Glasgow bus operators react angrily to council’s LEZ plans

Glasgow bus operators react angrily to council’s LEZ plans

Rhodri Clark

Glasgow City Council has sparked anger among bus operators by deciding to focus its Low Emission Zone (LEZ) exclusively on buses initially. One operator is talking to... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News
Delays hit bus rapid transit route in project to cut journey times in Ghana's capital

Delays hit bus rapid transit route in project to cut journey times in Ghana's capital

Lee Baker

Delays to the consruction of dedicated lanes for a bus rapid transit system route... continue

15 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News
Heathrow expansion leads press coverage of party conferences

Heathrow expansion leads press coverage of party conferences

Ric Thomas

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling’s speech to the... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today Media Monitor
Five must-attend reasons to be at Smarter Travel LIVE! on 19 and 20 October

Five must-attend reasons to be at Smarter Travel LIVE! on 19 and 20 October

Smarter Travel LIVE! 2017 offers an expertly-crafted overview of need-to know people, initiatives, products and services – all in one place Resources are squeezed, time is precious and expectations upon local authorities and transport professionals increase.  The travelling public... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News
On-demand shared transport offers new route for bus travel

On-demand shared transport offers new route for bus travel

Beate Kubitz

As traffic levels hit a record high, there is a pressing... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today Features

Uber sales in London rise 59%

Ride-hailing platform Uber’s profit and turnover in London rose significantly in the last financial year, with sales increasing by 59% from £23.3m to £36.9m and pre-tax profits up by almost two thirds from £1.8m to just over £3m. The 2016/17 accounts for Uber London... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

Proposed West London Orbital rail scores high BCR

Rhodri Clark

Consultants have estimated a Benefit:Cost Ratio of more than 50 for proposed West London Orbital (WLO) passenger rail services. The West London Alliance, representing seven borough councils, commissioned WSP to explore the feasibility of introducing the first scheduled passenger trains in more than... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

Scotrail free returns scheme

The ScotRail Alliance has announced a scheme that will offer two free return journeys a month for jobseekers attending an interview and a free ScotRail travel ticket for the first month of a person’s return to work. The alliance is also promoting the Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

Train conductors in Wales offered job security guarantee

The Welsh Government has committed to retaining a conductor on all trains during the 15-year term of the next Wales and Borders franchise.  The minority Labour administration has also assured staff that there will be no compulsory redundancies, and that pension rights will be unaffected if... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

Review of Traws-­Cymru free travel

The Welsh Government has commissioned an independent review of its trial of free weekend travel for all on TrawsCymru bus services. The review is due to report to infrastructure secretary Ken Skates late next month. First minister Carwyn Jones surprised bus operators when he announced the trial at... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News
Transport Scotland to study Levenmouth rail scheme

Transport Scotland to study Levenmouth rail scheme

Rhodri Clark

Scottish transport minister Humza Yousaf has told Transport Scotland to look into re-opening a six-mile disused rail line between Leven in Fife and a junction with the Edinburgh to Dundee line.... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

Wales set for concessionary fares changes

The Welsh Government is consulting on possible changes to its concessionary travel scheme, launched in 2002. Infrastructure secretary Ken Skates said: “We have a responsibility to ensure that our scheme remains financially sustainable to meet the needs of a growing, ageing population.”... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

Red surfacing for tram routes

Edinburgh is installing red-surfaced cycle lanes on a number of key points along the tram route in the city centre. The measures, are the first in a three-phase project to help all road users keep themselves and each other safe when negotiating the capital’s tram tracks. They are aimed at... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

Rail network to get £48bn, says Grayling

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced that approximately £48bn is to be spent on rail network infrastructure in England and Wales across control period six, which will run between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2024. The DfT’s final Statement of Funds Available (SoFA), published... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

Tram operators warned on non-stop movements

Tramway operators have been advised to assess the additional risks where trams pass through stops without pausing, after an investigation into a pedestrian’s death in Sheffield in December. Following a different fatal accident, red cycle lanes will be installed at five Edinburgh locations to... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

Two-thirds want Oxford St car-free

A public consultation carried out by Westminster City Council, the mayor of London and Transport for London between April and June 2017 has revealed that almost two-thirds (62%) of respondents back plans to turn London’s iconic Oxford Street area into a pedestrianised ‘plaza’. A... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

Plan for West Lancs stations

Some £5m in funding has been allocated to investigate providing a rail link and station for Skelmersdale, west Lancashire, along with new stations at Kirkby and Rainford.  Since the closure of Skelmersdale railway station in 1956, the town has grown to become the second most populous in... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

£300m pledge for Liverpool HS links ‘not enough’

Philip Hammond's pledge of £300m funding to improve Liverpool’s transport links to the HS2 route has been described as a “modest down payment” by Liverpool City Region metro mayor Steve Rotheram. Prior to the Chancellor’s announcement, transport secretary Chris... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

City Deal is too complex, say council officers

Rhodri Clark

Officers at a Welsh council have criticised the “excess of ambiguity” surrounding the Swansea Bay City Region Deal, and suggested that the UK government cannot be trusted to keep its funding promises following the sudden cancellation of the Cardiff to Swansea rail electrification... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News
Deeper investment in regional rail pays off, report suggests

Deeper investment in regional rail pays off, report suggests

Investigating a diverse mix of regional rail services would not only represent high value for money but would also act as an “effective conduit” for regeneration, economic growth and improving the envirorment, says a new study... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

Edinburgh line approved

Plans to extend the Edinburgh tram system to Newhaven has been approved in an Outline Business Case (OBC) by the city council. Newhaven, north of the city centre, was originally scheduled for the initial Edinburgh tram scheme in 2008. But the 3.2km Newhaven section had to be dropped because of... continue

13 Oct 2017Local Transport Today News

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