Chipside’s CEO receives OBE from HM The Queen

Chipside’s CEO receives OBE from HM The Queen

Paul Moorby, chief executive of Chipside, was presented with an OBE at Windsor Castle on 22 March. Moorby was awarded an OBE for services in the New Year Honours list 2019 in recognition of his dedication to continued innovation in the UK parking industry and promoting British technology to... continue

25 Mar 2019Parking Review News
17 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News
New model predicts property impact of transport schemes

New model predicts property impact of transport schemes

Andrew Forster

A software tool has been developed for estimating the... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

SW councils aim to persuade ministers that two STBs is best

Andrew Forster

The two shadow sub-national transport bodies in the south-west of England are hoping to persuade the DfT that the region’s transport needs are best served by having two STBs rather than one.  The DfT wants a single STB for the region and has ruled out giving financial assistance to help... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News
Capital’s bus patronage to fall further as operating costs jump

Capital’s bus patronage to fall further as operating costs jump

Andrew Forster

Transport for London expects the capital’s bus patronage... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

Councils share £3m of Air Quality Grant

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has awarded more than £3m of Air Quality Grant to 28 local authority projects in England to improve or monitor air quality. The City of York Council will receive £240,000 for bus retrofit equipment and Leicester City Council... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

E-cargo bike grant bidding opens

Applications have opened for the DfT’s £2m e-Cargo bike grant fund. The fund, which is administered by the Energy Saving Trust, is open to bids from limited companies, sole traders, partnerships, charities and not-for-profit organisations across England. Applicants can benefit from... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News
Ministers mull CPT’s request for extra reimbursement cash

Ministers mull CPT’s request for extra reimbursement cash

The Scottish Government is considering a request from bus operators for additional funding  to cover a shortfall of at least £6.4m in the budget for concessionary fares reimbursement in 2018/19.   Transport... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News
Free bus travel for Greater Manchester youths

Free bus travel for Greater Manchester youths

Greater Manchester Combined Authority is to fund free bus travel for 16-18 year olds.  The Opportunity Pass, championed by the conurbation’s Labour mayor Andy Burnham,... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

Warrington road breaks Tory stranglehold on DfT grant pot

Andrew Forster

The Government has awarded almost £200m to two local authority road schemes,  the Warrington Western Link and Shrewsbury’s North West Relief Road. Warrington Borough Council will receive £142.5m towards the £212m cost of the Western Link road connecting the A56 at... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

CA halts work on M11 northern extension

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has halted further investigatory work into extending the M11 from Cambridge to Wisbech, pending the outcome of funding bids for two other major road improvements. Cambridgeshire County Council, acting on behalf of the combined authority (CA),... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

Cash for new ‘garden towns’

The Government has awarded councils £3.7m to help develop plans for new garden towns in England. The selected towns are: Grazeley garden settlement between Reading and Basingstoke (up to 15,000 homes); Hemel ‘Garden communities’ in Hertfordshire (up to 11,000 homes); Easton Park... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

£1 subsidy per bike hire trip

Transport for London is continuing to subsidise trips on London’s Santander cycle hire scheme by about £1 per journey. The average income per hire has fallen from £1.12 in 2015/16 to £1.09 in 2017/18, a figure that is not expected to change in 2018/19 and 2019/20. The... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

New open access rail charge

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has made final decisions on a new charge to be paid by open access rail operators.  Unlike franchised operators, open access operators have not traditionally contributed to Network Rail’s fixed costs. This is changing, however, with a new regime for... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

MHCLG’s £5m keeps Crossrail to Ebbsfleet on the agenda

Andrew Forster

The campaign group championing extending Crossrail from Abbey Wood to Ebbsfleet in Kent remains optimistic the Government will eventually approve a scheme, despite receiving much less funding than it wanted to develop the proposal. The Crossrail to Ebbsfleet Campaign says extending the east-west... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

Crossrail may not even open in 2020, say MPs

MPs have voiced doubts about whether London’s east-west Crossrail railway will even open in 2020 and say further funding may be necessary to complete the troubled project.  The central tunnel section of  the east-west Crossrail project had been due to open last December but... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

Further cost rise hits troubled A465 scheme

A 53 per cent increase in the projected cost of an Early Contractor Involvement road scheme may result in changes to the New Engineering Contract suite of documents, the Welsh Government has revealed. Dualling the A465 Heads of the Valleys road between Gilwern and Brynmawr was expected to cost... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

DfT disqualifies Stagecoach from three rail franchise bids

Stagecoach and Virgin’s involvement in operating rail services in Britain looks set to end after the DfT disqualified Stagecoach from three franchise bids in a dispute about pension liabilities.  Stagecoach had been bidding for the East Midlands Trains franchise, the South Eastern... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

Gloomy picture of bus sector

Bus operators outside London saw turnover fall 1.0 per cent and operating costs rise 0.9 per cent in 2016/17, according to an analysis of the accounts of 108 companies by Passenger Transport Monitor. Total turnover was £3.745bn and operating costs were £3.489bn. Operating profit was... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

In Passing

Government Green Papers are consultation documents, whereas White Papers are statements of policy. But the Welsh Government appears to have got in a bit of a muddle by describing its Improving public transport document, published just before Christmas, as a White Paper. “Notwithstanding the... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today Comment

Transport spending shaped by the ballot box

Chas Ball Huddersfield HD4

Your editorial (‘Politics and the MRN’, LTT 20 Mar) outlined the astounding level of partisan funding deployed by this Government. Your analysis that Conservatives “have unashamedly used transport as a political tool”, by allocating all of the Large Local Majors Fund pot to... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today Comment

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