Blackburn named best high street in Britain
Mark Moran

Blackburn in Lancashire has won the top prize at the annual Great British High Street Awards. The competition, now in its third year, attracted over 900 entries from villages, market towns and larger towns across the UK. The competition recognises work done to promote city locations, town centres, large market towns, small market towns, coastal communities, villages as well as local centres. The winners are selected by a jury, who visited 42 shortlisted locations. There is also one public vote, which saw Hebden Bridge named the ‘People’s Choice’.  Winners in each category get a share of a prize pot worth £100,000. The competition is run by the Future High Street Forum, a not-for-profit body that brings tog... continue

13 Dec 2016RUDI News
Public health and medical professionals should 'advocate for healthier city design and transportation policies'

Public health and medical professionals should 'advocate for healthier city design and transportation policies'

James F Sallis, a specialist in Family Medicine and Public Health at the  University of California, San Diego, writes in The Lancet Public Health about collated evidence that suggests that active and public transport contribute to improvements in Body Mass Index (BMI), so providing further support for public health and medical professionals to advocate for healthier city design and transportation policies.  He says: 'Advocacy... continue

5 Dec 2016RUDI News
Investment in greener, more sustainable transport essential for achieving Sustainable Development Goals, says UN

Investment in greener, more sustainable transport essential for achieving Sustainable Development Goals, says UN

An expert panel appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon concluded that greater investment in greener, more sustainable transport systems is essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In its report, titled ‘Mobilising Sustainable Transport for Development,’ the High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport notes that the investments needed for transitioning to sustainable transport amount to the... continue

2 Dec 2016RUDI News
New Urban Agenda adopted by UN: non-binding document will 'guide' future urbanisation but 'fails to address urgency'

New Urban Agenda adopted by UN: non-binding document will 'guide' future urbanisation but 'fails to address urgency'

The UN formally has formally adopted a global road map to grapple with rapid urbanisation, capping nearly two years of behind-the-scenes international negotiations aimed at designing development priorities for cities and towns over the long term. The New Urban Agenda (NUA) sets out a host of general goals such as development of sustainable and compact cities that do not harm the environment and redevelopment of informal settlements with the participation... continue

25 Oct 2016RUDI News

DfT consults on future plans for 'effectively' zero emission cars and vans by 2050

The Government has a very clear and bold ambition for cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2050. It says, as it launches a Consultation on ultra low emission vehicles (ULEV): 'We are on track to deliver this aim, with the UK consistently amongst the leading global markets for ultra low... continue

25 Oct 2016RUDI News

UCL’s national movement for high quality in place design wins national research award

A national movement campaigning for high quality places brought together by University College London has won the Sir Peter Hall Award for Wider Engagement in this year’s RTPI Awards for Research Excellence. Place Alliance brings together built environment sector organisations with an... continue

15 Sep 2016RUDI News
Neighbourhood Planning Bill: a simpler system but no mention of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC)

Neighbourhood Planning Bill: a simpler system but no mention of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC)

Measures in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill will support more housebuilding and provide more local say over developments the Housing and Planning Minister announced earlier this month, September 2016. However, in a surprise move by government the Bill made no reference to infrastructure provisions or the role of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), notes Chris Hallam, Partner at law firm Nabarro. “Changes to the... continue

15 Sep 2016RUDI News
Another day, another driverless car, shuttle and taxi trial

Another day, another driverless car, shuttle and taxi trial

Didi Chuxing in China, Google and Uber are all exploring the potential for driverless taxis. Driverless shuttle and taxi trials are taking place all over the world, led by Delphi in the US and Singapore, and nuTonomy in Singapore.... continue

12 Sep 2016RUDI News
Cities can play a key role in promoting electric vehicles

Cities can play a key role in promoting electric vehicles

A recent CIVITAS Insight report on EVs outlines how cities can play a key role in promoting electric vehicles. Ideally, they would blend a structured and effective e-mobility strategy with a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan,... continue

12 Sep 2016RUDI News

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