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Extreme weather means re-think needed on transport funding, says Marsden

Extreme weather means re-think needed on transport funding, says Marsden

In the face of increasingly frequent extreme weather incidents, transport funding may have to be re-prioritised in preparation for “catastrophic disruptive events,” transport academic Greg Marsden has... continue

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27 Jul 2022Local Transport Today News

National Highways seeks to improve road evaluations

National Highways is considering evaluating all completed road schemes after three years, instead of one year and five years after opening. It believes this would provide more meaningful data than the established timing of Post-opening Project Evaluations (POPEs). NH currently has a large backlog... continue

26 Jul 2022Local Transport Today News

Free travel introduced on trains in Spain

Short and medium distance train journeys in Spain will be free of charge for four months from September with the aim of reducing the impact of the cost of living crisis. Spain has decided to go one step further by making train travel on its Renfe services free between September and December this... continue

25 Jul 2022Local Transport Today News
Bus operators say TfW’s rail role places it in a ‘conflicted position’

Bus operators say TfW’s rail role places it in a ‘conflicted position’
Rhodri Clark

Independent bus operators in Wales say Transport for Wales could be... continue

27 Jul 2022Local Transport Today News

Young Scots make over 13m free bus journeys
Rhodri Clark

More than 13 million bus journeys have been undertaken since the Scottish Government introduced free travel for residents aged under 22, but so far fewer than half of the eligible people have applied for the pass. The government is seeking assurances from local authorities that applicants are not... continue

27 Jul 2022Local Transport Today News

Eastleigh urges Hampshire council to re-think transport funding cuts

Hampshire County Council’s plans to cut transport funding by around £800,000 a year will have “disproportionate effect on vulnerable people”, a borough council in the county has warned. Eastleigh Borough Council said the proposed cuts, from April 2023, will remove some... continue

27 Jul 2022Local Transport Today News

Residents back Rawtenstall - Manchester rail

Plans to re-open the long closed rail link from Rawtenstall to Manchester has received overwhelming support in a survey carried out by Rossendale Council. Some 86% of Bury and Rossendale residents who responded to the survey support a new rail link from the Lancashire town to Manchester city... continue

27 Jul 2022Local Transport Today News

Plan for £2 bus fare cap poses risks for operators

A proposed £2 cap on bus fares in England this autumn and winter could leave operators and local authorities having to plug funding gaps, according to a bus industry analyst. The £2 cap is under consideration as a practical way to help people cope with the increasing cost of living.... continue

27 Jul 2022Local Transport Today News

‘Guilt-free’ Jet Zero Strategy unveiled by Government

The Government has launched a ‘Jet Zero Strategy’ which, it says, commits UK domestic aviation to achieving net zero emissions by 2040, with all airports in England becoming zero-emission by the same year. The strategy will enable “guilt-free” air travel, according to the... continue

27 Jul 2022Local Transport Today News

PJA makes Swanson associate director

Catriona Swanson has been promoted from associate to associate director at consultancy Phil Jones Associates (PJA). She jointed PJA’s expanding Manchester office in February 2021, prior to which she led active travel teams at Salford City Council and Arup. Other promotions within the active... continue

27 Jul 2022Local Transport Today News

West Coast Partnership brings in Gaiger

Shamit Gaiger is the new managing director at the West Coast Partnership Development team, the shadow operator for HS2 Ltd. She was previously at consultancy AECOM where she spent more than three years as head of advisory Europe. Gaiger has led rail sector deal negotiations on behalf of HM... continue

27 Jul 2022Local Transport Today News

Micklethwaite takes non-executive role at SLC

SLC Rail has appointed Neil Micklethwaite as its non-executive director. He has been chief operating officer for CMAC Group since May. Prior to that the spent six years at Stagecoach Group, most recently as business development director.... continue

27 Jul 2022Local Transport Today News

Meyers moves up at ITP

Stephanie Meyers has been promoted to associate director at Integrated Planning Ltd. She has been with the consultancy for nearly 12 years, through a range of roles, from consultant, senior consultant, principal consultant and associate.... continue

27 Jul 2022Local Transport Today News

Steer promotes Clark

Matthew Clark has been promoted to the role of associate director at Steer. He has been with the consultancy for more than 18 years as an associate. For the past four years he has also been a trustee with shared transport charity CoMoUK.... continue

27 Jul 2022Local Transport Today News

Clarke new CEO at ClientEarth

Laura Clarke OBE is to take over as CEO at ClientEarth on 5 September. The environmental charity’s founding CEO James Thornton will transition into the non-executive role of founder and president. Clarke is currently British High Commissioner to New Zealand and has spent 20 years in... continue

27 Jul 2022Local Transport Today News

Rees Jeffreys Rod Fund awards students bursaries

The Rees Jeffreys Road Fund has awarded eight bursaries for students to take up MSc studies. The Trustees of Rees Jeffreys Road Fund meet each year to award bursaries to students undertaking transport related MSc studies in the UK. The founder of the Fund, William Rees Jeffreys, was a keen... continue

27 Jul 2022Local Transport Today News

Road building efficiencies being met, says National Highways

Efficiency targets set out in the Government’s road building programme have been met in the first two years of its second road period (RP2), reports National Highways. An efficiency target was first set at £2.23bn, which has been revised to £2.11bn following SR21 and the Transport... continue

26 Jul 2022Local Transport Today News

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