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27 Nov 2020Local Transport Today Features
Polls to cut through active travel ‘noise’

Polls to cut through active travel ‘noise’

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has told councils to conduct opinion surveys to cut through the “noise” generated by active travel schemes, such as... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News
Transport projects to benefit from £4bn Levelling Up Fund

Transport projects to benefit from £4bn Levelling Up Fund

Andrew Forster

The Chancellor this week  announced a new... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

New Green Book emphasises good strategic case over benefit:cost ratios

The Treasury this week published a new version of its  appraisal guidance, the Green Book, which reduces the emphasis on benefit:cost ratios (BCRs), and gives more attention to the local economic impact of projects.    The Green Book is used for the appraisal of all proposals that... continue

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30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Funding uncertainty hampers TfN

A lack of funding certainty is hampering Transport for the North’s work programme, board members heard last week.   Paul Kelly, TfN’s financial controller, reported: “TfN currently lacks any funding certainty with regard to either its core operations or its... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Road loses grant after delay for ‘greening’

Birmingham City Council has lost access to funding for a radial road dualling scheme because of a redesign to make the project better for active travel and public transport.   The A457 Dudley Road improvement scheme involves dualling about 1.25 miles of the road between the Ladywood... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Covid may harm tram line funding plan

Covid-19 could force the City of Edinburgh Council to meet more of the costs of the Edinburgh tram extension to Newhaven from reserves.   Construction of the tram line from York Place in the city centre to Newhaven via Leith Walk is currently underway. The council believes the project can... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Hendy review floats idea of a UK strategic transport network

Sir Peter Hendy has invited evidence to inform his Union Connectivity Review for the Government, which is considering how better transport links between the UK’s four nations can promote economic prosperity and improve the quality of life. One of the issues that the review is keen to hear... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Grant awards for railway re-opening studies

Fifteen rail reopening proposals in England have been awarded up to £50,000 each to allow the ideas to be developed.  The awards from the ‘Ideas’ stream of the DfT’s Restoring Your Railway fund come despite rail demand plummeting to a level not seen for more than a... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

DfT rewards councils with best active travel plans

Seven areas of England have been rewarded with an extra portion of the DfT’s £175m Active Travel Fund grant because their bids reflected the ambitious programmes that the Government wants all councils to deliver. The beneficiaries are revealed in LTT’s comparison of the grant... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News
Burnham presses ahead with bus franchising despite Covid

Burnham presses ahead with bus franchising despite Covid

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham is pressing ahead with his plan to introduce bus franchising as the industry grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic.  Burnham had been due to take a final decision on his franchising... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Bids open for Scots bus priority fund

Transport Scotland has invited bids for the first tranche of its £500m Bus Partnership Fund for bus priority measures such as bus lanes, bus ‘gates’, guided busways and traffic signal priority.  The initial tranche will pay for the preparation of scheme appraisals and... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Fears voiced over free youth bus travel

West Lothian Council has raised concern about the Scottish Government’s plan to give Scots aged under 19 free bus travel (LTT 13 Nov). “Consideration should be given to whether some young people may utilise the bus for a ‘social space’ instead of for travel, for example on... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Cambs CA fails to secure CAM chief, as route row rumbles on

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has failed to secure its preferred candidate to lead the Cambridge Autonomous Metro (CAM) project.  The combined authority named David Hughes as its choice for the chief executive post for its new company One CAM Ltd in a report presented... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Covid ‘may force ENCTS rethink’

The impact of Covid-19 on the public finances may force the Government to end the policy of free off-peak bus travel for older and disabled people, Hampshire County Council believes. Conservative-controlled Hampshire wants the policy changed so that English National Concessionary Travel Scheme... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

GCP cuts budget for better bus services

The Greater Cambridge Partnership is to reallocate £50m earmarked for better bus services to pay for zero emission buses and cycling schemes. The GCP had allocated £75m of its £744m programme for better bus services. A report by consultant Systra, published earlier this year,... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News
National road pricing on Treasury’s radar

National road pricing on Treasury’s radar

The Treasury is looking again at nationwide road pricing to replace lost fuel duty as more motorists switch to electric vehicles.   The Times reported last... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Ford creates research fund to study e-scooter use in the UK

Ford-owned e-scooter company Spin has launched a  £100,000 UK micromobility research fund.  The funding will pay for researchers to analyse the behaviour of e-scooter riders and the challenges and opportunities for integrating e-scooter use into the urban infrastructure. The first... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News
Brighton to fund bike hire growth

Brighton to fund bike hire growth

Brighton & Hove City Council is to borrow £1.17m to expand the city’s public bike hire scheme, including the... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

E-bike hire in Vale of Glamorgan

Nextbike has launched an electric bike share scheme in Penarth with funding from The Vale of Glamorgan Council. A fleet of 50 e-bikes and five docking stations came into operation this month. E-bike rental will cost £1 per 30 minutes for customers with monthly or annual membership or £2... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

E-scooters for Devon town

E-scooter rental firm Voi has won a contract to launch a trial scheme in Barnstaple, North Devon, early next year. Voi will work with North Devon Council, Devon and Cornwall Police and Devon’s leading FE college, Petroc.... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

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