Winners celebrate at the TRANStech Awards

Winners celebrate at the TRANStech Awards

Darryl Murdoch

The winners of the first ever TRANStech Awards were announced at a glittering 4* lunchtime ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London, on Friday 1 November. Winners of the new awards, sponsored by Karhoo, WSP, Innovate UK and CoMoUK, which recognise the use of technology to improve transport,... continue

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5 Nov 2019Local Transport Today News

Journey apps can help the visually impaired

Aira, along with tech leaders Moovit and Azure Maps, have joined forces to make public transit in and around urban areas more inclusive for blind and low vision riders and others by bringing together the technological expertise of each company to remove barriers that people with vision loss face in... continue

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9 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News
A stock take on planning for the Garden Communities programme reveals some 'uncertainty'

A stock take on planning for the Garden Communities programme reveals some 'uncertainty'

Large-scale new developments have a role in helping to meet housing needs, and have at times received formal Government support. The latest iteration – Garden Communities – was launched in 2014, and the programme now includes 49 projects extending across all regions of England. Consultancy Lichfields has reviewed all 49 Garden... continue

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9 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News
Less affluent families tend to be less active

Less affluent families tend to be less active

Children from less affluent families are less likely to participate in physical activity than their wealthier peers, suggests new figures from Sport England. The data, from the... continue

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More details of Scots £500m bus priority pot

Transport Scotland’s new £500m bus priority fund is likely to be allocated over five years with funding weighted towards the later years, councillors in the Highlands and Islands have heard. Neil Macrae, partnership manager for Hitrans, the Highlands and Islands transport partnership,... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Scots EV charging joint working?

Local government in Scotland is starting to explore opportunities for collaboration on electric vehicle charge point installation, in order to dramatically expand levels of provision.   The board of Scotland’s Road Collaboration Programme has identified EV chargepoint design and... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News
Watford is ArrivaClick’s next stop, as Kent operation ceases

Watford is ArrivaClick’s next stop, as Kent operation ceases

Andrew Forster

Watford Borough Council has appointed Arriva to deliver its... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Gloucs plans area-based DRT services

Gloucestershire County Council is developing plans for two new demand responsive transport minibus services, in the Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean. The services would cover geographical areas rather than fixed routes and operate on request rather than to a timetable. Hours of operation would be... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Cambs bus reform taskforce meets

The first meeting of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority’s bus reform taskforce took place in Ely this week. The CA’s Conservative mayor James Palmer hosted the  meeting. The group brings  together representatives from across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News
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Sustrans buoyed by cash for revamp NCN

Sustrans says it has raised enough funding to pay for more than 80 schemes as part of its  plan to improve the National Cycle Network (NCN).  The charity launched a new strategy a year ago, calling for the length of NCN that is traffic-free to double to 10,000 miles by 2040. The NCN is... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

North of Scotland councils bid for roads collaboration cash

Andrew Forster

Local authorities in the north of Scotland are to request funding from the Scottish Government to accelerate their work on road service collaboration.   The Northern Roads Collaboration Joint Committee brings together seven councils: Angus, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Argyll & Bute, Western... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Give us more responsibilities – Hitrans

Hitrans, the Highlands and Islands transport partnership, has called on the Scottish Government to give more powers to Scotland’s seven existing statutory regional transport partnerships (RTPs).  Transport Scotland’s consultation on the draft national transport strategy invited... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News
Working group sets out default 20mph limit plan for Wales

Working group sets out default 20mph limit plan for Wales

Andrew Forster

Emerging proposals for introducing a default 20mph speed... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Welsh Bill heralds joint transport bodies

Powers to create joint committees for transport and also strategic planning feature in the Welsh Government’s Local Government and Elections (Wales) Bill. The Bill gives ministers the power to establish, via regulations, corporate joint committees (CJCs) covering four service areas:... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

TfW prepares to take on bus and road roles

Transport for Wales is expecting to receive bus functions from the Welsh Government next year and roads functions in 2021. LTT asked whether Government staff would transfer to TfW, what roles the Government would retain, and whether TfW’s roads role would be similar to that of Highways... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Caerphilly makes CPO to demolish street

Caerphilly County Borough Council is to make a compulsory purchase order to acquire homes on a steep part of the A472 that fails to comply with  the legal limit values for nitrogen dioxide.  The council will purchase more than 20 properties on Hafod-yr-ynys-Road for demolition (LTT 05... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Buses Bill for Wales

The Welsh Government is preparing a Buses Wales Bill, the new title for what had been expected to be called the Public Transport (Wales) Bill.  A consultation on the Bill’s contents was launched last December, with proposals for bus partnership and franchising powers, the creation of... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

£14.5m for Welsh active travel

The Welsh Government has awarded councils £14.5m for active travel projects, including an expansion of electric bikes in Cardiff’s public bike hire scheme. Eighteen councils have received funding for 72 projects. Swansea Council receives £1.2m for a new footbridge from the Swansea... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News
Kent defers decision on extra cash to build parkway station

Kent defers decision on extra cash to build parkway station

Andrew Forster

Kent County Council has deferred a final decision on... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

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