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Technical breakdown hits ticketing apps

Transport ticketing Apps across the UK have been hit by a technical fault at software developer CoreThree.  First, Transport for Greater Manchester, Lothian Buses, and McGills are among those affected, with users reporting being unable to see their accounts or tickets already purchased – particularly at peak times. A TfGM spokesman said: “This is a nationwide technical fault affecting the back office systems of TfGM’s supplier Corethree, who developed and manage the ‘get me there’ and other mobile ticketing apps, which are experiencing similar problems.” TfGM is advising people not to buy tickets using its app at peak times. An operator told LTT: “The problems are primarily triggered by high peak demand. It’s being progressively... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News
Give us control of budget for road & rail in North, says TfN

Give us control of budget for road & rail in North, says TfN

Transport for the North wants a five-year funding envelope for strategic road and rail projects, which it would choose how to allocate. It is also exploring how it can increase overall funding levels, with one idea being to devolve Vehicle... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Bring the axe down on HS2, says Johnson

The Government should scrap HS2 and use the money saved for tax cuts and funding the NHS, Boris Johnson said this week. Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Johnson said the cost of HS2 had “soared past £60bn” was “heading for £70bn” and would “probably top... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Councils still promoting out of date street designs, says UDG

Many local authorities in England are using out of date street design standards that promote road traffic and fail to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty, urban designers have told the DfT. The Urban Design Group (UDG) has highlighted the out of date practices in a letter to transport... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Government silent on residential level surfaces

The Government has not replied to requests for clarification from the Home Builders Federation or the Urban Design Group (UDG) as to whether the “pause” on new level surface street designs applies to residential streets.  The two bodies wrote separately to the Government last month... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

NIC offers to help council transport planning

The National Infrastructure Commission has written to council leaders representing  urban areas across England, offering to support them develop plans to improve local transport, unlock employment and deliver new homes. Letters have been sent to 74 local authorities representing the 55 primary... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Camden traffic scheme approved

The London Borough Camden is to make permanent a traffic management scheme, against the advice of a planning inspector. But the scheme could be modified in line with the inspector’s recommendation at a future date. The Torrington Place/Tavistock Place corridor scheme, between Tottenham Court... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Think before you cut borough grant, TfL told

Dozens of low cost schemes to improve transport for Londoners will be shelved next year if Transport for London makes a suggested ten per cent cut to the formula-based corridors and neighbourhood grant paid to boroughs.  The impacts of the cut are spelt out in a letter sent last week by Mark... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Dorset switches STB to press for better M4 road connection
Andrew Forster

Dorset County Council has changed its mind on which shadow sub-national transport body (STB) in the South West of England it will join.   The council originally expressed a preference for the Transport for the South West Peninsula shadow STB, which also covers Cornwall, Devon, Plymouth, Torbay... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Update on W Mids bypass

Midlands Connect has stressed that no decisions have yet been made on the nature of a proposed ‘strategic’ road around the west side of the West Midlands conurbation. In a presentation to the West Midlands Combined Authority’s transport delivery committee, Midlands Connect said... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News
Oxford-MK expressway corridor selected

Oxford-MK expressway corridor selected

The DfT has revealed the broad corridor for a new expressway road between Oxford and Cambridge, provoking anger from wildlife groups who say it is the... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News
Cambs economic review panel cool on rapid transit network

Cambs economic review panel cool on rapid transit network
Andrew Forster

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Bus franchising backed

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority mayor James Palmer should franchise the area’s bus network outside the main urban centres, the Cambridge & Peterborough Independent Economic Review has said. “The mayor should use his bus franchising powers under the devolution deal... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News
HS2 phase 2 director quits for job in Canada, as Bill delayed a year

HS2 phase 2 director quits for job in Canada, as Bill delayed a year

The official in charge of phase two of HS2 is leaving to take up a job in Canada. The news came as it also emerged that the publication of the hybrid Bill for phase 2b of the project, from West Midlands to Leeds and Crewe to Manchester, is being delayed a year. Paul... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

HS2 land deal probe

HS2 LTD’s forecast for the cost of property and land acquisition on the London-West Midlands route remains within the available funding but it is still very early in the process, the National Audit Office said in a report this week.   The NAO notes that in 2012 HS2 Ltd estimated the net... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Crossrail delay hits TfL coffers
Andrew Forster

Transport for London may face a double financial hit from the delayed opening of Crossrail through central London, with additional construction costs and the loss of months of fare revenues from the new services. TfL subsidiary company Crossrail Ltd has announced that the opening of the central... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News
Five things to know about  transport project cost overrun

Five things to know about transport project cost overrun

W  hy do transport projects so often seem to end up costing much more than originally forecast? Professor Bent Flyvbjerg, of the  University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School, has spent a lot of time... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News
Cambs collision data sparks fresh debate over speed cams

Cambs collision data sparks fresh debate over speed cams
Andrew Forster

Injury collisions at speed camera sites in... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Cameras ‘increased fatal and serious crashes’

Cambridgeshire’s research findings on camera effects were this week challenged by retired engineer and speed camera critic Idris Francis. He has written to Cambridgeshire councillors with his own analysis of the cameras’ performance, which shows that fatal and serious collisions at... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

DfT opens the door to council applications for lane rental
Andrew Forster

New guidance explains the conditions England’s highway authorities will have to satisfy in order to introduce lane rental charges for works in the road. The DfT’s decision to roll-out lane rental follows a review of the experiences of pilot schemes operated by Transport for London and... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Digital database for roadworks

The DfT is investing £10m in a new digital service to record real-time road works data.  Street Manager, to be launched next year, will be free for technology companies and app developers to use. “This will allow existing apps and providers, such as Waze and Google Maps, to enhance... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News
Leicester councillors back bus partnership

Leicester councillors back bus partnership

A scrutiny committee of Leicester City Council has recommended that the council pursue a new partnership with bus operators, rather than franchising. The... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Traffic control centre for West Yorkshire

Local authorities in West Yorkshire are discussing plans for a joint traffic management control  (UTMC) service hosted by Leeds City Council.  There are currently four separate Urban Traffic Control (UTC) systems for traffic signals in the conurbation. Bradford, Kirklees and Wakefield run... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News
Use Roads Fund to repair local roads – NIC

Use Roads Fund to repair local roads – NIC

The Government should use a portion of the new National Roads Fund for local road maintenance, the National Infrastructure Commission has said. The National Roads Fund... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

HE works to strengthen case for new TransPennine road
Andrew Forster

Highways England has appointed consultant WSP to strengthen the strategic and economic argument for a major road scheme across the Pennines, part of which would be in tunnel.  The TransPennine tunnel study will also assess the case for capacity improvements to adjacent sections of the... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

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