Incentives for travellers to use quieter trains

Incentives for travellers to use quieter trains

Esoterix Systems, a Bristol-based intelligent mobility company, has secured £380,000 funding to accelerate the development of technology that will underpin fairer fares on rail. The Department for Transport has awarded the grant through Innovate UK as part of the First of a Kind in Rail 2020... continue

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3 Aug 2020Local Transport Today News

Higher value of CO2 for appraisal

Transport project promoters seeking DfT funding  must assess their schemes using a higher monetised value of carbon dioxide emissions.  The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is currently leading a cross-departmental review of carbon valuation, which will... continue

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Active travel: a revolution backed by PM

Active travel: a revolution backed by PM

The DfT’s new active travel strategy document Gear Change: A bold vision for cycling and walking may be billed as being about two modes but the emphasis... continue

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7 Aug 2020Local Transport Today News

Council traffic duty reviewed

The DfT is to review the Network Management Duty in the Traffic Management Act 2004 because of concern it does not align with current day policy objectives.  The duty requires highway authorities to ensure traffic moves freely on their roads. The DfT points out that it published new statutory... continue

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Councils press for CAZ charge on Highways England road

Councils in Greater Manchester want the Government to allow their proposed charging clean air zone (CAZ) to cover a  Highways England road. Local authorities only have responsibility for air quality on their own roads. Responsibility  for pollution on the Strategic Road Network (SRN)... continue

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Means-test for Bath’s new CAZ exemption

Bath & North East Somerset Council (B&NES) plans to give some vehicle owners a two-year exemption from the Bath clean air zone (CAZ) restrictions because of the economic impact of Covid-19.  The Class C CAZ will cover central Bath (LTT 24 Jan). Non-compliant buses, coaches and lorries... continue

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Coventry plans LEZ for busy radial road

Coventry City Council plans to designate part of a radial road  a low emission zone (LEZ) to bring nitrogen dioxide concentrations down to below legal limit values.  The LEZ will apply to the eastern end of A4114 Holyhead Road where it joins the city’s ring road. Coventry’s... continue

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North Yorks wants £50m for EV charging

North Yorks wants £50m for EV charging

Councils in North Yorkshire want the Government to provide £50m for electric vehicle chargepoints and associated electricity grid... continue

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WECA procures operators for e-scooters

The West of England Combined Authority is procuring rental e-scooter trials for three areas, as well as a WECA-wide long-term leasing scheme.  WECA’s tender features two lots. Lot one is for ‘free floating’ rental in: Bristol city centre, Bath city centre, and Bristol’s... continue

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Car use must fall by a fifth to meet our net zero aim – WYCA

Private car use in West Yorkshire must be cut by at least a fifth to meet the conurbation’s pledge to be net zero carbon by 2038, according to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. The WYCA has assessed three ways to achieve the 2038 target: the ‘maximum ambition pathway’... continue

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DfT to support a zero emission city

The DfT is to invite local authorities to nominate a small or medium-sized city for ‘zero emission transport city’ status. “We are looking for at least one small or medium-sized city that wants to create a zero-emission transport system, with extensive bike lanes, an all-electric... continue

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7 Aug 2020Local Transport Today News

‘Ban high CO2 car ads’

The Government should ban adverts for cars with high carbon dioxide emissions, say climate change campaigners. Adverts for the largest vehicles are undermining the Government’s efforts to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, say climate action groups the New Weather Institute,... continue

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Electrified roads: the best way to decarbonise road freight?

Electrified roads: the best way to decarbonise road freight?

Electrifying road freight by installing overhead electrification wires on the UK’s major roads is the best way to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions from the long-haul road freight sector, according to the authors of a new... continue

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7 Aug 2020Local Transport Today News

Phil Goodwin

Phil Goodwin

Road appraisal makes carbon dioxide uniquely insignificant. Why? And what to do about it?

The decisive current calculation for carbon assessments of road schemes is a unique ratio: The estimated additional...

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A ‘green recovery’ is two words. So why is transport policy only focusing on one?

A ‘green recovery’ is two words. So why is transport policy only focusing on one?

Duncan Buchanan Road Haulage Association

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7 Aug 2020Local Transport Today Comment

In Passing

  Worried that people are not returning to public transport as Covid-19 restrictions ease, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough mayor James Palmer boarded a park-and-ride bus to show his support for the industry. And he was clearly impressed with the operator’s efforts to make the vehicle... continue

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7 Aug 2020Local Transport Today Comment
Large-scale hydrogen storage facilities will fuel a transport revolution

Large-scale hydrogen storage facilities will fuel a transport revolution

Decarbonising transport is high on the agenda for many local authorities, and hydrogen powered vehicles are increasingly seen as an attractive option. They offer similar range to their petrol or diesel equivalents, and, when the hydrogen is produced by electrolysis powered by... continue

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7 Aug 2020Local Transport Today News
O’Connor joins PTV from WSP

O’Connor joins PTV from WSP

Lee O’Connor (pictured) has joined traffic and transport software firm PTV Group as an associate. He... continue

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7 Aug 2020Local Transport Today People

Simon Court

Simon Court, the founder of  transport data and digital mapping firm Basemap has died of a heart attack, aged 51. ... continue

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Councils to develop digital responses to pandemic

Councils to develop digital responses to pandemic

Mark Moran

English councils have been awarded £800,000 to build on digital advances made during pandemic. Councils have responded to the coronavirus... continue

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