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15 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

W Yorks develops CO2 assessment tool

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has given more details of a new method for assessing the carbon impact of transport and other investments in the conurbation.  Consultant Mott MacDonald is developing the method, which should be applied in February and March to projects currently going... continue

24 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

John Siraut

John Siraut

John Siraut: Reversing Beeching

The Government has invited proposals to re-open stations and railway lines across the country that were closed in the 1960s and...

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22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today Comment

Making sense of transport planning in Cambridgeshire

David Holding Durham

In recounting the ongoing quarrel over future public transport for Cambridge, your otherwise excellent writers are in the habit of describing Cambourne as a “market town”, which it is not and never has been (‘GCP revives original route for Cambridge bus rapid transit’ LTT 08... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today Comment
Obituary: Paul Withrington

Obituary: Paul Withrington

Paul Withrington was the most prolific contributor to LTT’s letters column of the last 20 years.... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today Comment

Salter leads PJA in Cambs

Mike Salter has joined transport planning, placemaking and engineering consultancy PJA as a director to lead the firm’s new Cambridge office. Salter moves from Mott MacDonald where he had been transport planning projects director since 2017 and the firm’s city director for Cambridge... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today People

Pickworth joins SWARCO

Traffic technology business SWARCO Traffic has appointed John Pickworth as its new managing director, succeeding Berony Abraham who served for two years. Pickworth joins from engineering consultancy Pell Frischmann, where he was responsible for creating and delivering its ITS market strate... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today People

Logistics UK appoints Barnett

Logistics UK has appointed Ryan Barnett as its economics and research manager. Barnett worked for pro-Heathrow expansion campaign Back Heathrow from 2015 to 2017. He was the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed’s economic policy adviser from January 2019 to December... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today People

Collisions down near city’s speed cams

Coventry City Council has recorded a big drop in injury accidents and speeds on roads where average speed enforcement cameras have been installed. Cameras were erected on the 40mph Ansty and London roads in January 2019. Three-year ‘before’ data for Ansty Road records 32 injury... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Councils try to agree risk deal for new road

Leicestershire County Council is trying to reach agreement with Melton Borough Council on a risk-sharing agreement that will allow the county council to accept a Homes England grant for a major new road in Melton Mowbray. Homes England has offered Leicestershire a £15m Housing Infrastructure... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

LTNs ‘have no impact on fire brigade times’

Fire brigade response times have not been affected by residential street closures, according to a study in one part of London.  Researchers looked at London Fire Brigade data from 2012 to 2020 in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, where low traffic neighbourhood street closures were... continue

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11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News
Car club operators urged to share usage data with councils

Car club operators urged to share usage data with councils

Car clubs could play a much bigger part in transport policy if operators agree to share operational data with councils, says a report published by the RAC Foundation.  The report proposes a Car Club-Local Authority Data... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

HE ‘hitlist’ to demolish railway structures

Hundreds of potentially useful disused railway structures are threatened with demolition or infilling by Highways England, campaigners have warned. Highways England is responsible for managing the DfT’s Historical Railways Estate (HRE) – around 3,200 bridges, tunnels and viaducts, some... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

M25 ‘not a London bypass’

Very little car and taxi traffic on the M25 is avoiding London entirely, analysis for the RAC Foundation has found.  Data from more than four million trips on the road shows that only 14 per cent bypassed the capital completely. The majority –  74 per cent – had an origin or... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Metropolitan bus demand model

The Urban Transport Group  has launched a new model for assessing bus demand in city regions. The Metropolitan Bus Model was developed by consultant WSP and is freely available for use by the UTG’s full members. The UTG is itself using the model to explore scenarios for bus patronage... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Covid tests on Tube and buses

Transport for  London has explained the tests being used to detect if Covid-19 is transmitted on the capital’s public transport.  Each month researchers from Imperial College London conduct tests during the peak period on the Northern Line from Waterloo to Euston, and the 205 bus... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

National Transport Model peer review identifies output ‘flaws’

A peer review of the DfT’s National Transport Model (NTM) has questioned the credibility of model output showing that massively increasing road capacity results in lower motorway traffic volumes. The review team also expresses concern about a ‘backcasting’ exercise that shows a... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Western Gateway reviews model options

The Western Gateway grouping of local authorities is to use an existing transport model to inform the preparation of a long-term transport plan for the area, rather than develop a new one.  The Western Gateway non-statutory sub-national transport body (STB) covers eight local authorities: Bath... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Pandemic will scupper models for months, says Willumsen

Transport modelling and forecasting expert Luis (Pilo) Willumsen has warned that disruption caused by the Covid pandemic means it will be many months before a baseline for reliable new forecasts for traffic and travel behaviour can be established. In an article analysing whether ‘Covid has... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Stoke hopes to avoid need for air quality traffic restrictions

stoke-on-Trent City Council is in talks with ministers about whether a new plan can be devised to cut air pollution that removes the need for peak period traffic restrictions on two major roads.  The clean air plan work by  Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme councils has pointed to... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

EEH targets 5% traffic reduction per decade

The England’s Economic Heartland alliance of local authorities wants to cut car trips in the region by five per cent a decade to help the country meet its net zero greenhouse gas target.  The traffic reduction target is likely to feature in the final version of the EEH’s transport... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

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