13 Jul 2018Local Transport Today News
8 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News
Call to boost London's river buses

Call to boost London's river buses

Patrick McDonnell

The Mayor of London is being urged to make better use of the River Thames, which is currently an... continue

8 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Towards a new Future of Mobility – understanding key trends

Last month, the Governement launched the first stages of its Future of Mobility Grand Challenge, declaring that the UK is on the cusp of 'a profound change in how we move people, goods and services around our towns, cities and countryside...driven by extraordinary innovation in engineering,... continue

6 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News
Politicians didn’t see adviser’s damning assessment of HS2

Politicians didn’t see adviser’s damning assessment of HS2

Andrew Forster

A damning assessment of the HS2 project was prepared by a... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Poole to retender bike share contract

Bournemouth and Poole councils are to retender for a dockless bike hire scheme after failing to reach agreement with their preferred operator.  The councils selected a preferred operator earlier this year  for a scheme featuring 1,000 bikes. However, the operator subsequently proved... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

TfGM to seek bus franchise auditor

Transport for Greater Manchester is to appoint an independent audit organisation to review its bus franchising proposal, should the Greater Manchester Combined Authority decide to pursue a franchise scheme. The Bus Services Act 2017 requires authorities pursuing franchising to appoint an auditor to... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

First Manchester to go contactless

All First Manchester buses will accept contactless payments by card or mobile phone from October. Mobile payment methods will be Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay and bPay. Passengers will receive a paper ticket and a paper receipt.... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Funds in place for busway extension

A funding package has been put in place to extend Hampshire’s ‘Eclipse’ busway between Fareham and Gosport by 900 metres at the Gosport end. The extension will facilitate an additional Eclipse service to the Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus, as well as journey time savings of... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Focus on productivity and sort out boundaries, LEPs told

Andrew Forster

The Government has announced a package of reforms to local enterprise partnerships (LEPs), the business-led bodies that manage the Local Growth Fund and play a wider role in setting transport priorities.     Among the important changes, LEPs will be asked to focus solely on productivity... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Cumbria plans £111m Carlisle southern link

Cumbria County Council wants the Government to provide more than £100m towards the estimated £111.6m cost of a new link road round the south of Carlisle, which could facilitate a major housing development.  The Carlisle Southern Link Road would connect junction 42 of the M6 with... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

HE spending hits £3.4bn

Highways England spent £3.4bn  operating, maintaining and enhancing the strategic road network in 2017/18, of which £2.32bn was on capital investment (£1.5bn major enhancements and £800m asset renewals such as resurfacing and maintenance). Operational expenditure was... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News
Ofgem proposes electricity reforms to facilitate uptake of electric vehicles

Ofgem proposes electricity reforms to facilitate uptake of electric vehicles

Britain’s energy regulator Ofgem is consulting on reforms to how consumers are charged for using electricity that would smooth the path to electrifying road transport. The consultation has been launched alongside a new report looking at the challenges electric vehicles pose for the electricity... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Herts investigates footway driving ban

Hertfordshire County Council is investigating acquiring powers to issue penalty charge notices to drivers who cross over footways to access properties. Phil Bibby, Hertfordshire’s executive member for highways and the environment, told colleagues: “Highway teams are looking at the... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Pay-by-minute parking in Harrogate

Harrogate Borough Council and North Yorkshire County Council are to implement pay by the minute parking in on- and off-street parking bays across the town centre for users of the AppyParking app. The trial is expected to commence on 1 November. Drivers will pay a minimum charge based on the current... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Merseytravel to replace Walrus

The Liverpool City Region is planning to replace its Walrus smart ticketing system. A strategic outline case for a new ticketing portal and new ticketing media is to be prepared using a share of the £10m DfT Transforming Cities Fund grant awarded to the CA for 2018/19. The combined authority... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Welsh Government builds case for bigger share of rail spend

Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government has published a report on rail investment in its campaign to persuade the UK Government that improvements are urgently needed to rail infrastructure in Wales and neighbouring areas of England. Rail infrastructure in Wales is not devolved. Last July, UK transport secretary Chris... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

MPs launch inquiry into local roads

The House of Commons transport committee has announced an inquiry into the funding and governance of England’s local road network. The committee is inviting written evidence on matters such as: the condition of local roads in England; the direct and wider economic and social costs of not... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News
Perception of London-bias must be challenged, says Alexander

Perception of London-bias must be challenged, says Alexander

A widespread view in Parliament that London has received too much of the Government’s recent transport spend could hamper the battle to secure funds for further major schemes in the capital, Sadiq Khan’s new deputy mayor for... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

Additional £590m to complete Crossrail

The final cost of London’s Crossrail project will be £590m higher than the approved envelope of £14.8bn, the Government has revealed. Crossrail Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London, is responsible for the delivery of the overall programme, and specifically... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

DfT reviews private sector rail proposals

A number of private sector proposals to enhance the rail network have been submitted to the DfT, following its call for submissions in March (LTT 30 Mar).  At least three feature ways to improve rail access to Heathrow Airport. Alistair Lenczner, director of London-based Expedition... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today News

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