11 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

End of road for bus stop timetables in Suffolk

Timetables look likely to disappear from bus stops in Suffolk in a move that could save the council £100,000 a year.  The removal of bus stop timetables features in Suffolk County Council’s budget proposals for 2019/20.  A county spokesman told LTT: “This reflects the... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Concerns voiced over public aid for municipal Cardiff Bus

Rhordri Clark

The use of public resources to help loss-making municipal company Cardiff Bus is starting to be queried, amid concerns about fairness to other bus operators.  The company, owned by Cardiff Council, has acknowledged it could go bust unless it returns to profitability, and proposes service cuts... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News
Opposition to HS2 in the Cabinet ‘growing’

Opposition to HS2 in the Cabinet ‘growing’

Hostility towards the HS2 project within the Cabinet is growing, according to media reports this week. Channel 4’s Dispatches programme, ‘HS2: The Great... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News
Lancs defers decision to raise bus station departure charges

Lancs defers decision to raise bus station departure charges

Andrew Forster

Lancashire County Council has deferred a decision on... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News
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Re-regulate the buses – Manchester

Councillors on Manchester City Council have voted in favour of bus re-regulation in a motion calling for the alleviation of transport poverty.   Manchester’s full council approved a motion tabled by Labour councillor Nasrin Ali, which said the council “fully supports the... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Where are the new bus services, ask boroughs

Outer London boroughs say they are not seeing evidence of Transport for London’s pledge to re-allocate bus resource from central and inner London to the suburbs.  Mark Frost, chair of the Local Government Technical Advisers  (LoTAG) Group 1, and head of traffic and transport at the... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

LGA & ATCO highlight bus funding pressures

The Government is underfunding the mandatory free off-peak bus travel scheme in England outside London by £652m a year, the Local Government Association has claimed. The estimate has been calculated in work by Paul Woods, chief finance officer for the North East Combined Authority. His... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Cambs CA delegates buses

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority is delegating responsibility for bus services back to Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council for another year (2019/20), as the CA launches the next stage of its bus review (LTT 01 Feb). Cambridgeshire County... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News
More light rail will boost cities and UK plc, suggests Norman

More light rail will boost cities and UK plc, suggests Norman

Andrew Forster

The DFT has issued a call for evidence on opportunities to... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Bus reliance ‘may hold back city economies’

The economic performance of big cities such as Birmingham may be being hampered by their reliance on buses and lack of good rail infrastructure.  The CityMetric website, an arm of the left-leaning New Statesmen magazine, says many factors influence a city’s economic performance but in... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Stopgap solution for Gospel Oak railway

Transport for London has taken emergency action to maintain a passenger rail service on the newly-electrified Gospel Oak to  Barking line. The line’s fleet of eight two-car diesel multiple units is being progressively re-allocated to the West Midlands franchise, with all sets due to... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Wales wants control of rail infrastructure

The Welsh Government will urge the UK Government’s rail review led by Keith Williams to recommend devolving rail infrastructure in Wales, to complement the Wales and Borders franchise, which has already been devolved. Welsh transport minister Ken Skates raised the issue when he met Williams... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News
Kent rail spur could support homes &?freight

Kent rail spur could support homes &?freight

A rail chord could be built in Medway, Kent, as part of a plan for a passenger service to a new town. The track could also enable some freight traffic to bypass lines in south... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

East-West Rail price tag is £1.09bn

The anticipated final cost of the western section of the East West Rail project is £1.091bn (excluding VAT), the DfT has revealed. The western section features rebuilding and upgrading rail lines to provide new connections between Bicester/Aylesbury and Milton Keynes/Bedford (LTT?14 Dec 18).... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News
Rail data ‘hampering investment planning’

Rail data ‘hampering investment planning’

The Cardiff Capital Region Transport Authority (CCRTA) says that comparing the value of spending on rail versus other modes of transport is impossible because the... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Free bus travel for under 30s

Bus franchising and free bus travel for the under 30s are vital components of a transport policy to cut UK carbon dioxide emissions, says Transport for Quality of Life in a report on reforming public transport to help achieve the Paris Agreement goals on climate change. Report authors Lisa... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Call to re-open 33 railways

A national programme to re-open 33 railway lines across Britain between 2020 and 2035 is being urged by the Campaign for Better Transport.  The lines were selected from a long-list of 224 possible re-openings. Schemes were  initially subject to a pass/fail test according to their broad... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

FirstBus on board with York LEZ?plan

York’s biggest bus operator has welcomed the council’s new plan for a bus-based clean air zone (CAZ), which should be implemented in January 2020. Councillors last month approved the CAZ covering the city centre and inner ring road. It will require buses to be Euro VI or better, except... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Diesels beat electrics, says Lothian Buses

Municipal operator Lothian Buses says the newest diesel buses are preferable to electric. The comment comes in a new vehicle investment strategy, which outlines how the operator’s fleet will transition to Euro VI standard.  Lothian’s current fleet breakdown is: 1 per cent fully... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

DfT awards £48m for low emission buses

The DfT has awarded £48m to help the purchase of 263 ultra-low emission buses and supporting infrastructure, such as electric charging points.  The funding will be shared by 19 organisations across England and Wales. Seventeen of the awards are for contributions towards electric vehicles... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

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