First reveals ticketing trials, as ex-Arriva CEO appointed chair

First reveals ticketing trials, as ex-Arriva CEO appointed chair

Andrew Forster

FirstGroup this week outlined a series of new bus ticketing trials and insisted it was “business as usual” for the bus division, despite preparations being made to separate it... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Strengthening project for Aston Expressway

Birmingham City Council is preparing a £93.5m scheme to strengthen and refurbish a section of the A38(M) Aston Expressway, which connects the M6 and the city centre.  The Expressway, which opened in 1972, carries more than 90,000 vehicles every weekday between... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Fife rail re-opening advances

Scottish transport secretary Michael Matheson has authorised the next stage of development work into re-opening a five-mile railway to Leven in Fife. The Levenmouth sustainable transport study has recommended re-opening the line with stations at Leven and Cameron Bridge, together with better bus... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Shapps questions Heathrow viability

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has questioned the financial plan underpinning the construction of a third runway at Heathrow Airport. “Most people accept we need more South East airport capacity, Parliament’s voted for Heathrow,” he told Sky News. But he added: "There are... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News
Right-leaning think tank calls for pollution charges and fines

Right-leaning think tank calls for pollution charges and fines

The public should be given the power to report engine idlers and profit from the fines issued, according to a right of centre think tank. The recommendation is part of a much wider package of measures to tackle vehicle emissions set out in a... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

All-electric taxi & PHV fleet for SE Wales?

Taxis and private hire vehicles in Southeast Wales may have to be electric under plans being considered by the Cardiff Capital Region Transport Authority. The ten councils have appointed low emission vehicle research and consultancy organisation Cenex to advise on a strategy for low emission taxis... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News
Traffic forecasts for HE’s A428  dualling worry Cambs councils

Traffic forecasts for HE’s A428 dualling worry Cambs councils

Andrew Forster

Councils in Cambridgeshire have expressed concern about the... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

DfT helps fund new Wokingham road

The DfT has awarded Wokingham Borough Council £24m to deliver the 1.5-mile Arborfield Cross Relief Road. The road will link the A327 Reading Road to the A327 Eversley Road, diverting traffic away from the villages of Arborfield and Arborfield Cross, and opening up land at Arborfield Garrison... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Advisers appointed for NE Wales road

The Welsh Government has appointed Corderoy, supported by Capita, to manage delivery of the A55/A494/A548 Flintshire Corridor road scheme, including provision of commercial, environmental, technical and procurement advice. The new 5.3-mile dual carriageway would connect the A55 Expressway to the... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Ofgem baulks at DNO’s EV & HS2 funding requests

Electricity regulator Ofgem looks likely to reject applications to raise electricity costs to fund investment for electric vehicles and HS2. The regulator is consulting on requests from distribution network operators (DNOs) to raise funds for works that were not foreseen when the regulatory... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News
Welsh Government’s municipal and franchise costs ‘unreliable’

Welsh Government’s municipal and franchise costs ‘unreliable’

Rhodri Clark

the bus industry has criticised Welsh Government financial... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News
Severn Tunnel’s electrification doesn’t work

Severn Tunnel’s electrification doesn’t work

Electrification equipment installed in the Severn Tunnel three years ago as part of the Great Western electrification project cannot be used without costly remedial... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Delay to rail White Paper?

Publication of the Government’s rail White Paper may be delayed beyond the previously pledged autumn date, the DfT has hinted. It said this week the White Paper would be published “in due course”. The policy statement is expected to build on the recommendations of the current rail... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Keolis withdraws Bristol train bid

Keolis Amey Operations, trading as Transport for Wales Rail Services, has withdrawn its applications to operate hourly open access services from Swansea to Bristol Temple Meads and extending Holyhead/Pwllheli/Aberystwyth-Birmingham trains to Birmingham International and Coventry from December 2020.... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

NAO revisits HS2 value for money

The National Audit Office is conducting a fresh review of the Government’s HS2 project. The investigation will examine progress since the NAO’s last value for money study of the project in 2016, and should report towards the end of the year. Transport secretary Grant Shapps said this... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Bombardier funds free rail travel

Train builder Bombardier Transportation has agreed to fund free travel on London’s Gospel Oak to Barking line from 31 August until 1 October inclusive as compensation for late delivery into service of its new fleet of electric trains. All services on the London Overground route are now being... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News
Competitive bus environment puts city’s hydrogen trailblazer at risk

Competitive bus environment puts city’s hydrogen trailblazer at risk

Andrew Forster

the deregulated bus environment appears to have complicated... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

No end in sight for Edinburgh tram inquiry

The findings of a judge-led inquiry into why Edinburgh’s first tram line was delivered years late, massively over budget, and with a truncated route, may still be months away from publication. The City of Edinburgh Council’s first tram line was supposed to connect Edinburgh Airport in... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

£10 charge for GM concessions

Greater Manchester Combined Authority is introducing a £10 charge for older people to access free travel on Metrolink and local rail services after 09.30 Monday to Friday, and all day at weekends and public holidays. Eamon Boylan, GMCA’s chief executive officer, said the cost to... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

South Shields’ new interchange opens

A new integrated bus and Tyne and Wear Metro interchange has opened serving South Shields in South Tyneside. The £21m facility on Keppel Street is about 100 metres from the old Tyne and Wear Metro station. ... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

York tenders for two transport models

The City of York Council is procuring two new transport models, one of which will be used to predict how road traffic will respond to planned and unplanned events up to five hours in the future, using live and historical traffic data.  The real-time traffic model will receive instructions... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

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