Full speed ahead for HS2 as PM casts aside the doubters

Full speed ahead for HS2 as PM casts aside the doubters

The uncertainty is over. At lunchtime on Tuesday 11 February, Boris Johnson stepped up to the Commons despatch box to announce that HS2 will be built. “We can... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News
Comment: If politics don’t sink this CAM route, perhaps economics will

Comment: If politics don’t sink this CAM route, perhaps economics will

The Cambourne – Cambridge busway project has had a chequered history. The initial cost estimate was under £100m and the first phase was meant to open in 2020. The latest estimates are £160m and opening in 2024. It has been widely opposed and twice halted by the... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News
Mayor Palmer strips councils of role in CAM route planning

Mayor Palmer strips councils of role in CAM route planning

Andrew Forster

James Palmer, the elected mayor of the Cambridgeshire and... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

Johnson promises extra £1bn a year for buses and cycling

Boris Johnson has promised a huge cash injection for bus services and cycling across England.  The Prime Minister’s promise of £5bn of additional funding over five years for the two modes was part of a wider transport statement that also featured the go-ahead for HS2. Buses and... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

DfT invites bids to its rail re-opening fund

The DfT has published more details of its £500m fund to restore old railways and open new stations across England and Wales. The grant, now known as the Restoring Your Railway Fund, will support projects in three stages of development:  an ideas fund accelerating existing... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

Reaction to the PM’s announcement

East Midlands Councils & East Midland Chamber (Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Nottinghamshire): “HS2 must not short-change the East Midlands with downgraded lines. HS2 Phase 2b must be constructed from the West Midlands to the East Midlands first. HS2 must be fully integrated with the... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News
Old Oak planning application submitted

Old Oak planning application submitted

HS2 Ltd has just submitted the planning application for the proposed Old Oak Common station in west London to the Old Oak and Park Royal Development... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

TfL to trial real-time monitor of dockless bike hire activities

Transport for London and selected boroughs are to trial  real-time monitoring of public bike hire schemes. TfL has invited software firms to bid for an 18-month micromobility data sharing pilot, which will be rolled out across the capital if successful. It could ultimately be used to monitor... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

Pedestrian casualties ‘look the wrong way’

Pedestrians hit by buses in London were often looking the wrong way when they stepped into the road, according to Transport for London. Researchers are looking at possible ways to reduce such incidents. Claire Mann, director of bus operations, surface transport, told TfL’s safety panel:... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

Scots regional transport talks restart as Hitrans eyes powers

Transport Scotland is  planning to restart a review of the regional tier of transport governance.  News of the initiative comes as the Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership (HITRANS) prepares its own bid to take on transport responsibilities from Transport Scotland.   Regional... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

Scots national transport strategy launched

Transport Scotland has published the final version of its new national transport strategy.  The document contains little in the way of new policy commitments, with most of the document taken up with a discussion of current transport/travel trends and how they relate to the Government’s... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

Hitrans presses for Highland rail upgrade

A major investment in the Highland Main Line between Perth and Inverness is being urged to help bring the rail journey time between the Central Belt and Inverness down below three hours.  HITRANS, the Highlands and Islands transport partnership, wants the Government to aim for a journey time... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News
Bus-style franchising ‘could cut urban goods vehicle trips’

Bus-style franchising ‘could cut urban goods vehicle trips’

Councils should be able to award exclusive area-based contracts to businesses such as recycling firms in order to cut the number of goods vehicles on streets, a consultant has suggested.  Daniel Johnson, the founder of Placemaking... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

Car clubs cutting vehicle numbers – borough

About one in seven driving licence holders in the London Borough of Wandsworth are now members of a car club, according to the borough.  Wandsworth says about 29,000 residents had a car club membership at the end of 2019, the highest number of any local authority in the country.  Paul... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

More electric buses hit capital’s streets

Transport for London has launched the first all-electric double-deck bus route in west London. Electrification of  RATP Dev’s route 94 between Acton Green and Piccadilly Circus follows the 43 and 134 routes in 2019, and brings the total number of electric double-deck buses in the capital... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

Cambridge receives first electric buses

Stagecoach has taken delivery of two electric double deck buses in Cambridge for use on the Citi 6 route. The vehicles have been delivered by Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and BYD Europe and is the first application of the BYD/ADL Enviro400EV vehicle in the UK outside London. ADL is a subsidiary... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

Coronavirus hits electric bus delivery

The outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in China has started to affect the bus industry’s supply chain. Newport Transport was due to receive 14 new electric buses from Chinese manufacturer Yutong this month. Delivery has been deferred until April as a result of movement restrictions in China to... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News
Franchising is the frontrunner for Liverpool buses – CA mayor

Franchising is the frontrunner for Liverpool buses – CA mayor

Andrew Forster

Liverpool City Region mayor Steve Rotheram this week said... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

W Mids bus alliance misses patronage goal

A bus partnership in the West Midlands conurbation has delivered better quality bus services but failed to deliver patronage growth, councillors have heard. The West Midlands Bus Alliance was formed in 2015,  and has been described as the first of its kind in the UK. Chaired by Transport... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

WMCA approves first two Sprint routes

The West Midlands Combined Authority has approved full business cases for the first two Sprint bus rapid transit routes.  The chosen routes are the A34 between Birmingham and Walsall, and the A45 from Birmingham to Birmingham Airport and Solihull. Both will be delivered in two phases, the... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

WYCA explores bus franchising...

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority is launching an investigation into bus franchising for the area. The combined authority cannot currently implement franchising because it does not have an elected mayor, one of the franchising conditions in the Bus Services Act 2017. The local authorities are,... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

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