18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Ofo exits UK, and Ford closes Chariot

The closure of two new mobility services has been announced, with Chinese dockless bike hire firm Ofo quitting the UK and Ford closing its Chariot micro-bus business.  Financially troubled Ofo is reported to have closed down its entire international operations as it tries to stave off... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News
Legality of Birmingham’s delay to NO2 compliance questioned

Legality of Birmingham’s delay to NO2 compliance questioned

Andrew Forster

Birmingham City Council’s decision to delay the... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News
Defra pledges new drive to cut particulate concentrations

Defra pledges new drive to cut particulate concentrations

Andrew Forster

The Government has promised more action to reduce... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Hydrogen the future for buses – Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Hydrogen is likely to be the dominant fuel for buses and lorries in the future, according to Greater Manchester Combined Authority. “Current evidence suggests that hydrogen is likely to be the preferred zero carbon fuel for high torque transport,” says the new Greater Manchester... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News
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Tube worse than roads for pollution

Concentrations of particulates are much worse on the London Underground network than they are on London’s streets, research for Transport for London has found, according to The Times. The paper says concentrations of particulates on the Northern Line were 25 times higher than average... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

New environmental protection body

The Government is to create an Office for Environmental Protection to provide “independent and impartial scrutiny, assessments and advice on environmental legislation and the Government’s environmental improvement plan”. The Office will also present a “strong system of... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Shake-up for air quality management

Major changes to local air quality management in England are being prepared by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Its new Clean air strategy, published this week, promises a consultation on “transformative changes to the local air quality management guidance”.... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Review of anti-idling powers

The Government is considering the case for changing guidance and legislation in England governing enforcement against drivers who leave their engine idling. “We will continue to take forward modernisation of the existing anti-idling guidance for local authorities over the coming... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Traffic pollution link to girl’s death probed

The Attorney General has backed a fresh inquest into the death of a south London girl, to see if air pollution from road traffic was partly to blame.  Ella Kissi-Debrah died aged nine in 2013. The original inquest concluded that her death was the result of acute respiratory failure and severe... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Plans to comply with NO2 limits a ‘farce’

The Government’s efforts to ensure all of England complies with EU nitrogen dioxide limit values as soon as possible is becoming a “farce” as a string of councils miss deadlines for submitting their plans for ministerial approval, say environmental lawyers. ClientEarth this week... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News
No need for CAZ charges, says Soton, but Highways England roads in breach

No need for CAZ charges, says Soton, but Highways England roads in breach

Andrew Forster

Southampton City Council has dropped plans to introduce a charging clean... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Gtr Manchester CAZ work misses deadline

A charging Clean Air Zone is “highly likely” to be necessary in Greater Manchester to achieve compliance with the EU’s nitrogen dioxide limit values in the shortest possible time, says the area’s combined authority.  Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is leading... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Wireless charging for vans trialled

The commercial viability of wireless electric vehicle charging for commercial fleets such as vans and taxis is to be explored in a project funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles and Innovate UK. UK Power Networks will work with logistics firm UPS, High Speed 1, and the University of... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Zero emission zone for Hammersmith

The London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham is reviewing responses to a consultation on creating its first zero emission zone. Only electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids would be allowed to use Hammersmith Grove between Glenthorne Road and Beadon Road.... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Brent plans diesel permit surcharge

The London Borough of Brent  plans to introduce a diesel surcharge on resident’s parking permits in controlled parking zones. The levy will start at £50 but rise to £75 in 2020 and £100 in 2021. Officers said the £50 was aligned with plans of neighbouring borough... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Google plans pollution maps

Google is to develop an online map showing pollution on London’s streets. The Times reports that two Google Street View cars equipped with pollution sensors will spend nine months driving the capital’s streets, taking pollution readings every 30 metres. In addition, 100 fixed monitors... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Scots default 20mph Bill ‘too costly and will confuse drivers’

Andrew Forster

A PArliamentary Bill to make 20mph the default speed limit across most built-up roads in Scotland will create confusion for drivers and be unaffordable for councils, says Fife Council.  Mark Ruskell, the Green MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, introduced his Restricted Roads (20mph Speed Limit)... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News
TfL to procure real-time data tool for capital’s road network

TfL to procure real-time data tool for capital’s road network

Andrew Forster

Transport for London is to procure a data as a service... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Ford scraps Chariot minibus business

Ford is to close its entire business of ‘Chariot’ fixed route minibus services and employee transit in the US and UK.  Chariot was launched in San Francisco five years ago using 15-seater Ford vans. In 2016 the company was purchased by Ford’s new Smart Mobility... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Wales may scrap Network Rail payments

Wales may soon abolish a system of penalty payments for causing rail disruption, to bring Network Rail and train operators closer together and eliminate the cost of administering the penalties. The system was established during rail privatisation to incentivise train and infrastructure operators to... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

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