Can Boardman deliver gold for Gtr Manchester’s streets?

Can Boardman deliver gold for Gtr Manchester’s streets?

Deniz Huseyin

If Chris Boardman’s vision becomes reality, ten years from now streets across Greater Manchester will feel very different, with cars no longer dominant, and... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Features
Pop-up EV charging points trialled in Oxford

Pop-up EV charging points trialled in Oxford

Pop-up electric vehicle charging points have been installed on a residential street in Oxford, in what is claimed to be the first application of its kind.   The UEone... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Code of conduct for City’s cycle tours

The Corporation of London has introduced a code of conduct for cycle tour groups using its narrow lanes and streets. The code requires firms to avoid riding on busy, narrow lanes and streets if a safe alternative route can be found. Operators will need to dismount on any narrow City streets... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Speed cams for air quality ‘next month’

Average speed cameras are being installed at five locations in Wales where the limit has been reduced to 50mph to improve local air quality. The Welsh Government said the installation work was due to be completed by the end of August and “the cameras will be operational from then on”.... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Strengthening project for Aston Expressway

Birmingham City Council is preparing a £93.5m scheme to strengthen and refurbish a section of the A38(M) Aston Expressway, which connects the M6 and the city centre.  The Expressway, which opened in 1972, carries more than 90,000 vehicles every weekday between... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News
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ZECs only on City’s covered street

ZECs only on City’s covered street

The Corporation of London has approved a plan to make a covered street in the City open to zero emission capable vehicles only. Beech... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News
Scots explore the practicality of Blue Badge LEZ exemption

Scots explore the practicality of Blue Badge LEZ exemption

Andrew Forster

The Scottish Government is exploring the practicality of... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Scots draft NTS light on new proposals

Transport Scotland has published a new draft national transport strategy for consultation.  The document contains few policy proposals.  It speaks of embedding the “sustainable travel hierarchy” in decision-making, promoting walking, “wheeling” (travel by... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Fife rail re-opening advances

Scottish transport secretary Michael Matheson has authorised the next stage of development work into re-opening a five-mile railway to Leven in Fife. The Levenmouth sustainable transport study has recommended re-opening the line with stations at Leven and Cameron Bridge, together with better bus... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News
Right-leaning think tank calls for pollution charges and fines

Right-leaning think tank calls for pollution charges and fines

The public should be given the power to report engine idlers and profit from the fines issued, according to a right of centre think tank. The recommendation is part of a much wider package of measures to tackle vehicle emissions set out in a... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Cardiff & Caerphilly must revisit CAZs

The Welsh Government has ordered Cardiff and Caerphilly Councils to conduct more analysis on their clean air plans, including further investigations of charging clean air zones.  Last year the Government ordered Cardiff and Caerphilly to develop action plans to comply with illegal levels of... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Early scrappage of diesel vehicles could increase CO2

The early withdrawal of fossil fuel powered vehicles on environmental grounds could increase carbon dioxide emissions because of the emissions associated with vehicle manufacture, writes Rhodri Clark.   The expected service lives of many freight and passenger vehicles could be shortened as... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

New air quality direction for Bristol

The Government has issued a further direction to Bristol City Council concerning its plan to comply with legal limits for nitrogen dioxide in the shortest possible time. The council must submit an outline business case by 30 September, which must set out modelling results including for a Class C... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Wales consults on A40 upgrade

The Welsh Government has launched a consultation on a proposed new alignment for the A40 between Penblewin and Redstone Cross, Pembrokeshire. The road further west was improved in 2011 with 2+1 lanes for safe overtaking. A similar scheme, estimated to cost £45m, east of Penblewin has been... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Anti-20mph website launched

The Alliance of British Drivers has launched a campaign opposing blanket 20mph limits. “The reason for doing this is that there is much misinformation being spread by campaigners for such speed limits,” says the group. “What has been happening is that the anti-car activists... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

New Southeastern franchise shelved

The DfT has cancelled the Southeastern franchise competition, saying it has “significant concerns” that continuing the process “would lead to additional costs incurred to the taxpayer, with no certainty that this would deliver envisaged benefits for passengers in a timely... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Transport conference speaker programmes don’t reflect the profession’s ethnic diversity

Anonymous

Walking through the halls and stairwells of the Institution of Civil Engineers, I often wonder if a person of any other ethnicity will ever have their portrait grace these illustrious walls. To its credit, the ICE elected its first woman president in 2008 and is poised to appoint its second in... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Comment

In Passing

  The merits, or otherwise, or renationalising the operation of the rail network in the UK is a common topic of conversation in the media. But, as a recent article in The Independent pointed out, it is something of a moot point – as most of the railways are already run by the state, just... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Comment

Newspaper’s clean air campaign is fuelling hysteria

Paul Withrington, Director, Transport-Watch, Northampton, NN2

The Times has been running a vast campaign demanding a right to “clean air”, whatever that is. The campaign is lazy, misplaced scaremongering, which will inspire polices that damage the nation as a whole. The campaign is focused largely on road traffic and particularly the diesel. The... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Comment

E-scooters rule, ok?

Summertime and the opportunity to catch up on some reading. In our case, that hasn’t gone far beyond a fascinating feature from The Times at the end of July about e-scooters (‘E-scooters: Voi, Bird and the battle to lead the market’). These souped-up versions of children’s... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Comment

Deregulated bus regime is a barrier to TfN’s ticketing dream

Roger Sexton, Nottingham, NG1

I am not surprised that Transport for the North’s ambitious proposal for just one public transport smartcard covering the whole of the north of England is running into difficulties (‘Bus operators unconvinced by TfN’s smart ticketing proposal’ LTT 02 Aug). The north of... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Comment

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