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PM and Shapps take on critics of active travel with £175m pot

PM and Shapps take on critics of active travel with £175m pot
Andrew Forster

The Prime Minister and transport secretary Grant Shapps this week took on the critics of the Government’s active travel programme as £175m was announced for more measures... continue

16 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News
Weekend pedestrianisation boosts takings of cafes and bars

Weekend pedestrianisation boosts takings of cafes and bars

The London Borough of Wandsworth has hailed the impact of weekend closures of  high streets to vehicular traffic, saying the actions boosted trade in the cafes, restaurants and bars.  Wandsworth introduced temporary... continue

16 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

TfL warms to ANPR for LTNs

Transport for London is looking more favourably at the use of automatic numberplate recognition (ANPR) cameras to enforce ‘low traffic neighbourhood’ residential street closures after the emergency services expressed concern that bollards and planters hamper their ability to reach... continue

16 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Judge approves Ealing LTN legal review

Opponents of low traffic neighbourhood residential street closures in the London Borough of Ealing have been granted the right to bring a judicial review challenge against the council.  The case is being brought by Ealing Residents Against Low Traffic Neighbourhoods.  Mr Justice Holgate,... continue

16 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Shapps gives a green light for A303 tunnel past Stonehenge

Transport secretary Grant Shapps this week overruled planning inspectors and authorised construction of a tunnel for the A303 past the Stonehenge prehistoric stone circle in Wiltshire.  Barring a successful legal challenge from opponents, the decision brings to an end decades of debate about... continue

16 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Travel restrictions reimposed to fight Covid

Travel demand has fallen further following the Government’s imposition of new restrictions on travel, businesses and social gatherings in England to slow a second wave of Covid-19. The restrictions introduced on Thursday 5 November include: the closure of all non-essential retail, bars,... continue

16 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Edinburgh reveals next tranche of temporary active travel measures

Councillors in Edinburgh this week voted in favour of a further major programme of temporary measures to benefit active travel, including segregated cycle lanes and widened pavements.   The changes affect four radial routes and are funded by the council’s £5m Spaces for People... continue

16 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Sustrans’ influence in Scotland put in the spotlight

Questions about the influence of active travel charity Sustrans on transport policy and practice in Scotland have been raised in Edinburgh and Aberdeen.  New campaign group Get Edinburgh Moving (GEM), which was formed to fight a low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) scheme in East Craigs, has... continue

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Manchester prepares LTN trial after ending residents’ control

Manchester City Council is reviewing feedback to a consultation on a low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) scheme in south Manchester that the council had to rescue this summer after the original plans provoked acrimony between residents.  The £2.5m Levenshulme and Burnage Active Neighbourhood... continue

16 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News
Aberdeen’s footway extensions win praise

Aberdeen’s footway extensions win praise

Aberdeen City Council has voiced satisfaction with almost 150 timber footway extensions implemented in the city using Covid-19 emergency traffic management... continue

16 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

West Sussex to scrap pop-up cycle lanes

West Sussex County Council has signalled the end for its ‘pop-up’ cycle lanes that have attracted thousands of complaints. The council implemented seven schemes this summer with funding from the DfT’s Covid-19 Emergency Active Travel Fund. Plastic wands were used to separate the... continue

16 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Newcastle to install LTNs

Newcastle City Council plans to trial low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) residential street closures to vehicles across the city. The council has £4m to implement the programme of closures to reduce through traffic. Schemes will be delivered using experimental traffic regulation orders. These do... continue

16 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News
Transport profession has lots to say on Planning White Paper

Transport profession has lots to say on Planning White Paper

The Government’s consultation on the Planning White Paper, Planning for the Future, closed at the end of October. Officials are now poring over the thousands of pages of comment that the proposed sweeping reforms have provoked from a... continue

16 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News
Bus firm plans legal challenge to Luton’s reimbursement cut

Bus firm plans legal challenge to Luton’s reimbursement cut

Luton Borough Council looks likely to face a legal challenge from one or more bus operators over the decision to cut concessionary fares reimbursement.  Luton warned in July that it could not afford to keep paying operators... continue

16 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News
Distance-based fares for West Mids rail?

Distance-based fares for West Mids rail?

Distance-based rail fares could be introduced for passengers in the West Midlands under a major shake-up being studied by the area’s local... continue

16 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Scots consult on free bus travel for U-19s

Transport Scotland is consulting on introducing free bus travel for all under-19s resident in the country.  About 770,000 would be eligible for the policy, which will be introduced in late-2021. The Scottish Government says the policy will: help young people access education, employment and... continue

16 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

‘Recovery deals’ for buses – CPT

Local Authorities and bus operators in England should form ‘recovery partnerships’  after the DfT’s Covid Bus Service Support Grant (CBSSG) ends, the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) has said. Recovery partnerships would have a “flexible timeframe” and... continue

16 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News
Greater Manchester’s new spatial plan

Greater Manchester’s new spatial plan

New and improved transport connections feature prominently in Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s new spatial framework.  ... continue

16 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

HE studies impact of including trunk roads in clean air zone

Highways England is assessing the likely effects of  extending the proposed Greater Manchester clean air zone (CAZ) to cover two trunk roads in the east of the conurbation. The Greater Manchester councils are currently consulting on  the plan to introduce a conurbation-wide Class C CAZ.... continue

16 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News
HE consults on £230m bypass in Tameside

HE consults on £230m bypass in Tameside

Highways England is consulting on a £228m bypass for the village of Mottram in Tameside, Greater Manchester. The ‘Mottram Moor link road and... continue

16 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Aberdeen studies LEZ boundary views

Aberdeen City Council is reviewing the responses to its consultation on eight options for a city centre low emission zone.  The options, ordered in increasing size, are:  • 1A – Union Street area; • 1B – Union Street area, excluding Denburn Road and Guild... continue

16 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Covid hits Glasgow’s LEZ plans

Glasgow City Council has announced a delay to the date that its low emission zone (LEZ) extends will cover all types of vehicle.  The city centre LEZ currently applies only to buses. Glasgow planned to extend coverage to all vehicles from 31 December 2022. But it says this date can no longer... continue

16 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

TfL’s new six-month Covid-19 bailout could exceed £1.8bn

The Government has announced a further £1bn-plus bailout for Transport for London to cover lost fare revenues resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.  The new package covers the second half of 2020/21 (18 October to 31 March) and is worth £1bn under a central scenario. The agreement... continue

16 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Devolved taxes on agenda to rebuild TfL

The Government may devolve more taxes to the mayor of London as part of a plan to put Transport for London on a sustainable footing after Covid-19. Announcing the new financial package to keep TfL afloat until the end of March next year, transport secretary Grant Shapps said: “I look forward... continue

16 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News
TfW could become nation’s bus operator, suggests Waters

TfW could become nation’s bus operator, suggests Waters

Transport for Wales could become a bus operator for the whole of Wales, Lee Waters, the deputy minister for economy and transport, has suggested. Waters told the National Assembly he was disappointed that the Government... continue

16 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

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