17 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

Costs keep rising as HS2 seeks Interchange contractor

by Peter Plisner

HS2 has launched the procurement process for a construction contractor to build the Interchange Station near Birmingham. The contract is expected to support up to 1000 jobs and help the regeneration of the area around the station. The expected cost is £370m, around £100m higher than a... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News
DfE offers £135m for home to school travel

DfE offers £135m for home to school travel

by Stuart Render

More than £135m has been distributed to 79 local transport authorities (LTAs) in a Government-funded scheme to provide... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

Traffic at pre-Covid levels

Traffic volumes in towns and cities surpassed pre-pandemic levels for the first time since travel restrictions were introduced in March last year, reveals analysis of local authority traffic data by the Transport Technology Forum (TTF). The TTF has been studying data on local roads in more than 100... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

Edinburgh proposes new LEZ scheme

A preferred Low Emission Zone (LEZ) scheme for Edinburgh will be put to Transport and Environment Committee members on 17 June ahead of a public consultation. A City Centre LEZ, which broadly follows the boundary first proposed for consultation in 2019 and includes all motor vehicles except... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News
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Where is the Integrated Rail Plan, asks TfN

Transport for the North (TfN) has urged the Government to stop stalling over the long awaited Integrated Rail Plan. The Integrated Rail Plan is due to outline commitment to HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) and other rail projects.  At a board meeting on 9 June TfN members heard how further... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News
15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

Rail accessibility plan welcomed by CBT

by Rhodri Clark

Campaigners have welcomed the Government’s promise of the UK’s first national accessibility strategy for rail, but have warned that proper funding will be vital. The Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail says Great British Railways will have a statutory duty to improve accessibility. “A... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News
15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

London lorry safety scheme takes off

More than 136,000 safety permits have been issued to date and nearly 70,000 heavy goods vehicles have been fitted with safety measures to protect people walking and cycling since the introduction of London’s Direct Vision Standard (DVS) scheme in March. The DVS, which seeks to reduces lethal... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

More low traffic schemes for Oxford

Consultation is underway for three low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) schemes in east Oxford. This follows the introduction of three LTNs in Cowley in March for a six-month trial period. The consultation for the Divinity Road, St Mary’s and St Clements areas ends on 29 June. Tim Bearder,... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

CPS probes causes of smart motorway deaths

by Rhodri Clark

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is still not in a position to consider charging Highways England with corporate manslaughter over smart motorway deaths, having not yet received the required evidence from police. In February, a coroner referred the death of Nargis Begum to the CPS. Begum, aged... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News
‘Staycation’ rail pass features in tourism recovery plan

‘Staycation’ rail pass features in tourism recovery plan

The government has announced a Tourism Recovery Plan to help the sector bounce back from the Covid-19 pandemic. It aims to restore domestic tourism activity to pre-pandemic levels by 2022, and international tourism by... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

Civic Dollars app to offer free travel rewards

Belfast City Council is trialling an app that rewards residents who are more active and spend time in green spaces. They will earn “community currency” which can be exchanged for rewards such as a public transport travel pass and tickets to visitor attractions. The Civic Dollars app,... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

Carbon offset deal for National Express customers

Coach passengers using National Express services are being offered the option of offsetting carbon emissions of their journeys.  By using a dedicated website when ordering tickets they can work out the monetary equivalent of their carbon footprint. The site has been developed by climate and... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

‘Quick fix’ plan to improve traffic flow

Birmingham City Council has made a commitment to work with residents and businesses to adapt and improve Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) schemes in Moseley and Kings Heath. The council has also promised to implement a series of “quick fix” measures to improve traffic flow in congested... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News
Welsh Government buys InterCity and regional trains

Welsh Government buys InterCity and regional trains

by Rhodri Clark

In another departure from the 1990s model of rail... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

West Midlands welcomes back passengers

A new campaign has been launched in the West Midlands designed to encourage passengers back onto public transport, following the relaxation of Covid-19 lockdown measures. The ‘Ready when you’re ready’ campaign will help to show that the extensive public transport network is... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

Lower Thames gets Crossing woodland

A new 100-hectare woodland is to be planted in partnership with Forestry England in Essex alongside the route of the proposed Lower Thames Crossing, Highways England has announced. The woodland will be at Hole Farm near Great Warley, Brentwood in Essex. The Lower Thames Crossing is intended to... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News
More contractors for West Midlands Sprint

More contractors for West Midlands Sprint

by Peter Plisner

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) has appointed two more contractors to work on crucial parts of the new Sprint bus rapid... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

Town Deals schemes to get £725m

by Deniz Huseyin

Thirty towns in England will receive a share of £725m to transform public spaces, deliver green transport links and boost local economies, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has announced. New greener transport infrastructure will include cycle paths and... continue

15 Jun 2021Local Transport Today News

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