End of the line for rail franchising

End of the line for rail franchising

Mark Moran

The UK’s rail franchising system has come to an end, with the government announcing an extended rescue deal for train operators. Rail franchising has been replaced with new Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements (ERMAs). The Department for Transport (DfT) argues the new system will address... continue

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Welsh Government accuses UK Government of re-announcing existing spending pledges

Welsh Government accuses UK Government of re-announcing existing spending pledges

Mark Moran

Wales is not receiving the level of investment in transport infrastructure... continue

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28 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News
Placemaking to increase productivity should be 'at the heart of a revised National Planning Policy Framework'

Placemaking to increase productivity should be 'at the heart of a revised National Planning Policy Framework'

Juliana O'Rourke

New research from the cross-party All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Building Communities has... continue

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24 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News
Stricter coronavirus rules introduced across UK

Stricter coronavirus rules introduced across UK

Mark Moran

A raft of new coronavirus restrictions will apply across the UK as the number of cases increases. The package of measures for England... continue

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Councils ask: 'Do we still need a CAZ?'

Sheffield, Leeds and Bristol city councils are all reviewing whether they still need to implement a clean air zone (CAZ) to comply with legal limits on nitrogen dioxide concentrations.  The councils say Covid-19 has fundamentally altered travel patterns, raising questions about whether a... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News
Road traffic levels get back to normal but rail stuck in siding

Road traffic levels get back to normal but rail stuck in siding

Andrew Forster

Road traffic volumes in Britain are exceeding their pre-Covid... continue

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Inspector backs S Oxon’s car-based housing plan

Thousands of new homes could be built in an isolated, car dependent location in south Oxfordshire after a planning inspector indicated he was minded to approve the proposal.  Jonathan Bore has backed a plan to build homes on Chalgrove Airfield in his preliminary conclusions on South... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News
Use public transport or lose it, warns Cambridgeshire’s mayor

Use public transport or lose it, warns Cambridgeshire’s mayor

The elected mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has urged people to start using public transport again, warning that services will be cut if they don’t. James Palmer said: “Despite an increase in recent weeks, the number of... continue

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Oxford consults on lower NO2 limit

Oxford City Council claims to be the first council to propose a citywide target for nitrogen dioxide concentrations lower than the national objective. The national air quality strategy sets an objective for the annual mean of nitrogen dioxide to be below 40μg/m3. Oxford’s new draft air... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Rail industry urges people to take a train

The rail industry has launched a campaign to persuade people to use rail again as figures suggest that patronage is only just over a third of pre-Covid levels.    The launch of the #RailToRecovery campaign by the Rail Delivery Group, comes amid fears of a second wave of Covid-19 cases,... continue

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Skates presses DfT to back S Wales rail plan

Welsh transport minister Ken Skates has urged the DfT to support plans to enhance rail capacity on the south Wales main line between Cardiff and the Severn Tunnel.  Skates has welcomed the emerging conclusions of the South East Wales transport commission chaired by Lord Burns.  It... continue

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Bristol wants CAZ plans dropped

Bristol wants CAZ plans dropped

Bristol city Council hopes to persuade ministers to drop their insistence that the council must introduce two charging... continue

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CAZ may be unnecessary – Leeds

Leeds City Council says Covid-19 and continuing upgrades to vehicle fleets may mean there is no longer a need to implement a charging clean air zone (CAZ) in the city.   The Government has ordered Leeds to implement a Class B CAZ covering a large part of the city as part of a clean air plan to... continue

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Hauliers welcome rethinks

News that Bristol, Sheffield and Leeds city councils are all reviewing the need for clean air zones has been welcomed by the Road Haulage Association.  Chris Ashley, its head of policy on the environment and regulation, said: “We have consistently said that CAZ policy needs reviewing and... continue

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Sheffield reviews need for its CAZ

Sheffield City Council is reviewing whether its proposed city centre clean air zone is still necessary.Sheffield consulted last summer on a proposed Class C CAZ for the city centre (LTT 05 Jul 19).  The council said this week: “Our current direction from Government to implement a clean... continue

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CAZ plans advance in Birmingham and Bradford

Labour-controlled Birmingham City Council is pressing ahead with its plan for a Class D clean air zone (CAZ) within the city’s ring road.  A council spokeswoman told LTT this week: “Birmingham remains committed to launching it’s CAZ in 2021. Air pollution continues to be a... continue

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Gtr Manchester to consult on conurbation-wide CAZ

Gtr Manchester to consult on conurbation-wide CAZ

Local authorities in Greater Manchester plan to launch a consultation next month on their proposed conurbation-wide Class C clean air zone.  The eight-week consultation has been held up by... continue

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Voi awarded exclusive contract for West Mids e-scooter trials

The West Midlands Combined Authority has awarded an exclusive e-scooter rental contract to Voi for six separate trials.   The WMCA says Voi has  committed to deliver thousands of e-scooters to the conurbation during the 12-month trial. Mike Waters, Transport for the West Midlands’... continue

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Staffs appoints two e-scooter operators

Staffordshire County Council has appointed e-scooter operators Ginger and Zwings to run trial rental schemes in Stafford and Newcastle-under-Lyme respectively. The trials are part of the DfT programme and are also being run as part of the Smart Places Live Labs programme of ADEPT (the Association... continue

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