Transport planning praised, while delivery damned in the West Midlands

Lee Baker

The Birmingham Post has slammed transport delivery in the region and sees little hope in the 'Northern Powerhouse' changing things. The newspaper's local government correspondent Neil Elke said that Metro... continue

12 Feb 2016Local Transport Today News

Archway gyratory removal begins

Transport for London has begun work on a £12.8m programme to remove the one-way gyratory at Archway in Islington, creating two-way traffic lanes around three sides of the island, installing segregated cycle lanes, improving pedestrian crossings, and creating a new public space outside Archway... continue

5 Feb 2016Local Transport Today News

£150m Leeds traffic plan has negative BCR

A £150m plan to remove through traffic from Leeds city centre will deliver huge economic disbenefits according to a conventional scheme appraisal because drivers will endure  longer journey times.  Leeds City Council’s city centre package aims to improve the public realm in... continue

5 Feb 2016Local Transport Today News
New Act lays foundations for sub-national transport bodies

New Act lays foundations for sub-national transport bodies

New powers allowing the Government to establish sub-national transport bodies (STBs) in England have received Royal Assent. The Cities and Local Government Devolution Act allows the Secretary of State for transport to create... continue

5 Feb 2016Local Transport Today News

Four cities win lion’s share of £40m EV grant

Nottingham, Bristol, Milton Keynes and London are to participate in a £40m Government programme to promote take-up of electric cars.  The cities are the main winners of the DfT’s Go Ultra Low City competition. Each will deliver measures such as rapid charging points and street... continue

5 Feb 2016Local Transport Today News

BIS funds R&D to accelerate autonomous vehicle revolution

Andrew Forster

Eight research and development projects on autonomous vehicles have received a share of £20m, the first award from the £100m Intelligent Mobility Fund managed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).   The projects are: 1. UK Connected Intelligent Transport... continue

5 Feb 2016Local Transport Today News

Westminster to trial residents-only EV charging points

Westminster City Council has identified three areas to pilot residents-only electric vehicle recharging points. Access to the charging points will be restricted to residents who are members of the residential recharging scheme; live within a residents’ parking zone; and hold a residential... continue

5 Feb 2016Local Transport Today News
HE’s tunnel vision presents a new route across Lower Thames estuary

HE’s tunnel vision presents a new route across Lower Thames estuary

Aproposed multi-billion pound road tunnel across the Thames, connecting Kent and Essex, will provide a valuable alternative to the existing congested Dartford Crossing and assist regeneration plans on both sides of the estuary, the DfT said this week. The proposal is... continue

5 Feb 2016Local Transport Today News

Cut Bristol bus lane hours, say city’s Tories

Bristol City Council’s Conservative opposition group wants the operating hours for the city’s bus lanes reduced. “One option to be seriously considered must be the possibility of permitting motorists to use the so-called dedicated bus corridors during off-peak hours,” said... continue

5 Feb 2016Local Transport Today News

Caerphilly rejects council merger plan

Caerphilly County Borough Council has rejected Welsh Government proposals to merge it and four other neighbouring councils into a new unitary authority. The Government’s plans would see a unitary created covering Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Torfaen, Monmouthsire, and Newport.... continue

5 Feb 2016Local Transport Today News

Welsh council studies moving traffic enforcement

Vale of Glamorgan Council is considering whether to take on enforcement of moving traffic offences, possibly in partnership with neighbouring Cardiff, which recently became the first council outside London to undertake the activity. Vale of Glamorgan’s initial assessment is that the viability... continue

5 Feb 2016Local Transport Today News

‘Rip out traffic signals,' says Institute of Economic Affairs

Thousands of traffic signals, bus lanes, cycle lanes, speed cameras, and parking restrictions should be removed from Britain’s roads, according to right of centre think-tank the Institute of Economic Affairs.  “For large parts of the network and for much of the time, the benefits... continue

5 Feb 2016Local Transport Today News
Greater Bristol councils reveal operational plans for MetroBus

Greater Bristol councils reveal operational plans for MetroBus

Andrew Forster

Councils in the Bristol conurbation have published details of... continue

5 Feb 2016Local Transport Today News

MP criticises Kent lorry park spending

The Government’s plan to spend £250m creating a lorry park in Kent to accommodate vehicles during times of cross-Channel disruption is a poor use of public money, according to the chairman of the all-party parliamentary freight transport group. “Spending up to a quarter of a... continue

5 Feb 2016Local Transport Today News

TfL launches low emission freight plan

Transport for London has launched a programme to encourage low emission vans and lorries in the capital. The five-year LoCITY project will see TfL work with the freight industry, vehicle manufacturers, fuel providers and other public sector bodies to increase the availability and uptake of low... continue

5 Feb 2016Local Transport Today News

Ring road boundary for Clean Air Zone

Birmingham’s proposed clean air zone (CAZ) is likely to cover the area within the city’s A4540 ring road, formerly known as the Middle Ring Road. The Government plans to legislate to introduce a CAZ in the city from 2020, which will apply to buses, coaches, taxis, HGVs and light goods... continue

5 Feb 2016Local Transport Today News

Armitt leads inquiry into UK infrastructure

A team of business, industry, academic and environment leaders has been set up to advise the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) on the country’s future infrastructure needs. NIC commissioner and Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) president Sir John Armitt will chair a group to conduct... continue

5 Feb 2016Local Transport Today News
Hauliers unimpressed by new plan to cut cyclist collisions

Hauliers unimpressed by new plan to cut cyclist collisions

Andrew Forster

Road hauliers have questioned the legality of London... continue

5 Feb 2016Local Transport Today News

DB’s Metro record troubles NECA

The North East Combined Authority has voiced more concern about DB’s operations of the Tyne and Wear Metro. “The performance of the train operator DB Regio continues to be a matter of serious concern,” Pat Ritchie, Newcastle City Council’s chief executive and the thematic... continue

5 Feb 2016Local Transport Today Business Briefing

King’s Cross land sale raises £371m

The Government has raised £371m from selling 67 acres of land around King’s Cross in London to AustralianSuper, the largest pension fund in Australia. The Government’s stake in the land was held by its wholly-owned subsidiary company LCR, which has overseen development around... continue

5 Feb 2016Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Phil Jones Associates adds graduates

Five more graduates have been offered positions at Phil Jones Associates (PJA) as part of the company’s graduate development programme. The five new recruits are expected to take up their roles in June, with three positions at PJA’s Birmingham headquarters, one in the Bristol office and... continue

5 Feb 2016Local Transport Today Features

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