Approving a third runway at Heathrow is the easy option. But it would also be wrong

Approving a third runway at Heathrow is the easy option. But it would also be wrong

Sally Cairns & Carey Newson

Given how long the debate about Heathrow expansion has worn on, it may be tempting for politicians to think “let’s just get on with it”. There is a danger that the sheer weight of paper generated, the time spent debating the... continue

6 Apr 2018Local Transport Today Comment
Free off-peak bus travel safe in England for 'foreseeable future'

Free off-peak bus travel safe in England for 'foreseeable future'

Patrick McDonnell

Senior citizens and the disabled will see their free off-peak... continue

17 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
New targets aim to double use of biofuels in transport sector

New targets aim to double use of biofuels in transport sector

Patrick McDonnell

New biofuel targets are designed to double the use of... continue

17 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
First trials taxibuses to feed passengers onto main routes

First trials taxibuses to feed passengers onto main routes

Andrew Forster

FirstGroup is to launch a trial urban taxibus service... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
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No speculative development around new Aberdeen bypass, say NE Scotland councils

No speculative development around new Aberdeen bypass, say NE Scotland councils

Andrew Forster

Councils in the North East of Scotland are proposing to quash developer... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Scots eye driverless roads

Scottish transport  minister Hunza Yousaf has pledged to ensure the next phase of Scotland’s road improvement programme takes into account the needs of autonomous vehicles. The Sunday Times reports that Yousaf has been in talks with the UK Government about an autonomous vehicle pilot... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
Corbyn pledges free bus travel for under 25s in franchise areas

Corbyn pledges free bus travel for under 25s in franchise areas

Andrew Forster

A Labour Government would fund free bus travel for under 25... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

DfT gives free bus pass more protection

The Government has amended legislation to protect free off-peak bus travel for over 65s and people with a disability in England. The English national concessionary travel scheme was introduced in 2007. The legislation that provides the scheme has now been amended so that it no longer needs to be... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
TfN criticised for presentation of Northern Powerhouse Rail

TfN criticised for presentation of Northern Powerhouse Rail

Andrew Forster

Transport for the North should change the way it presents... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Cardiff and Caerphilly ordered to prepare air quality action plans

Cardiff and Caerphilly councils are to conduct feasibility studies into bringing nitrogen dioxide concentrations down to within EU limit values within the shortest possible time.  The Welsh Government directed the two councils last month to prepare a plan, mirroring the direction that the... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Rebranding for Midland Metro

The Midland Metro light rail network is to be rebranded the West Midlands Metro. The name change will coincide with Transport for the West Midlands’ new company Midland Metro Ltd taking over the operation and maintenance of the network from National Express in October.  ... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Merseytravel begins next stage of bus regulation study

Andrew Forster

Merseytravel is launching the next stage of a review into possible changes to the regulatory framework for buses in the area.  Consultant Steer Davies Gleave recently completed a strategic outline case of the regulatory options available to the Liverpool city region. Merseytravel will now... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Slump in West Mids bus bids

Transport for the West Midlands (TfWM) has reported a slump in the level of competition for tendered bus services.  Only three operators submitted bids for the April 2018 tender round, with an average of 1.6 bids per contract. “In the previous tender round, October 2017, an average of... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Community transport reforms alarm Devon

The DfT’s proposed community transport reforms could have a devastating impact on lifeline transport in rural parts of Devon, the county council is warning.  The DfT is currently consulting on requiring community transport operators conducting commercial work to hold a public service... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
Bath assesses three options for a charging Clean Air Zone

Bath assesses three options for a charging Clean Air Zone

Andrew Forster

Bath and North East Somerset Council has shortlisted... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

Greater Manchester to run High Occupancy Vehicle lane trial

A trial conversion of bus lanes into high occupancy vehicle lanes features in a new congestion reduction plan for Greater Manchester. A Highways Academy is also planned, which will specialise in the design, management and operation of road networks. The congestion plan has been drawn up by combined... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News
First sub-contracts Metrobus route to social enterprise firm

First sub-contracts Metrobus route to social enterprise firm

Andrew Forster

FirstGroup is to sub-contract the operation of one of the... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today News

HE’s framework spending

Highways England has revealed how much it paid each consultant on its specialist professional and technical services (SPaTS) framework in 2017.  The payments for each of the framework’s six lots were:  1. Technical consultancy, engineering advice, research and innovation: Arup... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today Business Briefing

More criticism over vagueness of Heathrow proposals

Following criticism in The Times of a lack of detail in the current plans for the expansion of Heathrow Airport (Media Monitor LTT 30 Mar), Andy Slaughter, Labour MP for Hammersmith, added his voice to the argument against expansion in an article on the Labour List website. “The publication... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today Media Monitor
Grimshaw still on the trail to make Britain a cycling nation

Grimshaw still on the trail to make Britain a cycling nation

Geoff Dudley

For over 40 years John Grimshaw has been at the forefront... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today Features

Cities are our economic powerhouses, so TfN’s inter-urban focus is misguided

Anthony Ray

Transport for the North’s draft strategic transport plan, on which consultation closes next week (17 Apr), is a highly significant development for the whole of the  North of England. So, for the last two years, the various environmental transport organisations in the north, with the... continue

13 Apr 2018Local Transport Today Comment

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