Talking to travellers pays off

Talking to travellers pays off

Ben Fox

As anyone who works in e-commerce will tell you, when you offer a product for sale online you generate a dizzying amount of data even before a sale is made. How quickly a business is able to interpret and act upon that data is often the only difference between success and failure in the start-up... continue

11 Oct 2019Parking Review Features

MPs to look at case for road pricing

A national debate is needed on whether road pricing could help plug the shortfall caused by sharp falls in Fuel Duty and Vehicle Excise Duty, the House of Commons Transport Committee has stated. It wants to see discussions start now ahead of an inquiry into road pricing, which will be announced in... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News
‘Government should take MaaS opportunities’

‘Government should take MaaS opportunities’

THE UK appears to have stalled in delivering “full scale” Mobility as a service (MaaS) schemes, states a new report. Some trials have lost momentum while... continue

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Urban land community: shaping innovations to develop better places

Urban land community: shaping innovations to develop better places

The ULI Tech Forum brings city, real estate, technology and innovation professionals together to share knowledge, best practice and creative thinking to enable truly innovative solutions to be applied to our urban environment Technology on its own is not the... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today Features

Long delay on review of VAT for transport projects

Rhodri Clark

HMRC has not yet completed a review started in 2017/18 of VAT charges for major transport projects. Some transport infrastructure bodies have been setting aside large amounts of money pending the outcome. Government bodies can recover VAT on goods and services in an agreed list but not on others.... continue

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14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News
Thinktank calls for road usage tax to cover lost fuel revenue

Thinktank calls for road usage tax to cover lost fuel revenue

A system of road pricing should be introduced to combat traffic congestion and compensate for the £28bn loss of revenue from fuel duty as the country makes the transition to electric vehicles, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News
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Welsh bus pass renewal should cut fraud risk

Renewal of all Welsh concessionary bus passes by the end of this year will reduce fraud risk, according to Stephen Jones, Flintshire County Council’s chief officer, streetscene and transportation. Jones said more than 37,000 passes were in circulation in Flintshire alone and many were no... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Swansea scales back EV charge plan

Swansea Council has greatly reduced the scope of its initial roll-out of electric vehicle charging points in parking areas, after receiving only 18 per cent of the funding it requested. A report to the council’s cabinet last week said the authority, which covers Wales’ second largest... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Durham Uni to research hydrogen transportation

A £1M project to explore the benefits of hydrogen-fuelled vehicles and technology was launched last week. The research, funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and overseen by Durham University, will run for four years. It will combine existing national... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Monitoring reveals better air quality near new 50mph limits

Rhodri Clark

Air quality has improved at all locations in Wales where 50mph limits were imposed last year on trunk roads, although the mean traffic speed was significantly higher than 50mph. The Welsh Government introduced the 50mph limits in June 2018 and made them permanent last summer. This week it published... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News
Strike the right balance when regulating mobility apps - ITF

Strike the right balance when regulating mobility apps - ITF

Deniz Huseyin

Regulation of app-based mobility services should be... continue

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Uber app offers transport into

Ride-hailing platform Uber has announced that it is to begin offering users of its app information on public transport and other transport options such as bicycles and scooters, as well as its original taxi service. The company has also announced that it is to consolidate its food delivery service... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Is glamour of new tech misplaced investment, asks WLGA

Rhodri Clark

Local and national governments are at risk of misplacing investment amid the glamour and excitement of new transport technologies, the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) has warned. Commenting on the Welsh Government’s decarbonisation plan, the WLGA said a “careful cost-benefit... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Network Rail to roll out free WiFi across stations

Free wifi will be available at all mainline stations in Great Britain by spring 2021, Network Rail has announced. The roll-out of free WiFi across Network Rail’s 20 stations will begin at London Victoria next year.   Passengers cited free WiFi as one of the key improvements that would... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Study raises questions over benefits of 20mph zones

There is compelling evidence that 20mph zones are effective at reducing the number and severity of road accidents and collisions, according to a collaborative study led by Queen's University Belfast. However, it is less clear if 20mph zones result in improved air quality, liveability or public... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News

Severn M4 traffic rising

Westbound traffic on the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge was almost 20 per cent higher in July this year than in July 2018, before tolls were removed. Monthly statistics from Highways England show that from March to August inclusive, westbound vehicle numbers were between 16.4 per cent and 19.5 per cent... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today News
CBT backs national bus strategy

CBT backs national bus strategy

Commenting on the announcement by the Government that a national bus strategy is to be developed, Darren Shirley, chief... continue

14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today Media Monitor

Phil Goodwin

Phil Goodwin

The 1950s battle against smog can clarify the ills of car dependency

I guess that not many readers of LTT will actually remember the reality of smog. The dark, filthy air was a mixture of smoke...

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14 Oct 2019Local Transport Today Comment

Transport is poorly equipped to deal with climate events

Nick Richardson, Portsmouth, PO6

Your enlightening focus on climate change in recent issues shows how polarised views can become. On the one hand, there are those who are convinced that climate change is a direct result of human activity (doom-mongers) and on the other hand there is a scientific community that is not convinced of... continue

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