Edinburgh council plans city-wide electric vehicle charging zones

Edinburgh council plans city-wide electric vehicle charging zones

Patrick McDonnell

Strategic charging zones for electric vehicles could be rolled out across Edinburgh as part of the city’s first Electric Vehicle Action Plan.  The zonal approach to charging hubs are... continue

7 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News
New commission needed to involve public in infrastructure, says report

New commission needed to involve public in infrastructure, says report

A new report has argued that the government should create a new commission to involve the public in major infrastructure projects. The absence of a national strategy for infrastructure has serious implications, says the independent Institute for Government (IfG) in its report... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News
Bike-based mobile charging service for electric cars

Bike-based mobile charging service for electric cars

Berlin-based Chargery offers a green mobile charging service for electric cars in urban areas. Based on smart data analysis, Chargery proposes bringing the charging station to its customers by bicycle,... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

A tale of two bodies

Setting up a new organisation can be an exhilarating experience, and one that brings great rewards, but it does not come without risk and the contrasting fortunes of the National Infrastructure Commission and the Transport Systems Catapult illustrate the point well.  The NIC, led by the... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today Comment

New thinking needed to solve cross-Channel lorry problems

Brian Dalton Purley, Surrey CR8

I read with interest your article on the Kent lorry park (‘Legal challenge brings axe down on Kent lorry park’ LTT24 Nov). I don’t support concreting over the countryside, so perhaps a method of managing lorries needs to be instigated that makes use of existing lorry parks, while... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today Comment
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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
Distance-based lorry charging would level the playing field for rail freight

Distance-based lorry charging would level the playing field for rail freight

Philippa Edmunds Freight on Rail manager

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8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today Comment

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

Profits slide at WYG

Consultant WYG’s share value fell this week as the firm announced a disappointing set of half year results. Group revenues rose from £73.5m (H1 2016) to £76.2m (H1 2017) but operating profit fell from £2.8m to £1.0m and profit after tax fell from £2.6m to... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today Business Briefing

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

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
Councils weigh-up BRT and light rail for Cambs corridor

Councils weigh-up BRT and light rail for Cambs corridor

Andrew Forster

Local authorities in Cambridgeshire are to consult... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

CBT reports ‘a difficult year’

The Campaign for Better Transport  has reported “another difficult year financially” in the year ending 31 March 2017. Income was £629,394 – up on £570,501 in 2015/16 – and expenditure was £671,235. “The Brexit vote created uncertainty across a... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

Two new councils for Dorset area?

Local government in Dorset could be set for re-organisation after communities and local government secretary Sajid Javid said ministers were minded to approve a plan put forward by six of the area’s nine councils. The proposal would see the unitary authorities of Poole and Bournemouth and the... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

NECA could survive North of Tyne break

The North East Combined Authority (NECA) will continue to exist but only covering four of the existing seven member authorities if the other three form a separate combined authority covering the North of Tyne, the Department for Communities and Local Government has confirmed. Ministers said last... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

Adonis ‘intrigued’ by a tunnel to Ireland

Lord Adonis, chairman of the Government’s National Infrastructure Commission, has voiced interest in the idea of a tunnel between Britain and Ireland. “I’m intrigued – no more at this stage – by a tunnel from Ireland to Wales/Scotland,” said the former Labour... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

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