25 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
Second Severn Crossing to become The Prince of Wales Bridge

Second Severn Crossing to become The Prince of Wales Bridge

Patrick McDonnell

The Second Severn Crossing is to be renamed The Prince of... continue

17 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
Distinguish MRN and PRN, says Wiltshire

Distinguish MRN and PRN, says Wiltshire

The major Road Network (MRN) of the most important local authority roads could create confusion with the Primary Route Network (PRN), Wiltshire Council has... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Road tech interests Herts

Hertfordshire County Council wants to put itself at the forefront of road technology developments.   Ralph Sangster, Hertfordshire’s cabinet member for highways, told cabinet colleagues: “We don’t know exactly what is going to happen, or when, or how, but I want us to track... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Greater Manchester to run High Occupancy Vehicle lane trial

A trial conversion of bus lanes into high occupancy vehicle lanes features in a new congestion reduction plan for Greater Manchester. A Highways Academy is also planned, which will specialise in the design, management and operation of road networks. The congestion plan has been drawn up by combined... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
West Coast rail partnership - Ozzy Osbourne - The Prince of Wales Bridge - April Fool

West Coast rail partnership - Ozzy Osbourne - The Prince of Wales Bridge - April Fool

The DfT’s cartographers may be ace at roads and railways but ask them to plot the UK’s airports and they’re flummoxed. This map from the DfT’s stakeholder briefing document for the West Coast rail partnership franchise shows Glasgow and Edinburgh airport in completely wrong locations. Things are no better south of... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Railway myth-busting only works if you know your facts

Paul Withrington Director Transport Watch Northampton NN2

The heading to John Helm’s letter of 16 March, “Myth-busting on the railways”, is misplaced. Myths can only be busted by reference to facts. He gives us none. Taking his headings in turn: 1. Foreign railways: John claims that routes in the US are profitable but provides no data.... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today Comment

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

Appraisal pitfalls warning

The Government has drawn up a list of “common pitfalls” that afflict appraisals of local growth and regeneration schemes, often involving transport.  The list has been sent to local  authorities who may be seeking changes to the hybrid Bill for  phase 2b of the... continue

3 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

HGV levy linked to emissions, not distance

The Government has rejected the idea of turning the existing HGV levy into a distance-based charge, choosing instead to introduce an emissions-based incentive into the scheme.  From February next year lorries meeting the Euro VI emissions standard will be eligible for a 10 per cent reduction... continue

3 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
Transport for the North comes of age as England’s first STB

Transport for the North comes of age as England’s first STB

Andrew Forster

Transport for the North becomes England’s first... continue

3 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Councils ‘ignoring their DCO obligations’

Councils in England are failing to deliver active travel and public transport schemes that were a condition of development consent orders (DCOs) for new roads, says the Campaign for Better Transport. The CBT says the latest example is Norfolk County Council, which has reneged on a condition about... continue

3 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Road charge powers in CA areas explained

The DfT has explained who holds the power to introduce congestion charging, Low Emission Zone, and workplace parking levy schemes in areas with a combined authority.  As reported in the last issue, the Greater Cambridge Partnership is to explore various charging schemes for Cambridge, despite... continue

3 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

‘Leave detrunked roads out of MRN

The DfT’s proposal to automatically include recently detrunked roads in the Major Road Network is nonsensical, says Kent County Council. The council says doing so results in the inclusion of “spurious links of no economic importance”.... continue

3 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
Major new cycle route proposed for Manchester

Major new cycle route proposed for Manchester

Deniz Huseyin

Proposals for a 5km cycleway have been announced by Manchester City Council. The mostly segregated route would link the city centre... continue

22 Mar 2018Local Transport Today News

We need a complete overhaul of road traffic law

Brian Dalton Purley Surrey CR8

I was not surprised to hear of last week’s Government initiative to bolster the law with respect to dangerous cycling. This followed the death of a pedestrian caused by a cyclist riding a bike with no front brake. However, in 2006 four cyclists were killed by a motorist driving a car with... continue

16 Mar 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Five bidders for Gloucs highways

Gloucestershire County Council has invited five firms to bid for its highways term maintenance contract: Balfour Beatty, Griffiths, Ringway, Skanska, and Volker Highways. Tenders will be returned in April and a shortlist of three will be selected in May. Final tenders will be submitted in July with... continue

16 Mar 2018Local Transport Today Business Briefing

‘Merge the SRN­ ­and MRN’

The Major Road Network should combine Highways England’s strategic road network (SRN) and the most important local authority roads, the England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) grouping of local authorities has told the DfT.  The DfT proposes that the MRN will be separate from Highways... continue

16 Mar 2018Local Transport Today News

Transport and the economy: let the guesswork continue

Don Mathew Bangor North Wales LL57

Am I alone in being perplexed at the total lack of comment on Steve Melia’s recent excellent Viewpoint article (‘Everyone says transport is good for the economy. But does anyone really know?’ LTT 19 Jan). This was an oasis of light amongst the usual pages of traffic-inducing road... continue

5 Mar 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Balfour sells off more shares in M25

Balfour Beatty has completed the sale of a further 5 per cent stake in Connect Plus, which manages the M25 and 125 miles of connecting roads. This is Balfour’s second sale to Equitix Investment Management Limited (Equitix) in recent months and the third sale of shares in all. The... continue

5 Mar 2018Local Transport Today Business Briefing

‘Improve smart motorway operations

Highways England should improve how it manages smart motorways, transport planners have said.  “Smart motorway management needs to be reviewed,” says the Transport Planning Society’s response to the DfT’s Strategic Road Network consultation (LTT05 Jan). “Often,... continue

5 Mar 2018Local Transport Today News

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