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15 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Coventry & Oxford win electric bus fund

Coventry and Oxford were named this week as the  winners of the DfT’s all-electric bus competition. Each city could be awarded up to £50m to introduce an all-electric bus network. The funding will also pay for new infrastructure, such as charging stations and electric grid... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News
Travel demand plummets as national lockdowns reimposed

Travel demand plummets as national lockdowns reimposed

Andrew Forster

Public transport operators across the UK were... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News
Van Vuren leads Australian firm’s UK push

Van Vuren leads Australian firm’s UK push

Transport planning and modelling expert Tom Van Vuren is leaving his post as technical director of Mott MacDonald after 21 years, to head UK development for... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

LoTAG steps up transport support

The London Technical Advisers Group (LoTAG) is increasing the level of transport support it offers members following a call for additional funding that has been approved by 24 boroughs to date. The Local Government Technical Advisers Group is also contributing funding from its central reserves. The... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News
Car club operators urged to share usage data with councils

Car club operators urged to share usage data with councils

Car clubs could play a much bigger part in transport policy if operators agree to share operational data with councils, says a report published by the RAC Foundation.  The report proposes a Car Club-Local Authority Data... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

SEStran wants DRT partners

The South East Scotland transport partnership (SEStran) wants to partner with bus operators, community transport providers and mobility tech companies to deliver demand responsive transport (DRT) demonstration projects. SEStran intends to forge partnerships to bid for funding from the second round... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

HE ‘hitlist’ to demolish railway structures

Hundreds of potentially useful disused railway structures are threatened with demolition or infilling by Highways England, campaigners have warned. Highways England is responsible for managing the DfT’s Historical Railways Estate (HRE) – around 3,200 bridges, tunnels and viaducts, some... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

DfT invites views on extending appraisal beyond 60 years

Longer appraisal periods are likely to improve the benefit:cost ratios of transport infrastructure projects, says the DfT in a consultation that proposes lengthening the period beyond 60 years. Sixty years is the Treasury’s  default maximum appraisal period for spending departments.... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

MPs launch transport infrastructure probe

The House of Commons transport committee has invited written evidence for an inquiry into the appraisal and delivery of major UK transport infrastructure. Topics the committee wants to receive evidence on include: the Government’s transport infrastructure priorities and the National... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

£5bn tag for Bakerloo Lewisham extension

Extending London Underground’s Bakerloo Line from Elephant & Castle to Lewisham in south London would probably cost about £5bn (2020 prices), Transport for London estimates.  Alex Williams, TfL’s director of city planning, revealed the figure in a report to TfL’s... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Lincoln’s Eastern bypass opens

Lincoln’s 4.5-mile eastern bypass has opened to traffic, connecting the A15 Sleaford Road to the A158 Wragby Road. Lincolnshire County Council says the road has cost £122m to date but the final cost will not be known until all the accounts have been settled in the coming months. The DfT... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News
NIC leaves HS2’s eastern arm in sidings and NPR in limbo

NIC leaves HS2’s eastern arm in sidings and NPR in limbo

The eastern arm of HS2 from the West Midlands to Leeds is not a priority for improving the Midlands and the north of England’s rail connections, the National Infrastructure Commission has told ministers. It is also... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Stagecoach and GMCA spar over bus franchise consultation

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority has refused a request from Stagecoach for a time extension to the bus franchising consultation, and rejected a claim that the correct legal procedures have not been followed.    GMCA mayor Andy Burnham had been due to make a final decision on... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Boroughs save on concession bill

London boroughs will pay 13.6 per cent less towards concessionary travel in 2021/22 because of the slump in concessionary passholder journeys arising from Covid-19. Boroughs will pay £295.2m, down from £342.2m in 2020/21. Most of the funding goes to Transport for London.  TfL will... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Pandemic will scupper models for months, says Willumsen

Transport modelling and forecasting expert Luis (Pilo) Willumsen has warned that disruption caused by the Covid pandemic means it will be many months before a baseline for reliable new forecasts for traffic and travel behaviour can be established. In an article analysing whether ‘Covid has... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News
MHCLG to release £281m for DLR works

MHCLG to release £281m for DLR works

Transport for London is finalising an agreement with the Government for £281m of Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) grant for the... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Hope for Blackpool tramway extensions

A plan to extend the Blackpool and Fleetwood Tramway at both ends (LTT 24 Jan 20) remains alive despite the Government rejecting a bid to the Future High Streets fund for study work (LTT 30 Nov 20). Councils have made a successful bid to the DfT’s Restoring Your Railway fund to develop a... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News
Experts review options to fill TfL’s gaping financial hole

Experts review options to fill TfL’s gaping financial hole

Transport for London has set out the scale of its financial challenges as it prepares to enter negotiations with the Government over more emergency financial support beyond the end of March. TfL is forecasting a funding gap of... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Welsh councils oppose loss of transport policy role to CJCs

Welsh local authorities have criticised the Welsh Government’s proposal to scrap local transport plans as part of a move to regional transport planning.  Consultation ended this week on the Welsh Government’s proposal to create four corporate joint committees (CJCs) of councils... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

SE Wales plans for a regional bus team

The Cardiff Capital Region cabinet is to appoint a regional bus co-ordinator as the area prepares for the creation of a corporate joint committee (CJC) responsible for regional transport planning (see above). The bus co-ordinator is likely to eventually lead a regional bus team whose primary... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

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