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Run EV charging cables over footways, Hants tells residents

Run EV charging cables over footways, Hants tells residents
Andrew Forster

Hampshire county Council is advising electric car owners with on-street parking to  run an electric cable from their house across the footway to charge their... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Williams promises revolution in rail structure

Major reforms to how Britain’s railways are governed will be recommended by the Williams Review this autumn. In a speech last week, Keith Williams said: “I have been frank with the DfT about the scale of change required – including a different role for the DfT – to create a... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News
Grayling throws a spanner in STB plans for statutory status

Grayling throws a spanner in STB plans for statutory status

England’s non-statutory sub-national transport bodies (STBs) are preparing a joint response to the DfT after transport secretary Chris Grayling told them he does not want to create more statutory STBs at this time. Transport for... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Concerns voiced about TfSE’s powers

Some of Transport for the South East’s constituent authorities have expressed concern about the powers that it?is seeking, should it become a statutory sub-national transport body. TfSE is consulting stakeholders  on acquiring a wide range of powers when it becomes a statutory body,... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News
Average speed cameras set to help deliver air quality goals

Average speed cameras set to help deliver air quality goals
Rhodri Clark & Andrew Forster

Average speed cameras are to be installed in England and... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

DfT road safety action plan

The Government has announced a two-year review of roads policing and traffic enforcement, as part of a wider road safety action plan. The review will be jointly funded by the DfT and Highways England, and conducted with the Home Office and the National Police Chiefs’ Council. A call for... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Speed limits reviewed on Welsh trunk roads

Speed limits on Welsh trunk roads are being reviewed for the second time in less than a decade, in response to new evidence and concerns raised by the public. The latest review is due to finish at the end of this year. A Welsh Government spokesman said that “any recommendations for safety... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Highways safety and standards body urged

The Government should set up a Highways Safety and Standards Board to provide road safety guidance to local authorities, sub-national transport bodies and Highways England, the Road Safety Foundation says in a report this week.  The Foundation says a survey of 30 local authorities found that... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News
Gtr Manchester leaders attack Defra’s air quality direction

Gtr Manchester leaders attack Defra’s air quality direction

Greater Manchester’s political leaders reacted angrily this week to the Government’s direction that they must implement a Class C charging clean air zone across the whole conurbation in 2021, without saying how much grant... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

NE residents tell councils where to stick tolls

Residents of Tyneside have given a resounding thumbs down to road charging plans designed to ensure the area complies with EU?limit values for nitrogen dioxide.  More than 20,000 people responded to the consultation on the options of city centre bridge tolls, a charging clean air zone, and a... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Essex explores mini-CAZ

Essex County Council and Basildon District Council are exploring how to bring NO2 concentrations down below legal limit values. The Government originally ordered the two councils to develop a clean air action plan for a section of the A127. Essex this week published a speed limit order?to reduce... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News
Ministers make conflicting statements about M4 funding

Ministers make conflicting statements about M4 funding
Rhodri Clark

Welsh ministers have made conflicting statements on... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Doncaster maps out east end of ‘Pan Northern Route’ road
Andrew Forster

Doncaster council has published details of its preference for the eastern end of a new Trans-Pennine road connecting Greater Manchester with the Humber Ports via a tunnel under the Peak District. Highways England and Transport for the North are exploring the idea of a new trans-Pennine road... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Airport rail station work progresses

Work is continuing on a plan for an intercity rail station serving Doncaster Sheffield Airport and offering park-and-ride for rail passengers. Doncaster Council is working on the idea with Doncaster Sheffield Airport, the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority, Network Rail and Transport for the... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Notts develops major road improvements

Nottinghamshire County Council is developing plans for three major road schemes.  Councillors recently passed a motion calling for investigations of dualling the A617 Mansfield Ashfield Regeneration Route (MARR) between the A38 at King’s Mill, south-west of Mansfield, and the A617... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Norfolk chooses route for Norwich link road

Norfolk County Council has selected a preferred route for the Norwich Western Link (NWL), a dual carriageway connecting the A47 trunk road west of the city with the recently opened A1270 Broadland Northway in the north-west of the city.  The road will complete a new orbital route for the city... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Jarvis calls for S Yorks parkway

Sheffield city region combined authority mayor Dan Jarvis this week called for a new Barnsley Dearne Valley parkway rail station to be built on the Northern Powerhouse rail network in preference to a parkway station on HS2.   Government company HS2 Ltd has floated the idea of a South Yorkshire... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News
Berkeley alleges cover up at HS2, as MD?of phase 1 quits

Berkeley alleges cover up at HS2, as MD?of phase 1 quits
Andrew Forster

A peer has accused the Government of covering up the... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Enhancements pipeline worries NR

Network Rail has expressed concern about the lack of transparency for rail enhancement projects in control period 6 (2019/20-2023/24), and the impact this is having on the industry supply chain. Recently released minutes of NR’s May board meeting state: “The board asked to see the... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

£150m Gatwick station revamp

The DfT is to contribute £150m towards the enhancement of, including the construction of five new lifts, eight escalators, and the widening of two platforms. Gatwick Airport and the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership are contributing £37m and £10m respectively to the... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Herts Uni explores shire transport needs

The University for Hertfordshire has launched a ‘Sustainable transport for counties’ initiative to develop policies and identify new areas of research to help tackle transport problems in counties with patchworks of smaller towns and villages, such as Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News
HS2 uncertainty could disrupt East West Rail

HS2 uncertainty could disrupt East West Rail

The east West Rail Consortium is pressing the DfT to consider alternative delivery arrangements for part of the next phase of East West Rail in the event of delays to the... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Consultation opens on Crewe station revamp

Cheshire East Council is to launch a consultation next week on plans for a major enhancement to Crewe station and its surroundings to capitalise on HS2 serving the town.  The council wants to develop a business district around the station, together with 3,700 new homes and retailing.  A... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News
Cut to housing numbers ‘may jeopardise transport cash’

Cut to housing numbers ‘may jeopardise transport cash’
Andrew Forster

Councillors in South Oxfordshire want to explore if... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Heartland’s 11 road priorities for DfT cash

England’s Economic Heartland has revealed the 11 road schemes it will submit to the Government’s Major Road Network and Large Local Majors funding pots this month. But it has ignored the DfT’s request that the list be prioritised.  The shadow sub-national transport body will... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

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