UK government wants to avoid hard border in Ireland

Mark Moran

The British government has said it wants to avoid creating a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland after the UK leaves the... continue

16 Aug 2017Parking Review News

Bring back bendy buses on high capacity routes, says London Assembly report

Patrick McDonnell

Bendy buses should be re-introduced on some routes in the capital to enable higher capacity services, a states a new report from the London Assembly Transport Committee. Articulated buses, better known as bendy buses, might prove the best option for routes that require a higher capacity and faster... continue

17 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

New tool from KPMG to help councils regulate local MaaS networks

Professional service company KPMG has launched a tool to help local authorities regulate their Mobility as a Service (MaaS) networks. KPMG’s MaaS Requirements Index is designed to identify the extent of coverage of smartphone travel apps at a local level, to enable appropriate regulatory and... continue

17 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News
New street design changing driver behaviour outside school

New street design changing driver behaviour outside school

Road safety outside schools has become an all too frequent cause for concern across the UK. In an effort to tackle the problem, a range of measures are being deployed including school-led awareness campaigns, CCTV enforcement and... continue

17 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News
New bus and coach registrations fall 15%

New bus and coach registrations fall 15%

Mark Moran

Registrations of new buses and coaches fell -15.3% in the second quarter of 2017, according to figures released today... continue

15 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News
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London's Garden Bridge project collapses

London's Garden Bridge project collapses

Patrick McDonnell

A £200m plan to build a bridge covered with trees over the River Thames in central London has been abandoned. The... continue

14 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News
Santander Cycles MK & nextbike UK sign up as Official Bike Share Sponsors at Smarter Travel LIVE!

Santander Cycles MK & nextbike UK sign up as Official Bike Share Sponsors at Smarter Travel LIVE!

The world's largest bike share operator has signed up as Official Bike Hire Sponsor at this year's Smarter Travel LIVE! taking place on 19-20th October at ArenaMk in Milton Keynes. Delegates will benefit from free bike hire throughout the event and can sign up for this service by contacting Billie Svark.  The nextbike Milton Keynes bike shire scheme was first launched on... continue

11 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News
Sustrans Scotland calls for more investment in walking and cycling to school

Sustrans Scotland calls for more investment in walking and cycling to school

Patrick McDonnell

Scottish Government statistics on children’s physical activity... continue

9 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Electric bike riders in Northern Ireland need a motorcycle licence

Patrick McDonnell

Any cyclist riding an electric bicycle in Northern Ireland (NI) without a proper licence could face fines up to £1,000. The Department for Infrastructure said that anyone who owns an electric bike (e-bike) in NI must have a motorcycle licence. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where... continue

9 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News
AA publishes Cyclist's Highway Code

AA publishes Cyclist's Highway Code

Patrick McDonnell

The Automobile Association (AA) has produced a version of the Highway Code specifically for cyclists. A... continue

9 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News
Older diesel HGVs and vans face air quality levies from 2019, warns FTA

Older diesel HGVs and vans face air quality levies from 2019, warns FTA

Patrick McDonnell

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is warning hauliers and... continue

8 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Northern media furious with Grayling’s rail decisions

The Yorkshire Post’s ongoing irritation with the way that public transport expenditure in the North is allegedly, in the Government’s eyes, a much lower priority than expenditure in the South East of England, erupted again in an editorial on 20 July. “The Government’s... continue

4 Aug 2017Local Transport Today Media Monitor
Government’s 2040 petrol and diesel car ban criticised by much of media

Government’s 2040 petrol and diesel car ban criticised by much of media

Rik Thomas

The Government's announcement that the sale of new petrol and... continue

4 Aug 2017Local Transport Today Media Monitor
The end of diesel and petrol cars? What about changing mobility?

The end of diesel and petrol cars? What about changing mobility?

Alistair Kirkbridge

Last week, the press was aflutter with the headline-grabbing... continue

4 Aug 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Leeds insists on local data to inform air quality plan

Leeds City Council is basing its air quality plan on local monitoring rather than the national modelling the Government used to decide the city needed a charging Clean Air Zone. Leeds was one of five authorities ordered to deliver a charging CAZin the Government’s 2015 air quality plan to... continue

4 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Councils have eight months to prepare NO2 plans

Andrew Forster

Twenty-nine local authorities in England have been ordered to prepare action plans to bring nitrogen dioxide concentrations into compliance with the EU’s annual limit value in the “fastest possible time”.  The Government has ordered the authorities (see table) to prepare the... continue

4 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Fines for emission ‘cheat’ devices

Vehicle manufacturers found to be using devices on their vehicles to cheat emissions tests could face criminal and civil charges, with fines of up to £50,000 for every device installed, under proposed new laws, the Government has announced.... continue

4 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Heavier vehicles for E-van drivers

Van drivers will be allowed to drive heavier vehicles if they are electric or gas-powered, in an attempt to reduce the number of diesel vans on the road. The Government plans to increase the weight limit for alternatively-fuelled vans that can be driven on a category B driving licence in the UK. It... continue

4 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Clean Air Zone for Cardiff?

The Welsh Government has conducted preliminary analysis of a Clean Air Zone for Cardiff. “The Welsh Government anticipates a Clean Air Zone, with vehicle access restrictions, could be implemented in Cardiff during 2021 or earlier if possible, thereby achieving compliance [with the EU annual... continue

4 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Accreditation for bus engine retrofitting

An accreditation scheme for retrofitting bus engines with emission reduction technology is to be launched by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP). The Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS) will provide assurance to councils that vehicles fitted with the technologies meet... continue

4 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Scrappage scheme for London’s old taxis

Transport for London has launched a £42m three-year scheme to remove the oldest taxis from London’s streets. Owners of vehicles ten- to 15-years old can apply for a grant of up to £5,000 in exchange for retiring their vehicle. An owner of a ten-year old vehicle would receive the... continue

4 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

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