Weeks, not months, to deliver change

Weeks, not months, to deliver change

Robert Huxford

"We recognise this moment for what it is: a once in a generation opportunity to deliver a lasting transformative change in how we make short journeys in our towns and cities.”    This is Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps’ message in the foreword to the statutory... continue

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28 May 2020Local Transport Today News
Covid-19 leaves programme of Clean Air Zones up in the air

Covid-19 leaves programme of Clean Air Zones up in the air

Andrew Forster

the future of England’s clean air zone (CAZ)... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Experts offer roadspace reallocation guide

An offer of quick and easy-to-use technical support to local authorities charged with recasting urban streetspace to meet new statutory guidance in the light of Covid-19 has been sent to transport secretary Grant Shapps by a group of professional representatives co-ordinated by Urban Design Group... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

DfT’s re-shape streets edict: weeks, not months, to deliver change

Robert Huxford

We recognise this moment for what it is: a once in a generation opportunity to deliver a lasting transformative change in how we make short journeys in our towns and cities.” This is Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps’ message in the foreword to the statutory guidance on... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Local authorities share how they are responding

Juliana O’Rourke

Local authorities have, in recent weeks, been responding to calls for action regarding street and road space transformations in the light of the pandemic restrictions and changes in traffic levels and travel behaviour. LTT’s online discussion last week heard that, despite some lack of clarity... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News
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Byford is TfL’s new commissioner

Byford is TfL’s new commissioner

London’s new transport commissioner will start work at the end of June in the midst of  the Government’s... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News
Government leads review into TfL’s finances and structure

Government leads review into TfL’s finances and structure

The Government has launched a review of Transport for London’s financial position and structure.  The review is one of the conditions of the funding deal struck between ministers and mayor Sadiq Khan to keep TfL... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Fares reinstated on capital’s bus passengers

Transport for London is reinstating a requirement for bus passengers to pay fares on London buses.  Free travel was introduced in late April when TfL implemented middle door boarding to reduce the risk of bus drivers contracting Covid-19 (LTT 01 May). Most card readers are located by the front... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

New £254m grant to restore bus services back to normal

Andrew Forster

The DfT this week announced a £254m 12-week fund to restore bus services in England outside London to normal as Covid-19 restrictions are eased.  The Covid-19 Bus Service Support Grant Restart (CBSSG Restart) funding will cover the losses that operators incur by restoring normal services... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Ministers ‘must fund extra school travel costs’

The Government must fund the additional costs of providing school transport during Covid-19 social distancing, the Urban Transport Group has said.  The UTG wants the Government to meet the “full additional costs resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic on the provision of transport to... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News
More councils warn of Covid cash crunch without extra aid

More councils warn of Covid cash crunch without extra aid

More councils in England have warned of financial distress unless the Goverment comes up with further funding to cover their additional costs and income losses from Covid-19.  The Government has already provided... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Oxon to hand back Covid-19 bus grant

Oxfordshire County Council is to hand back its £422,230 share of the DfT’s Covid-19 Bus Service Support Grant (CBSSG). The 12-week DfT grant (from 17 March to 8 June) has been used to ensure bus operators provide between 40 and 50 per cent of bus mileage. The majority was paid direct to... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Covid-19 cuts road casualties

Leeds City Council has reported a big drop in road traffic casualities because during Covid-19 movement restrictions. The council has compared road traffic casualties in the first 18 weeks of 2020 and 2019. All casualties fell by 40 per cent, from 643 (2019) to 383 (2020), while those killed or... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Covid frustrates road resurfacing

Reading Borough Council has had to cut back a residential road surfacing programme because so many more cars are parked on streets during the day because of Covid-19 movement restrictions. “The increased number of parked cars in our residential roads not moving during the day and night makes... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

LEZs for Scots cities delayed by Covid-19

The Scottish Government has dropped plans to introduce  low emission zones in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee before the end of the year because of Covid-19. The three cities were developing plans to introduce LEZs initially covering buses only. They would be similar to Glasgow’s LEZ,... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Transport plans for SE Wales re-assessed

The Welsh Government and  councils in southeast Wales are to review travel demand and transport investment needs in the light of the “new normal” following the end of Covid-19 restrictions.  In a report addressing the economic impacts of Covid-19, officers told last... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News
Councils bearing the pain of Covid bus payments – Nexus

Councils bearing the pain of Covid bus payments – Nexus

Andrew Forster

Local authorities’ own financial problems... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Strong message for Scots on face covers

The Scottish Government has instructed people to wear face coverings on public transport, whereas in England it is merely encouraged.  Guidance issued by the Scottish Government this week says people “should, and are expected to” wear face coverings, with the exception of small... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Social distancing policies on the buses

Bus operators are introducing a range of measures to ensure social distancing on vehicles.  FirstGroup is providing drivers with manual counters to record passengers alighting. When complemented by ticket machine data about boardings, drivers will know when the social distanced capacity limit... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Review grant rules, says LGA

Councils in  England should be given freedoms on spending Government grants for transport and economic development because of Covid-19, the Local Government Association has said. LGA chairman James Jamieson has written to Simon Clarke, the MP for regional growth and local government, setting... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

Job loss fears for Gatwick area

The area around Gatwick Airport in West Sussex could be one of the worst hit by mass unemployment because of Covid-19, local authorities have warned. In a letter to Chancellor Rishi Sunak, the local councils and local enterprise partnerships cite a report from the Centre for Cities think tank... continue

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1 Jun 2020Local Transport Today News

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