HS2 construction due to start in the spring after Parliament gives phase one final backing

Lee Baker

Construction will start on HS2 on schedule in the spring after the new railway completed over three years of parliamentary scrutiny, ministers said. The Department for Transport declared that from 2026 tens of thousands of passengers will be using high-speed... continue

24 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Bristol wins Defra funding to develop Clean Air Zone

Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council have been awarded government funding of nearly £500,000 to carry out a feasibility study into implementing a Clean Air Zone.  The feasibility study, due to be completed in early 2018, will link into the ClairCity project, a four-year... continue

22 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Local borrowing and appraisal overhaul needed to fill northern England's funding gap - think-tank

Lee Baker

The Northern Powerhouse strategy needs to be backed by greater investment secured through more local borrowing and appraisal of the wider economic benefits of schemes, a think-tank said. The IPPR North said that with his first autumn statement the Chancellor continued a situation where over half of... continue

22 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News
Transport & Environmental Health Workshop @ Sustainable Transport & Health Summit, February 24, Bristol

Transport & Environmental Health Workshop @ Sustainable Transport & Health Summit, February 24, Bristol

Transport & Health Summit 2017 takes place in Bristol on the 23 and 24 Febrary. The key focus group/workshop session on Transport & Environmental Health will take place on February 24 at 12.00 during this event. More information online The workshop will explore issues relating to improving air quality, lowering emissions and congestion reduction for smarter fleet... continue

21 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Lorries will queue for 30 miles in Kent post-Brexit, The Guardian says

Lee Baker

Lorries will be queuing for up to 30 miles in Kent to get across the Channel as paperwork is checked for 2.6m trucks passing through the port if the U.K leaves the Customs Union, according to The Guardian following interviews with hauliers and the Eurotunnel. In a report that seeks to understand... continue

21 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News
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Traffic congestion costs London over £30bn a year, claims INRIX

Mark Moran

The UK has been ranked as the fourth most congested developed country in the world and the third most congested in Europe in an index of global traffic. British drivers spending an average of 32 hours a year in congestion during peak hours, according to INRIX Research. The INRIX Global Traffic... continue

20 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News
Integrating physical activity into our everyday lives

Integrating physical activity into our everyday lives

Esther Anaya and Julian Sanchez

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17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today Features
Building connected communities

Building connected communities

Phillip Watson

The pitfall of focusing solely on efficacy or cost is that it’s often to the... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today Features
Ministers lay the foundations for Heathrow’s third runway

Ministers lay the foundations for Heathrow’s third runway

The draft National Policy Statement (NPS) on airports sets out the Government’s case for supporting a third runway and associated development at Heathrow Airport. It has been a long time coming: in July 2015, the Airports... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today Features

Rail industry sets out priorities for Scotland

The rail industry has identified 18 priority enhancements to Scotland’s rail network for delivery over the next 12 years.  The projects feature in the Rail Delivery Group’s advice to inform the Scottish Government’s high level output specification (HLOS) for the railways,... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Dubious criteria used in longer lorry safety research

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager, Campaign for Better Transport, London N1

The Government is ignoring its own safety statistics in its 7ft longer lorries trial evaluation (‘Longer lorry trial expanded’ LTT 03 Feb). These show that existing full length HGVs have consistently been involved in around six times more fatal crashes than cars on local/urban roads... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Shopping mall over Euston?

A shopping complex may be built above the HS2 terminal at London Euston as part of a much larger redevelopment of the land.  The Government is to seek a development partner for the redevelopment of land around and above Euston. A pre-procurement market engagement exercise has just been... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

Electricity companies are plugging in to electric vehicles

Gill Nowell, Senior consultant – smart interventions, EA Technology Ltd, Capenhurst Technology Park, Capenhurst, Chester CH1

You recently reported that energy company ENGIE has told the National Infrastructure Commission that companies bringing electricity from the National Grid to homes and businesses must do more to promote electric vehicles (“Electricity supply ‘must support EVs’” LTT 20... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today Comment

On-demand coach services: a new form of efficient transport

Thomas Ableman, Chief executive officer, Sn-ap, London E17

More people are making journeys than ever before. Our streets are getting more crowded and our roads more congested and yet most public transport seats travel empty. What if public transport could be efficient? Taking people where they want to go, when they want to go, and only taking up road space... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Buses: an increasingly rare sight in provincial England

John Disney, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham NG1

Peter Shipp is absolutely correct in his analysis of the current problems facing bus operators (‘Shipp steers EYMS through bus industry’s choppy waters’ LTT 03 Feb).  In particular, most operators outside large cities are now considerably underfunded by the English National... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Capital’s bike hire hits 10 million mark

London’s Santander cycle hire scheme saw 10.3 million hires last year, 4.4% up on 2015, according to figures released by Transport for London. Last July was the busiest month on record, with 1.2 million hires. The number of hires made in January this year was 638,491, compared with 586,325... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News
Cut bus numbers on City’s streets, TfL told

Cut bus numbers on City’s streets, TfL told

The City of London Corporation wants Transport for London to cut the number of bus routes in the City, saying many vehicles are running only a quarter full even in the... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

In Passing

We’ve been critical of the secrecy surrounding the Local Growth Fund in the past: large sums of public money awarded to business-led Local Enterprise Partnerships whose bids are typically drawn up with no public engagement whatsoever. But it gets worse, because the press releases issued to... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today Comment

New transport model for the West Midlands

Local authorities in the West Midlands conurbation are preparing to commission a new strategic transport model.  The conurbation currently uses  PRISM (Policy Responsive Integrated Strategy Model). The contract to build, maintain and use it is held by Mott MacDonald and RAND Europe, and... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News
Stagecoach’s minibus revival offers a glimpse into the future of urban transport

Stagecoach’s minibus revival offers a glimpse into the future of urban transport

Peter White, University of Westminster

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17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today Comment
Swansea reveals new vision for heavily trafficked street

Swansea reveals new vision for heavily trafficked street

Rhodri Clark

The City and County of Swansea Council plans to remodel... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today News

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