KPMG study ranks Netherlands best prepared for self-driving revolution

KPMG study ranks Netherlands best prepared for self-driving revolution

The Netherlands is in pole position to make the transition to automated transport, reveals a new report from professional service company KPMG. It found that the Netherlands came top in a cross-section of 20... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News
Creating better streets: new advice to help us focus on outcomes, not jargon

Creating better streets: new advice to help us focus on outcomes, not jargon

It’s been (literally) years in the making, but the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation’s much-needed review of so-called ‘Shared Space’ has finally been published. Entitled Creating better streets: Inclusive and accessible places, the review marks an important... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Expanded road programme: a failure to learn from history

Elsa Woodward High Wycombe HP13

The new National Roads Fund, probably worth about £6bn a year and to be established in 2020, is to support improvements to the Major Road Network (MRN) and the Strategic Road Network (SRN) – a total of about 8,000 miles of road – paying for things such as bypasses, major junction... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Who will pay the price?

How the mighty have fallen. Four years ago, construction and support services company Carillion was bidding to merge with its larger but troubled rival Balfour Beatty. Yet on Monday Carillion itself was placed in liquidation. Commentators have criticised clients for awarding new contracts to... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Has Transport-Watch chief ever read his critics’ letters?

Malcolm Bulpitt Loose, Maidstone Kent ME15

I have come to the conclusion that your correspondent Paul Withrington appears not to read your Letters page even though he frequently features on it.  Yet again (LTT 05 Jan) he returns to his sixties-era proposal to convert railway rights-of-way to roads. On numerous occasions readers, who... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today Comment
Everyone says transport is good for the economy. But does anyone really know?

Everyone says transport is good for the economy. But does anyone really know?

Steve Melia Centre for Transport and Society

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19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today Comment
Transport bodies grapple with demanding new data rules

Transport bodies grapple with demanding new data rules

Rhodri Clark

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today Features

Subs may take over contracts

Some of Carillion’s subcontractors could be promoted to prime contractor status on road schemes in Wales. Carillion was contracted to deliver improvements to the A40 in Pembrokeshire and design new junctions to replace two roundabouts on the A55 in Conwy.  On the A40 works, Welsh finance... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Birmingham tenders for car club operator

Birmingham city Council is tendering for a new car club contract that will include a number of ‘floating bays’, giving users more flexibility about where they leave vehicles.  Enterprise holds the council’s current car club contract. The scheme operates from nine bays, eight... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today Business Briefing

HE launches tender for £8.7bn programme of enhancements

Andrew Forster

Highways England this week launched the tender process for a set of regionally-based contracts to deliver an estimated £8.7bn of major road improvements over the next six years.   Regional delivery integration partners (DIPs) – comprising contractors and their design consultants... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Road user experience & governance probed

A competition has been launched to develop ideas for how the user experience and governance of England’s road network could develop over the next 30 years.  The Rees Jeffreys Road Fund is inviting individuals and organisations to submit abstracts of up to 1,000 words on either topic. For... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News

Ministers tight-lipped on M4 road final costs

The Welsh Government has refused to disclose what the estimated cost of the M4 Relief Road is if VAT and inflation are included. LTT requested the information last week after new evidence submitted by the Government to the scheme’s public inquiry revealed that the revised cost estimate is... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News
£50,000 for winner of NIC’s roads of the future challenge

£50,000 for winner of NIC’s roads of the future challenge

Andrew Forster

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has invited... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News

£30bn road budget envisaged

Highways England hopes to receive about £30bn from the National Roads Fund over the five years of the next Road Investment Strategy period, a senior official has told LTT. Highways England’s budget for Road Period 2 (2020/21-2024/25) will be finalised in summer 2019 when the DfT... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News
One-way streets and bus bans

One-way streets and bus bans

Andrew Forster

Buses could be removed from some of Oxford city centre’s busiest streets... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News

New station costs are probably too high – NR

Network Rail has accepted that a £28.6m cost estimate for re-opening a station on the Newcastle-Carlisle line is likely to be an over-estimate, says Northumberland County Council.  Gilsland station, between Haltwhistle and Brampton, closed in 1967. There is local support for it to... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News

Solihull wants HS2 station re-designed

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council is to seek changes to the design of the Birmingham Interchange station contained in the High Speed Rail (London to West Midlands) Act 2017. The council’s cabinet received a private report on the matter last week, which recommended the submission of a... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News

City’s new bridge ‘needs six lanes’

Reducing the capacity of a new road bridge for traffic entering Aberdeen from the south would cause congestion, city councillors have heard. Councillors received a report last January proposing construction of a six-lane bridge adjacent to the existing Bridge of Dee, which would then be used by... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News

Cash for roads to help development

Highways England has awarded £16.6m towards road improvements that will open up land for new homes and employment use. The funding, from HE’s growth and housing fund, will be used for five schemes: the A404/A4155 Westhorpe interchange improvements in Buckinghamshire; the M58 Wigan Link... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News

Tees Valley studies funding for new roads

Tees Valley Combined Authority is developing business cases for three major road improvements, including two crossings of the River Tees.  The two most advanced projects are a new Tees Crossing and the Darlington Northern Link road. The Tees Crossing would be built adjacent to the existing... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News
Preston’s £161m road backed by LEP

Preston’s £161m road backed by LEP

Lancashire’s Local Enterprise Partnership has granted conditional approval to a £161m (outturn prices) new road in... continue

19 Jan 2018Local Transport Today News

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