Welcome to the New TransportXtra

Welcome to the New TransportXtra

Rod Fletcher, Managing Director, Landor LINKS

The new TransportXtra brings 2 years of user research, design and development and stunning new features to this sector leading online resource. Transport ‘your way’ You told us you wanted a better way to access the breadth of depth of what TransportXtra offers. Without confusion.... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today News
PTE hails partnership’s delivery of ‘QC-style’ city bus network

PTE hails partnership’s delivery of ‘QC-style’ city bus network

Andrew Forster

South Yorkshire PTE has hailed a forthcoming revamp to bus... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today News

John Dales

John Dales

Power to the people!

I wonder if you’re familiar with Rule 170 of the Highway Code. You certainly should be if you hold a driving licence, and...

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today Comment

Rail compensation payments rise

Train operator payouts to passengers under the Passengers’ Charter delay/repay scheme have more than doubled in two years; up from £12.6m in 2012/13 to £25.6m in 2014/15. Virgin Trains West Coast accounted for the largest share with £10.4m. Network Rail paid out... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Edinburgh extends bus RTPI contract

The City of Edinburgh Council has extended its contract with French firm Cofely Ineo for the supply and maintenance of the city’s Bustracker real-time passenger information (RTPI) system. Bustracker features 425 on-street signs plus a website and smartphone applications. John Bury,... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Mott and MDS win freight strategy work

Transport for the North (TfN) has appointed consultants Mott MacDonald and MDS Transmodal to prepare a Northern freight and logistics strategy. This will form part of the updated Northern transport strategy that TfN will present to the Chancellor before his budget next spring. Merseytravel is... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Balfour Beatty pulls out of Blackpool electrification

Following the surprise announcement that contractor Balfour Beatty is to pull out of the Preston to Blackpool North electrification project, Network Rail is unable to say at this stage whether this move will add to the cost of the scheme or delay its completion.  Unlike the Midland Main Line... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today Business Briefing
From A to B via the wonderful world of online journey planners

From A to B via the wonderful world of online journey planners

Andrew Forster

Twelve months ago the DfT ended its foray into journey... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today Features
Who’s to blame for ultra-light rail failing to take-off? The DfT

Who’s to blame for ultra-light rail failing to take-off? The DfT

James Skinner, Sustraco Ltd, London W4

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4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today Comment
Wrangle over Aberdeen area’s strategic transport fund heads to court

Wrangle over Aberdeen area’s strategic transport fund heads to court

Andrew Forster

Developer contributions are an established way of funding transport... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today Features

Merseytravel eyes new train order

Councillors on Merseytravel are expected to authorise procurement of a new fleet of electric trains for the Merseyrail Electrics network at their meeting on 1 October. Merseytravel has reviewed rolling stock options for the network and concluded that a new fleet of trains, to be introduced in the... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today News

Higher bus fares – is that part of TfGM’s franchising plan?

Peter Shipp, Chairman and chief executive, EYMS Group Ltd, Hull HU3

It was interesting to read a Transport for Greater Manchester official saying that, in pursuing its interest in bus franchising, the organisation was “keen to look further... into taking more of a direct role in the revenue management of the bus system” (‘Council funding cuts fuel... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today Comment

Scots keep alive high-speed rail hope

Scottish infrastructure secretary Keith Brown has promised to announce next February the next steps in the Scottish Government’s battle to see the UK Government’s high-speed rail network extended into Scotland. A study of route options commissioned by Transport Scotland and the DfT will... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today News

Cambs councillors approve rail station

Councillors in Cambridge have approved Network Rail’s planning application for a new station at Chesterton, located close to Cambridge Science Park in the north of the city. The station will have 450 car parking spaces, 1,000 cycle parking spaces and a non-guided bus road linking into the... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today News

Bristol objects to rail spur decision

Bristol City Council has asked the West of England Joint Transport Board to rethink plans to re-introduce a passenger service on the Henbury railway line in north Bristol as a spur, rather than a loop (LTT21 Aug). The matter will be considered at the joint transport board meeting on 16 September.... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today News
Guarantee our railway’s future, Isle of Wight asks

Guarantee our railway’s future, Isle of Wight asks

Politicians on the Isle of Wight are seeking assurances from the DfT about the future of the island’s railway. The Island Line links Ryde Pier Head on the north of the island with Shanklin to... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today News
We don’t tolerate carnage on the railways, so why is it accepted on the roads?

We don’t tolerate carnage on the railways, so why is it accepted on the roads?

Anna Semlyen, Vision Zero UK

My goal is a kinder, more civilised world. My focus is on road safety, as... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today Comment
Accommodate HS2 in Leeds’ existing station, says Chamber

Accommodate HS2 in Leeds’ existing station, says Chamber

Andrew Forster

Business leaders in Yorkshire are calling on the... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today News
Gtr Manchester bus franchising in 2018?

Gtr Manchester bus franchising in 2018?

The introduction of bus franchising to Greater Manchester is still at least three years away, according to one of the conurbation’s district... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today News

Scots councils get more time to review bus service changes

Andrew Forster

Local authorities in Scotland will be given longer to discuss proposed changes to bus services with operators under reforms to the bus service registration process announced by Transport Scotland.   The reforms will require operators to notify ‘relevant authorities’ (local... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today News

Call for rural transport bodies

Total Transport Authorities (TTAs) covering travel to work areas across local authority boundaries should be set up outside England’s metropolitan areas, according to left-of-centre think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research.  It wants to build on the Total Transport pilots... continue

4 Sep 2015Local Transport Today News

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