Moving beyond conflict: the benefits of well designed cycle routes

Moving beyond conflict: the benefits of well designed cycle routes

Deniz Huseyin

The Leeds to Bradford Cycle Superhighway is changing driver behaviour for the better and opening up cycling to “ordinary people”, believes Pete Zanzottera, a member of the CityConnect... continue

26 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Third Menai bridge project advances

The Welsh Government has awarded consultant AECOM a contract for initial design work on the Third Menai Crossing project to connect Anglesey with mainland Wales. The work involves identifying a preferred route for the road, which will relieve pressure on the two existing bridges over the Menai... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

NIC explores new urban transport systems

The National Infrastructure Commission is exploring “first/last mile” transport systems for Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Oxford and Northampton as part of a wider study of transport needs in the corridor.  Consultants are about to be appointed to conduct a £100,000 transport... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Guidance on road adoption

The DfT has published advice for developers, local authorities and residents on the procedures for local authorities adopting roads so that they become maintainable at public expense. Agreements under Section 38 of the 1980 Highways Act are the most common method of achieving road adoption, and are... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

HE studies value of road surfaces

Highways England has appointed consultants to explore the value road users place on better quality road surfaces. Consultant Arup will use stated preference surveys to assess people’s ‘willingness to pay’ for better surfaces. Says Highways England: “These values will then be... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News
End unsafe streetlight switch-offs, says AA

End unsafe streetlight switch-offs, says AA

Motoring organisation the AA is calling on highway authorities to stop switching off streetlights at night, saying the practice is unsafe.  The AA has identified 11... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Hodge’s bridge report unfair, says Trust

The Garden Bridge Trust has written to Dame Margaret Hodge expressing concerns  about aspects of her damning review of the bridge project for London mayor Sadiq Khan (LTT 14 Apr).  “It is a shame that Dame Margaret has shown disregard for the facts and been selective in her use of... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News
Growing rail freight could cut need for road spend, DfT told

Growing rail freight could cut need for road spend, DfT told

Andrew Forster

Investing in key rail freight corridors could cut lorry... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

‘Induced traffic doesn’t damage road case’

Induced traffic created by the proposed new M4 Relief  Road round the south of Newport does not undermine the case for building the road, the Welsh Government’s expert witness for the road has told the public inquiry.  Giving evidence on behalf of Gwent Wildlife Trust, which opposes... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News
Five road pricing blueprints shortlisted for £250,000 prize

Five road pricing blueprints shortlisted for £250,000 prize

Five proposals to change how we pay for road use have been shortlisted for the prestigious Wolfson Economics Prize worth £250,000.  More than 120 entries from seven countries were received in response to this year’s... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

New roads study highlights WebTAG's weaknesses

David Metz

Peter Mackie and Tom Worsley rightly commend the report on the impact of road investments commissioned by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) from Lynn Sloman and colleagues (Viewpoint LTT 14 Apr). The CPRE report re-examines the outcomes of a number of Highways England road schemes,... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today Comment

On the road again

Politicians usually steadfastly avoid the topic of road pricing during election campaigns. After all, the story of reforming how we pay for road use in the UK is not a particularly happy one, littered as it is with failed plans – Cambridge, Edinburgh and Manchester being recent examples. The... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today Comment
The quality of our road network is deteriorating. And no one seems to care

The quality of our road network is deteriorating. And no one seems to care

Malcolm Bulpitt

Local Transport Today is very good at reporting the new developments,... continue

28 Apr 2017Local Transport Today Comment

TfL turns spotlight on capital’s most dangerous junctions

Patrick McDonnell

More than 70 junctions with the worst safety record for pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists have been named by Transport for London (TfL).  The list is based on casualty figures over the past three years, revealing the junctions with the poorest safety records.  This analysis will... continue

24 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News
Hodge’s Garden Bridge review leaves no one smelling of roses

Hodge’s Garden Bridge review leaves no one smelling of roses

Andrew Forster

Dame Margaret Hodge’s report into the saga of the... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today Features

LoHAC doesn’t offer value, says Sutton

The London Borough of Sutton is procuring four new highways contracts, saying the London Highways Alliance Contracts (LoHAC) does not offer value for money. The contracts, due to commence on 1 October, will cover: ad hoc reactive and minor highways planned maintenance; planned highway improvements;... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Tracsis buys stake in Vivacity

Tracsis is to invest up to £1.3m in Vivacity Labs Ltd, in return for up to a 28.1% equity stake in the business. Tracsis says Vivacity has developed “novel machine learning software and sensor technology, which is applied to solve a wide range of traffic and transport issues, most... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Conway renews borough relations

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has awarded FM Conway five contracts covering: highways project works; surfacing and road marking; street lighting; paving works; and bridge and structure maintenance. Conway has provided highway services to the borough since 2010. The new contract will... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

LED streetlights ‘viable for main roads’

Derbyshire County Council says developments to LED (light emitting diode) technology make it safe and economic to install on the principal road network (PRN).  Derbyshire launched a £23m three-year programme to install 68,000 LED streetlights on residential roads in December. The project... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

New permit plan for West Midlands roads

The West Midlands Combined Authority has decided not to implement its own permitting system for managing roadworks on the conurbation’s 592km Key Route Network (KRN). Instead, it will rely on the seven metropolitan district councils implementing their own schemes, at least for the time... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News
Autonomous vehicles ‘could push up road maintenance bill’

Autonomous vehicles ‘could push up road maintenance bill’

A huge investment in the UK’s road network and higher road maintenance standards may be necessary to make the most of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs), according to a new report by the RAC Foundation. There is... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

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