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Journey apps can help the visually impaired

Aira, along with tech leaders Moovit and Azure Maps, have joined forces to make public transit in and around urban areas more inclusive for blind and low vision riders and others by bringing together the technological expertise of each company to remove barriers that people with vision loss face in... continue

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9 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News
A stock take on planning for the Garden Communities programme reveals some 'uncertainty'

A stock take on planning for the Garden Communities programme reveals some 'uncertainty'

Large-scale new developments have a role in helping to meet housing needs, and have at times received formal Government support. The latest iteration – Garden Communities – was launched in 2014, and the programme now includes 49 projects extending across all regions of England. Consultancy Lichfields has reviewed all 49 Garden... continue

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9 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News
Less affluent families tend to be less active

Less affluent families tend to be less active

Children from less affluent families are less likely to participate in physical activity than their wealthier peers, suggests new figures from Sport England. The data, from the... continue

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9 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Appraisal ‘at odds with climate agenda’

Current transport appraisal methods with their focus on time savings are inadequate for the climate change agenda, the chief executive of Transport for Wales?has said. James Price told the National Assembly for Wales inquiry on transport decarbonisation: “[One] thing I think is worthy of some... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News
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Tories pledge big road & rail spend and further devolution

The Conservatives are the only major political party to pledge a big road building programme if they win the General Election.   The party’s manifesto also makes a promise to build the first part of the Northern Powerhouse Rail project but is non-committal on HS2 (see story below). It is... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Non-committal on HS2, committed to NPR phase 1

The Conservatives are non-committal about building HS2 but do pledge to build a new railway between Leeds and Manchester.  The party will study the recommendations of the Oakervee review into HS2 before making a decision. “HS2 is a great ambition, but will now cost at least £81bn... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Tories make cross-border pledges

The Conservatives promise better transport links between England and Wales. “To support our Union, we will upgrade the A55 as the main road transport artery for North Wales,” says the manifesto. A Marches Growth Deal is also promised, “focusing on cross-border infrastructure which... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

We’d build M4 relief road – Tories

The Conservatives have pledged to reinstate the proposed M4 relief road around the south of Newport if they ever win control of the National Assembly for Wales. The road was recently scrapped by the Labour-controlled Welsh Government. “A Welsh Conservative Government would deliver the M4... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News
Segregated cycleways for Leeds

Segregated cycleways for Leeds

Councillors in Leeds have approved plans for three new segregated cycleways in the city. Lanes will be installed on the... continue

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6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

North of Scotland councils bid for roads collaboration cash

Andrew Forster

Local authorities in the north of Scotland are to request funding from the Scottish Government to accelerate their work on road service collaboration.   The Northern Roads Collaboration Joint Committee brings together seven councils: Angus, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Argyll & Bute, Western... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Councils want industry roads fund

Local authorities in the north of Scotland want to prepare a case for a new Government fund that would help pay for the upkeep and improvement of key local roads serving industries such as whisky, quarrying, and agriculture.  The fund could be modelled on the Government’s Timber... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Caerphilly makes CPO to demolish street

Caerphilly County Borough Council is to make a compulsory purchase order to acquire homes on a steep part of the A472 that fails to comply with  the legal limit values for nitrogen dioxide.  The council will purchase more than 20 properties on Hafod-yr-ynys-Road for demolition (LTT 05... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Glasgow rolls out 20mph limits

Glasgow City Council plans to spend £4.35m over four years implementing signed-only 20mph limits across much of the city. Glasgow says it will adopt the principles behind the City of Edinburgh Council’s policy, with  20mph applying to roads “that are residential, main... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Bristol clarifies weight restriction

Bristol City Council is planning to introduce a 3.5-tonne weight restriction on Marlborough Street in the city centre as part of its clean air action plan. The council  clarified the proposal to LTT after saying last month that the restriction would apply to vehicles over 7.5 tonnes, contrary... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

TRL launches road risk tool

The Transport Research Laboratory has developed a new risk tool to calculate the route-by-route collision risk for road journeys, which can be adjusted according to the presence of different in-car technologies. The route risk tool allows routes across the UK to be mapped for their collision r... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Kent rules out highways Teckal

Kent County Council is to restructure how highways maintenance services are delivered but has ruled out creating a council-owned Teckal company.  The council has reviewed four options for after its current term maintenance contract with Amey ends next August:  extend the contract to... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

TfL signs deal for Silverlink Tunnel

Transport for London has finally signed the contract with the Riverlinx consortium to deliver the Silvertown Tunnel under the Thames in east London. The signing had been delayed by a legal challenge brought by the reserve bidder, Silver Thames Connect (STC). This is ongoing but STC consented to... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Thompson to join Bucks

Ian Thompson has been appointed corporate director for planning, growth and sustainability at the new unitary Buckinghamshire Council, which will come into being next April, replacing the county council and four districts. Thompson is currently corporate director for regeneration and local services... continue

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Waltham Forest builds FORS Silver requirement into Draft Local Plan

Nicole Housh

Waltham Forest has become the latest local authority wishing to specify FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme, in its planning policy requirements. If its plans are adopted, road transport operators working within the borough must meet FORS Silver level accreditation from 2020.  Waltham... continue

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5 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News
TRANStech Awards 2020 return to the Royal Lancaster Hotel

TRANStech Awards 2020 return to the Royal Lancaster Hotel

Darryl Murdoch

The Second Annual TRANStech Awards has been confirmed to... continue

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2 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

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