EEH launches young professionals competition

England’s Economic Heartland has launched Vision 2050, a competition for students, graduates, apprentices, young professionals and people new to the transport sector.  Entries (no longer than 500 words) should explain how the transport system should change to realise the EEH’s vision of “connecting people and places with opportunities and services” up to 2050. Entrants can give a broad overview of the future transport system, or focus on a single element, mode or priority principle.  The judging panel includes:  • Professor Sadie Morgan of the National Infrastructure Commission • Lynda Addison OBE, chair of the sustainable transport panel of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation • Paul Leinster, chair of the... continue

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Meet the station master

Meet the station master

Mark Moran

High Speed 1 (HS1) is the railway that runs between central London... continue

12 Nov 2019Parking Review Features
Plans for car-free Portsmouth development called 'such an interesting idea' by developers

Plans for car-free Portsmouth development called 'such an interesting idea' by developers

Development plans for Tipner West in Portsmouth have progressed ‘further than ever before’, and Portsmouth City Council hosted an event in September to engage industry experts and inform them of the ‘tremendous development opportunities and plans for the site, with a first spade in the ground scheduled for summer 2023’. The high... continue

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Are SUVs more dangerous to pedestrians than other cars?

Are SUVs more dangerous to pedestrians than other cars?

Earlier this year it was reported in the US that the 'nation’s SUV boom is becoming increasingly deadly' after it was revealed that pedestrian deaths hit a 28-year high in 2018. UK journalist Carlton Reid took up... continue

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Liverpool City Region's cycling & walking commissioner: 600km network planned

Liverpool City Region's cycling & walking commissioner: 600km network planned

Cyclist and actor Simon O'Brien has extended his role as Liverpool’s cycling and walking commissioner to cover the entire Liverpool City Region, working across all six boroughs to help make the Metro Mayor’s vision for a revolution in active travel a reality. Simon will be speaking at Cycling... continue

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New funding for parks and green spaces

New funding for parks and green spaces

Community groups can now bid for new parks or reimagined spaces that will be used for everything from children’s play areas to vegetable patches... continue

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Rural zones: car-free, or test-beds for driverless vehicle technology?

Rural zones: car-free, or test-beds for driverless vehicle technology?

The Lake District national park authority has confirmed it will explore car-free zones as part of its traffic management plans in the national park in tandem with the National Trust. Thomas Burditt, National Trust general manager for the North Lakes, told the Times: 'We... continue

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Spanish rail's integrated transport app to include Karhoo cab comparison service

Spanish rail's integrated transport app to include Karhoo cab comparison service

A new one-stop transport app being launched by Spain’s state-owned rail company Renfe will include London-based Karhoo’s taxi and private hire price comparison app.  The ‘Renfe as a Service’ (Raas) app is currently being piloted in journeys between Madrid and Barcelona and is due to be... continue

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BP invests in MaaS

BP Ventures has made a €10m investment in Finnish mobility as a service pioneer, MaaS Global.  Roy Williamson, BP’s vice president for advanced mobility said: “The MaaS Global team is at the forefront of a tech-enabled mobility evolution – from having to own a vehicle to... continue

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Berkeley ends HS2 role

Opponents of HS2 fear the project will be given a green light by the Government’s review panel into the project.  The concerns were voiced after Lord Berkeley, a critic of the project who was appointed the review’s deputy chair, announced that his input to the review was now... continue

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Build it (right) and they will come

Build it (right) and they will come

Richard Dilks, Mobility Matters

One of my lightbulb moments coming into this great job has been that shared mobility is seen by most... continue

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Williams cautions on devolution

Williams cautions on devolution

The forthcoming rail White Paper will support further devolution of rail responsibilities but the principle of a national... continue

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Election may disrupt schedule

Appearing before the transport committee just before Boris Johnson announced a General Election on 12 December, Keith Williams said the rail White Paper would be completed before the end of the year. “Assuming that the Government are there to take the White Paper, the White Paper will be... continue

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Hackney rolls out school streets

The London Borough of Hackney is planning to introduce traffic restrictions at the start and end of the school day at every primary school in the borough unless they opt out of the ‘school streets’ programme. Hackney has just introduced its eighth such scheme and has announced plans for... continue

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Transport Scotland defends channelling funds via Sustrans

Andrew Forster

Transport scotland has defended its decision to channel most of its active travel funding for councils via Sustrans, amid criticism of the practice from local government. Sustrans Scotland is receiving grant funding of £59.5m in 2019/20 from the Scottish Government. The majority is capital... continue

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Scots draft NTS ‘lacks focus’

The Scottish Government’s draft national transport strategy suffers from a “lack of direction”, “lacks focus” and “will have little strategic intent or use”, according to Dundee City Council. Proposed actions are “not bold enough”, says Dundee.... continue

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Transport delivery group for Glasgow

Glasgow City Council is setting up a transport delivery steering group to take forward the recommendations of the council’s connectivity commission (LTT 10 May) and projects in Strathclyde Partnership for Transport’s forthcoming regional transport strategy. The group will comprise... continue

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Edinburgh consults on bus lane hours

The City of Edinburgh Council has launched a consultation on extending the operation of bus lanes to 12 hours, from 0700 to 1900, seven days a week. The city’s bus lanes currently operate at peak hours (0730 to 0930 and 1600 to 1830, Monday to Friday). Consultation closes on 22 Novem... continue

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WYCA fears for future of £2.9bn Transpennine railway upgrade

Andrew Forster

Politicians in the north of England are growing nervous that a Conservative Government may jettison the Transpennine rail upgrade project and concentrate solely on the longer-term Northern Powerhouse Rail programme, which includes a new line between Manchester and Leeds.   The Transpennine... continue

8 Nov 2019Local Transport Today News

Nexus grapples with rising budget deficit

A £4.1m deficit has opened up in the 2019/20 budget of Nexus, the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive, prompting a renewed warning that services may have to be cut in future years.   John Fenwick, Nexus’s director of finance and resources, said a number of factors had... continue

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Back North’s rail plan, TfN urges politicians

Transport for the North has urged all political parties to back plans for a huge investment in the region’s rail network in next month’s General Election.   In an open letter to the parties, TfN chief executive Barry White says the north of England’s economy needs Northern... continue

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