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15 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Exeter station cost quadruples

Work could finally soon get underway on a new railway station near Exeter, the cost of which has almost quadrupled in a decade.  Devon county councillors have given final approval to a station at Marsh Barton, between Exeter and Newton Abbot. The station will serve a major employment site and... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News
Cost of WMCA’s five new rail stations climbs above £115m

Cost of WMCA’s five new rail stations climbs above £115m

The estimated cost of building five rail stations in the West Midlands conurbation has risen from £70m to £117m. The West Midland Combined Authority’s board last week approved the full business cases for... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

John Siraut

John Siraut

Reversing Beeching

The Government has invited proposals to re-open stations and railway lines across the country that were closed in the 1960s and...

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today Comment
TfN recommends new direction for Trans-Pennine road studies

TfN recommends new direction for Trans-Pennine road studies

Transport for the North (TfN) has recommended ending a study into building a major new road between Lancashire and Yorkshire, and says the idea of a road tunnel connecting Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire needs to be rethought... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News
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Assistant Director - Rail

Assistant Director - RailSalary - £96,677 to £102,704 The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) incorporates the local authority districts of Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St... Liverpool £96,677 to £102,704

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Longer appraisal ‘at odds with Treasury’

The dft’s proposal to extend the appraisal period beyond 60 years goes “against the spirit” of the Treasury’s Green Book reforms, a consultant has said. Consultant Steer makes the comment in its response to the DfT’s consultation on lengthening the appraisal period... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

NR’s project abilities ‘average’

Network Rail has much room for improvement in how it specifies capital investment, says a report for the Office of Rail and Road. The ORR asked consultant Nichols to assess the performance of NR’s five regions in preparing project business cases for renewals and enhancements. By conducting... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Don’t skimp on North East rail upgrade, councils tell DfT

Councils in northeast England are urging the Government to commit to re-opening the whole of the Leamside railway line, saying a shorter variant won’t deliver the necessary benefits. The Leamside line connected Pelaw Junction in Gateshead with Tursdale Junction, near Ferryhill, in Durham... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Welsh Government responds to Burns

The Welsh Government has set up a team in Transport for Wales to take forward the recommendations of the South East Wales Transport Commission. The final report of the commission, chaired by Lord Burns, was published in November. It recommended a major investment in rail services, including several... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Three options to ease Manchester rail delays

The DfT?has launched a consultation on options for improving the reliability of Manchester’s railways. Manchester’s rail network is heavily congested, with the busy two-track Castlefield corridor between Manchester Piccadilly and Deansgate particularly prone to delays that have knock-on... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Pantograph charging for W Mids buses

The West Midlands Combined Authority is to install a pantograph charger for battery electric buses in Wolverhampton. Suppliers have been invited to tender for a framework contract to supply pantograph chargers. The framework has an initial term of four years but with the potential for two further... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

New body needed for cross-border transport planning – Greengauge

The Government’s Union Connectivity Review, chaired by Sir Peter Hendy, is expected to publish its interim report in the coming weeks, ahead of a final report this summer.  A consultation exercise held in November invited responses by the 30 December.  Greengauge 21’s... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News
Scottish Government snubs PM’s Union Connectivity study

Scottish Government snubs PM’s Union Connectivity study

Scottish Government  ministers have snubbed the UK Government’s Union Connectivity Review by not submitting a response to its call for evidence. The review, led by Network Rail chairman Sir Peter Hendy,... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

HS2 cost rise is ‘scuppering NPR vision’

The north of England’s rail needs are being sacrificed to meet cost escalations on HS2, Transport for the North has said.  Its comments come in its review of the National Infrastructure Assessment’s rail needs assessment for the Midlands and the North published just before... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Hydrogen train project for Scotland

Scotland’s first hydrogen-powered train could be launched in November to coincide with the climate summit in Glasgow. A redundant ScotRail Class 314 electric multiple unit, formerly used in the Glasgow area, is being converted at the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway. Scottish Enterprise,... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

WMCA employs Steer for rail strategy

The West Midlands Combined Authority has appointed consultant Steer to help prepare a rail strategy for the conurbation. ... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News
Brian Cox

Brian Cox

Brian Cox, who died last week, was... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News
Palmer asks GCP to study his preferred alignment for CAM

Palmer asks GCP to study his preferred alignment for CAM

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has formally asked the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) to consider another alignment for the Cambourne to Cambridge rapid transit route, which is a core part of the... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Three selected to prepare CAM designs

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has selected three suppliers to prepare conceptual designs for the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM) project. They are:  Dromos Technologies: the Munich-based firm develops autonomous systems for urban passenger and freight. Dromos is... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Mayor endorses SE Cambridge transit

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority mayor James Palmer has broadly backed the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s south-east Cambridge bus rapid transit project, which will form part of the mayor’s Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM) project. The scheme, estimated to cost... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Cumbrian Coast line finances studied

Network Rail’s North West and Central region is conducting a financial analysis of the Cumbrian Coast Line railway that connects Carlisle with Workington/Barrow and continues onto Carnforth. Minutes of NR’s October board meeting state: “Cumbrian Coast review – a... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

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