We need to better understand trends such as home deliveries and light van growth

We need to better understand trends such as home deliveries and light van growth

As a major supermarket joins the trend for using electric cargo bikes for its delivery services, changes in general travel trends need much more careful scrutiny, say researchers. Increases in levels of home deliveries, and the rapid... continue

10 May 2018Local Transport Today News
Ideas on improving road safety sought by DfT

Ideas on improving road safety sought by DfT

Patrick McDonnell

The Department for Transport is urging the public to take part in a consultation on cycling and walking before the 1 June... continue

15 May 2018Local Transport Today News
Up to ten large contracts in TfGM’s bus franchising model

Up to ten large contracts in TfGM’s bus franchising model

Andrew Forster

Greater Manchester’s bus network could be split... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News
EEH vents frustration about Oxford-Cambridge road study

EEH vents frustration about Oxford-Cambridge road study

Andrew Forster

The England’s Economic Heartland grouping of... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News

On-demand minibus trials for Oxford

An on-demand mini-bus sharing scheme is to be launched in Oxford by Go-Ahead subsidiary, the Oxford Bus Company. The service, branded PickMeUp, will cover the city centre and the city’s ‘Eastern Arc’, a major employment area. Passengers will use an app to book a pick-up from... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News

DfT assesses private sector interest in Heathrow rail links

Rhodri Clark

The DfT is gauging private sector interest in two new rail links to Heathrow Airport, from the west and the south.  The four-mile western rail link would  leave the Great Western main line (GWML) between Langley and Iver and run in tunnel to Heathrow Terminal 5, where it would join up... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Give us infrastructure tariff power – Leicestershire County Council

Leicestershire County Council has called for more parts of England to be given the power to introduce strategic infrastructure tariffs (SITs) to fund cross-boundary transport and other infrastructure. Consultation closed this week on the Government’s proposed planning reforms, which include... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News
Gondola could replace car trips

Gondola could replace car trips

Andrew Forster

The Lake District National Park Authority is exploring the potential to replace car access... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News
Borders transport improvement options

Borders transport improvement options

Consultants have identified 21 possible options for improving transport links between South-East Scotland and the Scottish Borders. They will be... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Inverness car club changes

An electric car club in Inverness for the general public has been withdrawn. Sean Cowell, car club development officer for Hitrans, the Highlands and Islands transport partnership, told the board that E-Car Club, owned by Europcar, had withdrawn citing  low demand and was focusing instead on a... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Air pollution options highlighted

Ways to reduce transport-related air pollution are discussed in a new report from the Campaign for Better Transport. Among the policies it advocates are setting emissions conditions in taxis and private hire vehicle licensing;  freight consolidation centres; electric delivery vehicles and... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News
Police fine Section 19 permit holder for council contract

Police fine Section 19 permit holder for council contract

Rhodri Clark

Police have fined a community transport operator for... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Burnham reforms TfGM committee

Proposed changes to how transport is governed in Greater Manchester could help facilitate bus franchising.   The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has asked its ten constituent district councils to review the functions, size and membership of the Transport for Greater... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Study of Menai road and power crossing

The Welsh Government and National Grid will jointly study the feasibility of constructing a bridge to carry road traffic and power cables over the Menai Strait between Anglesey and the mainland. However, the National Grid is already warning of the challenges of providing a shared crossing and is... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News
Oxfordshire: a council in the thick of mobility innovation

Oxfordshire: a council in the thick of mobility innovation

Andrew Forster

Electric vehicles, hydrogen vehicles, driverless... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today Features
Oxfordshire: a council in the thick of mobility innovation

Oxfordshire: a council in the thick of mobility innovation

Andrew Forster

Electric vehicles, hydrogen vehicles, driverless... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Franchises clash over East Coast capacity

Virgin Trains East Coast is opposing First TransPennine’s plan to run additional services between York and Newcastle.  TransPennine Express (TPE) has applied to the Office of Rail and Road for track access changes to operate services commencing this May until May 2019, though TPE plans... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Rail fares review launched

The rail industry has announced a ‘root and branch’ review of rail ticketing, admitting that the current system is too complex. The review will be conducted by the Rail Delivery Group in partnership with Passenger Focus. A public consultation will be launched next month. Any proposed... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News

TfGM explores bus contract software

Transport for Greater Manchester is exploring the procurement of bus contract management software, which could ultimately be used to support bus franchising, should Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham adopt the policy. TfGM has launched a market engagement exercise to learn about software that... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Routing software for electric vehicles

A new vehicle routing software specifically designed for electric vehicles has been launched by Basemap. The Electric and Autonomous Vehicle Router software (EVR), designed in collaboration with battery experts from the University of Surrey, provides routeing advice for electric vehicles by using... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today News

Traffic can fall even if everybody drives more. But what follows?

On 3 May the local government elections were important but inconclusive. On the same day, the report All Change was launched, with important conclusions on future travel demand and the Government’s traffic forecasting methods and assumptions. Taken together, the scene is set in the next two... continue

11 May 2018Local Transport Today Comment

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