25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Tees Valley CA to subsidise flights

Tees Valley Combined Authority is allocating £1m over three years to an air connectivity fund to support new flights to/from the struggling Durham Tees Valley Airport (LTT16 Mar). The combined authority says external legal advice has confirmed that the fund is state aid-compliant if passenger... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Interim ‘Operation Stack’ proposals

The Government has announced interim arrangements for holding lorries on the M20 during episodes of cross-Channel disruption, ahead of a consultation next month on options for a permanent solution. The interim arrangements will take the form of a contraflow system that will see lorries for the Port... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Hertfordshire poised to join England’s Economic Heartland

Andrew Forster

Hertfordshire County Council is expected to approve plans next month to join the England’s Economic Heartland alliance of local authorities, which has ambitions to form a statutory sub-national transport body (STB).  The EEH covers a geography of central southern England stretching from... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Cambridgeshire builds case for more transport spend

The economic case for  more investment in Cambridgeshire’s transport infrastructure is set out in an interim report from the Cambridge and Peterborough Independent Economic Review. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough elected mayor James Palmer has commissioned the review, which is chaired by... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Ultra-low emission HGV standard probed

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) is undertaking emissions tests on lorries, to help define a new category of Ultra Low Emission trucks, on which incentives and other policies can be based.  Commissioned by Government agency Innovate, the LowCVP is working with TRL and Millbrook to... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Defra explores cutting vehicle particulates

The Government is to explore how particulate emissions from tyres and brakes can be reduced. The Clean Air Strategy from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs features an aim to reduce concentrations of the smallest particulates (PM2.5) by 30 per cent by 2020 and 46 per cent by... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

UK referred to court for NO2 breach

The European Commission has referred the UK to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to comply with Europe’s nitrogen dioxide limit values. The action concerns the failure to achieve the limit values in 16 air quality zones. The values were supposed to be met by 2010. France... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News
The opportunity of uncertainty

The opportunity of uncertainty

Michael Oliver

Most of us played with Lego as children, but I was more likely to leave lines of toy cars... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Edinburgh prepares low emission zone

The City of Edinburgh Council will consult this summer on options for a low emission zone (LEZ) in the city, with a final plan expected early next year. The Scottish Government has promised LEZs in all four of Scotland’s largest cities – Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, and Glasgow –... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Nottingham buys electric trucks

Nottingham City Council is to purchase ten electric road sweepers, 15 electric cage tippers and one electric refuse truck, and will convert a further three refuse trucks from diesel to electric. The £2.8m project is part-funded by a £1.495m grant from the Government’s Joint Air... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Khan accelerates zero emission zones

London mayor Sadiq Khan plans to bring forward the implementation of zero emission zones in some of the capital’s town centres from 2020 to 2025. Non- zero emission vehicles will have to pay charges or be prohibited from driving in the areas. The 2025 date featured in the draft strategy... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News
NR has rethink on rail cost allocation

NR has rethink on rail cost allocation

Network Rail has rethought the way it will allocate fixed costs to train operators in the next control period (CP6 2019/20-2023/24) after draft... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Birmingham bus stop closure trial a success, says TfWM

Andrew Forster

Transport for the West Midlands may consider the case for closing more bus stops in the conurbation after declaring a trial in south Birmingham a success.   TfWM launched the trial last October in an attempt to speed up bus services. Many bus stops in south Birmingham are spaced at short... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News
First launches taxi feeder trial for buses

First launches taxi feeder trial for buses

A trial taxi feeder for bus services has been launched in north Bristol.  Bus operator First West of England has teamed up with Bristol-based technology start-up... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

TfL rules out corridor-based bus tendering

Transport for London has rejected a London Assembly call to explore multi-route bus tenders covering all services in a corridor. Meanwhile, TfL has reported no progress on the Assembly’s call for Wi-Fi to be installed on the capital’s buses.  The multi-route tender recommendation... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Bristol Metrobus launch dates

The first of the Bristol area’s three Metrobus bus rapid transit routes will be launched next week. The M3 will operate between Emersons Green and the city centre. Councils have also given an update on the expected launch dates for the other two services. The M2, between Long Ashton... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Highlands to trial electric bus

Hitrans, the Highlands and Islands transport partnership, is tendering for the 30-month lease of an electric bus for use in a ‘green passenger transport in rural areas’ project, which is part of the Interreg North Sea Region 2014-2020 programme.... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Bus partnership website revamped

www.buspartnership.com, was first launched in 2009 and has been refreshed to reflect the Bus Services Act 2017. It includes examples of signed partnership agreements to help prevent the need for authorities and operators to “reinvent the wheel”. The site is supported by the Urban... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

KeolisAmey JV is preferred bidder for Welsh rail franchise

Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government was accused of excessive secrecy as it announced this week that it intends to award KeolisAmey the contract to operate the Wales and Borders rail franchise.  The 15-year contract is for an Operator and Development Partner (the ODP), which will oversee modernisation of the... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

DfT and TfN demand Northern improvements

Train operator Northern has submitted a recovery plan to the DfT and Transport for the North (TfN) as parts of the franchise continue to suffer cancellations and short formation trains.  The problems began in April and particularly affect the western area of Northern’s franchise, with... continue

25 May 2018Local Transport Today News

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