Superforecasting: let's bring back human skills and judgment to model inputs

Superforecasting: let's bring back human skills and judgment to model inputs

Tom van Vuren

Juliana O’Rourke, Programme Director for Modelling World and Tom van Vuren, Modelling World Chair, interviewed Warren Hatch of Good Judgment, who will be speaking and giving demos at Modelling World on 16 October Read... continue

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14 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Scots suspect Hendy study has ulterior motive

The devolved administrations have given a mix of reactions, many of them unfavourable, to news of the UK Connectivity study chaired by Sir Peter Hendy.  Michael Matheson, Scotland’s cabinet secretary for transport, said: “We absolutely want to see improved transport and... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News
ORR shines light on slump in rail demand during pandemic

ORR shines light on slump in rail demand during pandemic

Rail passenger journeys fell this year to levels not seen since the mid-nineteenth century because of Covid-19,  says the Office of Rail and Road.  Rail journeys plummeted to 35 million in the first quarter of... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Covid cash for Scots bus & tram

The Scottish Government has announced further Covid-19 emergency funding for buses, the Edinburgh Tram and the Glasgow Subway.  Bus operators will receive £52.6m to make up for lost revenue on services for the period between 9 November and 17 January next year. The Glasgow Subway and... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

TfL Covid cash talks continue

Transport for London was still in negotiations with the Government about a second  emergency Covid-19 financial package as LTT closed for press (Thursday 15th).  Sky News reported that the Government was stipulating that, in return for £1bn, London mayor Sadiq Khan must extend the... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Micromobility Alliance formed for London

An alliance of micromobility and active travel groups has written to the Government urging it to support e-scooters in London and e-bikes and e-cargo bikes too.  Rental trials of e-scooters have already been launched elsewhere in England but a London trial remains uncertain (LTT 02... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

TfL grants for new LEZ standard

Transport for London is inviting bids from small businesses and charities for £15,000 to help  make their fleets compliant with the tighter standards for the London-wide low emission zone from next year. The minimum emission standard to avoid charges will increase on 1 March from Euro IV... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Midlothian aligns EV charging fees with one of its neighbours

Midlothian Council is to align its tariffs for using electric vehicle chargepoints with neighbouring East Lothian Council but not with neighbouring Edinburgh.  Midlothian says rising demand for EV charging means it cannot continue providing the electricity free of charge. The council has two... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Zero emission buses delivered to Brighton

Bus operator Brighton & Hove Buses has taken delivery of the first of 24 double-deck hybrid buses that can operate in zero emission mode for up to three miles. Alexander Dennis Ltd’s Enviro400ER vehicles will operate in zero emission mode within and beyond Brighton’s ultra low... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Electric buses hit Newport’s streets

A fleet of 15 electric buses entered service with Newport Transport this week. The vehicles were manufactured by Chinese firm Yutong. Zenobe Energy has provided financing for the batteries, the charging system at the depot ,with nine dedicated rapid chargers, and a software platform that helps... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Underground, overground: Manchester Piccadilly dispute rumbles on

The DFT is consulting on enlarging on plans to Manchester Piccadilly HS2 station so that it can accommodate Northern Powerhouse Rail services. Local political leaders remain critical of the proposals, however, and are continuing to lobby for HS2 and NPR services to be routed into a through station... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

St Albans shelves idea of local plan judicial review over SRFI

St Albans City and District Council looks set to scrap its draft local plan amid the ongoing controversy about a controversial rail freight depot.  This summer has seen a series of twists to the tortuous saga of the proposed strategic rail freight interchange (SRFI) in Green Belt land on the... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Dire consequences if Crossrail £1.1bn hole not filled, says TfL

Transport for London has warned of dire consequences for the Crossrail project if an agreement with Government is not reached soon for an additional £1.1bn needed to complete the project. In August the Crossrail board said the central section of the project between Paddington and Abbey Wood... continue

16 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

SELEP juggles LGF grants

The South East England Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) is reviewing its capital programme to ensure its Local Growth Fund (LGF) grant is fully spent by the deadline at the end of March next year. SELEP forecasts that local authorities will actually spend £58m of LGF grant after the end... continue

16 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News
£140m road plan for Hants Waterside area

£140m road plan for Hants Waterside area

Hampshire County Council is preparing a £140m road improvement plan to support development of the Waterside area on the south side of Southampton Water,... continue

16 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Cash gap remains for Garden Village road

Hampshire County Council looks likely to complete the design work for a motorway junction remodelling that is vital to the delivery of a new ‘Garden Village’. But the village will only be built if a £20m funding gap for the road scheme can be filled. The 6,000-home Welborne Garden... continue

16 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News
Edinburgh’s tram firm wary of merger with bus company

Edinburgh’s tram firm wary of merger with bus company

Edinburgh’s council-owned tram company has voiced concerns about a plan to merge it with bus operator Lothian Buses.  Council officers presented plans to councillors this summer to create a single... continue

16 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Burnham’s youth travel pass proves a hit

Transport for  Greater Manchester has reported huge demand for its ‘Our Pass’ free bus travel scheme for 16-18 year olds, although Covid-19 has hit take-up.  The Our Pass card was launched last September. For a £10 one-off fee, holders are entitled to free bus travel.... continue

16 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

TfL awards three area-based contracts for road maintenance

Transport for London has signed three area-based London highway maintenance contracts. Ringway has won the central area; FM?Conway the south; and a Tarmac/Kier joint venture the north. The contracts commence next April and replace the four  London Highways Alliance contracts (LoHAC) that... continue

16 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Turnover and profit up at Charge Your Car

Electric vehicle chargepoint operator Charge Your Car has reported an increase in revenues in the year to the end of December 2019. Turnover rose from £1.07m in 2018 to £1.56m. The cost of sales fell from £228,004 to £216,598.  Gross profit rose from £846,108 to... continue

16 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Better bus services for business park

Enhanced bus services will be provided to a major business park in south Oxfordshire under a new contract.  Milton Park near Didcot is partnering with bus operator Thames Travel to provide an better services between Didcot Parkway rail station and the park. More services will also connect... continue

16 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

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