26 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Toyota buys into MaaS

Toyota Financial Services has made an investment in MaaS Global, the Finnish firm the has pioneered Mobility as a Service with its Whim app. Toyota Financial Services , a subsidiary of car manufacturer Toyota that specialising in automotive financial services, and its insurance partner invested in... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Baker Street returns to two-way working

Westminster City Council has approved works to return Baker Street and Gloucester Place to two-way operations.  Works will commence next month with two-way flows operating from early 2019.  The project is led by Westminster City Council and Transport for London (TfL) and supported by the... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Glasgow Queen St study continues

Investigatory work is continuing in an attempt to find a way forward for a planned retail extension that appeared in jeopardy because of the redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street station.  Glasgow City Council approved the Buchanan Quarter Tax Increment Financing (TIF) business case in 2011... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News
Oxford publishes guidance to  steer station redevelopment

Oxford publishes guidance to steer station redevelopment

Andrew Forster

Planning guidance has been published for the... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News
Dockless bike hire concept critiqued by The Guardian

Dockless bike hire concept critiqued by The Guardian

On 12 June The Guardian devoted a lengthy article to the proposed ‘dockless’ bike hire due to open in Manchester at the end of the month. Describing the concept of dockless bike hire schemes as... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today Media Monitor
‘Simplify Clean Air Zones and centralise enforcement plans’

‘Simplify Clean Air Zones and centralise enforcement plans’

The Government should simplify its plans for charging Clean Air Zones (CAZs), with just two classes of zone instead of four, road transport organisations have said.  The Government’s plans are for charging CAZs classed A-D,... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Air quality plan modelling not fit for purpose, say councils

The Government’s air quality monitoring regime is not suitable for identifying pollution hotspots where the imposition of measures such as charging Clean Air Zones (CAZs) are necessary, local authorities and air quality professionals have said.  The comments, contained in responses to... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

‘No place for competitive funding’

Government funding for measures to bring about compliance with the EU limit values for nitrogen dioxide should not be allocated through competitive funding streams, Transport for the West Midlands (TfWM) has told ministers. “There is a risk that competitive funding can leave areas without the... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Shake-up for capital’s lorry control scheme

The quietest lorries could be exempted from the London Lorry Control Scheme (LLCS), following a review led by borough association London Councils.  The LLCS has been in place since 1985 and controls the movement of goods vehicles over 18 tonnes gross weight at night (9pm-7am) and weekends (1pm... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

‘Tread carefully on footway parking ban’

The Scottish Government should think carefully before tabling legislation banning footway parking, says Renfrewshire Council. Consultation ends next week on Transport Scotland’s possible reforms to parking laws (LTT 14 Apr). The consultation asks if a new law is needed to ban pavement... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Bypass design ‘flouts Active Travel Act’

Cycling and walking charities say the Welsh Government’s planned Caernarfon bypass in Gwynedd, North Wales, will make active travel less attractive and safe, despite the plans having been prepared since the Government passed the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013. The Act requires authorities to... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News
Liverpool City Region explores red route status for KRN roads

Liverpool City Region explores red route status for KRN roads

Andrew Forster

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is exploring... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Nextbike wins Cardiff bike hire

Cardiff’s new bicycle hire scheme is to be operated by Nextbike UK. It will be significantly different from the city’s earlier scheme, operated by OYBike between 2009 and 2011. The City of Cardiff Council is unwilling to provide details ahead of an official announcement, but Nextbike UK... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Essex installs ‘smart’ streetlights

Essex County Council has installed what it says are Britain’s first ‘smart’ streetlights, offering the potential to monitor pollution, create Wi-Fi hotspots and even guide driverless vehicles. Essex Highways has installed the Philips DigiStreet LED streetlights in Market Road,... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Hull procures traffic control contracts

Hull City Council is to procure two contracts to update its urban traffic control (UTC) system. The council currently uses the SCOOT (Split Cycle Optimisation Technique) urban traffic control system to co-ordinate traffic signals on main roads. More than 80% of the telemetry in the system is... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Halton leads Liverpool ITS procurement

Halton Borough Council will lead the procurement of a joint intelligent transport systems for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority area.  The contract should commence on 1 April 2018 and run for an initial six years with potential for four one-year extensions. It will cover traffic... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

DfT builds coach service database

The DfT is commissioning a national database of coach services. “To provide comprehensive data across all public transport modes, details of these services need to be present in any public transport planner claiming to offer comprehensive travel options to its customers,” explains the... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News
Mobike chooses Manchester for dockless bike hire pilot

Mobike chooses Manchester for dockless bike hire pilot

A dockless public bike hire system is to be piloted in Manchester. Chinese firm Mobike will provide 1,000 bikes in the six-month pilot scheme covers central Manchester and Salford. It is due to launch at the end of... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

Causes of capital’s congestion probed

Transport for London and the Greater London Authority have jointly commissioned consultant Integrated Transport Planning to prepare a report on the increased traffic congestion seen on the capital’s roads in the last five years. The report should be published before mayor Sadiq Khan’s... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News
AVs and Hyperloop ‘could transform travel patterns’

AVs and Hyperloop ‘could transform travel patterns’

Human drivers will quickly have to be banned from roads on which autonomous vehicles are authorised, a transport economist has predicted.  Paul Buchanan, a partner at consultant Volterra, gave an... continue

23 Jun 2017Local Transport Today News

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