13 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

End of road for bus stop timetables in Suffolk

Timetables look likely to disappear from bus stops in Suffolk in a move that could save the council £100,000 a year.  The removal of bus stop timetables features in Suffolk County Council’s budget proposals for 2019/20.  A county spokesman told LTT: “This reflects the... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News
Opposition to HS2 in the Cabinet ‘growing’

Opposition to HS2 in the Cabinet ‘growing’

Hostility towards the HS2 project within the Cabinet is growing, according to media reports this week. Channel 4’s Dispatches programme, ‘HS2: The Great... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News
Lancs defers decision to raise bus station departure charges

Lancs defers decision to raise bus station departure charges

Andrew Forster

Lancashire County Council has deferred a decision on... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Where are the new bus services, ask boroughs

Outer London boroughs say they are not seeing evidence of Transport for London’s pledge to re-allocate bus resource from central and inner London to the suburbs.  Mark Frost, chair of the Local Government Technical Advisers  (LoTAG) Group 1, and head of traffic and transport at the... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News
DfT consults on pay-as-you-go rail ticketing for South East

DfT consults on pay-as-you-go rail ticketing for South East

The DfT is consulting on creating a new pay-as-you-go (PAYG) zone for rail travel in the south-east of England.  PAYG systems automatically charge the fare for the journey without needing the customer to buy a ticket.  The... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Pension fund ‘can’t fund transport plan’

Council pension funds cannot invest in their councils’ transport infrastructure, councillors in Aberdeen have been told. The city council is exploring forming a partnership with the North East Scotland Pension Fund (NESPF) to support local infrastructure investment. But Jonathan Belford,... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

LGA & ATCO highlight bus funding pressures

The Government is underfunding the mandatory free off-peak bus travel scheme in England outside London by £652m a year, the Local Government Association has claimed. The estimate has been calculated in work by Paul Woods, chief finance officer for the North East Combined Authority. His... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

North East cuts transport levy 1.1%

The transport levy paid by the seven local authorities in the north-east of England will be cut by 1.1 per cent (£882,000) in 2019/20, from £83.65m this year to £82.77m. About £54.9m (66 per cent) is spent on concessionary travel (£51.3m for the statutory scheme and... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Wales wants control of rail infrastructure

The Welsh Government will urge the UK Government’s rail review led by Keith Williams to recommend devolving rail infrastructure in Wales, to complement the Wales and Borders franchise, which has already been devolved. Welsh transport minister Ken Skates raised the issue when he met Williams... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Parking levy and tourist tax powers for Scottish councils

Andrew Forster

The Scottish Government is to give councils the powers to implement a workplace parking levy and a transient visitor levy – or tourist tax – both of which could fund local transport improvements.  A commitment to the powers features in a deal struck between the minority SNP... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Weight restriction for parking permits

The London Borough of Brent is to reduce the maximum allowable weight of vehicles eligible for resident’s parking permits from 5 to 3.5 tonnes. Brent says weight restrictions are the easiest way to stop large vehicles taking up excessive space within controlled parking zones. Weight data can... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News
Suffolk forfeits £77.5m of DfT grant as bridge project is axed

Suffolk forfeits £77.5m of DfT grant as bridge project is axed

Andrew Forster

Suffolk County Council will lose £77.5m of DfT grant... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

East-West Rail price tag is £1.09bn

The anticipated final cost of the western section of the East West Rail project is £1.091bn (excluding VAT), the DfT has revealed. The western section features rebuilding and upgrading rail lines to provide new connections between Bicester/Aylesbury and Milton Keynes/Bedford (LTT?14 Dec 18).... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Brighton wants more transport spend

The Greater Brighton Economic Board is to press for more transport infrastructure spend in the  area. Nick Hibberd, chair of the officer programme board, told councillors there was a growing view that the board needed to “take a step forward, both in terms of aspiration and the level of... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Free bus travel for under 30s

Bus franchising and free bus travel for the under 30s are vital components of a transport policy to cut UK carbon dioxide emissions, says Transport for Quality of Life in a report on reforming public transport to help achieve the Paris Agreement goals on climate change. Report authors Lisa... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Three problems with Labour’s under 25 free bus travel pledge

Roger Sexton Nottingham NG1

In his examination of the how public transport should be financed, I hope that Phil Goodwin will take a critical look at Labour’s pledge to fund free bus travel for under 25s (‘Labour commissions Goodwin to review UK transport funding’ LTT 1 Feb). I have three objections to this... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today Comment

Outsourcing highways would be poor value – Derbyshire

Derbyshire County Council has ruled out a joint venture or outsourcing its highways service, saying the options represent poor value for money compared with restructuring the in-house team. The council commissioned Proving Services Ltd, part of Cranfield University’s School of Management, to... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News
British Parking Awards finalists announced

British Parking Awards finalists announced

The finalists of the British Parking Awards have been revealed. The short list was selected from a long list of around 120 submissions. The competition was launched by... continue

13 Feb 2019Parking Review News
Rail finance meets smart contracting

Rail finance meets smart contracting

Joseph Potvin

Advances in technology may provide new opportunities in metropolitan railway finance, says Joseph... continue

11 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News
4 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

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