New street design changing driver behaviour outside school

New street design changing driver behaviour outside school

Road safety outside schools has become an all too frequent cause for concern across the UK. In an effort to tackle the problem, a range of measures are being deployed... continue

17 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Highways England cuts number of annoying motorway messages

Highways England chief executive Jim O’Sullivan tells LTT this week that the company has reduced the number of public information messages displayed on variable message signs after research showed they “annoy people”. HE’s minimalist policy is most apparent to drivers using... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today Comment

HE outlines clean air research programme

Highways England is exploring the practicality of building canopies over major roads in pollution hotspot areas.  “We are investigating if we can reduce the costs to construct a canopy, which is a tunnel-like structure designed to prevent vehicle emissions reaching our neighbours, to... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Queensferry Crossing opening

The new Queensferry Crossing over the Forth estuary will open on 30 August. It will then close temporarily to allow pedestrian tours, re-opening permanently to vehicles on 6 September. ... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News
London's Garden Bridge project collapses

London's Garden Bridge project collapses

Patrick McDonnell

A £200m plan to build a bridge covered with trees over the River Thames in central London has been abandoned. The... continue

14 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News
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Edinburgh considers case for a unified road repair service

Patrick McDonnell

City of Edinburgh Council is considering creating a single road repair service that will be responsible for inspecting, designing, fixing and maintaining streets. The unified service forms part of a plan to improve the way the council carries out road repairs that goes before councillors later this... continue

8 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

South Birmingham bus revamp

National Express West Midlands (NXWM) is consulting on changes to its bus routes in south Birmingham, saying congestion is making the network increasingly difficult to operate. The consultation covers routes in the wedge between the Bristol and Warwick Roads. Tom Stables, managing director of NXWM,... continue

4 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

M3 managed motorway opens

A 13.4-mile section of the M3 in Surrey and Hampshire has been converted to a smart motorway with all-lane running and mandatory variable speed limits. The £174m Highways England scheme covers the road between the M25 and Farnborough. ... continue

4 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News
Making the right connections between modes

Making the right connections between modes

Deniz Huseyin

With roads close to saturation point and trains becoming overcrowded, transport providers and innovators must work together... continue

4 Aug 2017Local Transport Today Features

Catford gyratory remodelling probed

Transport for London and the London Borough of Lewisham are exploring options for changing the A205 South Circular Road in Catford town centre which currently features a gyratory system. Jessie Lee, Lewisham’s senior programme manager, capital programme delivery, told councillors the options... continue

4 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Grayling to determine city street closure

Transport secretary Chris Grayling will rule on Oxfordshire County Council’s proposal to pedestrianise a city centre shopping street after bus operators Stagecoach and Go-Ahead raised objections.  Oxfordshire plans to introduce an 18-month experimental closure of Queen Street to buses... continue

4 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Bypass upgrade cash in Edinburgh city deal

A £140m programme of transport improvements in Edinburgh – including work to increase capacity on the city’s bypass – features in the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region deal.  The deal brings together six local authorities – Edinburgh, West Lothian,... continue

4 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Severn tolls axe ‘will boost car commuting’

Car commuting between South Wales and Bristol could grow significantly after the Government abolishes the tolls on the Severn Crossings next year, analysts are predicting. Freight could also switch from rail to road.  The Government last month announced the abolition of tolls by the end of... continue

4 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Welsh Government and councils partner on pinch-point studies

Rhodri Clark

Local authorities are partnering the Welsh Government in “pinch point corridor studies”, with the aim of ensuring that outcomes benefit local as well as trunk roads in each area. The Government has previously been accused of planning trunk road schemes with insufficient consideration of... continue

4 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Financial targets for Cornwall highways

Cornwall Council has published the 2017/18 financial targets for its arms-length highway and construction companies. Cormac Solutions has a turnover target of £84.3m and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of £4.3m. Cormac Contracting’s turnover... continue

4 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News
Birmingham seeks roads PFI settlement

Birmingham seeks roads PFI settlement

Birmingham City Council is seeking a commercial settlement with its highways Private Finance Initiative contractor for disputes that have been... continue

4 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News
Spreadsheet tools to aid active travel plan-making

Spreadsheet tools to aid active travel plan-making

Sustrans has launched three spreadsheet models intended to help local authorities make the case for walking and cycling schemes.  The Excel spreadsheet models are part of a wider active travel... continue

4 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News
English councils get £75m for bridges, junctions and flood defences

English councils get £75m for bridges, junctions and flood defences

Patrick McDonnell

Councils in England have been awarded £75m funding to... continue

1 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News
Alarm sounded over

Alarm sounded over "almost permanent" parking of lorries on M20 and delay over lorry park

Lee Baker

Delays at ports caused by extensive customs checks could lead to the almost-permanent... continue

30 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

Too little, too late: message of environmentalists and cities to Gove's air clean-up plan

Lee Baker

Government plans to tackle illegal air pollution have been immediately branded as inadequate by campaigners and local authorities, while they were slammed as too harsh by motoring groups. Under the air quality plan, Local authorities will have to the end of next year to finalise plans to tackle... continue

27 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News
Severn crossings will be free from 2018

Severn crossings will be free from 2018

Mark Moran

Drivers will see an end to tolls on the Severn Crossings in 2018, Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns has... continue

22 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

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