15 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News
New approach to protecting roads from severe weather

New approach to protecting roads from severe weather

A group of councils in the southwest of England believe they can significantly reduce the environmental and economic impact of weather-related events on road networks thanks to a new modelling tool. The... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today Features

Bulldozing homes proposed to tackle roadside air pollution

Demolishing houses along one of Britain’s most polluted roads has emerged as one of the best options in a study to address air quality problems. In 2016, it was revealed that A472 Hafod-yr-ynys Road, in the South Wales Valleys, suffered the highest concentrations of roadside nitrogen dioxide... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News

‘Premature’ opening of Forth crossing

An MSP has questioned whether the new Forth road crossing was opened prematurely, given that disruptive works followed its opening in August 2017. A recent Audit Scotland examination of the Forth replacement crossing’s construction found that the final cost, £1.34bn, was 8% to 16% lower... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News

New awards from Highways Agency

Highways England has launched a new set of awards championing the best aspects of the highways sector. The Highway England Awards aim to showcase individuals teams, projects and companies. Nominations are now open to all Highways England employees, its suppliers and their supply chain (including... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News
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Skates to probe balance of road review group

Welsh transport secretary Ken Skates is to ask Vale of Glamorgan Council whether a group convened to review options for a proposed new road is sufficiently representative. Objectors to the scheme to build a road between M4 Junction 34 and the A48 claim that the review group is dominated by... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News
Liverpool flyovers closure would ‘cut dominance of car’

Liverpool flyovers closure would ‘cut dominance of car’

Rhodri Clark

The closure of a pair of flyovers in central Liverpool... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News

Congestion at Severn Crossing set to worsen after end of toll

Rhodri Clark

The UK Government’s announcement that the M4 Severn Crossings tolls will be abolished slightly earlier than planned has coincided with official acknowledgement that congestion in the region will worsen. Statistics obtained by LTT confirm that traffic has grown substantially this year, despite... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News

Future of Port Talbot M4 slip road in doubt

Rhodri Clark

Closure of an M4 slip road in Port Talbot, trialled amid controversy several years ago, could become permanent to help achieve air quality improvements, the Welsh Government has said. The trial closure at Junction 41 in 2014/15 appeared to improve traffic flow on the M4 but triggered many... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News
Practitioners seek to improve DfT modelling & appraisal tools

Practitioners seek to improve DfT modelling & appraisal tools

Tom van Vuren

The last issue covered the LTT seminar on the future of... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today Comment

DfT must address true extent of HGV risk on minor roads

Darren Shirley Campaign for Better Transport London N1

Government statistics confirm that urban and rural roads are more dangerous than motorways (ref Road deaths stable but casualties decline) and the latest report on the Department for Transport (DfT) trial of 7ft longer lorries, issued on 19 September 2018, reveals that 38 percent of journeys are... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Councils need proper powers to combat street clutter

Neil Humphrey Newcastle upon Tyne NE2

As a pedestrian, I read with interest John Dales’ latest column concerning walking (LTT 28 Sept). It is interesting to see that John considers that councils don’t conspire to block footways but simply cock up by allowing street clutter. The issue with phone and media hubs cunningly... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today Comment
Seaside blues – bypassing the facts on the fantasy road to the M4

Seaside blues – bypassing the facts on the fantasy road to the M4

Patrick Kinnersly

My heart sank when I read the report in the last LTT on plans by... continue

28 Sep 2018Local Transport Today Comment

A right way and a wrong way for the Oxford-Cambridge arc

Mike O’Sullivan Stony Stratford Milton Keynes MK11

George Monbiot is right in pointing out that there has been a significant under-reporting and discussion concerning the proposed east-west expressway road between Oxford and Cambridge, but that is not the whole story (Media Monitor LTT 31 Aug).  In reality there are three elements that are now... continue

28 Sep 2018Local Transport Today Comment
Drivers’ dependency on the car has jumped, RAC survey reveals

Drivers’ dependency on the car has jumped, RAC survey reveals

Patrick McDonnell

Drivers’ dependency on the car has jumped in the last... continue

24 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News
Compensation for disruption: one rule for rail, another for road

Compensation for disruption: one rule for rail, another for road

Rhodri Clark

Compensating train operators for disruption during engineering... continue

17 Sep 2018Local Transport Today Features

Camden traffic scheme approved

The London Borough Camden is to make permanent a traffic management scheme, against the advice of a planning inspector. But the scheme could be modified in line with the inspector’s recommendation at a future date. The Torrington Place/Tavistock Place corridor scheme, between Tottenham Court... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News
Five things to know about  transport project cost overrun

Five things to know about transport project cost overrun

W hy do transport projects so often seem to end up costing much more than originally forecast? Professor Bent Flyvbjerg, of the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School, has spent a lot of time researching this... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

DfT opens the door to council applications for lane rental

Andrew Forster

New guidance explains the conditions England’s highway authorities will have to satisfy in order to introduce lane rental charges for works in the road. The DfT’s decision to roll-out lane rental follows a review of the experiences of pilot schemes operated by Transport for London and... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Two MRNs for the North?

The North of England may  end up with two Major Road Networks (MRNs) if the DfT chooses not to enlarge its network to the size suggested by sub-national transport body Transport for the North.  TfN published its version of the north’s MRN last summer (LTT 23 Jun 17). The DfT... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Name change for Forth Bridge station?

Dalmeny station on the south side of the Forth Bridge could be renamed ‘Forth Bridge station’ to encourage more visitors to come and see the bridges by train. The idea is included in a Forth Bridges area tourism strategy. The Forth Bridge is a World Heritage Site.... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

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