Scottish cities win £22.5m funding for active travel projects

Scottish cities win £22.5m funding for active travel projects

Five active travel schemes have been awarded funding totalling £22.5m by the Scottish government. The shortlisted projects, to be delivered by charity Sustrans, will receive... continue

19 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News
Fake parking notices posted in Nottingham suburb

Fake parking notices posted in Nottingham suburb

Patrick McDonnell

Police are looking into bogus notices warning people not to park on the streets of a Nottingham suburb. The fake letters, which have attached... continue

18 Sep 2017Parking Review News

DfT studies if new technology can replace paper-based NTS

Andrew Forster

The DfT is reviewing the findings of two studies into how technology could be used in the National Travel Survey (NTS). Moving away from a paper-based survey may, however, lead to a break in the survey’s time series.   The NTS currently collects  data about household travel patterns... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

M4 relief road ‘at odds with the law’

The Welsh Government’s preparations for the M4 relief road risk “permanently damaging the spirit” of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, according to a fresh intervention in the road’s public inquiry by the official appointed to ensure the legislation is... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Ignore the environmentalists opposing Stonehenge tunnel

Malcolm Bulpitt, Maidstone, Kent ME15

In both the news and letters columns of the last issue you give space to the comments of UNESCO, and of a spokeswoman representing a branch of Friends of the Earth (FoE), who criticise Highways England over its proposals to improve the environment of Stonehenge.  Both organisations apparently... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today Comment
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Transport committee members named

Ten MPs have been appointed to the House of Commons transport committee, joining Labour’s Lilian Greenwood, who was elected chair in July. They are: Ronnie Cowan (SNP, Inverclyde); Steve Double (Con, St Austen and Newquay); Paul Girvan (Democratic Unionist Party, South Antrim); Huw Merriman... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

The case for a Capital-Region Transport Body

Derrick Ashley, Executive member for environment, planning and transport, Hertfordshire County Council

This is a time of change for transport planning, with a move to breaking down the artificial barriers created by local authority boundaries. The creation of bodies such as Transport for the North has generated impetus to improve transport links and enable economic growth. Amongst all this change,... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Welsh active travel maps ‘a mixed bag’

The first Integrated Network Maps produced by Welsh local authorities under the Active Travel (Wales) Act show a wide variation in proposed future provision of cycling and walking routes, according to Sustrans Cymru.  The charity believes the maps would have been more consistent had the Welsh... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Action plan for mobility impaired

Measures to make transport easier to use for the mobility impaired are outlined in a new draft accessibility action plan published by the DfT.  The document reveals that a quarter of Great Britain’s passenger rail vehicles do not meet modern accessibility standards. The deadline for... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Scots office for Local Transport Projects

Consultant Local Transport Projects will open a Scottish office following its appointment earlier this year to Scotland Excel’s four-year engineering and technical consultancy framework, which is used by councils. Director Andy Mayo said the firm would open an office “somewhere in... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Heartland sets out STB work

The England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) strategic alliance of councils has outlined a work programme that could lead to it seeking powers to become a statutory sub-national transport body (STB).   The alliance covers councils in central southern England, stretching from Oxfordshire in the... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Connect Roads renews HE contract

Highways England has awarded the Connect Roads consortium a £36m extension of its managing agent contract for an 18-mile section of motorway in Yorkshire between the M1 and M62 south and east of Leeds and the A1(M) south of Wetherby. The Government awarded a design, build, finance and operate... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Council talks on East Anglia transport group

Local authorities in the East of England met this week to discuss what may amount to the first steps in forming a statutory sub-national transport body (STB) for the area. The meeting to discuss a ‘sub-national transport group for East Anglia’ was convened by Suffolk County Council and... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Catapult helps transport start-ups

The Transport Systems Catapult has launched a programme to encourage business start-ups in the transport sector.    The Intelligent Mobility Accelerator is a partnership between the Catapult and Wayra UK, a start-up accelerator that is part of Telefónica Open Future. Network Rail... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News
County seeks support for capital-region transport body

County seeks support for capital-region transport body

Andrew Forster

Hertfordshire County Council has written to transport... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Partial A1 upgrade probed

Highways England is exploring upgrading only one section of the A1 between the M25 and Peterborough.  The A1 East of England strategic study, commissioned to inform the next five-year Road Investment Strategy, studied the 62-mile section of A1 from the M25 to Peterborough (jctn 17).  Last... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News
Incorporate HE’s roads into the  MRN, says Economic Heartland

Incorporate HE’s roads into the MRN, says Economic Heartland

England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) is pressing the  DfT to treat England’s most important local authority roads and the Highways England’s strategic road network as a single major road network instead of treating them... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News
Rethink Oxford-Cambridge Expressway plan, say councils

Rethink Oxford-Cambridge Expressway plan, say councils

Andrew Forster

Councils have expressed doubts about the... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Stonehenge tunnel route announced

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced the preferred route for the £1.6bn A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down improvement scheme, which includes a 1.8-mile tunnel at Stonehenge.  The DfT said the tunnel would “remove the traffic blight on local communities and enhance the... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

TfN studies trans-Pennine corridor

Transport for the North is procuring a Central Pennines Corridor study of ways to improve road, rail (and waterborne) transport links within an area encompassing Lancashire through to West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, East Riding and Hull. The study is due to report next summer.... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

TPS simplifies training

The Transport Planning Society (TPS) has revised its professional development scheme (PDS) for graduate trainees, reducing the time it takes to complete. The PDS provides much of the breadth and depth of skill necessary for the Transport Planning Professional (TPP) qualification.  Explaining... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

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