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Travel demand hit by resurgent virus

Travel demand looks likely to slump again in parts of the UK as the Government and devolved administrations impose new restrictions on people’s lives in an effort to limit a second wave of Covid-19 infections.  All parts of England have been placed into one of three Covid alert levels: Medium, High, and Very High. Greater London and most conurbations are in the High tier. Here, people should “aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible”. “If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.”  The Liverpool City Region was the first place to be put in Very High. People here “should try to avoid travelling outside the ‘Very High’ area... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News
Light touch multi-operator fare capping for Midlands Connect

Light touch multi-operator fare capping for Midlands Connect
Andrew Forster

A light touch system to deliver  fare-capping for... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Dates set for Bath and Birmingham CAZs

The Government has announced launch dates for England’s first two charging clean air zones (CAZs), in Birmingham and Bath. Bath’s Class C CAZ, covering the city centre, will go live on 15 March, despite ongoing concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic. LTT understands that Bath & North... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Can Midlands Connect deliver multi-operator ticketing vision?

Midlands Connect has requested £20m from the DfT to develop an account-based ticketing system that will facilitate contactless ticketing with fare capping across multiple modes and operators.  Known as ‘Broker’, the system reflects lessons that Midlands Connect has learnt... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News
Hendy accepts PM’s invite to study UK’s connectivity

Hendy accepts PM’s invite to study UK’s connectivity

Sir Peter Hendy will lead a study into ways of improving connections between the four nations of the UK on behalf of the Prime Minister. The exercise has got off to a bumpy start, however, with scepticism... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Scots suspect Hendy study has ulterior motive

The devolved administrations have given a mix of reactions, many of them unfavourable, to news of the UK Connectivity study chaired by Sir Peter Hendy.  Michael Matheson, Scotland’s cabinet secretary for transport, said: “We absolutely want to see improved transport and... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News
Scots and Welsh enraged as bill gives Westminster UK-wide transport power

Scots and Welsh enraged as bill gives Westminster UK-wide transport power

The UK’s devolved administrations have reacted furiously to a power in the Government’s Internal Market Bill that will give the Government at Westminster the power to directly fund transport projects anywhere in the UK. The Bill establishes arrangements for governance after 1... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News
ORR shines light on slump in rail demand during pandemic

ORR shines light on slump in rail demand during pandemic

Rail passenger journeys fell this year to levels not seen since the mid-nineteenth century because of Covid-19,  says the Office of Rail and Road.  Rail journeys plummeted to 35 million in the first quarter of... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Covid cash for Scots bus and tram

The Scottish Government has announced further Covid-19 emergency funding for buses, the Edinburgh Tram and the Glasgow Subway.  Bus operators will receive £52.6m to make up for lost revenue on services for the period between 9 November and 17 January next year. The Glasgow Subway and... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Demand for parking grows in Square Mile

Demand for car parking in the City of London was higher in late summer than before Covid-19, despite commuting into central London remaining massively down on pre-pandemic levels.  The Corporation of London says that, before Covid-19 struck, its five car parks operated at about 65 per cent... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News
Shropshire to revive fortunes of ‘tired’ Shrewsbury P&R

Shropshire to revive fortunes of ‘tired’ Shrewsbury P&R

Shropshire Council has published plans to revitalise Shrewsbury’s bus-based park-and-ride operation. Three park-and-ride sites serve the town: Harlescott to the north, Meole Brace to the south, and Oxon to... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Metrolink extension key to Stockport plan

An extension of Greater Manchester’s Metrolink light rail system to Stockport is a vital part of plans to regenerate the town centre and its railway station.  Infrastructure proposals for the town centre and a station growth prospectus have just been published by Stockport Council and... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Glasgow leads Metro feasibility study

Glasgow City Council is to lead a feasibility study into a new public transport system for the city-region.  The Glasgow Connectivity Commission recommended a metro rapid transit network, largely using rail-based technology, in its final report for the council last May (LTT 10 May). The... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

TfL Covid cash talks continue

Transport for London was still in negotiations with the Government about a second  emergency Covid-19 financial package as LTT closed for press (Thursday 15th).  Sky News reported that the Government was stipulating that, in return for £1bn, London mayor Sadiq Khan must extend the... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Legalisation of privately-owned e-scooters wins MPs’ backing

The Government should take “swift action” to legalise the use of privately-owned e-scooters if the rental trials  currently underway demonstrate them to be safe for riders and other road users, the House of Commons transport committee has said.  The committee’s report... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Micromobility Alliance formed for London

An alliance of micromobility and active travel groups has written to the Government urging it to support e-scooters in London and e-bikes and e-cargo bikes too.  Rental trials of e-scooters have already been launched elsewhere in England but a London trial remains uncertain (LTT 02... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News
Portsmouth rules out omitting IoW ferry terminal from CAZ

Portsmouth rules out omitting IoW ferry terminal from CAZ

Portsmouth City Council has ruled out omitting the Isle of Wight ferry terminal from the city’s proposed charging clean air zone (CAZ), even though a route to the terminal  avoiding the CAZ would be practical.... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Devolution & unitary White Paper delayed

Proposals for local government reform and the creation of more mayoral combined authorities in England’s shires have suffered a setback, with the Government delaying publication of a policy statement.    The White Paper on local economic recovery and devolution was expected to be... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

We must consult on active travel schemes, Kent tells DfT

Kent county Council has blamed the DfT’s tight implementation timetable for the furore over temporary active travel schemes, and says this “must not be repeated” with the next round of Government cash.   Kent received £1.6m of the first £45m tranche of the... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Axe temporary traffic guidance – petition

A petition on the Parliament website calling on the Government to scrap its guidance and funding for temporary traffic management measures “that cause congestion” has attracted more than 18,000 signatures within a week of launch.  The petition has been launched by David Tarsh, a... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News
TfL reveals borough street closure funding

TfL reveals borough street closure funding

TfL has released data showing how the £6.57m for ‘low traffic neighbourhood’  (LTN) schemes featuring residential street closures to traffic has... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Midlothian aligns EV charging fees with one of its neighbours

Midlothian Council is to align its tariffs for using electric vehicle chargepoints with neighbouring East Lothian Council but not with neighbouring Edinburgh.  Midlothian says rising demand for EV charging means it cannot continue providing the electricity free of charge. The council has two... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

BEVs ‘may cause outages’

Researchers are to explore how artificial intelligence (AI) can control residential electricity demand to prevent battery electric vehicle charging overloading local electricity networks.  Project DINO (Domestic Infrastructure and Network Optimisation) will demonstrate in a new-build... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Nissan LEAF owners recruited for V2G pilot

Volunteers are being recruited for a trial of vehicle to grid (V2G), whereby electric vehicle batteries can feed energy back to the electricity grid at peak times of electricity demand. The Electric Nation V2G project is being delivered by Western Power Distribution in partnership with... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Pavement parking shake-up in Wales

The Welsh Government is to give local authorities the power to fine motorists who park on pavements. Ministers have accepted the  recommendation of an independent expert group that councils should be given civil enforcement powers to control pavement parking.   Deputy transport minister... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

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