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Reforms urged to demand forecasting

Ten recommendations for improving travel demand forecasting and transport policy in the face of uncertainty have been made by the Commission on Travel Demand following a 12-month inquiry.     The Commission calls for demand to be forecast against a wider range of future growth  scenarios. Local areas should be given more freedom to develop their own forecasts. The DfT should open up its models for external scrutiny, and a set of simpler, more transparent modelling tools should be developed to reflect the great uncertainty about future mobility trends.   The marked difference between traffic trends on motorways and urban areas needs to be better understood, says the Commission.  It also suggests the Government should fund a ‘green growth’ programmes in... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News
Up to ten large contracts in TfGM’s bus franchising model

Up to ten large contracts in TfGM’s bus franchising model
Andrew Forster

Greater Manchester’s bus network could be split... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Jones ‘must not decide fate of M4 relief road’

Welsh first minister Carwyn Jones has been urged by one of his own backbenchers to leave to his successor the decision on whether to proceed with building the controversial M4 Relief Road at Newport. Jones, who recently announced he will step down in December, said last month that he had not... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News
EEH vents frustration about Oxford-Cambridge road study

EEH vents frustration about Oxford-Cambridge road study
Andrew Forster

The England’s Economic Heartland grouping of... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Better transport ‘vital to SE economy’

The economic case for investing in the South East’s inter-urban transport corridors is set out in a new report published by shadow sub-national transport body, Transport for the South East.  The draft Economic Connectivity Review, commissioned from consultant Steer Davies Gleave (SDG),... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News

On-demand minibus trials for Oxford

An on-demand mini-bus sharing scheme is to be launched in Oxford by Go-Ahead subsidiary, the Oxford Bus Company. The service, branded PickMeUp, will cover the city centre and the city’s ‘Eastern Arc’, a major employment area. Passengers will use an app to book a pick-up from... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News
Commission plots new path for travel demand forecasting

Commission plots new path for travel demand forecasting
Andrew Forster

Transport policy and planning approaches the question... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News

DfT assesses private sector interest in Heathrow rail links
Rhodri Clark

The DfT is gauging private sector interest in two new rail links to Heathrow Airport, from the west and the south.  The four-mile western rail link would  leave the Great Western main line (GWML) between Langley and Iver and run in tunnel to Heathrow Terminal 5, where it would join up... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News
Hearing into ‘illegal’ Mersey Gateway tolls

Hearing into ‘illegal’ Mersey Gateway tolls

Halton Borough Council this week challenged a Traffic Penalty Tribunal adjudication that the tolls on the new Mersey Gateway crossing are illegal.  The Traffic... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News

TfN’s plan won’t help urban areas – council

Transport for the North (TfN) must not try to redirect funding from urban to inter-urban transport improvements, a council has said.  Responding to TfN’s draft strategic transport plan, Gateshead Council in Tyne and Wear says the document’s emphasis on improving inter-city links... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News
Gondola could replace car trips

Gondola could replace car trips
Andrew Forster

The Lake District National Park Authority is exploring the potential to replace car access... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News
Borders transport improvement options

Borders transport improvement options

Consultants have identified 21 possible options for improving transport links between South-East Scotland and the Scottish Borders. They will be... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News

All change for Scots station opening bids

Plans for new rail stations in  Scotland will have to go through Transport Scotland’s new pipeline process following confirmation that the dedicated Scottish Stations Fund is being closed down.    SWestrans, the South West Scotland transport partnership, has been developing... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News
Police fine Section 19 permit holder for council contract

Police fine Section 19 permit holder for council contract
Rhodri Clark

Police have fined a community transport operator for... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Burnham reforms TfGM committee

Proposed changes to how transport is governed in Greater Manchester could help facilitate bus franchising.   The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has asked its ten constituent district councils to review the functions, size and membership of the Transport for Greater... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Re-think community transport reform – CTA

The Community Transport Association (CTA) is urging the DfT to have a last-minute change of heart on its proposed community transport reforms, warning that the consequences of not doing so could be devastating for community transport operators and the public who rely on their services. Consultation... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News
Welsh Government reduces NR’srole in rail line upgrading

Welsh Government reduces NR’srole in rail line upgrading
Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government is to reduce Network Rail’s... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Council won’t pay for bus station

The Welsh Government paid £15m for the site of Cardiff’s future bus station, rather than using Section 106 contributions from developers of property nearby. The previous bus station in Central Square closed in 2015 for a new BBC building to be erected there. A replacement bus station... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Academic advises on Welsh rail priorities

The Welsh Government has commissioned an academic to advise on the nation’s rail infrastructure investment priorities. Mark Barry, professor of practice in connectivity at Cardiff University, will produce separate analyses of North and South Wales. Barry instigated the South East Wales Metro... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Study of Menai road and power crossing

The Welsh Government and National Grid will jointly study the feasibility of constructing a bridge to carry road traffic and power cables over the Menai Strait between Anglesey and the mainland. However, the National Grid is already warning of the challenges of providing a shared crossing and is... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News
Oxfordshire: a council in the thick of mobility innovation

Oxfordshire: a council in the thick of mobility innovation
Andrew Forster

Electric vehicles, hydrogen vehicles, driverless... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News
Westminster halts work on Oxford Street transformation

Westminster halts work on Oxford Street transformation
Andrew Forster

London mayor Sadiq Khan’s plan to transform... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News

West Mids modelling search

Transport for the West Midlands (TfWM) has alerted the market to a new framework contract for strategic and tactical transport modelling services.  The framework will commence on 1 October and run to 30 September 2022, covering two supplier categories: the development and operation of... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Newspaper refuses to print anti-camera ad

A newspaper has refused to run an advert that criticises claims made for the effectiveness of speed cameras. Speed camera critic Idris Francis prepared the advert, which focused on claims made by Go Safe, the Welsh casualty reduction partnership, for the effectiveness of its cameras. He sent the... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News
Driver injuries fall in council 20mph areas

Driver injuries fall in council 20mph areas

Calderdale council has reported a 30 per cent drop in road accident casualties in 20mph areas.  The West Yorkshire authority completed a signed-only 20mph roll-out... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News

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