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Covid-19 leaves programme of Clean Air Zones up in the air

Covid-19 leaves programme of Clean Air Zones up in the air
Andrew Forster

The future of England’s clean air zone (CAZ) programme is uncertain because of the impact of Covid-19 on travel behaviour and the economy. The business community is... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Experts offer roadspace reallocation guide

An offer of quick and easy-to-use technical support to local authorities charged with recasting urban streetspace to meet new statutory guidance in the light of Covid-19 has been sent to transport secretary Grant Shapps by a group of professional representatives co-ordinated by Urban Design Group... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

DfT’s re-shape streets edict: weeks, not months, to deliver change
Robert Huxford

We recognise this moment for what it is: a once in a generation opportunity to deliver a lasting transformative change in how we make short journeys in our towns and cities.” This is Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps’ message in the foreword to the statutory guidance on... continue

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Local authorities share how they are responding
Juliana O’Rourke

Local authorities have, in recent weeks, been responding to calls for action regarding street and road space transformations in the light of the pandemic restrictions and changes in traffic levels and travel behaviour. LTT’s online discussion last week heard that, despite some lack of clarity... continue

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Byford is TfL’s new commissioner

Byford is TfL’s new commissioner

London’s new transport commissioner will start work at the end of June in the midst of  the Government’s... continue

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Government leads review into TfL’s finances and structure

Government leads review into TfL’s finances and structure

The Government has launched a review of Transport for London’s financial position and structure.  The review is one of the conditions of the funding deal struck between ministers and mayor Sadiq Khan to keep TfL... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Fares reinstated on capital’s bus passengers

Transport for London is reinstating a requirement for bus passengers to pay fares on London buses.  Free travel was introduced in late April when TfL implemented middle door boarding to reduce the risk of bus drivers contracting Covid-19 (LTT 01 May). Most card readers are located by the front... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

New £254m grant to restore bus services back to normal
Andrew Forster

The DfT this week announced a £254m 12-week fund to restore bus services in England outside London to normal as Covid-19 restrictions are eased.  The Covid-19 Bus Service Support Grant Restart (CBSSG Restart) funding will cover the losses that operators incur by restoring normal services... continue

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Ministers ‘must fund extra school travel costs’

The Government must fund the additional costs of providing school transport during Covid-19 social distancing, the Urban Transport Group has said.  The UTG wants the Government to meet the “full additional costs resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic on the provision of transport to... continue

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More councils warn of Covid cash crunch without extra aid

More councils warn of Covid cash crunch without extra aid

More councils in England have warned of financial distress unless the Goverment comes up with further funding to cover their additional costs and income losses from Covid-19.  The Government has already provided... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Oxon to hand back Covid-19 bus grant

Oxfordshire County Council is to hand back its £422,230 share of the DfT’s Covid-19 Bus Service Support Grant (CBSSG). The 12-week DfT grant (from 17 March to 8 June) has been used to ensure bus operators provide between 40 and 50 per cent of bus mileage. The majority was paid direct to... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Covid-19 cuts road casualties

Leeds City Council has reported a big drop in road traffic casualities because during Covid-19 movement restrictions. The council has compared road traffic casualties in the first 18 weeks of 2020 and 2019. All casualties fell by 40 per cent, from 643 (2019) to 383 (2020), while those killed or... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Covid frustrates road resurfacing

Reading Borough Council has had to cut back a residential road surfacing programme because so many more cars are parked on streets during the day because of Covid-19 movement restrictions. “The increased number of parked cars in our residential roads not moving during the day and night makes... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

LEZs for Scots cities delayed by Covid-19

The Scottish Government has dropped plans to introduce  low emission zones in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee before the end of the year because of Covid-19. The three cities were developing plans to introduce LEZs initially covering buses only. They would be similar to Glasgow’s LEZ,... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Transport plans for SE Wales re-assessed

The Welsh Government and  councils in southeast Wales are to review travel demand and transport investment needs in the light of the “new normal” following the end of Covid-19 restrictions.  In a report addressing the economic impacts of Covid-19, officers told last... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News
Councils bearing the pain of Covid bus payments – Nexus

Councils bearing the pain of Covid bus payments – Nexus
Andrew Forster

Local authorities’ own financial problems... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Strong message for Scots on face covers

The Scottish Government has instructed people to wear face coverings on public transport, whereas in England it is merely encouraged.  Guidance issued by the Scottish Government this week says people “should, and are expected to” wear face coverings, with the exception of small... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Social distancing policies on the buses

Bus operators are introducing a range of measures to ensure social distancing on vehicles.  FirstGroup is providing drivers with manual counters to record passengers alighting. When complemented by ticket machine data about boardings, drivers will know when the social distanced capacity limit... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Review grant rules, says LGA

Councils in  England should be given freedoms on spending Government grants for transport and economic development because of Covid-19, the Local Government Association has said. LGA chairman James Jamieson has written to Simon Clarke, the MP for regional growth and local government, setting... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Councils get to work delivering temporary active travel routes

Local authorities across Britain are installing temporary roadspace reallocation measures to give pedestrians and cyclists more space as Covid-19 restrictions are eased. Many councils see measures as possible forerunners to installing permanent schemes to support active travel. The programme of... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

DfT releases first £45m of £250m fund

Local authorities in England this week received notification of their indicative allocations from the first £45m of the DfT’s £250m budget for active travel schemes.  Of the total £250m, £225m is being provided directly to local transport authorities and London... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News
London: Park Lane traffic lanes cut from three to one

London: Park Lane traffic lanes cut from three to one

Transport for London has defended its installation of a temporary cycle lane and a bus lane along Park Lane, leaving just one of the three northbound lanes of the busy thoroughfare open to general traffic. The... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Scotland: Edinburgh scoops £5m as budget grows

The Scottish Government has awarded the City of Edinburgh Council £5m – half of the initial £10m budget – from the Places for Everyone fund to introduce roadspace reallocation measures to help with Covid-19 social distancing. The Government this week announced that the... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News
Operators struggle to commit funds to electric bus town bids

Operators struggle to commit funds to electric bus town bids

Bus operators may be unable to give cast-iron commitments to provide match-funding in the DfT’s All-Electric Bus Town competition because Covid-19 has wrecked their investment programmes.  The funding competition will see... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Cambs busway: GCP defies Palmer

The Cambridgshire and Peterborough Combined Authority this week hinted at possible legal proceedings against the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) after it decided to press ahead with the Cambourne to Cambridge busway in defiance of combined authority mayor James Palmer.   In February Palmer... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

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