Cycling UK praises

Cycling UK praises "excellent" Government guidance on planning networks for bikes

Lee Baker

The Government's Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy has been welcomed by Cycling UK as providing a legally-binding plan to double the amount of cycling, with "excellent" guidance on planning comprehensive networks for cyclists and... continue

26 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

TfL turns spotlight on capital’s most dangerous junctions

Patrick McDonnell

More than 70 junctions with the worst safety record for pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists have been named by Transport for London (TfL).  The list is based on casualty figures over the past three years, revealing the junctions with the poorest safety records.  This analysis will... continue

24 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Cyclist scepticism over health benefits of transport mode highlighted in the press

Lee Baker

A number of cyclists on social media have met a study identifying that cycling to work halves the risk of cancer with heavy scepticism, London's Evening Standard newspaper has highlighted. The Standard reported after the study's findings in the British Medical Journal that even mixed-mode commutes... continue

22 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News
'Cyclists Dismount': still a sign of our times

'Cyclists Dismount': still a sign of our times

Recently there has been a paradigm shift in approaches to active travel within the transport and urban planning industry. Just five years ago, cycling was still seen as a niche... continue

21 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News
DfT announces £1.2bn plan to boost cycling and walking

DfT announces £1.2bn plan to boost cycling and walking

Deniz Huseyin

A £1.2bn plan to make cycling and walking... continue

21 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

TfL confirms 40% reduction in bus numbers on Oxford Street

Mark Moran

Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed changes to bus routes in central London which will see 40% fewer buses will run on Oxford Street, supporting Europe’s busiest shopping district TfL will begin to implement the changes in the summer.  The changes to 23 routes in central London... continue

20 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News
Kelly is new permanent secretary at Department for Transport

Kelly is new permanent secretary at Department for Transport

Bernadette Kelly has been appointed as the new permanent secretary at the Department for Transport. This follows Philip Rutnam’s move to the Home Office, which was announced in February.  The appointment has been made by the... continue

19 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News
Ministers set to target a scrappage scheme at most polluted areas, newspapers claim

Ministers set to target a scrappage scheme at most polluted areas, newspapers claim

Lee Baker

A new diesel car scrappage scheme targeted at vehicles that are registered at... continue

17 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Canadian giant eyes Atkins takeover

Canadian engineering and construction group SNC-Lavalin has made a £2.1bn bid for UK multi-disciplinary consultant WS Atkins. Atkins’ board has said it is prepared to recommend the indicative offer, which represents “real value to shareholders”. SNC has until 1 May to make a... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Contributory factors to bus ridership decline highlighted

Andrew Forster

The challenges facing bus operators and local authorities in growing bus ridership are highlighted in a new report.  The  by analyst Passenger Transport Intelligence Services examines  contributory factors to recent bus ridership trends across Britain.  Report author Chris Cheek... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Tracsis buys stake in Vivacity

Tracsis is to invest up to £1.3m in Vivacity Labs Ltd, in return for up to a 28.1% equity stake in the business. Tracsis says Vivacity has developed “novel machine learning software and sensor technology, which is applied to solve a wide range of traffic and transport issues, most... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Charge points for Scots rail stations

ScotRail is to install free to use electric vehicle charging points at 50 stations. Each charge point can charge two vehicles at once. ... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

On-street EV charging for Oxford

Oxfordshire County Council is to install 15 electric vehicle charging points on residential streets in Oxford, funded by the Government’s Go Ultra Low programme. About 20 Oxford residents have volunteered to participate in the trial. “The project seeks to install chargers on streets as... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

LED streetlights ‘viable for main roads’

Derbyshire County Council says developments to LED (light emitting diode) technology make it safe and economic to install on the principal road network (PRN).  Derbyshire launched a £23m three-year programme to install 68,000 LED streetlights on residential roads in December. The project... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News
Khan consults on 2019 launch for Ultra Low Emission Zone

Khan consults on 2019 launch for Ultra Low Emission Zone

Andrew Forster

London mayor Sadiq Khan is consulting on bringing... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

‘Councils need travel behaviour specialists'

Councils should employ psychologists in their transport teams because influencing  behaviour is so central to policy, a politician has said.  Bert Biscoe, Cornwall’s cabinet member for transport, told colleagues: “After four years in this office I have come to the conclusion... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Absorb RTPs into broader partnerships, says Edinburgh

Andrew Forster

The city of Edinburgh Council is calling on the Scottish Government to absorb Scotland’s regional transport partnerships into wider partnerships overseeing transport, land-use planning and economic development. Edinburgh’s comments come in its response to the Scottish Government’s... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

lIkeston reconnected to rail network

The Derbyshire town of Ilkeston has been reconnected to the rail network with the opening of a £10m station. Ilkeston is served by East Midlands Trains and Northern Rail, with hourly services to Chesterfield, Sheffield, Leeds, and Nottingham. Derbyshire County Council promoted the new station... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Driverless shuttle trials

Trials began this month of an autonomous shuttle vehicle operating over a 2km route around the Greenwich Peninsula in south-east London.  The trials are the latest phase of the GATEway project (Greenwich Automated Transport Environment), led by TRL, which aims to test the use of autonomous... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

Review the ENCTS, says Herefordshire

Herefordshire Council wants the Government to review the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS). Herefordshire spends £1.4m a year on concessionary travel reimbursement – more than double the £750,000 it spends on subsidised bus services. It wants a DfT review of the... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

North steps up lobby for transport cash

Political and business leaders in the North of England are stepping up efforts to persuade the Government to commit to major transport infrastructure investment in the region.  The Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP) of business and political leaders is making transport its top priority over... continue

13 Apr 2017Local Transport Today News

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