App meets bus in Citymapper's new hybrid bus-taxi service

App meets bus in Citymapper's new hybrid bus-taxi service

Following its trial of bus services in London last year, travel app Citymapper has finally launched what it terms ‘The Responsive Network: a  solution for... continue

23 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News
Two new shared transport services launch in London after TfL grants licences

Two new shared transport services launch in London after TfL grants licences

Following entrance to multiple markets in the United States, Chariot  is launching its daily commuter shuttle service in London, to 'make getting around the city easier'. Chariot London is the latest of Ford’s European initiatives, accelerating the development of its smart mobility... continue

23 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News
British Parking Awards 2018 finalists revealed

British Parking Awards 2018 finalists revealed

The British Parking Awards 2018 attracted around 100 entries from across the country, from which a short list of finalists has been selected. The entries have been assessed by a panel... continue

18 Feb 2018Parking Review News

Costly HS2 panned

Following transport minister Nusrat Ghani’s gushing support for the HS2 high-speed rail network in The Times (Media Monitor 2 Feb), a contrasting point of view was put forward by Labour MP Sir Kevin Barron in the pages of The Worksop Guardian – a paper close to Barron’s Rother... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Media Monitor

Is Transport-Watch chief the last rail conversionist living?

Malcolm Bulpitt Maidstone Kent ME15

So all is revealed: along with others, Paul Withrington does read the LTT Letters column. However, he appears to be alone in still believing in the rail-to-road conversion proposals put forward by Brigadier T. I. Lloyd to the ICE in 1955, as referred to in his recent letter (LTT 02 Feb). The... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Comment
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Britain’s railways continue to receive a raw deal

John Helm Chatham ME4

If the case for rail to road conversion is as compelling as Paul Withrington makes it out to be (Letters LTT 2 Feb), then why has there been such little progress towards in the last 50 years? Its failure can hardly be attributed to, as he puts it, “vested interests and a bone-headed... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Comment

East Coast debacle highlights public sector’s incompetence

Roger Davies KendalLA9

“The Titanic had more than enough lifeboats.” Well, that rather depends on where you are coming from. If it is the basis of enough to carry everyone on board, then, no, she didn’t. But if you are coming from the bureaucrats in the Board of Trade awarding a seaworthiness... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Limit pensioners’ free bus travel to their local area

Gordon Bell Richmond Surrey TW10

Once again your publication addresses the issue of the national concessionary travel scheme and whether changes are needed to provide a system that better supports local operators and better meets the legitimate wants and needs of pensioners (Letters LTT 2 Feb). John Disney argues for a national... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Lord Adonis - Nusrat Ghani - WiFi Welsh Rail

Is former transport secretary and Government infrastructure adviser Lord Adonis struggling to come to terms with no longer being in a position of influence? It looks so, judging by his latest Tweets. Responding to a report in The Times of archaeologists criticising Highways England’s A303... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Comment

A first class organisation?

What is it about other people’s salaries that fascinates? Footballers and TV presenters may be the usual focus for our nosiness but the Taxpayer’s Alliance has delved into a Government spreadsheet of more than 300 quangos and come up with some interesting findings, none more so than... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Bus market troubles hit Wrightbus

Northern Ireland bus manufacturer Wrightbus has begun consultation on reducing its workforce by 95 amid challenging market conditions. Chairman of Wrights Group, Mark Nodder OBE, said: “Wrightbus, along with the rest of the industry, is facing some very difficult conditions in its domestic... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Four shortlisted for East Midlands rail

Four bidders have been shortlisted bidders for the next East Midlands Trains franchise, which is due to commence in August next year. They are: Abellio, Arriva, Stagecoach (the current incumbent), and a joint venture of First and Trenitalia. ... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Rail stations data contract

The Office of Rail and Road is inviting bids for a three-year contract to estimate rail passenger flows between all GB stations and estimate passenger use at individual stations. The contract, with an estimated value of £425,000, will commence in May next year and run to May 2021. An existing... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News

WSP and Arup lead HS2 station designs

Design teams led by consultants WSP and Arup have won the contracts to design the four stations on the London-West Midlands high-speed rail route. Details are: Birmingham Curzon Street – WSP UK Limited (working with Grimshaw Architects LLP); Birmingham Interchange – Ove Arup &... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Business Briefing

East Coast franchise to end ‘within months’

The DfT is to terminate the East Coast rail franchise with the Stagecoach/Virgin joint venture in the next few months because of the operator’s mounting losses.    Transport secretary Chris Grayling announced last November that the franchise would end early, in 2020, because of its... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Comfort Del Gro buys New Adventure Travel

Singapore-based ComfortDelGro has acquired Wales’ largest independent bus operator, New Adventure Travel (NAT), for S$25m, about £13.6m. NAT has grown rapidly since it was founded in 2008 by Kevyn Jones. The company employs more than 300 people and operates 117 buses and coaches from... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Innovate UK funds railway projects

A project to increase train seating capacity in peak hours is among ten rail innovations to share £3m from the Government’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.  Transcal Engineering Ltd has been awarded £349,904 for three innovations known as Horizon, Island Bay and... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News

Oban to Central Belt air service?

Argyll and Bute Council is commissioning a feasibility study into a direct air link between Oban, on Scotland’s west coast, and central Scotland. Council-owned Oban Airport, located five miles north-east of the town, currently provides flights to the islands of Colonsay, Islay, Coll and... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News

Barnet approves rail freight terminal

The London Borough of Barnet  has approved a new rail freight terminal on existing railway lands at Cricklewood. The terminal will be used for the delivery of construction materials needed for a major regeneration of the Brent Cross area. Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News

‘Extend Elizabeth Line to Southend’

The owners of London Southend Airport have called on the Government to extend the Elizabeth Line to Southend. Glyn Jones, chief executive officer of airport owner Stobart Aviation, said the airport could grow patronage from one million to ten million a year with better surface access. “We... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News
Cambs seeks level crossings solution to increase rail traffic

Cambs seeks level crossings solution to increase rail traffic

Andrew Forster

Cambridgeshire County Council is pressing for a major... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News

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