Coventry’s Very-Light Rail prototype takes shape

Coventry’s Very-Light Rail prototype takes shape

Mark Moran

Coventry City Council has appointed a local engineering company to assemble vehicles for a new electric city centre transit system. NP Aerospace has been appointed as the assembly contractor of the rail guided, battery-powered vehicle for Coventry’s planned ‘Very Light Rail’... continue

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30 Aug 2020Local Transport Today News
Bristol wants CAZ plans dropped

Bristol wants CAZ plans dropped

Bristol city Council hopes to persuade ministers to drop their insistence that the council must introduce two charging... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

CAZ may be unnecessary – Leeds

Leeds City Council says Covid-19 and continuing upgrades to vehicle fleets may mean there is no longer a need to implement a charging clean air zone (CAZ) in the city.   The Government has ordered Leeds to implement a Class B CAZ covering a large part of the city as part of a clean air plan to... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News
Gtr Manchester to consult on conurbation-wide CAZ

Gtr Manchester to consult on conurbation-wide CAZ

Local authorities in Greater Manchester plan to launch a consultation next month on their proposed conurbation-wide Class C clean air zone.  The eight-week consultation has been held up by... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Rethink maintenance for e-scooters

The Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT) has backed e-scooters but says the Government and local authorities should consider revising road  maintenance funding and policies to facilitate them. “The scale of a highway defect (e.g. within one... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News
Climate Assembly majors on tech to cut transport emissions

Climate Assembly majors on tech to cut transport emissions

Technological solutions to reducing transport sector carbon dioxide emissions have been endorsed ahead of policies to cut travel demand by the citizens’ assembly set up to advise on how the UK can achieve its 2050 statutory... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Scots seek low emission fire engines

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has invited vehicle manufacturers to present ideas for low emission fire engines. Manufacturers are being asked to present proposals and new/developing/ prototype appliances, at whatever stage of development and implementation they may be. ... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

No electrification for East West Rail

The new East West Rail line across central southern England will not initially be electrified, says Network Rail. The next phase (phase two) of the project covers the lines between Bicester, Bletchley/Milton Keynes and Bedford. Network Rail’s board endorsed the project in June, and its... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Electric buses for routes in Leeds

First West Yorkshire is to operate route 5 in Leeds (Halton Moor/ city centre loop) with nine electric single deck buses from October. Electric double deck buses will operate the Stourton park-and-ride route in Leeds from late- 2021. The vehicles are part-funded through the DfT’s Office for... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Ways to boost EV sales probed

Ways to encourage more people to purchase battery electric vehicles are explored in a report published by the DfT. TRL and the Behavioural Insights Team examined factors such as information, financial incentives, and changing attitudes.   “While the actual cost of EVs and the... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News
New app to simplify EV charging payment

New app to simplify EV charging payment

A new smartphone app will allow drivers of electric vehicles to pay for using the chargepoints of multiple operators.  Drivers currently need to have... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Glasgow targeted by hydrogen partnership

A partnership has been formed to promote green hydrogen production facilities and refuelling stations in Scotland.  The Green Hydrogen for Scotland partnership comprises BOC, ITM Power and ScottishPower Renewables. It will promote the use of ‘green’ hydrogen produced by... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

ANPR cameras earn their keep

Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) CCTV enforcement cameras deployed to enforce parking and moving traffic restrictions in the London Borough of Richmond  generate annual income about ten times greater than their operating cost. “The average volume of income generated per camera... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Palmer revisits technology for CAM and joins GCP’s board

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority is re-examining the case for using smaller vehicles on its Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM) project, which could reduce infrastructure costs.  CAM is envisaged as a public transport network focused on Cambridge with routes extending... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Councils may fund grid upgrades for EVs

The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) may invest in the local electricity network to ensure it can support an anticipated growth in electric vehicle numbers.   The GCP comprises three local authorities: Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District... continue

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21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

Enforcement camera systems compared

The London Borough of Havering is considering three manufacturers’ camera enforcement systems for a weight restriction that lorries regularly flout.  The council plans to install a camera enforcement scheme to enforce an existing 7.5-tonne restriction in Rainham village. Offices are... continue

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21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News

All change, no change?

Although our title is ‘Local Transport Today’ our role is not wholly defined these days by those words, as our coverage often embraces wider issues that impinge upon the UK’s overall transport policy planning and delivery landscape. A significant example of the relationship... continue

21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today Comment
Rik Thomas

Rik Thomas

LTT writer Rik Thomas (pictured) has... continue

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21 Sep 2020Local Transport Today People
Green parking spaces for electric vehicles

Green parking spaces for electric vehicles

Mark Moran

Parking spaces for electric vehicles (EVs) could be painted green as part of the UK government’s programme of support... continue

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10 Sep 2020Parking Review News
Electric vehicle hub launched at Hatfield rail station

Electric vehicle hub launched at Hatfield rail station

Mark Moran

A railway station electric vehicle charging hub has... continue

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10 Sep 2020Parking Review News

Moving traffic enforcement generates £58m

Mark Moran

The enforcement of moving traffic offences such as stopping in a yellow box junction, making an illegal turn or driving down a ‘no entry’ road generated £58.2m in penalties in 2018-19 for local authorities. This is £11.5m more than the £46.7m generated in 2016-17,... continue

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10 Sep 2020Parking Review News

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