Reforms urged to the NIC

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) should be given more independence, and a new body is needed to engage communities in infrastructure planning, according to a new report on improving infrastructure decision-making.  The report by the Institute for Government think tank says the independence of the NIC from Government cannot be guaranteed because it is an executive agency of the Treasury. It should instead be an executive non-departmental public body, just like the Office for Budget Responsibility and the Committee on Climate Change.  The NIC’s membership should be broadened to include people with expertise in matters such as regional development and the environment, says the report. “At present, the NIC appears London-centric. Its commissioners are almost... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News
NIC report calls for ‘marked improvement’ to the UK’s transport

NIC report calls for ‘marked improvement’ to the UK’s transport

The National Infrastructure Commission’s first Annual Monitoring Report finds the Government 'slow in taking decisive action to address several of the UK’s major infrastructure needs'. The report finds that further action is urgently... continue

23 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News
A plan for re-introducing walking as an integral part of London's transport network

A plan for re-introducing walking as an integral part of London's transport network

All over the world, we are observing the trend towards pedestrianising whole districts rather than individual streets. Zaha Hadid Architects has proposed ‘Walkable London’, a full-scale network of pedestrian routes which will create corridors of activation across the capital.  Walkable London aims at... continue

23 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News
App meets bus in Citymapper's new hybrid bus-taxi service

App meets bus in Citymapper's new hybrid bus-taxi service

Following its trial of bus services in London last year, travel app Citymapper has finally launched what it terms ‘The Responsive Network: a  solution for dynamic shared transportation in cities’. The... continue

23 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News
Two new shared transport services launch in London after TfL grants licences

Two new shared transport services launch in London after TfL grants licences

Following entrance to multiple markets in the United States, Chariot  is launching its daily commuter shuttle service in London, to 'make getting around the city easier'. Chariot London is the latest of Ford’s European initiatives, accelerating the development of its smart mobility... continue

23 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News
Big Bike Revival is back again after securing DfT grant

Big Bike Revival is back again after securing DfT grant

Deniz Huseyin

Cycling UK is to run its Big Bike Revival across... continue

17 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News

Costly HS2 panned

Following transport minister Nusrat Ghani’s gushing support for the HS2 high-speed rail network in The Times (Media Monitor 2 Feb), a contrasting point of view was put forward by Labour MP Sir Kevin Barron in the pages of The Worksop Guardian – a paper close to Barron’s Rother... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Media Monitor

Limit pensioners’ free bus travel to their local area

Gordon Bell Richmond Surrey TW10

Once again your publication addresses the issue of the national concessionary travel scheme and whether changes are needed to provide a system that better supports local operators and better meets the legitimate wants and needs of pensioners (Letters LTT 2 Feb). John Disney argues for a national... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Comment
The way we’re travelling is changing fast – but the law isn’t keeping up

The way we’re travelling is changing fast – but the law isn’t keeping up

David Young

With all the talk of autonomous and electric cars, hyper loops, bi-mode... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Comment
The politics and power games of implementing MaaS

The politics and power games of implementing MaaS

One dividend from the rapid developments in information technology has been the emergence of the concept of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) in the form of the integration of multi-modal information,... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Features
Time to rethink what kerbsides are for?

Time to rethink what kerbsides are for?

Alistair Kirkbride

To move, we occasionally need to stop. Indeed, we could look at door-to-door / end-to-end journeys by designing how... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Comment
Tackling data challenges to unlock the brave new world of MaaS

Tackling data challenges to unlock the brave new world of MaaS

Johan Herrlin

We’re on the verge of a huge shift in the way we live... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Ignore Dorset reform critics – Poole

The Borough of Poole Council has urged local government secretary Sajiv Javid to ignore opposition to local government reform in Dorset. Javid is considering a plan to merge the unitary authorities of Bournemouth and Poole and the Dorset borough of Christchurch to form a new unitary Bournemouth,... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News

Khan’s parking controls won’t work – outer London boroughs

London mayor Sadiq Khan’s plan to impose strict limits on car parking provision in new outer London residential developments could lead to parking “misery” for residents, a borough has warned.  The draft London Plan proposes that outer London boroughs set maximum residential... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News

Innovate UK funds railway projects

A project to increase train seating capacity in peak hours is among ten rail innovations to share £3m from the Government’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.  Transcal Engineering Ltd has been awarded £349,904 for three innovations known as Horizon, Island Bay and... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News

Wandsworth backs EV charging

The London Borough of Wandsworth is to install hundreds of electric vehicle charging points in lamp posts to encourage residents to purchase electric cars. Councillors will receive a report next week proposing the installation of charging points in 380 lighting columns within two zones –... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News

TfL opposes diagonal pedestrian crossing

A Plan to install a diagonal pedestrian crossing on a crossroads in East London has been dropped after failing to win the support of Transport for London.  The signalised Doggett’s Corner junction on the A124 Upminster Road currently has no pedestrian crossing stage at all. The London... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News

Boroughs upset by ULEZ boundary

Borough association London Councils has expressed concern about London mayor Sadiq Khan’s plan to use the North and South Circular roads as boundaries for an enlarged ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ).  The ULEZ will be launched next April and will initially cover only the central London... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News

Low emission street plan for East London

The London boroughs of Hackney, Islington and Tower Hamlets are proposing a ban on petrol, diesel and older hybrid cars entering two ultra-low emission street zones in Hoxton and Shoreditch during weekday peak hours (07.00-10.00 and 16.00-19.00). One zone would cover seven streets and the other two... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News

£40m to cut emissions from over 2,700 buses

The Government has awarded £40m to 20 local authorities in England for the installation of pollution reduction equipment in older diesel buses. The Clean Bus Technology Fund will pay for retrofit equipment to bring 2,768 vehicles up to Euro VI engine standards.  Funding will be spread... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News

Scrap all-diesel trains by 2040 – Johnson

Transport minister Jo Johnson has challenged the rail industry to end the use of diesel-only trains by 2040.  “I would like to see us take all diesel-only trains off the track by 2040,” said Johnson. “If that seems like an ambitious goal – it should be and I make no... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today News

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