Pollution shortens life of city’s buses

Lothian Buses saw its operating profit almost wiped out last year after directors cut the expected life of buses from 15 to 12 years, citing the heightened political focus on. The municipal company’s operating profit fell to 0.6 per cent, from 6.1 per cent in 2017. “Profit from operations decreased directly as a result of a board decision to implement changes to the bus depreciation policy due to rapidly changing emission regulations driving fleet renewals,” says the operator. “This decision changed the bus depreciation term from 15 to 12 years.”  A spokesman told LTT the shortened life applied to all vehicles, even those that are Euro VI. “The lives of our buses have been shortened by three years. All our buses are now expected to have a... continue

5 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Future High Streets fund shortlist

The Government has shortlisted more than 50 areas from across England for a share of the £675m Future High Streets Fund to revitalise town centres. Proposals include better transport access and converting retail units into new homes. Each of the shortlisted council-led proposals will now... 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

Nexus seeks funding for Metro

Nexus, the Tyne and Wear PTE, has submitted a request to the Government for capital and revenue funding for the Tyne and Wear Metro through to 31 March 2025. The requested revenue grant for operations amounts to £138.4m from 1 April 2020 until 31 March 2025. The current revenue grant is worth... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

DfT invites bids to station access fund

The DfT has invited the rail industry to bid for a share of £20m for small-scale improvements to make rail stations across Britain more accessible to disabled people. The funding will pay for measures such as tactile paving, handrails and ‘Harrington Humps’ that increase platform... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Views sought on SW Scotland priorities

Transport Scotland is inviting views on possible transport infrastructure investments in South-West Scotland.  A study by consultants AECOM and Peter Brett Associates has identified 23 options for further consideration as part of the Scottish Government’s second Strategic Transport... 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

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

Fresh rapid transit study for Cardiff route

A second study of a public transport route from Llantrisant to Cardiff has been commissioned, four years after the first one that remains unpublished. Rhondda Cynon Taf Council (RCT) has appointed Mott MacDonald to the £135,000 study on behalf of itself, Cardiff Council and the Welsh... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News
Impact of stations on house prices probed

Impact of stations on house prices probed

The price of a house in London is on average £42,900 higher if located 500 metres from a station compared with a similar property located 1.5km from a... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

TfGM’s franchising study costs

Transport for Greater Manchester  says it has spent much less on its bus franchising investigations than bus operator  has claimed. Stagecoach said last month that TfGM had spent £23m on consultants’ reports assessing franchising (LTT 05 Jul). But a TfGM spokeswoman told... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Glasgow eyes First Bus acquisition

Glasgow City Council is exploring the possibility of buying the Glasgow bus operations of FirstGroup. Councillors approved a motion at the end of last month authorising officers to explore the possibility of a purchase following FirstGroup’s announcement that it plans to separate the UK bus... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Funding for S Gloucs Metrobus extension

Councillors in South Gloucestershire have approved a £56.9m funding package to extend the Metrobus bus rapid transit network. The Cribbs Patchway Metrobus extension will connect the Cribbs Causeway shopping centre with Bristol Parkway railway station via the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood... 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

£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
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
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
Shake-up looms for National Park bodies

Shake-up looms for National Park bodies

Major reforms to how National Park Authorities operate in England will be recommended in the final report of the Government’s designated landscapes... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Portsmouth boosts car sharing

Portsmouth City Council hopes to encourage car sharing by allowing vehicles to be issued with a residents’ parking permit for more than one parking zone. The policy will enable people living at different addresses and in different zones to share a vehicle. In other changes to the... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Derbyshire NHS opens up car club

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust is to allow residents and businesses to use nine Enterpirse Car Club cars based at Trust hospitals and health centres.... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

Enterprise adds SUVs in Edinburgh

Enterprise’s ‘back to base’ car club fleet in Edinburgh has grown to 178 vehicles with the addition of eight hybrid sports utility vehicles. The company has 227 vehicles in the rest of Scotland, including Inverness, Glasgow, Stirling and Kilmarnock.... continue

19 Jul 2019Local Transport Today News

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