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Work with us, authorities urge dockless bike hire operators

Work with us, authorities urge dockless bike hire operators
Andrew Forster

The UK’s fledgling dockless bike hire industry was this week urged to work with public authorities – or risk having their bikes removed from the streets. The... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

Councils asked to consent to England’s first statutory STB
Andrew Forster

Local transport authorities in the north of England are being asked to give consent to the Secretary of State’s regulations establishing Transport for the North – England’s first sub-national transport body (STB). As a statutory STB, TfN will be responsible for preparing a... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

EV charge points life expired

Most electric vehicle charging points installed in the North East of England with Government money just a few years ago are reaching the end of their useful life, says the North East Combined Authority.   Tobyn Hughes, NECA’s managing director of transport operations, said no provision... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News
TfL probes policy & regulatory tools to control use of CAVs

TfL probes policy & regulatory tools to control use of CAVs
Andrew Forster

The introduction of connected and autonomous vehicles... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News
Distance-based road charge collected by insurers wins £250,000 prize

Distance-based road charge collected by insurers wins £250,000 prize

The Wolfson Economics Prize is billed as the most significant economics prize after the Nobel Prize and the £250,000 prize money is certainly not to be sniffed at. So there was huge interest in transport circles last year when prize sponsor, Lord Wolfson of Apsley,... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News
Court uses cyclist’s head cam to convict close-pass drivers

Court uses cyclist’s head cam to convict close-pass drivers
Deniz Huseyin

Two drivers in the West Midlands have become the first to... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News
Welsh free parking plan flops as councils refuse to play ball

Welsh free parking plan flops as councils refuse to play ball
Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government’s attempt to pilot free parking... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

Grayling announces winners of HS2 phase one contracts

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced the winners of £6.6bn of contracts for construction of the London to West Midlands phase of HS2. Shortlisted bidders for the station design contracts have also been named.  The civils contracts are split into two stages: stage one covering... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News
Transport projects eligible for slice of £2.3bn housing fund

Transport projects eligible for slice of £2.3bn housing fund

Transport infrastructure needed to support new housing in England will be eligible for a £2.3bn four-year fund announced by the Government.  The Department for Communities and Local Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News
Guide promotes bus-friendly new housing developments

Guide promotes bus-friendly new housing developments
Andrew Forster

Stagecoach has published guidance for local... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

‘Extend HS2 to North East’

The North East Combined Authority is pressing for a high-speed rail line to connect the area into the wider HS2 network to the south, and to Scotland. Tobyn Hughes, NECA’s managing director of transport operations, told councillors that the East Coast Main Line (ECML) between York and... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News
Grayling publishes bill for HS2 to Crewe and phase 2b route

Grayling publishes bill for HS2 to Crewe and phase 2b route
Andrew Forster

The Government’s high-speed rail plans have taken a... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

HS2 costs ‘will double’

The DfT has rejected claims that the HS2 project will cost double the current estimate. The Department insists that the project will be delivered within an overall envelope of £55.7bn (2015 prices), broken down as: £24.3bn for London – West Midlands (phase one); £3.7bn for... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News
Pre-mortems recommended to avoid major project disasters

Pre-mortems recommended to avoid major project disasters
Andrew Forster

The DfT should conduct ‘pre-mortem’... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

Wales blames DfT for rail franchise delay

The Welsh Government this week blamed the DfT for a delay to the tender competition for the next Wales and Borders franchise.  Cabinet secretary for economy and infrastructure Ken Skatessaid the DfT had  decided to delay the issue of the new Wales and Borders rail service tender “as... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

Demand responsive transport firms set sights on London
Andrew Forster

Multiple proposals for demand responsive transport (DRT) services in the capital are being developed, as firms take advantage of new technology. “Market conditions have evolved to take account of changing technology, with multiple market players investigating the viability of a DRT service in... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

New body to steer transport research

The Government is setting up a UK Transport Research and Innovation Board (TRIB) to co-ordinate activity by the UK’s major research organisations.  The DfT is working with the Government Office for Science – part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News
21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News
Laying the foundations for healthy streets

Laying the foundations for healthy streets

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has placed the Healthy Streets Approach at the heart of his 25-year Transport Strategy. This will require all transport decisions and... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

M6 Toll ‘carries 60% of through trips’

The M6 Toll in the West Midlands carries the majority of long distance traffic on the M6 corridor, according to Midland Expressway Ltd (MEL), the road’s operating company.  MEL says the road carries more than 60% of all through traffic on the M6 corridor and more than 90% of through... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

ORR to benchmark HE’s performance on delays

The Office of Rail and Road wants to benchmark delays on Highways England’s road network against comparable networks elsewhere in Europe. One of the HE’s key performance indicators is the average time lost per vehicle mile. But the ORRpoints out that the indicator does not come with a... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News
Gatwick presses for Brighton rail upgrade

Gatwick presses for Brighton rail upgrade

Gatwick Airport is calling on the Government to commit funding to a major increase in rail capacity on the London to Brighton railway.   The rail upgrade is... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

‘Big freight potential for East West Railway’

Ministers must not use cost-cutting or new funding mechanisms to undermine the East West Rail (EWR) project’s potential to carry freight, the Rail Freight Group (RFG) has said. The DfT is currently reviewing East West Rail chairman Rob Brighouse’s report into how the costs of EWR phase... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

Coventry bids to be testbed for CAVs

Coventry’s roads could become a testing ground for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) under plans submitted to Government.  Coventry, Transport for the West Midlands, and unnamed partners have submitted a bid to Innovate UK’s £55m connected and autonomous vehicles... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

DfT probes safety of car software updates

The DfT is commissioning research to understand how safety critical software updates are managed in different industries, to inform how they should be managed in the automotive sector. All vehicles and their safety functions currently have to obtain safety certification, known as type approval. But... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

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