First reveals ticketing trials, as ex-Arriva CEO appointed chair

First reveals ticketing trials, as ex-Arriva CEO appointed chair

Andrew Forster

FirstGroup this week outlined a series of new bus ticketing trials and insisted it was “business as usual” for the bus division, despite preparations being made to separate it... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News
Pop-up EV charging points trialled in Oxford

Pop-up EV charging points trialled in Oxford

Pop-up electric vehicle charging points have been installed on a residential street in Oxford, in what is claimed to be the first application of its kind.   The UEone... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News
Wi-Fi fails to deliver reliable pedestrian data in Square Mile

Wi-Fi fails to deliver reliable pedestrian data in Square Mile

Andrew Forster

A trial to capture pedestrian movement data using the... continue

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Speed cams for air quality ‘next month’

Average speed cameras are being installed at five locations in Wales where the limit has been reduced to 50mph to improve local air quality. The Welsh Government said the installation work was due to be completed by the end of August and “the cameras will be operational from then on”.... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News
ZECs only on City’s covered street

ZECs only on City’s covered street

The Corporation of London has approved a plan to make a covered street in the City open to zero emission capable vehicles only. Beech... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News
Scots explore the practicality of Blue Badge LEZ exemption

Scots explore the practicality of Blue Badge LEZ exemption

Andrew Forster

The Scottish Government is exploring the practicality of... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News
Right-leaning think tank calls for pollution charges and fines

Right-leaning think tank calls for pollution charges and fines

The public should be given the power to report engine idlers and profit from the fines issued, according to a right of centre think tank. The recommendation is part of a much wider package of measures to tackle vehicle emissions set out in a... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

All-electric taxi & PHV fleet for SE Wales?

Taxis and private hire vehicles in Southeast Wales may have to be electric under plans being considered by the Cardiff Capital Region Transport Authority. The ten councils have appointed low emission vehicle research and consultancy organisation Cenex to advise on a strategy for low emission taxis... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Cardiff & Caerphilly must revisit CAZs

The Welsh Government has ordered Cardiff and Caerphilly Councils to conduct more analysis on their clean air plans, including further investigations of charging clean air zones.  Last year the Government ordered Cardiff and Caerphilly to develop action plans to comply with illegal levels of... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Ofgem baulks at DNO’s EV & HS2 funding requests

Electricity regulator Ofgem looks likely to reject applications to raise electricity costs to fund investment for electric vehicles and HS2. The regulator is consulting on requests from distribution network operators (DNOs) to raise funds for works that were not foreseen when the regulatory... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Regulated rail fares to rise 2.8 per cent

Regulated rail fares in England outside London and Merseyside are likely to rise by an average of 2.8 per cent next January, in line with the Retail Prices Index inflation measure for July, which was announced this week.... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News
Competitive bus environment puts city’s hydrogen trailblazer at risk

Competitive bus environment puts city’s hydrogen trailblazer at risk

Andrew Forster

the deregulated bus environment appears to have complicated... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Early scrappage of diesel vehicles could increase CO2

The early withdrawal of fossil fuel powered vehicles on environmental grounds could increase carbon dioxide emissions because of the emissions associated with vehicle manufacture, writes Rhodri Clark.   The expected service lives of many freight and passenger vehicles could be shortened as... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

£10 charge for GM concessions

Greater Manchester Combined Authority is introducing a £10 charge for older people to access free travel on Metrolink and local rail services after 09.30 Monday to Friday, and all day at weekends and public holidays. Eamon Boylan, GMCA’s chief executive officer, said the cost to... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Major fall in Belfast bike hire vandalism

Overnight closure of docking stations in problem areas is one of the methods that have dramatically reduced vandalism to Belfast’s hire bikes, the city council said this week. Damage to hire bikes has been a problem in several UK cities. Last year Mobike cited unsustainable losses from theft... continue

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Extra funding for EV on-street charging

The DfT has announced an additional £2.5m for installing on-street electric vehicle charge points in residential areas. Transport secretary Grant Shapps said the funding would pay for more than 1,000 new chargepoints.... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

In Passing

  The merits, or otherwise, or renationalising the operation of the rail network in the UK is a common topic of conversation in the media. But, as a recent article in The Independent pointed out, it is something of a moot point – as most of the railways are already run by the state, just... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Comment

Newspaper’s clean air campaign is fuelling hysteria

Paul Withrington, Director, Transport-Watch, Northampton, NN2

The Times has been running a vast campaign demanding a right to “clean air”, whatever that is. The campaign is lazy, misplaced scaremongering, which will inspire polices that damage the nation as a whole. The campaign is focused largely on road traffic and particularly the diesel. The... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Comment

Is technology in transport already out of control?

Mike Crowhurst, Leeds, LS25

Several recent (unconnected) developments have prompted some reflections (as a long-retired practitioner) among which a common theme is emerging around the relationship between technology and humanity in general and in transport in particular. I had better start by declaring more a bias than an... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Comment

Deregulated bus regime is a barrier to TfN’s ticketing dream

Roger Sexton, Nottingham, NG1

I am not surprised that Transport for the North’s ambitious proposal for just one public transport smartcard covering the whole of the north of England is running into difficulties (‘Bus operators unconvinced by TfN’s smart ticketing proposal’ LTT 02 Aug). The north of... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Comment

Non-exhaust emissions mean BRT is yesterday’s technology

Alan Wilkins, Area officer – South Wales Light Rail Transit Association, Newport, NP20

In the story ‘Fresh rapid transit study for Cardiff route’ (LTT 19 Jul) about the Llantrisant to Cardiff corridor, a bus industry source is quoted saying: “Why can’t that be a bus rapid transit corridor, with electric vehicles from the start?” It is most unfortunate... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Comment

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