Bike rescue campaign aims to get people in the saddle

Bike rescue campaign aims to get people in the saddle

Patrick McDonnell

Cycling UK is once more running its Big Bike Revival across England thanks to a further £1m funding from the Department for Transport (DfT). The... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Sustrans wins Soton cycling contract

Southampton City Council has awarded Sustrans and Pindar Creative a contract to provide an on-street wayfinding system for cyclists. The contract runs to 30 August 2019.... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

MaaS interest group for ITS UK

Transport technology organisation ITS (UK) has set up an interest group for Mobility as a Service (MaaS). Its founding chairman is Andrew Pearce, director of technology, UK Europe and Middle East, of Jacobs.... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

NIC explores new urban transport systems

The National Infrastructure Commission is exploring “first/last mile” transport systems for Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Oxford and Northampton as part of a wider study of transport needs in the corridor.  Consultants are about to be appointed to conduct a £100,000 transport... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News
DfT tests use of NTS data to improve rail demand forecasts

DfT tests use of NTS data to improve rail demand forecasts

Andrew Forster

The DfT is exploring if the accuracy of rail demand... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

More cash for new vehicle technologies

Research and development into self-driving vehicles and electric vehicle batteries will benefit from the Government’s new £1bn Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.  The four-year fund, announced by business secretary Greg Clark, will focus on six topics: healthcare and medicine;... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Driverless car trials for urban roads

Driverless cars will be tested on public roads in a project awarded £8.6m from the Government’s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles.. The DRIVEN consortium, led by Oxford-based artificial intelligence company Oxbotica, is to test autonomous vehicles in urban areas and on... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News
HMRC restricts staff tax perk to ultra-low emission vehicles

HMRC restricts staff tax perk to ultra-low emission vehicles

The Government this month partially closed a tax break that has allowed thousands of employees to obtain cars through salary sacrifice schemes. The perk will remain for ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEVs) purchases. Salary sacrifice schemes... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Rapid charging for capital

Transport for London has appointed five suppliers to create a network of rapid electric vehicle charge points in the capital, capable of fully charging a vehicle battery in 30 minutes.  The aim is to install 75 of the 50kw charging points by the end of this year, 150 by the end of 2018, and... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

HE studies value of road surfaces

Highways England has appointed consultants to explore the value road users place on better quality road surfaces. Consultant Arup will use stated preference surveys to assess people’s ‘willingness to pay’ for better surfaces. Says Highways England: “These values will then be... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News
End unsafe streetlight switch-offs, says AA

End unsafe streetlight switch-offs, says AA

Motoring organisation the AA is calling on highway authorities to stop switching off streetlights at night, saying the practice is unsafe.  The AA has identified 11... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Oxford Street transformation floated, as bus numbers cut

Andrew Forster

Transport for London and Westminster City Council have launched a consultation on future traffic arrangements for Oxford Street, central London’s premier retailing street. The exercise comes just days after TfL confirmed that it is to cut bus numbers on Oxford Street by 40% as part of a... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

School travel plan activity at low ebb

School travel planning activity in Buckinghamshire has collapsed because of funding pressures on the county council, a scrutiny inquiry has revealed.  In 2004 the Labour Government set a target for all schools in England to have a travel plan by 2010, with the aim of cutting home to school car... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

New active travel fund

The DfT is inviting bids to a £470,000 fund for projects to encourage walking or cycling.  The Small Business Research Initiative has two phases:  • Proof of concept, worth up to £170,000. Individual awards are likely to be up to £25,000, and projects will last up... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Active travel caught in ‘Catch 22’

Active travel investment is caught in a ‘Catch 22’ situation, with a lack of evidence for its effects undermining the case for more spending, a consultant has told the DfT.  Brook Lyndhurst was commissioned by the DfT to review the research evidence on the impacts of walking and... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News
Brice refocuses Sustrans and announces NCN review

Brice refocuses Sustrans and announces NCN review

Andrew Forster

Sustrans is to review the UK’s National Cycle Network and explore whether more of the network could be on traffic-free routes. The NCN... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News
Councils offered expert advice on active travel plans

Councils offered expert advice on active travel plans

English local authorities outside London are being invited to bid for consultancy support to prepare local walking and cycling infrastructure plans (LWCIPs).  Guidance on preparing the non-statutory plans... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

DfT sets active travel targets but no extra money pledged

The DfT has pledged to increase walking and cycling activity in England over the next eight years in its first statutory Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS). But the lack of any new funding disappointed active travel campaigners.  The CWIS, a statutory requirement under the... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Come and meet the DfT team...

Officers from the DfT’s walking and cycling team will be on hand to talk about a range of topics including the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans guidance and technical support, funded programmes such as Cycle City Ambition Grant, Access Fund and Bikeability, and subjects such as... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News
New cycle and pedestrian bridge opens in Leeds.

New cycle and pedestrian bridge opens in Leeds.

A new bridge for cyclists and pedestrians across the River Aire in Leeds opened this week. The Skelton Bridge opens up future access to Rothwell Country Park. Leeds City Council invested... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News
Glasgow bike hire set to expand

Glasgow bike hire set to expand

A bike share scheme in Glasgow looks set to more than double in size in response to demands for more stations from users,... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today Features

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