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Bristol joins Birmingham with clean air zone applying to cars

Bristol joins Birmingham with clean air zone applying to cars

Bristol City Council is to implement the strictest form of clean air zone (CAZ) covering vehicle including cars to bring nitrogen dioxide concentrations down to legal levels. The... continue

5 Mar 2021Local Transport Today News

Cambridge road pricing work shelved

The Greater Cambridge Partnership has dropped plans for    new charges on motorists such as road pricing and a workplace parking levy. For some years now the GCP has been exploring fiscal mechanisms to manage car use, such as road pricing, a workplace parking levy and a pollution... continue

5 Mar 2021Local Transport Today News
London Resort theme park accepted for DCO examination

London Resort theme park accepted for DCO examination

A huge entertainment complex on the south bank of the Thames estuary in Kent has been approved for public examination by the Planning Inspectorate. The promoters of  the London Resort predict it will... continue

5 Mar 2021Local Transport Today News

Autonomous vehicle service for Cambridge?

A plan is being prepared for an autonomous vehicle service in west Cambridge. The idea builds on the T-CABS autonomous vehicle project, that was awarded £3.2m of Government funding in 2018.  T-CABS was  supposed to trial autonomous vehicles on the southern end of the Cambridgeshire... continue

5 Mar 2021Local Transport Today News
MHCLG to lead land-use and transport plan for Ox-Cam Arc

MHCLG to lead land-use and transport plan for Ox-Cam Arc

The Government is to prepare a spatial framework for the Oxford to Cambridge Arc in which thousands of new homes and jobs are planned.  Transport policies will sit alongside land-use policies in the framework, which... continue

5 Mar 2021Local Transport Today News

Western Gateway transport plan

A five-year transport plan for a chunk of southwest England has been published by the Western Gateway non-statutory sub-national transport body (STB). The Western Gateway is an alliance of eight local authorities and one mayoral combined authority: Gloucestershire; Wiltshire; Dorset; Bournemouth,... continue

5 Mar 2021Local Transport Today News

Final version of EEH’s transport strategy released

England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) has published the final version of its transport strategy for the region.    EEH is the non-statutory sub-national transport body for central southern England, stretching from Swindon in the west to Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire in the east. Its... continue

5 Mar 2021Local Transport Today News

NAO calls for roadmap to decarbonising UK car market

The government should prepare a roadmap for eliminating carbon dioxide emissions from the UK car fleet, says the National Audit Office. Last November the Prime Minister announced his ambition to stop the sale of new cars powered solely by petrol or diesel by 2030. From 2035, only zero-emission cars... continue

5 Mar 2021Local Transport Today News

Road pricing ‘must apply to EVs’

Any nationwide road pricing scheme must apply to electric vehicles as well as those powered by fossil fuels, environmental transport group Transform Scotland has told the House of Commons transport committee. In written evidence to the committee’s new inquiry into road pricing, Transform... continue

5 Mar 2021Local Transport Today News

British Gas joins V2G electric car pilot

British Gas has agreed to participate as an electricity supply partner in the Electric Nation Vehicle to Grid (V2G) trial. The one-year Electric Nation project, due to start in June, will see electric vehicles feed electricity into the grid. It will help electricity distribution network operators... continue

5 Mar 2021Local Transport Today News

Chargepoint grant eligibility extended

Small businesses and people living in leasehold and rented accommodation will be eligible for financial support to install electric vehicle chargepoints under changes announced by the Government. The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), which provides up to £350 towards a chargepoint,... continue

5 Mar 2021Local Transport Today News

Lords probe battery and hydrogen future

The House of Lords science and technology committee has invited evidence for an inquiry into the use of batteries and fuel cells for decarbonisation.  The committee says both technologies will be particularly important in land transport “where the number of battery-electric vehicles in... continue

5 Mar 2021Local Transport Today News
DfT consults on simplifying the experience of EV charging

DfT consults on simplifying the experience of EV charging

The DfT is consulting on reforms to simplify electric vehicle charging across the UK, including ensuring interoperability and standardising the presentation of charging tariffs.  Ministers believe electric vehicle charging... continue

5 Mar 2021Local Transport Today News

R&D for chargepoint access

The Scottish Government has awarded £210,000 to test ways of improving accessibility to electric vehicle chargepoints.  Four firms – Urban Foresight, Miralis Data, Arceptive and Comms365 – will work on solutions to tackle the problem of ‘bay hogging’ (or... continue

5 Mar 2021Local Transport Today News
W London orbital rail service delayed, and service spec cut

W London orbital rail service delayed, and service spec cut

A proposed new orbital passenger rail service in west London is likely to be delayed for years because of TfL’s financial problems.  The West London Orbital  (WLO) project will make use of existing lines, some of them... continue

5 Mar 2021Local Transport Today News

Manchester bus & rail mode share plunges

Public transport carried less than four per cent of trips in Greater Manchester during January when the national lockdown to control Covid-19 was reimposed, according to Transport for Greater Manchester. Bob Morris, TfGM’s chief operating officer, said an estimated 129.4 million trips were... continue

5 Mar 2021Local Transport Today News

TfGM prepares fares & ticketing strategy

Transport for Greater Manchester is preparing a fare and ticketing policy to improve the quality of information on which politicians take decisions.   “Currently, decisions relating to fares and ticketing are often made in response to immediate political pressures,” Simon... continue

5 Mar 2021Local Transport Today News

ORR cites public finances to reject open access rail service

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has rejected a proposed open access passenger rail service between south Wales and London on the grounds that it would worsen the public finances at a time when rail subsidy has shot up because of Covid-19. Grand Union Trains (GUT)  applied to the ORR to... continue

5 Mar 2021Local Transport Today News

Gatwick posts £465m loss because of Covid

Gatwick airport has reported a £465m loss in 2020 as passenger numbers plummeted 78 per cent because of Covid-19 travel restrictions. The airport said a strong start to the year was quickly disrupted as the virus spread around the world and travel restrictions were imposed by governments.... continue

5 Mar 2021Local Transport Today News

Free-flow for M6 Toll road

Midland Expressway Ltd is to start trials of free-flow tolling on the M6 Toll road in the West Midlands.  Vans and lorries belonging to a number of fleet operators will be the first vehicles to trial the new payment system that will remove the need for vehicles to stop at toll booths.... continue

5 Mar 2021Local Transport Today News

Bechtel loses HS2 challenge

Bechtel has lost its legal battle with HS2 Ltd over the  awarding of the construction partner contract for Old Oak Common station.  Bechtel launched a judicial review challenge in 2019 after losing out to a joint venture of Balfour Beatty Group Ltd, Vinci Construction (UK) Ltd, Vinci... continue

5 Mar 2021Local Transport Today News

DfT challenges rail industry to quicken pace of delivery

The DfT and Network Rail are making reforms to try and significantly speed up the delivery of new rail infrastructure. Rail Project Speed builds on the Prime Minister’s Project Speed taskforce announced last June to complete public investment projects more rapidly and at lower cost. At a Rail... continue

5 Mar 2021Local Transport Today News

NR saves on electrification project

Network Rail claims to have saved £40m on an electrification project in Cardiff by using electric resistant paint and voltage-controlled clearance that averted the need to demolish a bridge.  NR says the lessons from the project, part of the Great Western electrification programme, could... continue

5 Mar 2021Local Transport Today News

UK guilty of air quality breaches

The European Court of Justice this week found the UK guilty of “systematically and persistently” breaching legal limits for nitrogen dioxide. The court has continued to oversee the case because proceedings began before Brexit. If the UK fails to comply within a “reasonable”... continue

5 Mar 2021Local Transport Today News

Clean air walking routes for London

London’s Cross River Partnership has published 14 ‘clean air routes’ for walking and cycling across 11 London boroughs. The routes, developed with Tranquil City, provide an alternative to the most direct route recommended in journey planners, avoiding the most polluted roads. The... continue

5 Mar 2021Local Transport Today News

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