Sale of petrol and diesel cars to end in 2040, says UK government

Sale of petrol and diesel cars to end in 2040, says UK government

Mark Moran

The sale of new diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned in the UK from 2040 as part of a £3bn strategy to tackle air pollution, says the UK government. The government confirmed that... continue

26 Jul 2017Parking Review News

Too little, too late: message of environmentalists and cities to Gove's air clean-up plan

Lee Baker

Government plans to tackle illegal air pollution have been immediately branded as inadequate by campaigners and local authorities, while they were slammed as too harsh by motoring groups. Under the air quality plan, Local authorities will have to the end of next year to finalise plans to tackle... continue

27 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News
Councils await cleaner air zones funding alongside

Councils await cleaner air zones funding alongside "very, very targeted" national action - reports

Lee Baker

Ministers are set to announce a "very, very targeted" scrappage scheme at the national level,... continue

26 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News
Questions over whether Crossrail 2 to be trimmed as Northern politicians fear HS3 axe

Questions over whether Crossrail 2 to be trimmed as Northern politicians fear HS3 axe

Lee Baker

Questions have been asked over whether the transport secretary's demand to improve... continue

25 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News
Severn crossings will be free from 2018

Severn crossings will be free from 2018

Mark Moran

Drivers will see an end to tolls on the Severn Crossings in 2018, Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns has... continue

22 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News
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Rise in sexual crimes on trains, BTP figures reveal

Rise in sexual crimes on trains, BTP figures reveal

Mark Moran

Reported sexual offences on trains have more than... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

Dockless bike hires criticised in Manchester and London

On 16 July The Guardian was mercilessly critical of the bicycle hire scheme that was launched in Manchester a few weeks ago (Media Monitor, 23 Jun). “I really wanted to believe that Mancunians could be trusted with nice things,” the paper’s northern editor, Helen Pidd, began.... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today Media Monitor
Heathrow growth and Wolfson prize reinvigorate road pricing debate

Heathrow growth and Wolfson prize reinvigorate road pricing debate

Rik Thomas

The subject of road pricing made a return to the pages of the... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today Media Monitor

John Dales

John Dales

Transport for London: not just an organisation, but a city-first approach to transport planning

So, seven years after its predecessor was launched, the draft of the new Mayor’s Transport Strategy (MTS) for London has...

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Councils asked to consent to England’s first statutory STB

Andrew Forster

Local transport authorities in the north of England are being asked to give consent to the Secretary of State’s regulations establishing Transport for the North – England’s first sub-national transport body (STB). As a statutory STB, TfN will be responsible for preparing a... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

Cash found for rail freight flows

The DfT has awarded grant to two anglo-Scottish rail freight flows that appeared to be in jeopardy after they lost out in the  grant awards announced just before Christmas (LTT03 Mar). John G Russell will receive £267,220 of Mode Shift Revenue Support for 2017/18 and £347,380 in... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

EV charge points life expired

Most electric vehicle charging points installed in the North East of England with Government money just a few years ago are reaching the end of their useful life, says the North East Combined Authority.   Tobyn Hughes, NECA’s managing director of transport operations, said no provision... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

Coventry bids to be testbed for CAVs

Coventry’s roads could become a testing ground for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) under plans submitted to Government.  Coventry, Transport for the West Midlands, and unnamed partners have submitted a bid to Innovate UK’s £55m connected and autonomous vehicles... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

DfT probes safety of car software updates

The DfT is commissioning research to understand how safety critical software updates are managed in different industries, to inform how they should be managed in the automotive sector. All vehicles and their safety functions currently have to obtain safety certification, known as type approval. But... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News
Distance-based road charge collected by insurers wins £250,000 prize

Distance-based road charge collected by insurers wins £250,000 prize

The Wolfson Economics Prize is billed as the most significant economics prize after the Nobel Prize and the £250,000 prize money is certainly not to be sniffed at. So there was huge interest in transport circles last year when prize sponsor, Lord Wolfson of Apsley,... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

Vehicles to return power to the grid?

The Government is launching a £20m research programme into enabling electric vehicles to return electricity to the grid. The funding from the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) will support three types of project: feasibility... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

Long-term funding demanded for cycling

Sustained investment in cycling can deliver increases in cycle use, a review of two DfT programmes has concluded.  Researchers reviewed data from the Cycling Demonstration Towns (CDT) programme that supported six cities from 2005 to 2011 and the Cycling City and Towns (CCT) programme, which... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News
Court uses cyclist’s head cam to convict close-pass drivers

Court uses cyclist’s head cam to convict close-pass drivers

Deniz Huseyin

Two drivers in the West Midlands have become the first to... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

Electric power and shared transport will tame the car

Elsa Woodward, High Wycombe HP13

Cars offer many convenient journeys but they also contribute to air pollution, climate change emissions and congestion, and when cars are not travelling they occupy vast amounts of land for parking.  Electric cars offer reduced air pollution, so Volvo’s  decision to make only... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Sticking to 20 is good for all road users – including drivers

Francis King, Bath BA2

I would like to respond to the letters about 20mph limits of Messrs Walker and Withrington (LTT 7 Jul). Mr Walker points out that it would take 15 years for the greater proportion of vehicles to be equipped, as manufactured, with speed limiters, and that many foreign vehicles will never be... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today Comment

September launch for tram hearings

Oral hearings for the Edinburgh tram inquiry will commence on 5 September. The inquiry, chaired by Lord Hardie, was ordered by the Government to examine why the tram project “incurred delays, cost more than originally budgeted and, through reductions in scope, delivered significantly less... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

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