Transport is not gender-neutral: could catering for women's trips reduce car dependency?

Transport is not gender-neutral: could catering for women's trips reduce car dependency?

Juliana O'Rourke

It is now well established that transport is not gender-neutral. Women and men have different mobility realities. Global research by organisations such as the UN show that women tend to have more complex patterns of mobility characterised by trip chaining (making... continue

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23 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News
Polls to cut through active travel ‘noise’

Polls to cut through active travel ‘noise’

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has told councils to conduct opinion surveys to cut through the “noise” generated by active travel schemes, such as... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News
Transport projects to benefit from £4bn Levelling Up Fund

Transport projects to benefit from £4bn Levelling Up Fund

Andrew Forster

The Chancellor this week  announced a new... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

John Dales

John Dales

Half full, or half empty?

As friends of mine have kindly observed from time to time, when it comes to my innate optimism, hopefulness and sanguinity (look...

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today Comment

Funding uncertainty hampers TfN

A lack of funding certainty is hampering Transport for the North’s work programme, board members heard last week.   Paul Kelly, TfN’s financial controller, reported: “TfN currently lacks any funding certainty with regard to either its core operations or its... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Covid may harm tram line funding plan

Covid-19 could force the City of Edinburgh Council to meet more of the costs of the Edinburgh tram extension to Newhaven from reserves.   Construction of the tram line from York Place in the city centre to Newhaven via Leith Walk is currently underway. The council believes the project can... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Hendy review floats idea of a UK strategic transport network

Sir Peter Hendy has invited evidence to inform his Union Connectivity Review for the Government, which is considering how better transport links between the UK’s four nations can promote economic prosperity and improve the quality of life. One of the issues that the review is keen to hear... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News
The members of Hendy’s review team

The members of Hendy’s review team

The government has named the four members of the Union Connectivity Review team who will support its chairman, Sir Peter... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Grant awards for railway re-opening studies

Fifteen rail reopening proposals in England have been awarded up to £50,000 each to allow the ideas to be developed.  The awards from the ‘Ideas’ stream of the DfT’s Restoring Your Railway fund come despite rail demand plummeting to a level not seen for more than a... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

DfT rewards councils with best active travel plans

Seven areas of England have been rewarded with an extra portion of the DfT’s £175m Active Travel Fund grant because their bids reflected the ambitious programmes that the Government wants all councils to deliver. The beneficiaries are revealed in LTT’s comparison of the grant... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Double consultation for Edinburgh’s LTN

The City of Edinburgh Council is to hold two consultations on the city’s first low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) of residential road closures, with residents being asked for views before its implementation and after it has been installed.  The council plans to implement the scheme in the... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News
Burnham presses ahead with bus franchising despite Covid

Burnham presses ahead with bus franchising despite Covid

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham is pressing ahead with his plan to introduce bus franchising as the industry grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic.  Burnham had been due to take a final decision on his franchising... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

TfGM reviews supported services criteria

Transport for Greater Manchester is making changes to how it assesses the case for supported bus services.  Alison Chew, TfGM’s interim head of bus services, told councillors the cost per passenger (CPP) threshold method needed  review. “Currently, £2.50 is used as a CPP... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Bids open for Scots bus priority fund

Transport Scotland has invited bids for the first tranche of its £500m Bus Partnership Fund for bus priority measures such as bus lanes, bus ‘gates’, guided busways and traffic signal priority.  The initial tranche will pay for the preparation of scheme appraisals and... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Fears voiced over free youth bus travel

West Lothian Council has raised concern about the Scottish Government’s plan to give Scots aged under 19 free bus travel (LTT 13 Nov). “Consideration should be given to whether some young people may utilise the bus for a ‘social space’ instead of for travel, for example on... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Covid ‘may force ENCTS rethink’

The impact of Covid-19 on the public finances may force the Government to end the policy of free off-peak bus travel for older and disabled people, Hampshire County Council believes. Conservative-controlled Hampshire wants the policy changed so that English National Concessionary Travel Scheme... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

‘Trojan bus’ takes on Cambs vandals

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority says a ‘Trojan Bus’ initiative has helped reduce vandalism on bus services using the southern end of the Cambridgeshire guided busway. Vandals have smashed windows on a dozen buses using the route. The ‘Trojan Bus’... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

GCP cuts budget for better bus services

The Greater Cambridge Partnership is to reallocate £50m earmarked for better bus services to pay for zero emission buses and cycling schemes. The GCP had allocated £75m of its £744m programme for better bus services. A report by consultant Systra, published earlier this year,... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Housing probe for EWR station locations

Intermediate stations on the East West Rail line between Bedford and Cambridge could become foci for housing development under Government plans. Officials from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) are leading the investigations. Officers from the Cambridgeshire and... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

High frequency commuter rail could ease M4 jams in SE Wales

The South Wales Main Line between Cardiff, Newport and Severn Tunnel Junction should be reconfigured to accommodate an intensive local rail service to ease pressure on the M4, the final report of the Transport Commission for South East Wales recommends. The Welsh Government set the commission up... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

Action plan to advance MaaS

An action plan for improving  transport data exchange for applications such as Mobility as a Service (MaaS) has been recommended in a report by the British Standards Institution for the DfT.  The BSI identified more than 1,200 standards that have some bearing on system interoperability... continue

30 Nov 2020Local Transport Today News

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