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15 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News
Brighton eyes city-wide ULEZ and less central area traffic

Brighton eyes city-wide ULEZ and less central area traffic

An ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) covering the built- up area of Brighton & Hove is being studied by the city council.  Councillors this week approved further work on five possible ULEZ geographies. A consultant’s... continue

24 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News
York to add e-bike rental to e-scooters

York to add e-bike rental to e-scooters

E-bike rental is to be introduced alongside an expansion of York’s e-scooter rental scheme. E-scooter rental operator TIER plans to add e-bikes its... continue

24 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

App directs drivers to cheap fuel

A new app for motorists shows the best fuel prices in their area, the location of electric vehicle charge points, car washes, and car parks with more than 25 spaces. The algorithm in the free myAutomate app presents fuel prices in order of distance, allowing the user to decide if the best price is... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Hydrogen train project for Scotland

Scotland’s first hydrogen-powered train could be launched in November to coincide with the climate summit in Glasgow. A redundant ScotRail Class 314 electric multiple unit, formerly used in the Glasgow area, is being converted at the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway. Scottish Enterprise,... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Tram-train data hub launched

A Cloud-based data hub dedicated to tram-train technology has been launched by Network Rail, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, and Stagecoach Supertram. The Tram Train Pilot Learning Hub contains information drawn from the experience of designing, constructing and operating... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Council to revert to pre-Covid bus reimbursement payments

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council looks likely to revert to paying a higher level of concessionary fare reimbursement to bus operators after temporarily cutting payments late last year.  The DfT has encouraged travel concession authorities to reimburse operators for concessionary... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Cornwall’s low bus fare pilot delayed

Cornwall Council has delayed the introduction of a reduced bus fares pilot scheme because of Covid-19. The DfT awarded Cornwall £23.5m for a four-year low bus fares pilot in September 2019 (LTT 11 Oct 19). Cornwall says the DfT has accepted that the pilot should be introduced “at a time... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News
Obituary: Paul Withrington

Obituary: Paul Withrington

Paul Withrington was the most prolific contributor to LTT’s letters column of the last 20 years.... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today Comment

TfL and WMCA drop cashless plans

Transport for London and the West Midlands Combined Authority have withdrawn plans for fully cashless ticketing in recognition that many people don’t have bank accounts. TfL planned to make all ticket offices and machines at Tube, DLR and Overground stations cashless. London TravelWatch... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

TfL fare rises revealed

Sadiq Khan has announced details of the fare increases from 1 March that were demanded by the Government as part of Transport for London’s Covid-19 rescue package. Fares will rise by RPI+1 (2.6 per cent) overall. On the Tube, pay-as-you-go fares will typically increase by 10p or 20p. The bus... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Salter leads PJA in Cambs

Mike Salter has joined transport planning, placemaking and engineering consultancy PJA as a director to lead the firm’s new Cambridge office. Salter moves from Mott MacDonald where he had been transport planning projects director since 2017 and the firm’s city director for Cambridge... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today People

Pickworth joins SWARCO

Traffic technology business SWARCO Traffic has appointed John Pickworth as its new managing director, succeeding Berony Abraham who served for two years. Pickworth joins from engineering consultancy Pell Frischmann, where he was responsible for creating and delivering its ITS market strate... continue

22 Jan 2021Local Transport Today People

Coventry & Oxford win electric bus fund

Coventry and Oxford were named this week as the  winners of the DfT’s all-electric bus competition. Each city could be awarded up to £50m to introduce an all-electric bus network. The funding will also pay for new infrastructure, such as charging stations and electric grid... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Legal challenge launched against national networks NPS

Environmental activists have launched a new legal challenge against the Government’s transport policies, this time focusing on the National Policy Statement (NPS) for National Networks. The action is being pursued by the Transport Action Network (TAN), which has been granted a separate... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Collisions down near city’s speed cams

Coventry City Council has recorded a big drop in injury accidents and speeds on roads where average speed enforcement cameras have been installed. Cameras were erected on the 40mph Ansty and London roads in January 2019. Three-year ‘before’ data for Ansty Road records 32 injury... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News
LTN street closures don’t show on emergency service satnavs

LTN street closures don’t show on emergency service satnavs

Satnav systems used by the London Ambulance Service (LAS) and Metropolitan Police do not show the location of low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) street closures, many of which feature physical barriers.   Boroughs have closed roads... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Concessionary fares for Scots under 26?

The Scottish Government may extend concessionary fares on all public transport to everyone under the age of 26. A study into doing so was due to be completed last month. A consultation on free bus travel for under-19s closed on 7 December, with the policy expected to be implemented later this year... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

EEH targets 5% traffic reduction per decade

The England’s Economic Heartland alliance of local authorities wants to cut car trips in the region by five per cent a decade to help the country meet its net zero greenhouse gas target.  The traffic reduction target is likely to feature in the final version of the EEH’s transport... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Scots pledge 20% cut to car kms for climate

The Scottish Government has pledged to cut car kilometres by 20 per cent in just ten years as part of its climate change programme.  The Update to the Climate Change Plan states: “We are committed to reducing car kilometres by 20 per cent by 2030.” “This vision will take a... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Ealing identifies e-scooter locations

The London Borough of Ealing has identified Ealing Broadway and Acton as the first parts of the borough in which to trial e-scooters. Officers believe scooters could appeal in the areas because of the high number of journeys that involve interchange on Tubes and buses, and congestion.  ... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

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