‘Dump legacy model tools’

‘Dump legacy model tools’

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) should encourage transport authorities and consultancies to abandon the use of “legacy” transport modelling techniques and embrace ‘big data’ sources such as mobile phones records, a transport data consultancy has said. Citi Logik... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News

NIC risks being ‘too ambitious’

The National Infrastructure Commission’s National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA) is in danger of being too ambitious, many respondents to the Commission’s NIA consultation have warned. The NIA will set out the major infrastructure requirements for the UK on a 30-year time horizon. Says... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News

TfL top for asset management

Transport for London has a better understanding of its assets than any other organisation in the country, according to the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE). “TfL are known to have a very good understanding of the status of their assets and are widely seen as best in their... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News

DfT procures road journey time contract

The Government is procuring a survey of road travel times and routing data for the road network in England, which  local authorities and consultants will be able to use for transport modelling.  The Crown Commercial Service is procuring the road travel time data service contract on behalf... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News

Review ‘National Transport Model’

The National Infrastructure Commission has been urged to review the DfT’s National Transport Model before using it to assess future travel demand. Transport academic David Metz has told the NIC: “I recommend that the Commission should commission an independent evaluation of the National... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News
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London trials system dynamics modelling

London trials system dynamics modelling

The Greater London Authority and Transport for London are developing a system dynamics model to explore relationships such as between transport investment... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News
Infrastructure Commission sets out population scenarios

Infrastructure Commission sets out population scenarios

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) is consulting on the population scenarios it plans to use for the National Infrastructure Assessment of the UK’s transport and other infrastructure needs.  The... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News

KeolisAmey ousts RATP from Metrolink

The Metrolink network in Greater Manchester will have a new operator from July, after Transport for Greater Manchester awarded the contract to a KeolisAmey joint venture. RATP Dev is currently responsible for operating the entire network and maintaining the original lines. The MPT consortium (an... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today Business Briefing

PTV recruits Barceló for blue skies group

PTV Group has set up a ‘blue skies’ group to explore the next generation of software for managing urban transport systems. The German traffic and transport software and consultancy company has appointed Jaume Barceló as a full-time strategic advisor and member of the blue skies... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today Business Briefing

It’s not just the route of HS2 that’s wrong, it’s the project

Stephen Plowden, London NW1

It is easy to see why enthusiasts for high-speed rail such as Graham Nalty should be annoyed with HS2 Ltd for its failure to consider alternative schemes (Letters LTT 16 Dec). What is less clear is what justifies his enthusiasm for high-speed rail in the first place. Graham says that the benefits... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today Comment
Bring back articulated buses to unclog London’s streets

Bring back articulated buses to unclog London’s streets

Dave Holladay, Glasgow G3

The UK’s bus manufacturers must have been... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today Comment

John Dales

John Dales

Travel demand: master or servant?

As I trust you’re aware (after all, it was front-page news in LTT713), a Commission on Travel Demand has recently been...

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today Comment
Fresh expansion plan for Southampton port

Fresh expansion plan for Southampton port

Plans for a major expansion of Southampton Port are being drawn up more than a decade after proposals were rejected on environmental grounds. Associated British... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News

Ebbsfleet shuttle features in Kent’s high-speed rail ambitions

A high-speed shuttle service between Ebbsfleet and London St Pancras International is being called for by Kent County Council, which wants the Government to order 20 additional high-speed trains for the next South Eastern franchise.  Kent says the order should comprise:  • 12 six-car... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News

Flybe takes on GWR from Cardiff

The Cardiff to London air service introduced during a period of rail disruption last year, has become permanent. Budget airline Flybe began to operate between Cardiff airport, in the Vale of Glamorgan, and London City airport in September, when a six-week closure of the Severn tunnel for... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News

Pollution inaction decried

“Cutting toxic levels of city air pollution to safer levels is simple, but not easy,” The Guardian’s head of environment, Damian Carrington, began on 6 January. “Despite the key culprit in the UK being well known – diesel vehicles – the Government has been asleep... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today Media Monitor

Transport good for property

On 12 January, London’s Evening Standard’s property supplement made great play of the benefits to potential new home buyers of new transport links in the capital. “Where railway lines go, home buyers turn up. One live project is the Northern line extension from Kennington to... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today Media Monitor

Derby & Nottingham join forces

Nottingham and Derby city councils are preparing a metropolitan strategy, which will include plans for improved transport connections between the two cities.The councils say more than 40,000 people commute between the cities and their surrounding districts. The Government is planning to build a... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News

SWestrans ponders new station bid

Dumfries and Galloway Council and SWestrans, the South West Scotland Regional Transport Partnership, may have to select one of three new rail stations to prioritise on affordability grounds. Consultant Peter Brett Associates is assessing the case for stations at Thornhill and Eastriggs on the... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News

Tees Valley joins transport group

Tees Valley Combined Authority plans to become an associate member of the Urban Transport Group. The UTG’s full members are Transport for West Midlands, Merseytravel (Liverpool City Region), the North East Combined Authority, South Yorkshire PTE (Sheffield City Region), Transport for Greater... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News

Dorset: unitaries and a combined authority?

Councils in the Dorset area will decide this month whether to  support plans to reform local government, with a two unitary model the frontrunner. A review of governance has involved nine local authorities: Dorset County Council, the six Dorset districts, and the unitaries of Poole and... continue

20 Jan 2017Local Transport Today News

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