Government must improve cost benefit analysis, appraisal and budgeting, says new report

Government must improve cost benefit analysis, appraisal and budgeting, says new report

A new Institute for Government (IfG) report has targeted three key aspects of policy to improve infrastructure decision-making in the UK. Over the past year, the Institute for Government has explored how the UK can improve infrastructure policymaking in areas... continue

13 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News

PTAL scores – out of date, and misleading too

Dan Saunders Basemap Guildford GU2

I strongly agree with the calls from London boroughs for Transport for London’s PTAL methodology to be refined (ibid).  There seems to be an over-reliance on PTAL in London and too much importance given to this outdated scoring methodology. All a PTAL measure is currently showing is the... continue

17 Apr 2018Local Transport Today Comment

New rideshare service up and running in central London

Via, the New York ride sharing start-up, has launched its ViaVan service in London.  ViaVan is a partnership with Mercedes, which invested $50m in Via last year. ViaVans are hailed using the Via app and operate in London’s travelcards zones 1 and 2.  They will charge a flat rate of... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Scots eye driverless roads

Scottish transport  minister Hunza Yousaf has pledged to ensure the next phase of Scotland’s road improvement programme takes into account the needs of autonomous vehicles. The Sunday Times reports that Yousaf has been in talks with the UK Government about an autonomous vehicle pilot... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

TfWM trials bus planning software

Transport for the West Midlands is conducting a one-year trial of bus service planning software developed by US firm Remix. Remix Planning enables users to test and visualise service and route scenarios, and understand their cost and demographic impacts. Edmund Salt, TfWM’s network... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
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Bedford praises route software

Bedford Borough Council has praised route planning software for helping to deliver savings to its education transport expenditure. The council uses the cloud-based QRoutes software. Chris Pettifer, Bedford’s chief officer for transport, said: “It used to take days or weeks to re-plan... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Carplus Bikeplus to rebrand

Mobility organisation Carplus Bikeplus is to rebrand as CoMoUK next month.... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Car club for East London residents

Residents of a new housing development in the London Borough of Newham will be given three years membership of a car club and £50 of driving credits under a Section 106 agreement proposed by the council. East Ham Regeneration Ltd and BDW Trading are promoting a mixed use development featuring... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Uber’s bike hire buy hailed as start of major expansion

The news that taxi firm Uber is to buy an electric bike hire firm called Jump prompted some analysis of what appeared to be something very like Mobility as a Service in the media, although the term MaaS did not seem to have been used by the papers. Victoria Fritz, the BBC transport’s... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today Media Monitor
Grimshaw still on the trail to make Britain a cycling nation

Grimshaw still on the trail to make Britain a cycling nation

Geoff Dudley

For over 40 years John Grimshaw has been at the forefront... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today Features

John Dales

John Dales

Never judge a street by its photo

My last two pieces were reflections on different aspects of the process of creating better streets. This time, I want to turn my...

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Where’s the transport vision for rural tourism?

John Disney Nottingham Business School Nottingham Trent University Nottingham NG1

Rhodri Clark makes a number of good points on transport issues outside of large metropolis (‘Can towns share the benefits of the new mobility revolution?’?LTT 30 Mar) but the reality is a decaying public transport system coupled with crumbling roads and frequent delays caused by... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Rural tourism: hire a car, or use the bus?

Roger Sexton Nottingham NG1

Rhodri Clark’s excellent article on innovative transport outside cities (ibid), set me thinking on many issues but I will focus on his last five paragraphs, which dealt with transport in tourist areas. I was initially horrified to read that people take the train to Oxenholme or Windermere and... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Harris leads Ohmio’s AV drive in Europe

Richard Harris has been appointed director, Europe, for Ohmio Automotion Ltd, a manufacturer of self-driving shuttle vehicles. Ohmio is a spin-off from New Zealand’s HMI Group.  Harris joined HMI last summer from Conduent, where he was director for communications, marketing,... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today People

Mirror. Signal… Panic!

“Parallel parking” are the two words every learner driver dreads to hear. This slow, slight and precise manoeuvre has been revealed as the nation’s trickiest driving manoeuvre, according to a poll of 2,000 UK motorists. When searching for a parking spot, drivers seem happy to... continue

12 Apr 2018Parking Review Opinion

The Major Road Network: a road-builder’s charter?

Alan Wenban-Smith Urban & Regional Policy Birmingham B13

Your last issue highlights responses by the RAC Foundation and East Sussex County Council to the DfT’s consultation proposals for a Major Road Network (‘MRN vision is too limited, councils tell DfT’ LTT16 Mar).  The Government’s MRN proposals descend directly from the... continue

3 Apr 2018Local Transport Today Comment

What have green transport activists achieved in 30 years?

Robert Davis Chair, Road Danger Reduction Forum London NW10

Your 03 March issue made me feel old. First there was a blast from the past with a splendid letter from veteran campaigner Don Mathew excoriating the claims for road-building and economic health. Then there was the news of Stephen Joseph leaving the Campaign for Better Transport. I was at the... continue

3 Apr 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Smartcard - back office - potholes - pipeline procedures

A scientist who implanted the electronic chip from his public transport smartcard into his hand has been fined for failing to show a valid ticket to a train guard in Sydney, Australia. The authorities doled out a A$1220 (£680) fine, even though the guard’s ticket scanner detected that... continue

3 Apr 2018Local Transport Today Comment
Can towns share the benefits of the new mobility revolution?

Can towns share the benefits of the new mobility revolution?

Britain is awash with innovative transport products and services, either in development or here right now. Most of the innovation is focused on big cities, where commercial operators are most likely to receive good returns on their... continue

3 Apr 2018Local Transport Today Features

Guardian calls for collective action on the future of driving

“The internal combustion engine has changed the world as much as almost any other invention of the last 150 years,” The Guardian suggested in an editorial on 25 March. “The car has reshaped our cities and colonised our imaginations [because] it seems to offer autonomy for... continue

3 Apr 2018Local Transport Today Media Monitor

Scotsman backs call for more space for pedestrians

On 23 March The Scotsman’s transport correspondent, Alastair Dalton, contemplated the ongoing ‘battle’ between pedestrians and motorised vehicles for space in our cities. “They are greener and perhaps safer than other cars, but if the future of our most popular form of... continue

3 Apr 2018Local Transport Today Media Monitor

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