Full speed ahead for HS2 as PM casts aside the doubters

Full speed ahead for HS2 as PM casts aside the doubters

The uncertainty is over. At lunchtime on Tuesday 11 February, Boris Johnson stepped up to the Commons despatch box to announce that HS2 will be built. “We can... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News
Comment: If politics don’t sink this CAM route, perhaps economics will

Comment: If politics don’t sink this CAM route, perhaps economics will

The Cambourne – Cambridge busway project has had a chequered history. The initial cost estimate was under £100m and the first phase was meant to open in 2020. The latest estimates are £160m and opening in 2024. It has been widely opposed and twice halted by the... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News
Mayor Palmer strips councils of role in CAM route planning

Mayor Palmer strips councils of role in CAM route planning

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James Palmer, the elected mayor of the Cambridgeshire and... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

Johnson promises extra £1bn a year for buses and cycling

Boris Johnson has promised a huge cash injection for bus services and cycling across England.  The Prime Minister’s promise of £5bn of additional funding over five years for the two modes was part of a wider transport statement that also featured the go-ahead for HS2. Buses and... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

Budget roads cheer

Next month’s Budget will include announcements of funding for a number of new road schemes, Boris Johnson said last week.  Johnson said the Budget would announce “transformative improvements from Cornwall to the A1 north of Newcastle, from south Salisbury to south Ribble, from... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News
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DfT invites bids to its rail re-opening fund

The DfT has published more details of its £500m fund to restore old railways and open new stations across England and Wales. The grant, now known as the Restoring Your Railway Fund, will support projects in three stages of development:  an ideas fund accelerating existing... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

Scots and NI protest at PM’s bridge plan

The devolved administrations of Scotland and Northern Ireland have reacted angrily to Boris Johnson’s decision not to invovle them in the investigations of a fixed link between Scotland and Northern Ireland.  Officials in Whtitehall are looking at the concept, which could be a bridge, a... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

Reaction to the PM’s announcement

East Midlands Councils & East Midland Chamber (Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Nottinghamshire): “HS2 must not short-change the East Midlands with downgraded lines. HS2 Phase 2b must be constructed from the West Midlands to the East Midlands first. HS2 must be fully integrated with the... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News
Old Oak planning application submitted

Old Oak planning application submitted

HS2 Ltd has just submitted the planning application for the proposed Old Oak Common station in west London to the Old Oak and Park Royal Development... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

TfL to trial real-time monitor of dockless bike hire activities

Transport for London and selected boroughs are to trial  real-time monitoring of public bike hire schemes. TfL has invited software firms to bid for an 18-month micromobility data sharing pilot, which will be rolled out across the capital if successful. It could ultimately be used to monitor... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

Pedestrian casualties ‘look the wrong way’

Pedestrians hit by buses in London were often looking the wrong way when they stepped into the road, according to Transport for London. Researchers are looking at possible ways to reduce such incidents. Claire Mann, director of bus operations, surface transport, told TfL’s safety panel:... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

E-scooter safety put under the spotlight

E-scooters should not be permitted on footways unless subject to a low enforced speed limit, says a report prepared under the auspices of the International Transport Forum (ITF).  E-scooters are currently illegal on public roads but the Government is preparing a consultation about allowing... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

Delay to ISA roll-out on TfL bus fleet

Transport for London says Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) technology will not be fitted to all of the capital’s bus fleet until 2024, later than the previously proposed 2021/22 date. ISA uses GPS-linked speed limit data to advise the driver of the current speed limit and automatically... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

Play streets for Portsmouth

Portsmouth City Council residents will be able to apply to introduce ‘play streets’ on unclassified roads across the council area following the success of trials. A website will explain how residents can apply to close unclassified roads a limited time using Temporary Traffic Regulation... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

Scots regional transport talks restart as Hitrans eyes powers

Transport Scotland is  planning to restart a review of the regional tier of transport governance.  News of the initiative comes as the Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership (HITRANS) prepares its own bid to take on transport responsibilities from Transport Scotland.   Regional... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

Glasgow workplace parking levy study

Glasgow City Council is to commission a workplace parking levy (WPL) study using funding from the Scottish Government.  The £75,000 study will review the Nottingham scheme and work on levies by other authorities.  The work is being funded from a £1.15m Transport Scotland grant... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

Shapps floats 2032 end to fossil fuel cars

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has suggested the Government may proposed to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2032. The Government’s current policy is 2040 but it said earlier this month that a consultation would propose bringing the date forward to 2035 or even earlier... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

Scots national transport strategy launched

Transport Scotland has published the final version of its new national transport strategy.  The document contains little in the way of new policy commitments, with most of the document taken up with a discussion of current transport/travel trends and how they relate to the Government’s... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

Hitrans presses for Highland rail upgrade

A major investment in the Highland Main Line between Perth and Inverness is being urged to help bring the rail journey time between the Central Belt and Inverness down below three hours.  HITRANS, the Highlands and Islands transport partnership, wants the Government to aim for a journey time... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News
Bus-style franchising ‘could cut urban goods vehicle trips’

Bus-style franchising ‘could cut urban goods vehicle trips’

Councils should be able to award exclusive area-based contracts to businesses such as recycling firms in order to cut the number of goods vehicles on streets, a consultant has suggested.  Daniel Johnson, the founder of Placemaking... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

Car clubs cutting vehicle numbers – borough

About one in seven driving licence holders in the London Borough of Wandsworth are now members of a car club, according to the borough.  Wandsworth says about 29,000 residents had a car club membership at the end of 2019, the highest number of any local authority in the country.  Paul... continue

21 Feb 2020Local Transport Today News

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