Environmental legal challenge to HS2

The past weeks have been defined by confused political messaging, in moves that make it quite clear that the dramatic increase in global communications channels definitly does not equate to more focused, clearer or even factually correct messages being communicated. One such confusion concerns the interrim works involving tree-felling now being carried out in the wake of the Government go-ahead for HS2. This comes in an era of climate emergency, and follows Boris Johnson's recent plea to restore 'the balance between humanity and nature'. HS2 is in the legal spotlight again as broadcaster Chris Packham seeks an urgent injunction to immediately halt HS2’s destruction of ancient woodlands. Packham and other campaigners have suggested that construction teams are allegedly ignoring the... continue

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COVID-19: Transport keeps us going

COVID-19: Transport keeps us going

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 a pandemic on 11 March and governments worldwide have taken wide-ranging... continue

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NI-Scots link ‘will be a tunnel’

The UK Government is investigating building a tunnel between southwest Scotland and Northern Ireland, not a bridge, a minister has revealed.  The Prime Minister has championed the idea of a new fixed link to Northern Ireland and has spoken about it being a bridge  (LTT 21 Feb). But... continue

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23 Mar 2020Local Transport Today News

Five-year transport deals for CAs

Eight of England’s combined authorities look set to receive five-year transport funding settlements worth a collective £4.2bn under proposals announced by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak in his Budget last week.  The eight combined authorities areas are: West Yorkshire, Greater... continue

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Future Mobility Zones named

Solent transport, the West of England Combined Authority, and Derby and Nottingham councils will receive a share of the Government’s £90m Future Mobility Zones funding pot to trial new transport technologies.  Drone deliveries will be trialled by Solent Transport, which covers... continue

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We must halve CO2 emissions by 2025, says Manchester

Andrew Forster

Manchester’s carbon dioxide emissions will have to be halved by 2025 in order to stay within the council’s self-imposed carbon budget. Surface transport accounts for 32 per cent of all emissions in the city.   The Labour-controlled council has set a budget for direct carbon dioxide... continue

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23 Mar 2020Local Transport Today News

Net Zero ‘the next Brexit’

The UK’s net zero greenhouse gas legislation has the potential to divide the country just as Brexit did, critics of the law have said.  Former Conservative and UKIP MP Douglas Carswell tweeted this month: “I wonder if this net zero commitment will replace Europhilia as the delusion... continue

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Public buy-in to Net Zero target ‘essential’

Public buy-in to Net Zero target ‘essential’

Huge efforts will have to be made to engage society if  the UK’s statutory net zero greenhouse gas emissions target is to be met, says a report by the Energy... continue

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Halve fossil fuel trips by 2024 – Haringey

The london Borough of Haringey wants to halve the number of journeys in the borough made by petrol and diesel vehicles by 2024 as part of its ‘climate emergency’ plan.  Haringey has brought forward its target for the borough becoming net zero from 2050 to 2041.  To achieve the... continue

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23 Mar 2020Local Transport Today News
Treasury launches spending review and Green Book revamp

Treasury launches spending review and Green Book revamp

Andrew Forster

The treasury has set out the terms for the... continue

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23 Mar 2020Local Transport Today News

Oxford-Cambridge Arc framework

The Government is to work with councils and others in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc to develop a long-term spatial framework for the area’s development, including thousands of new homes. The Government will examine the case for up to four new development corporations in the arc at Bedford, St... continue

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23 Mar 2020Local Transport Today News

Ministers study reform of planning system

The government is to launch a review of national planning policy in England.  “Land availability, as constrained by the planning system, is the most significant barrier to building more houses,” said the Treasury this week. Robert Jenrick, the secretary of state for housing,... continue

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23 Mar 2020Local Transport Today News
Leeds’ Clean Air Zone could outlive city’s air quality breach

Leeds’ Clean Air Zone could outlive city’s air quality breach

Andrew Forster

Leeds City Council is considering if its clean air zone... continue

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23 Mar 2020Local Transport Today News

CAZs will ruin businesses – hauliers

The Road Haulage Association is calling on the Government to reform clean air zone (CAZ) rules, claiming the restrictions are putting companies out of business.  Responding to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Road Freight & Logistics’ inquiry into CAZs, the Association said the... continue

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23 Mar 2020Local Transport Today News

More CNG filling stations for trucks

Biomethane compressed natural gas (CNG) fuelling stations for lorries have opened in Warrington and Northampton.  The facilities are operated by CNG Fuels, which already has stations at Leyland in Lancashire and Crewe in Cheshire. It plans to open a further six to eight stations in the next 12... continue

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Essex first stop for EV filling stations

The first of a network of electric vehicle charging ‘forecourts’ is under construction near Braintree in Essex. Gridserve, the company behind the plan, plans to deliver more than 100 such facilities across the country.  The Electric Forecourt® near Braintree is supported by a... continue

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23 Mar 2020Local Transport Today News

£300m more grant to tackle NO2

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced an extra £304m to help local authorities in England take immediate steps to reduce nitrogen dioxide emissions. The funding was announced in last week’s Budget. Further details are awaited. ... continue

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We must have seat at table for new rail plan, TfN tells Shapps

Andrew Forster

Transport for the North is demanding a major role in preparing the Government’s new integrated rail plan for the North and Midlands, and a key role in subsequent project delivery.  Doug Oakervee’s review of HS recommended the new plan and the Government published terms of reference... continue

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23 Mar 2020Local Transport Today News

HS2 and NPR access to Leeds probed

Further investigations are underway into how HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail services should access Leeds and Bradford. West Yorkshire Combined Authority has been working with Transport for the North, Network Rail and the DfT to examine options in an exercise that will inform the new integrated... continue

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23 Mar 2020Local Transport Today News

TfGM speaks out on rail freight capacity

Transport for Greater Manchester is calling for “pragmatic discussions” with the rail freight sector over the latter’s use of scarce rail capacity in the conurbation. The call comes after Transport for the North’s request to look at removing freight trains from the congested... continue

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23 Mar 2020Local Transport Today News

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