"Injustice" claimed with passengers facing up to eight times more pollution than motorists

Lee Baker

Motorists are far less exposed to harmful particulate matter than London Underground and bus passengers, a study has found. The University of Surrey study suggests that transport users are exposed to as much as eight times as many pollutants as motorists in London,... continue

14 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News
Ministers lay the foundations for Heathrow’s third runway

Ministers lay the foundations for Heathrow’s third runway

The draft National Policy Statement (NPS) on airports sets out the Government’s case for supporting a third runway and associated development at Heathrow Airport. It has been a long time coming: in July 2015, the Airports... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today Features

Rail industry sets out priorities for Scotland

The rail industry has identified 18 priority enhancements to Scotland’s rail network for delivery over the next 12 years.  The projects feature in the Rail Delivery Group’s advice to inform the Scottish Government’s high level output specification (HLOS) for the railways,... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News
Leeds' new plans to overhaul transport to be delivered to ministers, says newspaper

Leeds' new plans to overhaul transport to be delivered to ministers, says newspaper

Lee Baker

Fresh proposals to turn around Leeds' transport system are "on the verge of being... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News
Network Rail entangled in Japanese knotweed payouts

Network Rail entangled in Japanese knotweed payouts

Rhodri Clark

Network Rail is considering its options after a... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News
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Consultation on ‘ugly’ masts delayed

Network Rail has delayed a consultation on ways to reduce the visual impact of recently-installed electrification equipment in the Chilterns and North Wessex Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) on the Great Western Main Line between Reading and Didcot. NR has been working with Natural... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Shopping mall over Euston?

A shopping complex may be built above the HS2 terminal at London Euston as part of a much larger redevelopment of the land.  The Government is to seek a development partner for the redevelopment of land around and above Euston. A pre-procurement market engagement exercise has just been... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Correcton: ‘Grayling backs BRT over electric trains’

In the story last issue ‘Grayling backs BRT over electric trains’ we reported that transport secretary Chris Grayling had told the Bristol Post that he wanted to “look at ways of helping Bristol Metro[bus] develop” rather than getting “hung-up” with electrifying... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

On-demand coach services: a new form of efficient transport

Thomas Ableman, Chief executive officer, Sn-ap, London E17

More people are making journeys than ever before. Our streets are getting more crowded and our roads more congested and yet most public transport seats travel empty. What if public transport could be efficient? Taking people where they want to go, when they want to go, and only taking up road space... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Buses: an increasingly rare sight in provincial England

John Disney, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham NG1

Peter Shipp is absolutely correct in his analysis of the current problems facing bus operators (‘Shipp steers EYMS through bus industry’s choppy waters’ LTT 03 Feb).  In particular, most operators outside large cities are now considerably underfunded by the English National... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Walking lanes for Tube platforms

Transport for London is planning  to trial a new form of crowd management on the Victoria Line platforms at Kings Cross underground station. Green vinyl lanes will run the length of the platform and spur off at points where train doors open. The lanes will be dedicated to movement and the rest... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News
Cut bus numbers on City’s streets, TfL told

Cut bus numbers on City’s streets, TfL told

The City of London Corporation wants Transport for London to cut the number of bus routes in the City, saying many vehicles are running only a quarter full even in the... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

In Passing

We’ve been critical of the secrecy surrounding the Local Growth Fund in the past: large sums of public money awarded to business-led Local Enterprise Partnerships whose bids are typically drawn up with no public engagement whatsoever. But it gets worse, because the press releases issued to... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Bakerloo line extension

Transport for London is consulting on extending the Bakerloo Line from its current terminus at Elephant & Castle in south London to Lewisham.  Four new stations are proposed: two on the Old Kent Road; at New Cross Gate, providing an interchange with London Overground and national rail; and... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News
Stagecoach’s minibus revival offers a glimpse into the future of urban transport

Stagecoach’s minibus revival offers a glimpse into the future of urban transport

Peter White, University of Westminster

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17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today Comment
Swansea reveals new vision for heavily trafficked street

Swansea reveals new vision for heavily trafficked street

Rhodri Clark

The City and County of Swansea Council plans to remodel... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Dorset tries to expand rural bus coverage

Dorset County Council hopes that withdrawing a discretionary concessionary travel arrangement in the county will encourage school transport operators to open their services up to the general public. Dorset currently supplements the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme by allowing... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

TfGM sees need for rapid transit tunnels

Tunnels may have to be built under Manchester city centre to accommodate rail-based rapid transit in the long-term, according to Transport for Greater Manchester’s new transport strategy.  Manchester’s second city crossing for Metrolink services will open on 26 February. But... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Date for Edinburgh tram hearings

Oral hearings for the Edinburgh tram inquiry will commence on 5 September. The Scottish Government set up the inquiry in 2014 to examine why the project to build the city’s first tram route incurred significant delays, cost far more than originally budgeted, and delivered significantly less... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News
DfT consults on Bus Services Bill regulations and guidance

DfT consults on Bus Services Bill regulations and guidance

The DfT is consulting on the first tranche of regulations and guidance associated with the Bus Services Bill.  The 151-page document features draft regulations on:  • Advanced Quality Partnership... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Barnsley axes child concession scheme

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council is to scrap its more generous child concessionary travel scheme on buses from April. The  Mi-card scheme was introduced in 2009. Initially it gave cardholders under 18 free travel on buses between 9am and 9pm on weekdays but budgetary pressures have seen... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

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