Passengers were let down by rail industry failures, says Office of Rail Regulator

Passengers were let down by rail industry failures, says Office of Rail Regulator

Mark Moran

The timetable chaos that caused severe disruption on Britain's railways in May resulted from a combination of mistakes made by Network Rail, two train operators and the Department for Transport, the rail industry regulator has decided. The... continue

20 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News
Dependency on the car has risen by 33%, RAC survey reveals

Dependency on the car has risen by 33%, RAC survey reveals

Patrick McDonnell

Driver dependency on the car jumped by over a third in... continue

24 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News
19 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

NIC offers to help council transport planning

The National Infrastructure Commission has written to council leaders representing  urban areas across England, offering to support them develop plans to improve local transport, unlock employment and deliver new homes. Letters have been sent to 74 local authorities representing the 55 primary... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Think before you cut borough grant, TfL told

Dozens of low cost schemes to improve transport for Londoners will be shelved next year if Transport for London makes a suggested ten per cent cut to the formula-based corridors and neighbourhood grant paid to boroughs.  The impacts of the cut are spelt out in a letter sent last week by Mark... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Dorset switches STB to press for better M4 road connection

Andrew Forster

Dorset County Council has changed its mind on which shadow sub-national transport body (STB) in the South West of England it will join.   The council originally expressed a preference for the Transport for the South West Peninsula shadow STB, which also covers Cornwall, Devon, Plymouth, Torbay... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News
Cambs economic review panel cool on rapid transit network

Cambs economic review panel cool on rapid transit network

Andrew Forster

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News
Towards a new mobility platform

Towards a new mobility platform

Juliana O'Rourke

Opening this month, Edinburgh's Your Bike cycle hire scheme is using innovative 'hybrid... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

EV energy taskforce gets to work

More details have been released about the Government’s new electric vehicle energy taskforce, which brings together the energy and automotive industries to plan for rising electric vehicle use. The taskforce is chaired by Phil New, chief executive of the Energy Systems Catapult, and the Low... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Scrap diesel parking surcharge, says AA

The AA has criticised Westminster City Council for planning to expand its diesel parking surcharge policy boroughwide. In a letter to the council, AA president Edmund King says the application of the surcharge to all pre-2015 vehicles contradicts central government guidance and the ultra-low... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Digital database for roadworks

The DfT is investing £10m in a new digital service to record real-time road works data.  Street Manager, to be launched next year, will be free for technology companies and app developers to use. “This will allow existing apps and providers, such as Waze and Google Maps, to enhance... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News
Leicester councillors back bus partnership

Leicester councillors back bus partnership

A scrutiny committee of Leicester City Council has recommended that the council pursue a new partnership with bus operators, rather than franchising. The... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Traffic control centre for West Yorkshire

Local authorities in West Yorkshire are discussing plans for a joint traffic management control  (UTMC) service hosted by Leeds City Council.  There are currently four separate Urban Traffic Control (UTC) systems for traffic signals in the conurbation. Bradford, Kirklees and Wakefield run... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

HE works to strengthen case for new TransPennine road

Andrew Forster

Highways England has appointed consultant WSP to strengthen the strategic and economic argument for a major road scheme across the Pennines, part of which would be in tunnel.  The TransPennine tunnel study will also assess the case for capacity improvements to adjacent sections of the... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

South Yorks identifies rapid transit corridors

Sheffield City Region combined authority has published its preliminary thinking on a mass transit network for South Yorkshire, which could encompass trams, tram/trains and bus rapid transit. The combined authority’s “aspirational public transport network” identifies 12 rapid... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Two MRNs for the North?

The North of England may  end up with two Major Road Networks (MRNs) if the DfT chooses not to enlarge its network to the size suggested by sub-national transport body Transport for the North.  TfN published its version of the north’s MRN last summer (LTT 23 Jun 17). The DfT... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Sensors could designate parking areas for dockless bike schemes

On-street Sensors could  ensure that dockless bikes are only parked in approved locations, but operators will only invest in the technology if they know they are going to operate somewhere for the long-term, the City of London Corporation has said. Two firms, Ofo and Mobike, have launched... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Bank traffic restriction approved

A traffic ban trial at Bank Junction is to be made permanent, the City of London Corporation has announced. The ‘Bank on Safety’ scheme, which restricts the junction to buses and cyclists only between 7am and 7pm, has been in operation since May 2017. This marks the first phase of plans... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

£2m fund for e-cargo bikes

The DfT has announced a £2m fund to support the uptake of e-cargo bikes. Jesse Norman, the minister for low emission vehicles, said: “Support for e-cargo bikes will help to ensure that Britain leads the way in the development and deployment of the technologies of the future. Encouraging... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

E-cargo bike trial for Bath

Bath and North East Somerset Council is to pilot electric cargo bikes to deliver goods to city centre businesses. A supplier event will be held next month.... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

Planning inquiry for Staffs rail freight site

The Planning Inspectorate is to examine a development consent order application for a rail freight interchange facility six miles north of Wolverhampton, within South Staffordshire District Council. West Midlands Interchange would be located west of junction 12 of the M6 and have a connection to... continue

14 Sep 2018Local Transport Today News

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