Meet Nick Lester-Davis, parking’s mastermind

Meet Nick Lester-Davis, parking’s mastermind

Deniz Huseyin

Over the past 30 years Nick Lester-Davis has established himself as a leading authority in the world of parking. With an encyclopedic knowledge of all matters parking related, he would take some beating as a Mastermind contestant on his chosen subject. But, by his own admission, Lester-Davis’ entry... continue

2 Sep 2015Parking Review Features

WSP to buy Canada's MMM engineering consultancy

Lee Baker

WSP is to buy MMM, one of the largest engineering consultancy companies in Canada with 2,000 employees for $425 million (£207 million). WSP became a professional services company with approximately 31,000 employees based in more than 500 offices in 39 countries following its acquisition of... continue

28 Aug 2015Local Transport Today News
Rooney weighs the evidence for Tyne & Wear's pioneering bus QC

Rooney weighs the evidence for Tyne & Wear's pioneering bus QC

Plans to introduce the UK’s first bus Quality Contract Scheme in Tyne and Wear were scrutinised by a Quality Contract Scheme board last month. The board, chaired by North East Traffic Commissioner Kevin Rooney, must consider if the proposal... continue

21 Aug 2015Local Transport Today Features
DfT tests out new methods for compiling road traffic statistics

DfT tests out new methods for compiling road traffic statistics

Andrew Forster

The DfT is reviewing if data from in-vehicle GPS, mobile... continue

21 Aug 2015Local Transport Today News
We’ve been even-handed on QCS and VPA, says Nexus

We’ve been even-handed on QCS and VPA, says Nexus

This content is part of the feature: Rooney weighs the evidence for Tyne & Wear’s pioneering bus QC Under cross-examination, Tobyn Hughes, the North East Combined Authority’s... continue

21 Aug 2015Local Transport Today Features

Oxera: QCS plan is risky

This content is part of the feature: Rooney weighs the evidence for Tyne & Wear’s pioneering bus QC Gunnar Niels, a partner at economic consultant Oxera, which was appointed by operators to scrutinise the Nexus plans, told the hearing: “In essence, from an economic perspective,... continue

21 Aug 2015Local Transport Today Features

Scots study road vehicle CO2 trends

The Scottish Government is commissioning research into how  developments in road vehicle energy sources could affect carbon dioxide emissions. “The aim of this research project is to understand how recent scientific and technological developments in respect of, batteries, fuel cells and... continue

21 Aug 2015Local Transport Today News
ORR ­­­orders HEbenchmarking study

ORR ­­­orders HEbenchmarking study

The Office for Rail and Road (ORR) is commissioning consultants to advise on how it should benchmark the performance of Highways... continue

21 Aug 2015Local Transport Today News

Designated routes needed for longer HGVs in urban areas

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

Running 7ft-longer HGVs is acceptable on the strategic road network but they are not safe on many urban roads due to their lack of manoeuvrability, longer blind spot and longer tail swing (‘Longer HGVs cut vehicle kms’ LTT 07 Aug).  Many urban roads are not able to accommodate such... continue

21 Aug 2015Local Transport Today Comment
‘Reform how developers fund Scots transport infrastructure’

‘Reform how developers fund Scots transport infrastructure’

Andrew Forster

Scottish councils should be given the power to introduce a... continue

21 Aug 2015Local Transport Today News

School streets plan progress

Councillors in Edinburgh are expected to give the go-ahead next week for restrictions on vehicle access to streets near six primary schools.  If approved, the pioneering ‘school streets’ plans will be implemented next month using 18-month experimental traffic regulation... continue

21 Aug 2015Local Transport Today News

Bus franchising ‘needs public interest criteria’

Stagecoach wants the Government to include public interest criteria in the Buses Bill that local authorities would have to satisfy before they could implement bus franchising. A company spokesman told LTT: “It is important that there is a rational debate on the issues around the future for... continue

21 Aug 2015Local Transport Today News

DfT roadshows to inform drafting of Buses Bill

The DfT is understood to be planning stakeholder roadshows around England next month to discuss the contents of the promised Buses Bill.The Queen’s Speech said the Bill would “provide the option for combined authority areas with directly-elected mayors to be responsible for the running... continue

21 Aug 2015Local Transport Today News

Do daylight running lights really make roads safer?

David Duckett, Transport & traffic liaison officer, Gosport Borough Council, Gosport PO12

In response to Morten Welde’s letter on daylight running lights (DRLs) I would note that, as a motorcyclist and cyclist, I hesitate to join him in advocating the compulsory use of such lights on all vehicles (ibid).  The motorcyclist, a particularly vulnerable user, used to have the... continue

21 Aug 2015Local Transport Today Comment

Turn-off headlights on streetlit roads to improve road safety

Keith Peat, Drivers Union, Sutton-on-Sea, Lincs LN12

In his letter, Morten Welde was talking about daytime running lights and not ‘headlights’ as your heading implied (Letters LTT 07 Aug).  While considering headlight use, I have long argued that we should not be using them in well-lit built-up areas at night at all. Anyone who has... continue

21 Aug 2015Local Transport Today Comment
Forget urban lorry bans, the solution for safe cycling is here

Forget urban lorry bans, the solution for safe cycling is here

Nick O’Donnell, Assistant director – strategic transport, The London Borough of Ealing, Ealing W5

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21 Aug 2015Local Transport Today Comment
No air quality benefits found in city’s traffic plan

No air quality benefits found in city’s traffic plan

A programme of traffic management measures in Portsmouth is unlikely to deliver any tangible benefits to air quality, according to a modelling study commissioned by the city council.  Measures tested... continue

21 Aug 2015Local Transport Today News

Bus franchising: criticisms of TAS are inappropriate

Adrian Grant, Managing director, The TAS Partnership, Preston PR1

I write in response to Jonathan Bray’s letter published in LTT on 7 August. The letter presents a completely distorted picture of our Lessons from London report and, in doing so, attempts to undermine our business by casting doubt on our professionalism and independence. We consider such... continue

21 Aug 2015Local Transport Today Comment

Tri-county transport plan: welcome, but not enough

Peter Headicar, Oxford OX1

I’m sure most residents and businesses in the three counties now branding themselves as ‘England’s Economic Heartland’ will be pleased that their political leaders are pursuing the opportunity to get a better deal  for their area as far as strategic transport... continue

21 Aug 2015Local Transport Today Comment

Cardiff gears up for yellow box enforcement

Cardiff City Council is hoping to use its enforcement powers for moving traffic offences by the start of September, following months of delays in the certification process. Cardiff is the first local authority outside London to be authorised to enforce moving traffic offences such as stopping on... continue

21 Aug 2015Local Transport Today News

In Passing

The Times made a bit of a muddle of its reporting that the Office of Rail and Road has approved Great North Western Railways’ application to run open access rail services between Blackpool and London. The trains will initially terminate at Queen’s Park in north London because Network... continue

21 Aug 2015Local Transport Today Comment

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