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14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

MPs to look at case for road pricing

A national debate is needed on whether road pricing could help plug the shortfall caused by sharp falls in Fuel Duty and Vehicle Excise Duty, the House of Commons Transport Committee has stated. It wants to see discussions start now ahead of an inquiry into road pricing, which will be announced in... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News
National Bus Strategy pledges extra £200m for local services

National Bus Strategy pledges extra £200m for local services

Deniz Huseyin

Chancellor Sajid Javid has announced a National Bus... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News
Green spaces: measuring their impact on health and wellbeing for citizens

Green spaces: measuring their impact on health and wellbeing for citizens

Cities are busy places and green spaces can provide a space of calm or a place to exercise, somewhere to meet friends or enjoy nature. Green spaces also improve air quality and sequester carbon, making our lives better and healthier.  At the same time, within the public sector, the... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today Features

Dundee plan to scale up mobility innovations

The Mobility Innovation Living Lab (The MILL) in Dundee is leading a £2.5m programme of innovation pilots. We are demonstrating how smart transport technologies, business models and data can improve wellbeing, says Anna Day, Partnerships Manager, Urban Foresight: The MILL was established by... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today Features
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Urban land community: shaping innovations to develop better places

Urban land community: shaping innovations to develop better places

The ULI Tech Forum brings city, real estate, technology and innovation professionals together to share knowledge, best practice and creative thinking to enable truly innovative solutions to be applied to our urban environment Technology on its own is not the... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today Features
DfT remains vague over rail enhancements schedule

DfT remains vague over rail enhancements schedule

Rhodri Clark

The DFT is not saying when it will publish its pipeline of rail enhancement schemes, more than six months into Network Rail’s Control Period... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Long delay on review of VAT for transport projects

Rhodri Clark

HMRC has not yet completed a review started in 2017/18 of VAT charges for major transport projects. Some transport infrastructure bodies have been setting aside large amounts of money pending the outcome. Government bodies can recover VAT on goods and services in an agreed list but not on others.... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News
Thinktank calls for road usage tax to cover lost fuel revenue

Thinktank calls for road usage tax to cover lost fuel revenue

A system of road pricing should be introduced to combat traffic congestion and compensate for the £28bn loss of revenue from fuel duty as the country makes the transition to electric vehicles, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Call for new roads body for Scotland

Maintenance of local roads on Scotland’s mainland should be entrusted to 12 new authorities, Scottish Road Works Commissioner Angus Carmichael has told MSPs. This would strike a better balance between accountability and efficiency than the current “poor model”, where local... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Transport Summit

The future of the UK’s transport system will be discussed at the 4th Local Transport Summit taking place in Bradford on 28 – 29 November. Speakers include the DFT’s Stephen Fidler; Nicola Kane at Transport for Greater Manchester; and Elizabeth Hunter from West Yorkshire Combined... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Motorway fatalities up by 19%

The number of people killed in road traffic accidents on Great Britain’s motorways in 2018 rose by 19% to 92, in comparison with the previous year, new data from the DfT says. The total number of fatalities on the roads, at 1,671, was approximately unchanged from the previous year, due... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Swansea scales back EV charge plan

Swansea Council has greatly reduced the scope of its initial roll-out of electric vehicle charging points in parking areas, after receiving only 18 per cent of the funding it requested. A report to the council’s cabinet last week said the authority, which covers Wales’ second largest... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Durham Uni to research hydrogen transportation

A £1M project to explore the benefits of hydrogen-fuelled vehicles and technology was launched last week. The research, funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and overseen by Durham University, will run for four years. It will combine existing national... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Monitoring reveals better air quality near new 50mph limits

Rhodri Clark

Air quality has improved at all locations in Wales where 50mph limits were imposed last year on trunk roads, although the mean traffic speed was significantly higher than 50mph. The Welsh Government introduced the 50mph limits in June 2018 and made them permanent last summer. This week it published... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Rail tunnel dowry seen as ‘risible’

The UK Government has offered a “risible” dowry for the transfer of a disused railway tunnel, which campaigners hope to convert into a cycling and walking route, according to a minister. Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council supports the campaign to reopen the two-mile tunnel at the... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News
New road maintenance model for strategic routes in East of England

New road maintenance model for strategic routes in East of England

Highways England is to take charge of routine maintenance and the delivery of strategic routes in the East of England. This continues the roll-out across England of the Asset Delivery operating model, introduced in 2016, which so far covers the East Midlands,... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Transport Scotland underspend

Transport Scotland’s net underspend in 2017/18 was 10 per cent of its budget, partly because of slippages in major projects and in the “Revolution on Rail”. The budget for the year was £2,421m while the net underspend was £244.378m, more than double the... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News
Strike the right balance when regulating mobility apps - ITF

Strike the right balance when regulating mobility apps - ITF

Deniz Huseyin

Regulation of app-based mobility services should be... continue

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14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Surrey votes against third runway

Surrey County Council has voted not to back the addition of a third runway at Heathrow Airport unless a long-mooted southern rail link connecting Staines, Woking and Guildford with Heathrow (LTT 13 Sep) is built beforehand. Council leader Tim Oliver said at a council meeting on 8 October that the... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Is glamour of new tech misplaced investment, asks WLGA

Rhodri Clark

Local and national governments are at risk of misplacing investment amid the glamour and excitement of new transport technologies, the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) has warned. Commenting on the Welsh Government’s decarbonisation plan, the WLGA said a “careful cost-benefit... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

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