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DfT urged to sort out ‘mess’ of emission-based traffic zones

DfT urged to sort out ‘mess’ of emission-based traffic zones

Andrew Forster

Motoring and freight bodies this week demanded Government... continue

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24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

NAO criticises DfT for HS2 management

The National Audit Office this week censured the DfT and HS2 Ltd for their poor management of the HS2 project. The NAO’s report, released as LTT closed for press, says the project is over budget and behind schedule because the DfT, HS2 Ltd and wider government have underestimated the... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News
Steer sets ball rolling on new rail tunnel under the Irish Sea

Steer sets ball rolling on new rail tunnel under the Irish Sea

Andrew Forster

The consultant who was instrumental in putting HS2 on the... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

Skates intervenes as Cardiff Council floats road charging

Rhodri Clark

Welsh transport minister Ken Skates intervened this week in Cardiff Council’s proposal for a road user charge from which city residents would be exempt. The council’s new transport White Paper explains that the authority will consider road user charging and a workplace parking levy... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News
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TfL invites freight innovation bids

Transport for London is inviting bids to London FreightLab, a programme to promote innovative freight projects in the capital. Ideas must be submitted by 5 February. FreightLab will offer funding, land, and expertise during the pilot stage for up to six projects. Ten organisations are supporting... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

EV charging puzzle at business premises

The Government needs to help find a way to make it easier for businesses to install electric vehicle charging facilities at their premises, according to the Freight Transport Association. Natalie Chapman, the FTA’s head of urban policy, told LTT that funding the upgrade to electricity... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

White paint is okay for EV bays – Lancs

Lancashire County Council has rejected criticism after marking out electric vehicle charging bays with white paint. Colne’s Business Improvement District said the bays should be blue because that is the colour associated with electricity. In response, Lancashire said: “The markings for... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News
Oxon plans parking levy in Eastern Arc

Oxon plans parking levy in Eastern Arc

Oxfordshire County Council is to prepare a business case for a workplace parking levy covering some of the least accessible parts of the city. The levy... continue

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Sharp drop in Milton Keynes bus punctuality alarms council

Andrew Forster

Milton Keynes Council has voiced alarm about deteriorating bus service performance in the area.  There has been a “considerable deterioration of service punctuality and reliability over recent months”, head of transport Steve Hayes and strategic lead for passenger transport Adele... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News
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Manual for Streets 3 mooted

The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) is in talks with the DfT about refreshing Manual for Streets and Manual for Streets 2.   The likelihood is that the CIHT and DfT will collaborate on a new version, Manual for Streets 3, incorporating developments since... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

Car parks the place for EV charging

Carmarthenshire County Council is to install electric vehicle chargepoints in 14 public car parks close to residential areas, rather than on-street. The chargepoints are funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). “The OLEV scheme is primarily focused on the installation of... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

BRT system could support MK’s growth

A bus-based mass rapid transit (MRT) system could support the future growth of Milton Keynes, according to a 30-year spatial strategy published for consultation by the council.  Milton Keynes Council’s draft 2050 strategy envisages the area’s population almost doubling from 268,600... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

Funding gap for junction work hits Hants Garden Village plan

Andrew Forster

The construction of a  ‘garden village’ between Portsmouth and Southampton appears to be in jeopardy because of a lack funding for the necessary improvements to a nearby motorway junction.    The 6,000-home Welborne Garden Village near Fareham is being promoted by... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News
Norfolk slates HE’s delivery record on A47

Norfolk slates HE’s delivery record on A47

Norfolk County Council has complained to the Office of Rail and Road about Highways England’s lack of progress to improve sections of the A47 east-west road that... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

Lack of CAZ autopay irks FTA

The Freight Transport Association has voiced frustration at the Government’s decision not to provide an account-based autopay facility for clean air zone charges.  The Government is creating a national payment portal for all charging CAZs in England, simplifying the payment process. But... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News
Warrington presses for town centre station on NPR network

Warrington presses for town centre station on NPR network

Andrew Forster

Warrington Borough Council is pressing for a Northern... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

Scrapping HS2 ‘will inflate project costs’

Cancelling HS2 will push up the cost of all future major Government infrastructure projects because contractors will build in additional risk premiums to their tender prices, the rail industry warned this week.  The message comes in a letter to the Prime Minister ahead of the Government making... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

North East opposes extra London trains

Local authorities in northeast England are calling for no change to the way track capacity between Newcastle and Northallerton in North Yorkshire is allocated when a new timetable is introduced in December 2021. The two-track line between Newcastle and Northallerton, north of York, currently... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News
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