Fidler to take over from Pendlebury as DfT’s Local Transport boss

Fidler to take over from Pendlebury as DfT’s Local Transport boss

Graham Pendlebury will be retiring as DfT’s Director, Local Transport on 31 May. His successor will be Stephen Fidler, currently a Deputy Director in DfT’s Strategic Roads Division,... continue

17 Apr 2019Local Transport Today People

SW councils aim to persuade ministers that two STBs is best

Andrew Forster

The two shadow sub-national transport bodies in the south-west of England are hoping to persuade the DfT that the region’s transport needs are best served by having two STBs rather than one.  The DfT wants a single STB for the region and has ruled out giving financial assistance to help... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News
Zebra regulations pose barrier to Gtr Manchester cycle plans

Zebra regulations pose barrier to Gtr Manchester cycle plans

Andrew Forster

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is calling for... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

Midlands Connect calls for big road spend

Midlands Connect wants the Government to agree a long-term funding plan for upgrading key trunk roads in the region. The shadow sub-national transport body is devising investment programmes for the A46, A5 and A50/A500 corridors that are expected to take ten to 20 years to deliver. It says the... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

HGV overtaking ban for A55?

The Welsh Government is investigating if there is a case for prohibiting HGVs from overtaking on certain uphill stretches of the A55 Expressway in North Wales, which connects Holyhead to the north-west of England. “Once the investigations and potential trials are complete, recommendations... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News
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Notts buys Cornwall’s share of Via East Mids

Nottinghamshire County Council has completed the purchase of Cornwall Council’s majority shareholding in highways service provider Via East Midlands for £5m. Via was launched in July 2016.  Nottinghamshire owned 49 per cent and Corserv, a company owned by Cornwall Council, owned 51... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

Tees Valley consults on new Tees bridge

The Tees Valley Combined Authority is running a public consultation on a plan for a new road crossing of the River Tees. The consultation presents two options for the A19 crossing in the vicinity of the Tees Viaduct that carries the existing A19 trunk road. The CA says the existing crossing suffers... continue

29 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

No need for a charging CAZ, says Cardiff

Cardiff can comply with the EU annual mean limit value for nitrogen dioxide without  implementing a charging clean air zone (CAZ), says the city council.  The Welsh Government ordered Cardiff Council last spring to prepare an action plan to achieve compliance in the shortest possible... continue

29 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

Nottingham’s bus service cuts are a political choice

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I note from Nottingham City Council’s Transport for Nottingham website – ironically branded ‘Keeping Nottingham Moving’ – that significant cuts are imminent to its tendered bus network. These will mothball around half of its electric bus fleet (The council says seven... continue

29 Mar 2019Local Transport Today Comment
'Beelines' set to spread in Greater Manchester

'Beelines' set to spread in Greater Manchester

Deniz Huseyin
27 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News
Belfast’s motorway bus lane coverage grows to 13 miles

Belfast’s motorway bus lane coverage grows to 13 miles

Rhodri Clark

Two new sections of motorway bus lane opened in... continue

15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

Tolls removed from bridge in SW Wales

Road tolls will be removed from the A477 Cleddau Bridge in south-west Wales from 1 April as a result of a funding deal struck between the Welsh Government and Pembrokeshire Council. The bridge, spanning Milford Haven, has had tolls since it opened 44 years ago. A commitment to scrap them featured... continue

15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

DfT consults on pothole actions

The DfT is consulting on increasing the length of guarantee on utility firms’ roadworks from two years to five and introducing new asphalt standards, to keep roads pothole-free for longer. The guarantee requires utility companies to return a road surface back to normal if a pothole forms on a... continue

15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

Appoint a freight czar, business tells Khan

Business organisations have urged London mayor Sadiq Khan to appoint a freight commissioner for London.  The call came as Transport for London published a freight action plan, outlining the measures being taken to manage freight and its environmental impacts.   The idea of a freight... continue

15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

MPs launch probe into road safety

The House of Commons transport committee has announced an inquiry into the Government’s  road safety policies. Committee chair Lilian Greenwood said: “In 2017, almost 1,800 people died in road traffic accidents on the UK’s roads. While there are far fewer fatalities than... continue

15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

Road and rail ‘failing to prepare for 5G’

Not enough progress is being made to equip Britain’s main roads and railways with 5G connectivity, the National Infrastructure Commission has said.  The Commission’s Connected Future report recommended that  main roads and railways and city centres be made ‘5G... continue

15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News
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15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News
Peninsula Transport identifies local road investment priorities

Peninsula Transport identifies local road investment priorities

Andrew Forster

Peninsula Transport,  the shadow sub-national transport... continue

15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

Midland MRN plans ‘have West Mids focus’

Lincolnshire County Council says there is a “strong regional imbalance” in the road schemes likely to be submitted by Midlands Connect to the Government’s Major Road Network and Large Local Majors scheme funding. The DfT has asked shadow and sub-national transport bodies (STBs)... continue

15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

Warwicks wants £141m for roads

Warwickshire County Council is seeking £141m from the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) for two road schemes that could help facilitate the delivery of thousands of homes. Business cases will be submitted this month for the projects, which were shortlisted for HIF’s... continue

15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

Crossing removal ‘will increase traffic’

Replacing a level crossing with a bridge on the A10 at Foxton, Cambridgeshire, will attract more traffic to the road, blighting local communities, according to the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP). The level crossing can delay road traffic by 15-20 minutes in the peak hours and the GCP says this... continue

15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

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