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Climate starting to dominate transport policy discussions

Climate starting to dominate transport policy discussions
Andrew Forster

Climate change is starting to dominate the UK transport policy debate, as fear about the planet’s future shoots up the political agenda.      The... continue

10 May 2019Local Transport Today News

HS2 silent on opening

Government company HS2 Ltd this week declined to state a date for when the first phase of the project will open.  HS2 has previously said the London-West Midlands line will open in late-2026 but the credibility of this has increasingly been questioned, with main works yet to begin. A new DfT... continue

10 May 2019Local Transport Today News
10 May 2019Local Transport Today News

Wales warms to default 20mph limit

The Welsh Government is exploring making 20mph the default speed limit for residential roads.  Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford told the National Assembly for Wales this week: “The Welsh Government believes that 20mph zones should be the default speed limit for residential areas. The... continue

10 May 2019Local Transport Today News

Climate emergency ‘doesn’t undermine new M4 relief road’

The Welsh Government confirmed last week that it had not dropped its plans to build a £1.4bn M4 Relief Road, one day after it formally declared a climate change emergency.  Opposition politicians claim the two are incompatible, but the Government says reduced carbon emissions from... continue

10 May 2019Local Transport Today News

NAO highlights flaws in Crossrail’s delivery

An unrealistic schedule and poor contract management have contributed to the problems facing the completion of London’s Crossrail project, according to a report by the National Audit Office.  The NAO says the project was “dominated” by a fixed completion date for the central... continue

10 May 2019Local Transport Today News

Election hits Stansted Airport expansion plan

Stansted Airport’s expansion plan has been delayed by last week’s local elections, which saw the Conservatives swept from power on Uttlesford District Council. Stansted Airport’s owners have submitted a planning application to Uttlesford to raise the passenger cap from 35 to 43... continue

10 May 2019Local Transport Today News
Public buy-in vital to CCC’s vision of a zero carbon Britain

Public buy-in vital to CCC’s vision of a zero carbon Britain

The UK’s green revolution moved from the protestors on the streets of London to the corridors of Whitehall last week as the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) issued a report recommending that the Government sets a target of net zero... continue

10 May 2019Local Transport Today News
Rail industry backs devolution of services to metro mayors

Rail industry backs devolution of services to metro mayors
Andrew Forster

The rail industry is calling for Transport for... continue

10 May 2019Local Transport Today News

NR probes solutions to Leeds bottleneck

Infrastructure works needed to accommodate more trains at Leeds station are being explored by Network Rail.  “It is becoming increasingly clear that Leeds station and its associated network is one of the main local constraints to running more frequent and longer trains across the... continue

10 May 2019Local Transport Today News

Luton objects to Ctl Beds A6-M1 link road

Luton Borough Council is objecting to Central Bedfordshire Council’s plan to build an M1-A6 link road north of the town.  The 2.75-mile part-single/part-dual carriageway road would connect into the M1 at junction 11a, the junction built as part of the A5-M1 link road, which opened in... continue

10 May 2019Local Transport Today News
Commission proposes huge rail spend to keep Glasgow moving

Commission proposes huge rail spend to keep Glasgow moving
Andrew Forster

A multi-billion pound investment in rail-based... continue

10 May 2019Local Transport Today News
More timed traffic restrictions for Croydon primary schools

More timed traffic restrictions for Croydon primary schools
Andrew Forster

The London Borough of Croydon is to consult on introducing... continue

10 May 2019Local Transport Today News

On-street bike stores for inner city Glasgow

Glasgow City Council is  to install secure on-street cycle parking facilities for residents living in tenement properties.  Many of Glasgow’s inner city properties are Victorian tenements with narrow stairwells that hamper the storage and movement of bicycles. Cycle theft can also... continue

10 May 2019Local Transport Today News

TfL consults on HGV safety standard

Transport for London has launched the final statutory consultation on its proposed direct vision standard for lorries.  Under the proposal, from October next year every lorry over 12 tonnes will have to have a permit to operate in the capital.  The permits are based on a five-star rating... continue

10 May 2019Local Transport Today News

‘Make HE invest in active travel routes’

A huge increase in walking and cycling spending must form part of a strategy to decarbonise the transport sector, according to a new report for campaign group Friends of the Earth.  Lynn Sloman and Lisa Hopkinson of consultancy Transport for Quality of Life recommend that the Government agrees... continue

10 May 2019Local Transport Today News
Distance-based road charging for London urged by think tank

Distance-based road charging for London urged by think tank
Andrew Forster

Transport for London should introduce a distance-based... continue

10 May 2019Local Transport Today News

NIC calls for urban transport focus

The National Infrastructure Commission has urged the DfT to come forward with a new funding deal for England’s urban areas in the forthcoming spending review. In a conference speech, Commission chief executive Phil Graham expressed disappointment that the devolution of transport powers to... continue

10 May 2019Local Transport Today News
A lesson plan to stop transport projects going off the rails

A lesson plan to stop transport projects going off the rails
Andrew Forster

There have been plenty of transport project delivery... continue

10 May 2019Local Transport Today News

Aberdeen eyes lasting legacy from hydrogen fuel cell trials
Andrew Forster

Aberdeen City Council is exploring how to ensure the current programme of hydrogen vehicle projects in the city-region turns into a long-lasting sustainable business.  The city-region is a demonstrator for hydrogen fuel cell applications in transport, with funding currently coming from nine EU... continue

10 May 2019Local Transport Today News

‘Public funds needed to electrify car clubs’

The transition of car club fleets to battery electric power is being stifled by the failure of public authorities to fund the necessary charge points, says car club operator Enterprise Holdings.  Traditional ‘round trip’ (or ‘back to base’) car clubs operate from... continue

10 May 2019Local Transport Today News

Motorists still have a range of EV concerns

Many motorists still have big reservations about switching to an electric car, according to a survey for the AA.  An AA Populus poll asked 19,350 drivers ‘What would it take for you to choose a battery electric vehicle?’ The most frequently cited factor was that EVs should cost the... continue

10 May 2019Local Transport Today News
Consultants estimate impact of shifting freight from rail to road

Consultants estimate impact of shifting freight from rail to road
Andrew Forster

Banning diesel freight trains could worsen inter-urban road... continue

10 May 2019Local Transport Today News
City plans 15mph limits to show active travel rules the Square Mile

City plans 15mph limits to show active travel rules the Square Mile

If you thought the debate about the appropriate speed limit for urban areas was between 30mph and 20mph, then think again: the City of London Corporation wants the speed limit on all of its roads cut to 15mph. The proposal is one of many eye-catching aspects of a new... continue

10 May 2019Local Transport Today News
High Court rejects legal bids to halt Heathrow Airport expansion

High Court rejects legal bids to halt Heathrow Airport expansion

The plan to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport cleared a legal hurdle last week as the High Court dismissed judicial review challenges brought by councils and environmental campaign groups.  Lord Justice Hickinbottom and Mr Justice Holgate... continue

10 May 2019Local Transport Today News

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