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Councils given two months to prepare ‘stable and resilient’ bus networks
Peter Stonham

Guidance on planning for the bus networks required in England after emergency Covid-related support to operators ends has been issued by the DfT. It is a condition of Bus Recovery Grant (BRG) Extension... continue

3 May 2022Local Transport Today News
Self-driving bus trials underway in Scotland

Self-driving bus trials underway in Scotland
Deniz Huseyin

Live testing of five single-deck autonomous buses started in Scotland this week. The buses, which are capable of carrying up to 36... continue

3 May 2022Local Transport Today News
Leicester looks to workplace levy to fund bus plan after BSIP setback

Leicester looks to workplace levy to fund bus plan after BSIP setback
Deniz Huseyin

Leicester City Council is to press ahead with its ambitious bus... continue

3 May 2022Local Transport Today News
Highway Code update to pave way for first self-driving cars on UK roads

Highway Code update to pave way for first self-driving cars on UK roads
Mark Moran

People travelling in autonomous cars will be able to watch videos... continue

3 May 2022Local Transport Today News
Inflation hits transport infrastructure projects and maintenance costs

Inflation hits transport infrastructure projects and maintenance costs
Rhodri Clark

Transport infrastructure project managers are bracing themselves for... continue

3 May 2022Local Transport Today News
Costs of upgrading stations has been brought down, says Network Rail

Costs of upgrading stations has been brought down, says Network Rail
Rhodri Clark

Network Rail believes that it has reduced the unit costs of station... continue

3 May 2022Local Transport Today News
Half price rail ticket offer in Scotland

Half price rail ticket offer in Scotland
Deniz Huseyin

ScotRail is halving all weekday off-peak fares between any two stations in Scotland. Customers can buy the discounted... continue

3 May 2022Local Transport Today News
Appraisal period for bus infrastructure is doubled by Welsh Government

Appraisal period for bus infrastructure is doubled by Welsh Government
Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government has doubled the appraisal period for bus... continue

3 May 2022Local Transport Today News
Huge disparities in cycle parking across capital, think tank reports

Huge disparities in cycle parking across capital, think tank reports
Deniz Huseyin

There are stark contrasts in the provision of secure cycle parking... continue

3 May 2022Local Transport Today News
Zero-Emission aviation group launched

Zero-Emission aviation group launched
Mark Moran

A group of aviation experts across industry and government will work together to make zero-emission flight a... continue

3 May 2022Local Transport Today News

Electric scooter sales will require approval, Shapps tells MPs
Mark Moran

The Government could allow the sale of electric scooters that can be used on roads in England, transport secretary Grant Shapps has told the House of Commons Transport Committee.  Legislation enabling retailers to sell approved e-scooters could be introduced in the Queen’s Speech on 10... continue

3 May 2022Local Transport Today News
Car is still king… but more want to start cycling, research suggests

Car is still king… but more want to start cycling, research suggests
Deniz Huseyin

More than half of UK adults (55%) agree there is too much traffic... continue

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Live Labs competition aims to bring to life green highways ideas
Mark Moran

New approaches to decarbonising the country’s highways will be brought to life via the Live Labs competition, organised by the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT). Live Labs 2 will support projects looking at ways to decarbonise local highways... continue

3 May 2022Local Transport Today News

UK now has more than 30,000 electric vehicle charging devices
Mark Moran

The number of public electric vehicle charging devices continues to grow, reveals latest statistical bulletin from the DfT. The total number of chargepoints available to the public has increased by a third over the past year. As of 1 April 2022, there were 30,290 public electric vehicle charging... continue

3 May 2022Local Transport Today News

Network Rail challenges improvement notice
Rhodri Clark

Network Rail has taken the unusual step of appealing against a regulatory improvement notice, which was issued as a result of the train crash in Salisbury last autumn.  The accident was linked to leaf material on the rails preventing braking, but felling lineside trees to reduce leaf fall and... continue

3 May 2022Local Transport Today News

Transport operators rocked by rising fuel prices
Rhodri Clark

Rapid increases in energy prices are affecting passenger transport operators, with one provider reporting a 40% increase in fuel costs in less than year. Transport Scotland told LTT that it bears the risk of fuel price increases in relation to rail and ferry services. “However, some... continue

3 May 2022Local Transport Today News

A million fares reduced in ‘Great British Rail Sale’ now on

More than one million off-peak rail tickets will be reduced by up to 50% in the ‘Great British Rail Sale’. This is the first time multiple operators come together to offer nationwide savings, said the Governemnt. Savings on offer for off-peak tickets include: London to Edinburgh: was... continue

3 May 2022Local Transport Today News

Rise in leisure travel spearheads rail revival
Rhodri Clark

The reduction in commuting and increase in leisure travel by rail is expected to increase sales for retailers at stations, Network Rail believes. According to minutes of Network Rail’s January board meeting, the board noted: “The passenger profile at some stations was changing. Leisure... continue

3 May 2022Local Transport Today News
RMT strike ballot over pay freeze and job losses

RMT strike ballot over pay freeze and job losses

The union RMT has launched a strike ballot of members working for Network Rail and 15 train operating companies. The ballot opened on 26 April 26 and closes on 24 May. Network Rail intends to... continue

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DfT launches transport decarbonisation toolkits

The UK government has published an online toolkit offering advice to local authorities on planning and taking measures to reduce carbon emissions from transport. Transport Decarbonisation Plan recognised the role local areas and regions have in reducing emissions from transport. As part of the plan... continue

3 May 2022Local Transport Today News

Climate change ‘top cause of concern’ for children

Children are more concerned about climate change and the environment than racial and gender inequalities, crime, homelessness and Brexit, according to a new survey by UCL’s new Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Education (CCCSE). The poll revealed that 50% of parents said... continue

3 May 2022Local Transport Today News
Campaigners call for e-scooters to be legalised

Campaigners call for e-scooters to be legalised
Mark Moran

Voices from across the transport, retail, manufacturing, legal, research and university sectors have joined forces to call for e-scooters to... continue

3 May 2022Local Transport Today News
Excess traffic to blame for delays to emergency services, study finds

Excess traffic to blame for delays to emergency services, study finds
Deniz Huseyin

Too many vehicles rather than traffic calming measures is the most... continue

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3 May 2022Local Transport Today News
Accolade for Rees Jeffreys Road Fund competition

Accolade for Rees Jeffreys Road Fund competition
Juliana O’Rourke

The Rees Jeffreys Road Fund Trustees have been awarded the 2021 Herbert Crow Award by the Worshipful Company of Carmen of London. The award... continue

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3 May 2022Local Transport Today News

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