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Traffic management powers shake-up

The DfT is to finally give highway authorities in England outside London the power to enforce moving traffic offences such as banned turns and yellow box junction infringements. Councils in London already have the powers. Ministers have long resisted calls for the powers to be extended elsewhere, apparently amid concern that the change will lead to a huge number of penalty charge notices being issued to drivers.  The DfT now says the powers in London have “significantly reduced police workload on traffic offences, while also improving enforcement”. It proposes that, outside London, motorists should be issued with a warning for a first offence, and fines for subsequent offences.  The Government is also exploring giving mayoral combined authorities control over the... continue

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Active Travel England to grade council delivery ‘like Ofsted’

Active Travel England to grade council delivery ‘like Ofsted’
Andrew Forster

The Government’s new body Active Travel England will... continue

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Franchises for freight

Councils could pilot franchises for deliveries and waste management services as a way of reducing vehicle movements.  The DfT says it will work across Government and with  stakeholders to explore how councils can “better co-ordinate the number of deliveries and waste collections in... continue

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Road appraisal ‘flawed’

Road scheme appraisals are  flawed because the base case scenarios, against which schemes are assessed, exclude policies to achieve the Government’s net zero target for greenhouse gas emissions, an academic has claimed. Writing in this issue, Phil Goodwin says the base case should... continue

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Fairer fares may help to shift peak demand

Fairer fares may help to shift peak demand

Dr Katharina Burger from the University of Bristol, with Raffaello Rossi from the University of Bristol and Elisa Becker from the University of Exeter are... continue

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Correct model’s trip forecasting errors, practitioners urge DfT

Correct model’s trip forecasting errors, practitioners urge DfT

Transport planners have urged the DfT to improve its core travel demand model to stop it over-estimating trip rates, particularly in big cities such as London and Manchester.    Concerns about the National Trip End Model (NTEM) forecasts... continue

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Guidance for updating NTEM land-use assumptions

New guidance on how changed land-use planning assumptions, such as housing projections, can be incorporated into transport modelling in between updates to the National Trip End Model (NTEM), has been published by the DfT.  NTEM, the trip generation model for England and Wales, is only updated... continue

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UK’s productivity fall prompts GDP cut for transport appraisal

Transport project promoters in England should incorporate lower economic growth projections from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) in their scheme appraisals, the DfT has said. The OBR has recently published two sets of lower GDP projections. The first were issued in March and do not... continue

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DfT prepares Covid-19 scenarios

The DfT is preparing travel demand scenarios that will reflect possible long-term impacts of Covid-19.  The scenarios are part of a wider work programme on using scenarios in business cases, and the treatment of uncertainty in appraisal and modelling. “We will be ensuring that the... continue

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Higher value of CO2 for appraisal

Transport project promoters seeking DfT funding  must assess their schemes using a higher monetised value of carbon dioxide emissions.  The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is currently leading a cross-departmental review of carbon valuation, which will... continue

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Appraisal period reviewed

The DfT is to consult on what should be the appropriate length of appraisal period for all types of transport scheme.   It currently recommends an appraisal period of 60 years from the scheme opening year for projects expected to have indefinite lives. “In practice there is a large... continue

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Nationally set Infrastructure Levy to replace S106 and CIL

Nationally set Infrastructure Levy to replace S106 and CIL

Sweeping reforms to England’s planning system were announced by the Government this week, including replacing the Section 106 and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) developer contribution systems with a new nationally set... continue

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SYPTE & buses reviewed

The Sheffield City Region Combined Authority is launching a review of the conurbation’s bus network. It also plans to fully integrate South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) into the combined authority structure.   The bus network will be reviewed on a district-by-district... continue

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Transport shares in Getting Building cash

The Government has awarded funding to help prepare Warrington Borough Council’s municipal bus operator Warrington’s Own Buses convert its entire bus fleet to electric operation. The proposed Very Light Rail innovation centre in the West Midlands, which had been at risk of collapse... continue

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Welsh bus cash crunch averted as ministers pay for ramp-up

A possible cash crunch for the bus industry in Wales was averted this week with the Welsh Government’s announcement of £10m to fund increased service levels while passenger numbers remain depressed by Covid-19. The Government also pledged to make an announcement of further funding next... continue

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New round of funding for Scots bus services

New round of funding for Scots bus services

The Scottish Government has announced up to £67.8m for bus operators to provide higher service levels than can be justified while patronage remains depressed because... continue

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DfT to confirm fresh round of bus support

The DfT was preparing to announce a fresh round of Covid-19 emergency funding for bus services outside London as LTT closed for press. It is expected to commit to continue paying support for the foreseeable future.  LTT understands that the Department will announce £218.4m for eight... continue

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Cycling scores on all counts, says Johnson

The Prime Minister is a keen cyclist and championed the mode when London’s mayor. Here is his foreword to the DfT’s new policy document, Gear change – a bold vision for cycling and walking  “I have always known that millions more people in this country want to cycle, if... continue

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Active travel: a revolution backed by PM

Active travel: a revolution backed by PM

The DfT’s new active travel strategy document Gear Change: A bold vision for cycling and walking may be billed as being about two modes but the emphasis... continue

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Council traffic duty reviewed

The DfT is to review the Network Management Duty in the Traffic Management Act 2004 because of concern it does not align with current day policy objectives.  The duty requires highway authorities to ensure traffic moves freely on their roads. The DfT points out that it published new statutory... continue

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‘How to’ guide for active travel

A guide to help councils successfully deliver active travel schemes has been published by London Cycling Campaign and consultant Urban Movement.  Simon Munk, infrastructure campaigner at the LCC, who helped write the report, said: “When you ask people if they support more cycling and... continue

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Making streets safe for cycling

Making streets safe for cycling

Boris Johnson’s wish to see a huge increase in cycling   will only have a chance of coming true if the road... continue

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7 Aug 2020Local Transport Today News

Councils press for CAZ charge on Highways England road

Councils in Greater Manchester want the Government to allow their proposed charging clean air zone (CAZ) to cover a  Highways England road. Local authorities only have responsibility for air quality on their own roads. Responsibility  for pollution on the Strategic Road Network (SRN)... continue

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Means-test for Bath’s new CAZ exemption

Bath & North East Somerset Council (B&NES) plans to give some vehicle owners a two-year exemption from the Bath clean air zone (CAZ) restrictions because of the economic impact of Covid-19.  The Class C CAZ will cover central Bath (LTT 24 Jan). Non-compliant buses, coaches and lorries... continue

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Coventry plans LEZ for busy radial road

Coventry City Council plans to designate part of a radial road  a low emission zone (LEZ) to bring nitrogen dioxide concentrations down to below legal limit values.  The LEZ will apply to the eastern end of A4114 Holyhead Road where it joins the city’s ring road. Coventry’s... continue

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