Peers urge review of which transport powers need to be retained at Westminster

Peers urge review of which transport powers need to be retained at Westminster

Lee Baker

The Government should assess whether devolution of transport and other powers to nations and regions of the U.K will lead to better policy outcomes and "at what level of government the powers in question should be exercised and... continue

25 May 2016Local Transport Today News

Volunteers sought to sample driverless vehicles

The public have been invited to register for the UK’s first on-road driverless vehicle trials, which are due to take place later this year in Greenwich in South-East London. Members of the public can now register for a chance to participate in physical vehicle trials; workshops and interviews... continue

27 May 2016Local Transport Today News

Modern Transport Bill to pave way for autonomous vehicles

The Government has announced new legislation to make the UK a world-leader in autonomous and driverless vehicles.   Last week’s Queen’s Speech included a Modern Transport Bill that will pave the way for autonomous driving on UK roads, as well as featuring powers on aerial drones... continue

27 May 2016Local Transport Today News

Strategic Alliance prepares major scheme pipeline

The alliance of local authorities across central southern England is to prepare a ‘pipeline’ of prioritised transport projects that could be eligible for the Government’s new £475m Large Local Majors Fund. One project the partners are keen to take forward is a joint bid with... continue

27 May 2016Local Transport Today News
LEPs bid for share of DfT’s new £475m large local majors fund

LEPs bid for share of DfT’s new £475m large local majors fund

Local enterprise Partnerships and local authorities across England have submitted their first bids to the DfT’s new £475m Large Local Majors Fund. The DfT has announced two rounds of funding bids, both with tight deadlines given... continue

27 May 2016Local Transport Today News

Wrexham seeks bus station operator

Wrexham County Borough Council is to externalise the management of the town’s bus station. Bus operators currently pay the council a departure charge of 38p for using the station, raising £100,264 a year, against operating costs of £62,953. David Bithell, Wrexham’s lead... continue

27 May 2016Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Kent procures speed cameras

Kent County Council has awarded contracts for the supply of speed cameras for use by the Kent and Medway Safety Camera Partnership. Cubic Transportation Systems Ltd has won a ten-year contract worth £7.5m to upgrade fixed camera sites from wet film to digital equipment. Vysionics ITS Ltd has... continue

27 May 2016Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Contractor for new Warwicks rail station

Warwickshire County Council has awarded Graham Construction the contract to build a new railway station at Kenilworth, between Leamington Spa and Coventry. Construction should start this summer and services to the new station are due to commence in 2017, subject to operator London Midland securing... continue

27 May 2016Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Cycle-rail guidance launched

A new guide on how the rail industry can improve facilities for cyclists has been published by the Rail Delivery Group and the Cycle Rail Working Group. Cycle-Rail Toolkit 2 updates a document published in 2012 and provides advice on topics such as cycle parking provision at stations; signage;... continue

27 May 2016Local Transport Today News

York deletes active travel posts

The City of York Council has lost three ‘sustainable transport’ posts and further transport staffing reductions are possible. “There are a number of major challenges to maintaining the current level of service within the transport service in 2016 and future years,” Tony... continue

27 May 2016Local Transport Today News

Metro extension

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has granted Centro planning permission to extend the Midland Metro from New Street to Centenary Square in Birmingham city centre.  McLoughlin overruled the recommendations of a planning inspector, who concluded that the compulsory purchase powers should... continue

27 May 2016Local Transport Today News

Spotlight on Welsh rail procurement

The future delivery of rail services in Wales was discussed at an event for bidders organised this week by Transport for Wales, the Welsh Government-owned company. The market engagement day in Cardiff covered the procurement of the next Wales & Borders franchise and the plan to award an... continue

27 May 2016Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Cornwall reviews governance

Cornwall Council is to review its governance procedures, which could lead to further devolution of powers from the Government. Cornwall is already a unitary authority, and operates on a leader and cabinet model of governance. In agreeing a devolution deal with Cornwall last summer, the Government... continue

27 May 2016Local Transport Today News
Welsh council revamp: back to square one

Welsh council revamp: back to square one

The new Welsh Government is going back to the drawing board on plans to reduce the number of local authorities in Wales. The previous Labour administration... continue

27 May 2016Local Transport Today News
First axes central Scotland bus routes after mileage cap lifted

First axes central Scotland bus routes after mileage cap lifted

FirstGroup is to withdraw completely from East Lothian and cut services in Central Scotland and the Borders following the Competition and Market Authority’s decision to release the operator from minimum mileage and fare undertakings (LTT 18... continue

27 May 2016Local Transport Today Business Briefing

North Yorks devolution plans deadlocked

Talks between councils in North Yorkshire and the Government on a devolution deal appear deadlocked, with the uncertainty affecting the delivery of transport improvements in York.  Local authorities in the area submitted three devolution deal proposals to Government last autumn. The first... continue

27 May 2016Local Transport Today News

Warwicks expresses interest in West Mids CA membership

Andrew Forster

Warwickshire County Council has taken the first step to potentially becoming a full member of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).  Councillors last week approved plans to become a non-constituent member of the WMCA but with a view to negotiating a deal to ultimately become a full... continue

27 May 2016Local Transport Today News
Electric car charging systems probed

Electric car charging systems probed

Ways to minimise the impact of electric vehicle charging on the electricity grid are being explored in a new research project.  The... continue

27 May 2016Local Transport Today News

Electric-assisted cycles added to city’s bike hire

A fleet of electric-assisted bikes has been added to Oxford’s public bike hire scheme.  Oxonbike, operated by Hourbike, now features 80 bicycles, including 16 electric-assisted bikes, based at 13 docking stations across the city. Only seven of the docking stations offer electric bike... continue

27 May 2016Local Transport Today News

Oxford to trial on-street electric vehicle charging systems

Oxford City Council is to trial a number of on-street electric vehicle charging systems suitable for residents of terraced streets.  Oxford says about 16,000 of the city’s households live in terraced streets without off-street parking. The trial will be funded using a £816,000... continue

27 May 2016Local Transport Today News
Khan to accelerate capital’s emissions reduction plans

Khan to accelerate capital’s emissions reduction plans

Andrew Forster

London mayor Sadiq Khan has proposed tougher measures... continue

27 May 2016Local Transport Today News

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