Green transport restart and recovery: how we can help

Green transport restart and recovery: how we can help

The Government has plans for a Green Transport Recovery and Restart programme over the coming months. It aims to appoint a national walking and cycling... continue

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15 May 2020Local Transport Today News

Country’s battery electric car strategy is ‘doomed to failure’

Andrew Forster

The Government’s push to electrify road transport is based on naivety, the undue influence of the Committee on Climate Change, and a lack of engineering expertise within Government, an academic has said.  Professor Michael Kelly, the former chief scientific adviser to the Department for... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News
Rethink Mids and North rail plans – Greengauge

Rethink Mids and North rail plans – Greengauge

Andrew Forster

The Government should replace many of the existing rail projects proposed for the Midlands and North of England with projects that... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Councils release blueprint for Toton HS2 access

A three-phase plan to connect the HS2 station at Toton, between Derby and Nottingham, into local and regional transport networks has been published by councils and business leaders.  The access strategy for Toton station – now dubbed the HS2 East Midlands Hub – envisages... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Government hid HS2 problems to keep it on the rails, say MPs

A committee of MPs has accused the Government of hiding the problems afflicting HS2 from Parliament and the public in order to ensure the project was not scrapped.  “The Department and HS2 Ltd seemed to believe that a lack of transparency with Parliament and the public on the problems... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

DfT still wants 18 trains on HS2

The House of Commons transport committee has asked HS2 minister Andrew Stevenson to explain why the Government is sceptical about cutting the number of trains on the London to West Midlands leg of HS2 from 18 to 14 an hour.  The reduction was recommended by Doug Oakervee in his review of the... continue

1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Review transport priorities – ICE

A rapid review of major transport plans is needed to reassess priorities in the aftermath of Covid-19, the Institution of Civil Engineers has said.  “It would be prudent to conduct a rapid review of the phasing of major programmes, particularly within transport, to ascertain what should... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Green light for Old Oak

The planning application for the Old Oak Common HS2 station has been approved by the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation OPDC). The station, promoted by HS2 Ltd, will have 14 platforms: six for HS2 services and eight for  Crossrail, Heathrow Express and Great Western... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News
Wiltshire creates team to lead M4-South Coast road upgrade

Wiltshire creates team to lead M4-South Coast road upgrade

Andrew Forster

Wiltshire Council is creating an officer team to take... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Cash for ten rail reopening projects

Ten rail reopening proposals have been awarded a share of £500,000 from the Ideas Fund stream of the DfT’s Restoring Your Railway fund.  The projects are:  reopening Meir Railway station between Stoke-On-Trent and North Staffordshire passenger services on the Barrow Hill line... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Hotel conversion for 55 Broadway

Westminster City Council has granted planning permission to convert the former London Transport headquarters at 55 Broadway into a luxury hotel. The building was built in 1929 in an art-deco style as the headquarters of the Underground Electric Railways of London Ltd, which became London Transport... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News
EEH prioritises corridors for  transport studies programme

EEH prioritises corridors for transport studies programme

England’s Economic Heartland is sifting a shortlist of  transport corridors to determine which should be the subject of studies to inform investment planning.  An initial long list of corridors was drawn up... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

German rail contract problems weigh on Go-Ahead’s mind

The Go-Ahead Group is undertaking a “comprehensive” review of its loss-making German rail contracts. In Baden-Württemberg  the company reports a shortage of drivers and problems with the late delivery of trains. “In light of ongoing challenges, a comprehensive review of... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Grand Union revises S Wales plan

Prospective open access train operator Grand Union Trains has revised its proposed South Wales to London service, extending them to Carmarthen. Grand Union has applied to the Office of Rail and Road for a 15-year track access contract commencing in December 2021.  Services would initially... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

EYMS wins N Lincs DRT contract

North Lincolnshire Council has awarded Go-Ahead subsidiary East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS) a contract to provide a “transformational” demand responsive transport service.  The council, headquartered in Scunthorpe, already has a DRT service, CallConnect, which is delivered in... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Voi poaches from Bird

Swedish E-scooter firm Voi has recruited the UK head of rival firm Bird oversee the company’s launch of services in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands.  Richard Corbett joins from Bird UK, a subsidiary of rival US Bird.  Voi said Corbett had been “responsible for leading... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Bus builder calls for new vehicle spend

Bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis is urging the UK Government and devolved administrations to commit to a programme to build up to 10,000 ultra-low and zero emission buses over the next four years. The company says many would be battery electric but others could by hydrogen powered for routes where... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Shearings enters administration

The parent company of Shearings, one of Britain’s best known coach operators, has gone into administration because of Covid-19. Specialist Leisure Group offered tours, cruises, holidays and hotel breaks. Graham Vidler, chief executive of the Confederation of Passenger Transport, said:... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

In Passing

Grant Shapps’ transport announcements this weekend about upgrading the A66 and the new Covid-19 bus grant was overshadowed by the brouhaha over the lockdown travel diaries of the PM’s top aide, Dominic Cummings. So when Shapps appeared on the Sunday’s political talk shows, he... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today Comment

Retaining lockdown’s benefits in the economic recovery

Tony Bolden Littlehampton, West Sussex BN16

Covid-19 has been a real shock to our way of lives. But it has also provided us with a real-life demonstration of living within a net zero carbon based economy. It has: improved air quality; lifted light pollution; halved carbon dioxide emissions; reduced travel, particularly by public transport... continue

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