Hourbike offers flexible fees in Brighton bike hire scheme

Andrew Forster

A new bike hire scheme in Brighton and Hove will feature differential pricing rates depending on whether users leave their bikes at designated docking stations or in... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News
Ministers lay the foundations for Heathrow’s third runway

Ministers lay the foundations for Heathrow’s third runway

The draft National Policy Statement (NPS) on airports sets out the Government’s case for supporting a third runway and associated development at Heathrow Airport. It has been a long time coming: in July 2015, the Airports... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today Features
Leeds' new plans to overhaul transport to be delivered to ministers, says newspaper

Leeds' new plans to overhaul transport to be delivered to ministers, says newspaper

Lee Baker

Fresh proposals to turn around Leeds' transport system are "on the verge of being... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News
Stagecoach’s minibus revival offers a glimpse into the future of urban transport

Stagecoach’s minibus revival offers a glimpse into the future of urban transport

Peter White, University of Westminster

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17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Dorset tries to expand rural bus coverage

Dorset County Council hopes that withdrawing a discretionary concessionary travel arrangement in the county will encourage school transport operators to open their services up to the general public. Dorset currently supplements the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme by allowing... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Date for Edinburgh tram hearings

Oral hearings for the Edinburgh tram inquiry will commence on 5 September. The Scottish Government set up the inquiry in 2014 to examine why the project to build the city’s first tram route incurred significant delays, cost far more than originally budgeted, and delivered significantly less... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News
DfT consults on Bus Services Bill regulations and guidance

DfT consults on Bus Services Bill regulations and guidance

The DfT is consulting on the first tranche of regulations and guidance associated with the Bus Services Bill.  The 151-page document features draft regulations on:  • Advanced Quality Partnership... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Barnsley axes child concession scheme

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council is to scrap its more generous child concessionary travel scheme on buses from April. The  Mi-card scheme was introduced in 2009. Initially it gave cardholders under 18 free travel on buses between 9am and 9pm on weekdays but budgetary pressures have seen... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News
Vivarail bullish about D-train demand, despite fire setback

Vivarail bullish about D-train demand, despite fire setback

Peter Plisner

It was all going so well for Vivarail. A clever idea that... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today Features

£800m affordability gap in HE’s first road plan

The government is preparing to cut back the content of its first five-year Road Investment Strategy (RIS), amid rising project costs and an unrealistic delivery timetable.  In echoes of the problems that have beset Network Rail’s current five-year investment programme, Highways England... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News
Controversial Peak District road scheme may be revived

Controversial Peak District road scheme may be revived

Andrew Forster

A controversial trunk road scheme on the western edge... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Brighton & Hove revises devolution proposal

Brighton & Hove City Council has published revised proposals for a devolution deal with Government that could secure additional transport funding for the area. The Greater Brighton City Region devolution proposal covers Brighton & Hove City Council plus Adur Council, Worthing Council and... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Funding boost for SE transport

Transport projects feature prominently in the Local Growth Fund round 3 allocations for the South East and East of England.  The South East Local Enterprise Partnership’s £102.7m award includes cash for M11 junction 8 improvements in Essex, the A127/A130 Fairglen improvements in... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

‘Tax land value rises to fund London transport projects’

Taxing land value uplifts  arising from transport and regeneration schemes would provide a new funding stream for transport infrastructure investment in the capital, the London Finance Commission has said.  “The Government should work together with the boroughs, the Greater London... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Treasury: ‘too much power & too young’

The Treasury is too powerful and populated by too many young and inexperienced civil servants, a review commissioned by the Labour Party has concluded.  Lord Kerslake, the former Department for Communities and Local Government permanent secretary, led the review, which was requested by shadow... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Early end for Amey’s Liverpool contract

Liverpool City Council is terminating its highways maintenance contract with Amey LG Ltd by mutual agreement. Liverpool awarded Amey nine-year contracts for highways and street cleaning in 2013, worth £113m. In a joint statement the council and Amey said this week: “Both Amey and... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

FirstGroup explains Trenitalia tie-up

FirstGroup has revealed more details of its joint ventures with  Italian state rail operator Trenitalia to bid for the East Midlands and West Coast Partnership franchises. Mike Gregory, FirstGroup’s chief financial officer, said First had 70% of the equity in each of the ventures.... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Go-Ahead buys Swindon municipal

Go-Ahead Group subsidiary Go South Coast has bought Thamesdown Transport, one of the UK’s last remaining municipal bus operators, from Swindon Borough Council. Meanwhile, Stagecoach West has announced an expansion of operations in Swindon from 2 April, with a new route and higher frequencies... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

HS2 Phase 2b contracts awarded

HS2 Ltd has awarded contracts for the design of phase 2b of the high-speed rail network, from Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to West Yorkshire. Consultant CH2M will serve as HS2 Ltd’s phase 2b development partner, and three civil design and environmental services contracts have... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Cambridge to host free-floating bike hire

A ‘free-floating’  bike sharing scheme is to be launched in Cambridge by Chinese company Ofo. Free-floating schemes dispense with the need for expensive docking stations. Users can instead lock the bike to conventional bike parking. Bikes available for hire can be located using a... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Uncertain future for Readybike scheme

Reading’s bike hire scheme, Readybike, will close this summer unless the council succeeds in procuring a new operator on subsidy-free terms.  Readybike was launched in 2014 and has about 200 bikes distributed across 29 docking stations. The scheme is operated by Hourbike, which receives... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

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