PTE hails partnership’s delivery of ‘QC-style’ city bus network

PTE hails partnership’s delivery of ‘QC-style’ city bus network

Andrew Forster

South Yorkshire PTE has hailed a forthcoming revamp to bus services in Sheffield, saying the changes amount to a bus Quality Contract-style network delivered by partnership... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today News

Atkins advises DfT on council ITS

The DfT has awarded consultant Atkins a £96,061 contract to review the use made of intelligent transport systems by English highway authorities as well as European and wider international experience, and explore barriers to their more widespread use. Says the DfT: “To maximise the... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today Business Briefing

HE commissions environmental tool

Highways England has commissioned consultants to develop a tool to help scope environmental assessment work for new road schemes. The HE says the questionnaire-based Environmental Assessment Scoping Tool (EAST) will “inform the extent of environmental assessment required when undertaking road... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Transport Scotland awards frameworks

Transport Scotland has appointed consultants to a new  framework for engineering and transportation consultancy services.  Details are: Lot 1 – Roads: 1st AECOM; 2nd Jacobs UK Ltd; 3rd Mouchel Ltd; 4th AMEY; 5th a Mott MacDonald Grontmij joint venture.  Lot 2 – Rail:... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Cambs extends highways contract

Cambridgeshire County Council is to extend its highways services contract with Atkins/Skanska by seven months until the end of March 2017, to allow time for the county to procure a new strategic partner (LTT 1 May). Procurement of the new contract will commence on 1 October, and use the competitive... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today Business Briefing

KPMG advises on Cheshire growth

The three unitary authorities of Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, and Warrington, have awarded consultant KPMG a £31,355 contract to provide advice on a proposed growth deal with the Government. The deadline for initial proposals to be submitted to the Government was 4... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today Business Briefing
Nottingham tram network doubles in size

Nottingham tram network doubles in size

Nottingham’s light rail network has more than doubled in size with the opening of two  extensions.  The new routes of the Nottingham... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today News

Scots seeks electric charge point operator

Transport Scotland is to procure an operator for the nation’s network of over 500 publically-available electric vehicle charging points.  The ChargePlace Scotland network has been developed with funding from the UK and Scottish governments. It is currently operated on behalf of Transport... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today Business Briefing

DfT helps fill the funding gap for Norwich road

Norfolk County Council has filled a £30m gap in the Norwich Northern Distributor Road project, paving the way for construction to begin this autumn. The cost of the 12.5-mile dual carriageway NDR and the associated Postwick Hub interchange at the A47 east of Norwich had been estimated at... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today News
TfL fires the gun for new bike hire contract

TfL fires the gun for new bike hire contract

Transport for London has invited expressions of interest for the capital’s bike hire scheme contract from August 2017.  The existing contract with Serco expires at... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today Business Briefing

York and North Yorks districts join West Yorks devolution bid

Andrew Forster

The City of York Council and three North Yorkshire districts this week teamed up with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to submit a devolution bid to Government, which could see the area receive a range of transport powers in return for agreeing to an elected mayor. The Government invited local... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today News
Mayor plans new HGV safety measures

Mayor plans new HGV safety measures

Lorries in London may have to be fitted with larger glass side windows to improve driver’s ability to see vulnerable road users,... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today News

Rail services return to the Borders

Rail services return to the heart of the Scottish Borders this weekend with the re-opening of the railway from Edinburgh to Galashiels and Tweedbank.  The Borders Railway revives services over a 30-mile section of the ‘Waverley route’ between Edinburgh and Carlisle, which was... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today News

Steer backs Scottish HSR

On 29 August, high-profile high-speed rail advocate Jim Steer used a column in The Scotsman to promote the benefits of extending HS2 north of the border. “It’s so much easier to back infrastructure investment when, year-after-year, demand grows at exceptional levels and that’s why... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today Media Monitor

Sorry plight of bus sector outside London highlighted by media

Rik Thomas

On 25 August bus policy had a comparatively rare outing in the mainstream media when Guardian columnist John Harris discussed the topic in relation to his summer holiday in the Yorkshire town of Whitby. He began by outlining the absence of significant train services to the town since the Beeching... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today Media Monitor
Sheffield leads new bus thinking

Sheffield leads new bus thinking

A shake-up to bus services in Sheffield this autumn is likely to be keenly studied by transport authorities and bus operators... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today Features

Gregory is First’s new finance chief

FirstGroup has appointed Matthew Gregory chief financial officer from 1 December. He joins from Essentra plc. ... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today People
Haluch is Amey’s new highways director

Haluch is Amey’s new highways director

James Haluch (pictured) has joined engineering consultant and public services provider Amey as strategic highways business director. A chartered civil... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today People

Bancroft joins i-Transport

James Bancroft has joined consultant i-Transport LLP as an associate in its London office. He previously worked at consultant Motion in Guildford and has 12 years of transport development planning experience. i-Transport LLP has also opened a new office in Leeds to be led by associate partner Greg... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today People
Kennedy quits NI transport post

Kennedy quits NI transport post

Danny Kennedy (pictured), has resigned from his post as Northern Ireland’s regional development minister, which... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today People

Affluent men claim electric car grants

The main consumers benefitting from the Government’s Plug-in Car grant scheme are middle-aged affluent men, according to a report for the DfT. “Most private electric vehicle owners are currently middle-aged, male, well-educated, affluent and live in urban areas with households... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today News

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