Projects win £2m funding to develop advanced fuels plants

Patrick McDonnell

Seven projects are to share £2m in government funding to develop proposals for advanced fuels production plants designed to reduce carbon emissions. Proposals... continue

21 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Birmingham clean air zone to cover cars

Councillors in Birmingham will be asked to authorise a consultation next week on a charging clean air zone (CAZ) covering all types of vehicle, including cars.   The proposal (see page 16), comes as Leeds City Council this week announced changes to its  Category B charging CAZ, covering... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News
NIC explores rail to road freight switch

NIC explores rail to road freight switch

The National Infrastructure Commission is asking consultants to assess the benefits of shifting freight from road to rail, and from rail to road.   The... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Tyne and Wear touted for mobility testbeds

Nexus wants to collaborate with new mobility firms to make Tyne and Wear a testbed for transport innovations. The Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive has announced a market engagement exercise for companies and experts involved with flexible on-demand transport, aggregator applications, low... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Electric double deckers for capital

Sixty-eight electric double-decker buses have been ordered for London. The vehicles will operate on two routes run by Metroline from Barnet to central London. Optare will supply 31 all-electric double deck buses for Route 134 running from North Finchley bus station to Tottenham Court Road to start... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Welsh councils reject reform plans

More councils have voiced opposition to the Welsh Government’s proposal to cut their number from 22 to ten (LTT 30 Mar & 08 Jun). Under the proposals, Conwy County Borough Council would merge with Denbighshire. But Conwy says: “We believe that this is the worst of times to be... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Stagecoach seeks politicians’ help

Stagecoach’s regional bus companies have written to politicians – including MPs, MSPs and local councillors – across the UK to highlight the impact of traffic congestion on its operations. The companies are offering to meet with elected members “to talk through the local... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Council re-runs tender for popular bus route

Rutland County Council is re-running a tender process for a popular bus route after the first process became mired in confusion.  The Rutland Flyer 1 service links Melton Mowbray and Corby via Oakham and carried 127,200 passengers in 2017/18. The council launched a new tender for the route in... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News
London-wide byelaw explored to regulate dockless bike hire

London-wide byelaw explored to regulate dockless bike hire

Andrew Forster

A London-wide byelaw to manage dockless bike share... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News
Brighton bike hire scheme expands as users cycle more than 400,000 miles

Brighton bike hire scheme expands as users cycle more than 400,000 miles

Brighton's bike share scheme (BTN BikeShare) is to expand with 120 new bikes and nine new hubs, mostly in Hove.  The scheme started last September with 450 bikes at 51 sites and, in the nine months since, has attracted 35,000 subscribers. Back in March, after gaining more than... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News
Private cars to be covered by Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone

Private cars to be covered by Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone

Andrew Forster

Councillors in Birmingham will decide next week whether... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

‘End new fossil fuel car sales in 2030’

Leaders of cities in England and Wales are urging the Government to ban the sale of new pure diesel and petrol cars and vans by 2030 – ten years earlier than planned.  The call was made this week at an air quality summit organised by the mayor of London, the UK100 network of local... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Southampton consults on city-wide CAZ

Southampton City Council is consulting on establishing a council-wide clean air zone (CAZ) covering buses, coaches, heavy goods vehicles, taxis and private hire vehicles.  Vehicles failing to met the minimum emission standards (Euro 4 petrol/Euro 6 or VI diesel) for the CAZ would have to pay a... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

London’s ULEZ will be enlarged, says Khan

London’s ultra-low emission zone will be extended up to the North and South Circular Roads in October 2021, London mayor Sadiq Khan has announced, following a consultation. Meanwhile, a stricter emission standard will apply to buses, coaches and lorries across the whole of London from October... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

New study of Glasgow Airport access options

Further study work is getting underway to determine a preferred option for improving public transport access to Glasgow Airport. The Glasgow City region city deal allocated £144.3m to the airport access project, which was originally envisaged as being a rail link from the existing Glasgow... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Capital data strategy launched

A new data technology strategy for London has been published by mayor Sadiq Khan. Among the pledges are the creation of a London Office for Data Analytics to increase data sharing and collaboration in public services, and a London Office of Technology and Innovation to support digital services and... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Tyne and Wear Metro tender invite

Nexus is inviting expressions of interest in a 37.5-year contract to build a new fleet of Metrocars; maintain and operate the fleet; and build new depot facilities. Nexus expects the new fleet to be fully introduced in 2024 or 2025.  Companies have until 9 July to complete a questionnaire. The... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

NECA awards EV charging contracts

The North East Combined Authority has awarded two contracts for electric vehicle charging points. Dutch firm Fastned UK will deliver two electric vehicle ‘filling stations’, one on the Science Central site in Newcastle and the other close to Sunderland city centre. Each will feature six... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News
Stephen Plowden and the making of modern transport planning

Stephen Plowden and the making of modern transport planning

Readers may wonder where certain core ideas in transport planning have come from – in many cases their roots are in the work of Stephen Plowden, who died last month aged 85. He played a key role in creating the idea that more and... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today Comment
Cash is no longer king when paying for the ticket to ride

Cash is no longer king when paying for the ticket to ride

Beate Kubitz

How we pay for public transport is in the spotlight. The... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today Features
Using existing assets to help improve air quality

Using existing assets to help improve air quality

Tim Daniels

Councils wanting to reduce pollution from toxic gases such as nitrogen dioxide from traffic on our roads must consider how compliance can be... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

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