A Leeds Bradford Airport railway station part of £270m transport plan

Lee Baker

Leeds City Council today unveils plans for a new parkway rail station connecting to Leeds Bradford Airport as part of a £270m package of improvements to transport. The announcement,... continue

5 Dec 2016Local Transport Today News
London mayor pledges to spend £770m on cycling programmes

London mayor pledges to spend £770m on cycling programmes

Deniz Huseyin

Funding for cycling projects in the capital is set to... continue

5 Dec 2016Local Transport Today News

Coventry uses Bluetooth to assess how connected vehicles interact

Mark Moran

A journey time measurement system for traffic monitoring using Bluetooth technology is being installed in Coventry to assess how connected vehicles interact on key corridors leading into the city centre from the national road network.  The Intelligent Variable Message Systems (iVMS)... continue

2 Dec 2016Local Transport Today News

Tackling air pollution is priority for European urban mobility professionals

Mark Moran

European cities should work together to improve air quality by encouraging the use of cleaner fuelled vehicles, better transport infrastructure and providing alternatives to the car, a major conference in the Netherlands has heard this week. Over 450 urban mobility professionals from across Europe... continue

2 Dec 2016Local Transport Today News

Paris, Madrid, Mexico City and Athens to ban diesel vehicles

Mark Moran

The leaders of four global cities have pledged to stop the use of all diesel-powered cars and trucks by the middle of the next decade. The mayors of Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens announced the bans during the C40 Cities Climate Change Summit, which is being held in Mexico. The bans on... continue

2 Dec 2016Local Transport Today News
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NICE addresses role of traffic in poor air quality

NICE addresses role of traffic in poor air quality

Mark Moran

The damaging effect of air pollution could be mitigated by the better design of roads and changes in driver behaviour, suggests the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The... continue

1 Dec 2016Local Transport Today News
Higher infrastructure investment could be hit by private investment retreat - think-tank

Higher infrastructure investment could be hit by private investment retreat - think-tank

Lee Baker

The capital spending announced by the Chancellor in his Autumn Statement is well above... continue

28 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News
Mail targets dangers of mobile phone use while driving

Mail targets dangers of mobile phone use while driving

On 3 November The Daily Mail continued what has become a vociferous campaign against motorists using mobile phones whilst driving, reserving most of their anger for truck drivers and, in particular, foreign truck... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today Media Monitor
Will Yousaf survive, ask papers, as ScotRail’s problems turn political

Will Yousaf survive, ask papers, as ScotRail’s problems turn political

Scottish transport minister Humza Yousaf has been in the headlines this month for all the wrong reasons as politicians and pundits demanded to know what he was going to do about a slump in the performance of  ScotRail franchise operator Abellio.  “Transport... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today Media Monitor

Road traffic volumes hit new high

Road traffic hit a record high in the year ending September 2016, according to provisional figures published by the DfT. An estimated 320 billion vehicle miles were travelled, 1.4% up on the previous year and 1.8% higher than the pre-recession peak in the year ending September 2007. Car traffic... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News

LEPs ‘must be transparent’

Enterprise Partnerships has been published by the Department for Communities and Local Government. The national assurance framework sets out expectations on matters such as governance, transparency, and value for money. The transport appendix is largely unchanged from the 2014 version. The... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News

Glasgow £100m public realm plan

Pedestrians and cyclists will benefit from a £100m programme of public realm improvements in Glasgow city centre due to get underway next year, funded by the Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal. The first street to be improved in Glasgow City Council’s Avenues project will be Sauchiehall... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News

Scots rail freight potential explored

Consultant Arup is conducting a review of rail’s potential to capture a larger share of Scotland’s freight market. The study, which has been commissioned by the Scottish Government and the Scotland Freight Joint Board, follows a huge drop in rail tonnages in Scotland caused by the... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News

Not-for-profit bid for ScotRail urged

The Scottish Government would welcome a bid for the next ScotRail franchise from a public sector operator, transport minister Humza Yousaf has said. Current franchise operator Abellio has been heavily criticised for its performance and is now implementing an improvement plan ordered by the... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News

Revamp to Welsh appraisal ‘imminent’

The Welsh Government is promising to consult imminently on a much-delayed revamp of its Welsh Transport Appraisal Guidance (WelTAG). The Government has been reviewing all areas covered in the guidance to take account of experience of using WelTAG since 2008 and changes to UK Government guidance in... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News
Real-time data on impacts of roadworks

Real-time data on impacts of roadworks

Real-time information about disruption caused by roadworks is now available to traffic managers, contractors and the public through a collaboration... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News

Travel demand values reviewed by DfT

The DfT is reviewing the values used to predict how transport schemes and policies influence travel demand. Consultant Atkins has been appointed to conduct the DfT’s ‘Local economics black book project’. Says the DfT: “The appraisal of transport requires certain technical... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News

DfT admits ‘material’ errors in trip forecasting dataset

The DfT is to release an addendum to the new version of its National Trip End Model (NTEM) dataset after the discovery of serious errors for some local authority areas. The NTEM forecasts are created from a series of models developed and run by the DfT, and are widely used in transport modelling... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News

TfL retrofits buses to cut emissions

Transport for London has launched a tender for contracts to fit selective catalytic reduction equipment on up to 5,800 buses so they comply with the Euro VI emission standard. There will be six lots, each for a different make of engine. The maximum value of the framework is £78m. It will run... continue

25 Nov 2016Local Transport Today News

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