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‘Dump legacy model tools’

‘Dump legacy model tools’

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) should encourage transport authorities and consultancies to abandon the use of “legacy” transport modelling techniques and embrace ‘big data’ sources such as mobile phones records, a transport data consultancy has said. Citi Logik... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News
Infrastructure Commission sets out population scenarios

Infrastructure Commission sets out population scenarios

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) is consulting on the population scenarios it plans to use for the National Infrastructure Assessment of the UK’s transport and other infrastructure needs.  The... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News

Bristol authorities braced for big rise in rail project costs
Andrew Forster

Councils in the Bristol area are exploring how to fill a funding gap in their MetroWest local rail enhancement plans. Network Rail is expected to confirm this month a significant increase in the cost of MetroWest phase one, which will see the Portishead branch reopened, and enhanced local rail... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News

A stronger SEStran is not in our interest, says Falkirk
Andrew Forster

Falkirk Council is opposing a plan by the South East Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran) to acquire additional powers.  SEStran is currently a ‘model one’ regional transport partnership (RTP), primarily responsible for preparing a regional transport strategy covering eight... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News
Study probes traffic impacts of autonomous vehicles

Study probes traffic impacts of autonomous vehicles
Andrew Forster

Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) will... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News
Cambridge drops peak time access control plan for roads

Cambridge drops peak time access control plan for roads
Andrew Forster

Plans for peak hour road closures in Cambridge have... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News
DfT takes full devolution of West Mids rail off the agenda

DfT takes full devolution of West Mids rail off the agenda
Andrew Forster

Local authorities in the West Midlands will not have the... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News
New appraisal methods help

New appraisal methods help
Andrew Forster

The DfT has used new appraisal methods to build the business case for a... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News
Get to work on a road pricing scheme, London Assembly tells Khan

Get to work on a road pricing scheme, London Assembly tells Khan
Andrew Forster

London mayor Sadiq Khan should reform the central London... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News
DfT to overturn bus franchising free-for-all

DfT to overturn bus franchising free-for-all

A House of Lords amendment to the Bus Services Bill giving all local transport authorities in England the power to introduce bus franchising looks set to be overturned by the... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News

We don’t need an Expressway to Cambridge, says Oxford Uni
Andrew Forster

The University of Oxford has questioned the Government’s plans for an Expressway road between Oxford and Cambridge, saying the priority should be better local transport connections instead.  The DfT’s Oxford to Cambridge Expressway is exploring options for a dual carriageway road... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News

Taskforce to tackle Scots active travel challenges

Transport Scotland has created an active travel taskforce to tackle the barriers to delivering ambitious walking and cycling infrastructure projects. The group will be chaired by Transport Scotland chief executive Roy Brannen. Other members are:  • Daisy Narayanan, deputy director of... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News

DfT procures road journey time contract

The Government is procuring a survey of road travel times and routing data for the road network in England, which  local authorities and consultants will be able to use for transport modelling.  The Crown Commercial Service is procuring the road travel time data service contract on behalf... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News
London trials system dynamics modelling

London trials system dynamics modelling

The Greater London Authority and Transport for London are developing a system dynamics model to explore relationships such as between transport investment... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News
Fresh expansion plan for Southampton port

Fresh expansion plan for Southampton port

Plans for a major expansion of Southampton Port are being drawn up more than a decade after proposals were rejected on environmental grounds. Associated British... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News

Ebbsfleet shuttle features in Kent’s high-speed rail ambitions

A high-speed shuttle service between Ebbsfleet and London St Pancras International is being called for by Kent County Council, which wants the Government to order 20 additional high-speed trains for the next South Eastern franchise.  Kent says the order should comprise:  • 12 six-car... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News

Flybe takes on GWR from Cardiff

The Cardiff to London air service introduced during a period of rail disruption last year, has become permanent. Budget airline Flybe began to operate between Cardiff airport, in the Vale of Glamorgan, and London City airport in September, when a six-week closure of the Severn tunnel for... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News

Dorset: unitaries and a combined authority?

Councils in the Dorset area will decide this month whether to  support plans to reform local government, with a two unitary model the frontrunner. A review of governance has involved nine local authorities: Dorset County Council, the six Dorset districts, and the unitaries of Poole and... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News

Unitary Oxfordshire ‘good for transport’

A unitary Oxfordshire Council would improve the integration of transport and land-use planning, Oxfordshire County Council said this week. The county council has launched a consultation on plans to abolish all six councils – the county and the five district/city councils – and replace... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News

Confusion after court’s wheelchair bus ruling

Bus drivers must do more than simply request someone occupying a disabled space to move if a wheelchair user boards, the Supreme Court has ruled.   The case was brought against FirstGroup by a wheelchair user who was unable to board a bus because a mother with a pram refused to vacate the... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News

Driverless cars: mode of choice for terrorists?

Autonomous vehicles will increase the risk of terrorist attacks, a consultancy has told the Government.  New York-based Orbit City Lab, a company specialising in  emerging technologies such as autonomous vehicles and the Internet of Things, has raised its concerns with the UK... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News

New Garden towns and villages revealed

The Government has identified locations for three more garden towns and 14  garden villages. Garden towns are new settlements with more than 10,000 homes. Garden villages are new settlements of between 1,500 and 10,000 homes.  The garden towns are: Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire; Taunton in... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News

Housing spine road ‘was built too narrow’

A spine road through a new Oxfordshire housing estate should have been built wider than it was, those involved in the project have admitted.  Parking is banned on Sir Frank Williams Avenue in the 3,300-home Great Western Park development in Didcot because the road is used by buses and goods... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News

We won’t duplicate rail sector planning – NIC

The national Infrastructure Commission (NIC) this week insisted it would not duplicate the transport sector’s own processes for identifying major infrastructure investment priorities.  The NIC was responding to concerns raised by Network Rail that the Commission’s National... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News

Rethink optimism bias, say actuaries

The use of optimism bias adjustments in infrastructure project costings should be reviewed, the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries has told the National Infrastructure Commission. “The Commission should study the impact of optimism bias in project appraisals,” says the... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News

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