse appraisal’
Andrew Forster

The continuing emphasis given to benefit:cost ratios... continue

9 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News
Greater Manchester may need charging CAZ

Greater Manchester may need charging CAZ

One or more charging clean air zones (CAZs) may be implemented in Greater Manchester after modelling suggested the area’s air quality problem is worse... continue

9 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News
Induced traffic ‘doesn’t cancel out benefits of road-building’

Induced traffic ‘doesn’t cancel out benefits of road-building’

Traffic generated by building new road capacity will rarely cancel out the benefits of building that capacity, according to a new report for the DfT.  Consultants WSP and RAND Europe were commissioned to  study the scale of... continue

9 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News

Five-year Roads Fund pot will be £28.8bn

The Government’s new National Roads Fund will be worth £28.8bn in its first five years (2020/21-2024/25), the Treasury has announced. The fund will be created by hypothecating Vehicle Excise Duty in England.  The £28.8bn is a nominal value (i.e. unadjusted for inflation). Of... continue

9 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News

Smart motorways first for autonomous cars

Highways England must make sections of smart motorway suitable for regular use by automated vehicles “as soon as possible” in the next five-year road investment strategy period (RIS2), the Government has announced. This is one of the Government’s objectives for the RIS2 period... continue

9 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News
Funding gap means uncertain future for Ipswich crossings

Funding gap means uncertain future for Ipswich crossings
Andrew Forster

Suffolk County Council  is grappling with a major... continue

9 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News
Northamptonshire road plan shelved

Northamptonshire road plan shelved

A proposed new bypass in Northamptonshire has been shelved after the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) withdrew... continue

9 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News

Cost of Cambs bridge project almost doubles

The cost of replacing a level crossing in Cambridgeshire with a bridge has almost doubled to £30m. The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority is to use £16.4m of its Transforming Cities Fund grant to fill the project’s funding gap.  The bridge will replace the... continue

9 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News

MHCLG sticks to homes target, despite lower ONS projections
Andrew Forster

The Government is sticking with its aspiration for 300,000 new housing units to be built in England each year, despite the Office for National Statistics’ new projections suggesting that significantly fewer homes are needed.  More than 217,000 new homes were delivered in England in 2017... continue

9 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News
Strategic infrastructure tariff power for Combined Authorities

Strategic infrastructure tariff power for Combined Authorities

Combined authorities with strategic planning powers will be given the power to implement a strategic infrastructure tariff (SIT) to help fund transport and other infrastructure, the Government has announced. A SIT would be similar to the... continue

9 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News

More cash injected into DfT’s cities fund

The Government is to extend its major urban transport fund – the Transforming Cities Fund – by a year to 2022/23 and has announced how the extra grant will be allocated. The Treasury said the extension would provide an extra £240m to the six combined authorities led by... continue

9 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News

£675m plan to support nation’s high streets

The Government is creating a £675m fund to help revitalise high streets in England. The Future High Streets Fund, announced in last week’s Budget, will “support local areas to develop and fund plans to make their high streets and town centres fit for the future”. The fund... continue

9 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News
High chance of legal challenge to charging CAZ, says Leeds

High chance of legal challenge to charging CAZ, says Leeds
Andrew Forster

Leeds City Council is proposing short-term exemptions... continue

9 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News

Changes afoot for capital’s HGV controls

London Councils is exploring changes to the London Lorry Control Scheme, which restricts HGV movements at night and weekends. Changes could be made to the network of roads the scheme covers, operating hours, and the weight of vehicles it applies to. A noise standard is also being explored. The... continue

9 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News
More than 700,000 trips face charges in Bath’s Class D CAZ

More than 700,000 trips face charges in Bath’s Class D CAZ
Andrew Forster

Bath and North East Somerset Council (B&NES) is... continue

9 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News

No need for charging CAZ, says Derby City Council

Derby City Council has ruled out introducing a charging Clean Air Zone (CAZ), despite being one of the five cities the Government initially said must introduce one to comply with the EU limit value on nitrogen dioxide. Derby, Leeds, Birmingham, Nottingham and Southampton were named in a 2015... continue

9 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News

Clarity on Welsh bus policy delayed again

A consultation on future Welsh bus legislation has been delayed, despite ministerial claims that better certainty and consistency are needed to reverse declining patronage. Transport secretary Ken Skates told a National Assembly for Wales committee in April that a consultation would be held over... continue

9 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News

Smartcards: ‘Transport’s Betamax’

Smartcards are the transport sector’s equivalent of Betamax video and are already “dying”, according to bus representative body the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT). The subject was raised by the Scottish Parliament’s rural economy and connectivity committee when... continue

9 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News
December date for Assembly’s binding vote on M4 relief road

December date for Assembly’s binding vote on M4 relief road
Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government will give the National Assembly of... continue

9 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News

Valley Lines transfer advances

Keolis Amey Wales Cymru Ltd, operator of Wales and Borders rail services, has formally applied for a Transport and Works Act Order to authorise the transfer of the Core Valley Lines from Network Rail to Transport for Wales. The application was submitted on behalf of Welsh Government ministers. A... continue

9 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News

South Wales P&R plan submitted

Transport for Wales has commenced the planning process for a £50m park-and-ride station on the South Wales main line at Llanwern, east of Newport.  The first planning application to Newport City Council is for permission to construct a new line, one-mile long, between the main line and... continue

9 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News

New bridge proposed to ease Anglesey jams

The Welsh Government has chosen a four-lane bridge as its preferred option for the Third Menai Crossing to Anglesey, following a consultation process that exposed divisions over whether a new crossing is needed. The Government says a new structure, costing more than £130m, is needed to... continue

9 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News

Bypass will bolster BCR for A465 dualling

The Welsh Government is showing renewed interest in a council bypass scheme that it believes would improve the benefit:cost ratio (BCR) of the final section of its A465 Heads of the Valleys dualling scheme. The Government remains in dispute with its contractor over the cost of current A465 dualling... continue

9 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News

Cambs CA in talks with HE over £800m A47 dualling plan
Andrew Forster

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority is to fund further development work on a £600m-£800m dualling of the A47 between Peterborough and Wisbech, in the expectation that Highways England will fund the project’s delivery. The A47 trunk road is the main east-west... continue

9 Nov 2018Local Transport Today News

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