The future of integrated public-private mobility services through city partnerships

Three new mobility services can improve the movement of urban inhabitants, according to research conducted by the Coalition for Urban Transitions & McKinsey Center for Business and Environment, in an initiative to support decision makers in... continue

6 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News
Let’s look to the future

Let’s look to the future

Caroline Sheppard

When I was interviewed in 1992 to be the very first parking adjudicator... continue

11 Dec 2017Parking Review Features

Inverurie station car park expands as interchange takes shape

The car park at Inverurie rail station in Aberdeenshire is being extended. The work will add a third more spaces, bringing the total number of spaces in the car park to 140. The project is an early phase of the Inverurie Transport Interchange being undertaken by Aberdeenshire Council, Nestrans and... continue

11 Dec 2017Parking Review News
First public pilot between Lyft and  autonomous vehicle company goes live in US

First public pilot between Lyft and autonomous vehicle company goes live in US

Passengers in Boston’s Seaport district were able to experience self-driving rides on the Lyft network in nuTonomy vehicles from this week, announced nuTonomy. Earlier this year, nuTonomy and Lyft announced a partnership focused on bringing nuTonomy vehicles to the Lyft network in Boston. As the pilot... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

Yorkshire Post questions Grayling’s commitment to rapid development of Crossrail for the North

On 1 December Yorkshire Post opinion editor Tom Richmond, a long-time critic of the current government’s attitude towards transport investment in the north of England (see LTT 4 Aug, for example), took another pot shot at the current transport secretary, Chris Grayling. “The... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today Media Monitor
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Reversing the Beeching cuts – a fool’s errand

Paul Withrington Director, Transport-Watch Northampton NN2

The announcement that the Government has aspirations to reverse the Beeching cuts has a silver lining: thankfully funds will not be available. After all, lines qualifying for the appellation ‘community railway’ often carry no more than a one or two-car train every couple of hours. Even... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Lord Adonis, Comfy train seat, Beeching Rail Cuts

Lord Adonis would hate the comparison, but he uses Twitter a bit like President Trump. In recent weeks the chair of the National Infrastructure Commission has been tweeting incessantly on a range of topics including overpaid university vice chancellors, the Government bailing out Stagecoach from... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today Comment

TfL consults on Ford’s bus plan

Ford has applied to TfL for permission to launch six micro-bus routes.  The automotive giant has identified London as the next city for its Chariot service using 15-seat Ford Transit vans. Passengers reserve seats and make payments via an app. The service already operates in San Francisco, New... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

DfT studies O licence exemption for community transport services

The DfT is considering granting some community transport organisations (CTOs) an exemption from having to obtain an Operator licence for undertaking commercial work.  The Department is expected to publish a consultation later this month on how parts of the community transport sector must... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

Kent to cut supported bus services budget by 70%

Kent County Council is to cut its spending on supported bus services by 70% over the next two years, from £5.69m to £1.7m.  Supported services account for 3% of total local bus mileage in the county and carried 3.8 million journeys in 2016/17. The cuts, to be introduced next... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

Franchising

The Bus Services Act 2017 gives mayoral combined authorities automatic access to franchising powers.  Elsewhere, a two-step process to access the powers applies. In step one, the Government will make regulations to provide a category of authority with the power to be a franchising authority... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News
DfT sets out the rules for bus Act powers

DfT sets out the rules for bus Act powers

Enhanced partnerships Enhanced partnerships (EPs) are a new more powerful form of partnership working between councils and bus operators.  Before beginning... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

City seeks hydrogen bus operator

Birmingham City Council is inviting bus operators to bid for the contract to operate, manage, maintain a fleet of at least 20 hydrogen buses (LTT 13 Oct). The seven-year contract would commence on 1 March 2018 and run to 28 February 2025. The buses will be delivered in March 2019.... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today Business Briefing

South Eastern ITT

The Government has issued the invitation to tender to the three shortlisted bidders for the next South Eastern franchise, which begins in April 2019. The bidders are: a joint venture of Abellio/East Japan Railway Co/Mitsui; a joint venture of Go-Ahead and Keolis; and Stagecoach.  Bids must be... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

South East’s mega-franchise to be split up

The Government is to split the existing Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern mega-franchise when it comes up for renewal in 2021. The franchise was formed in 2014, to support delivery of the Thameslink infrastructure programme, which is now nearing completion.  “With the completion of... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

Great Western split-up proposed

The DfT is seeking views on breaking up the Great Western  franchise into two or more parts – but not until an extended franchise ends in 2022.  FirstGroup’s franchise is currently due to end in March 2019 but the DfT announced last week plans to exercise a one-year extension... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

DfT backs rail alliances

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced plans to form alliances between train operators and Network Rail across England in an effort to deliver better rail services.  Joint working arrangements will take different forms in different areas and could feature joint operational teams,... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

Grayling bails out Stagecoach and Virgin on East Coast rail

The Government has agreed to allow Stagecoach and Virgin to exit the current East Coast franchise agreement three years early, in 2020, saving them from about £2bn in premium payments to the taxpayer. Transport secretary Chris Grayling announced last week that from 2020 the franchise would be... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

Motorway P&R site for Cambridge?

Councils in Cambridgeshire are to compare the costs and benefits of a new bus-based park-and-ride site beside the M11 with the expansion of the existing Trumpington park-and-ride site in the south of the city. A potential location for a new P&R site has been identified on green belt land... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

Cambs CA reviews bus delivery models

The cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority is to review delivery and funding models for the area’s bus network, with franchising being one of the policy options.  Announcing the review, James Palmer, the Conservative  elected mayor of the combined authority, said:... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

Rail consumes 54% of UK transport spend

The railways consumed 54% of UK public expenditure  on transport in 2016/17 despite carrying only a fraction of the passenger and freight traffic.  UK public expenditure on transport in the financial year 2016/17 was £29.1bn of which 54% (£16bn) went on rail. Of the remainder,... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

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