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15 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News
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15 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Whitehall ‘steering MCA transport funds’

The Urban Transport Group expects the Government to try and exert considerable influence over how mayoral combined authorities spend a new fund for intra-city transport.  The Government has promised £4.2bn for long-term intra-city transport settlements for the eight mayoral combined... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Councils try to agree risk deal for new road

Leicestershire County Council is trying to reach agreement with Melton Borough Council on a risk-sharing agreement that will allow the county council to accept a Homes England grant for a major new road in Melton Mowbray. Homes England has offered Leicestershire a £15m Housing Infrastructure... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

HE ‘hitlist’ to demolish railway structures

Hundreds of potentially useful disused railway structures are threatened with demolition or infilling by Highways England, campaigners have warned. Highways England is responsible for managing the DfT’s Historical Railways Estate (HRE) – around 3,200 bridges, tunnels and viaducts, some... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

£5bn tag for Bakerloo Lewisham extension

Extending London Underground’s Bakerloo Line from Elephant & Castle to Lewisham in south London would probably cost about £5bn (2020 prices), Transport for London estimates.  Alex Williams, TfL’s director of city planning, revealed the figure in a report to TfL’s... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

M25 ‘not a London bypass’

Very little car and taxi traffic on the M25 is avoiding London entirely, analysis for the RAC Foundation has found.  Data from more than four million trips on the road shows that only 14 per cent bypassed the capital completely. The majority –  74 per cent – had an origin or... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Lincoln’s Eastern bypass opens

Lincoln’s 4.5-mile eastern bypass has opened to traffic, connecting the A15 Sleaford Road to the A158 Wragby Road. Lincolnshire County Council says the road has cost £122m to date but the final cost will not be known until all the accounts have been settled in the coming months. The DfT... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News
NIC leaves HS2’s eastern arm in sidings and NPR in limbo

NIC leaves HS2’s eastern arm in sidings and NPR in limbo

The eastern arm of HS2 from the West Midlands to Leeds is not a priority for improving the Midlands and the north of England’s rail connections, the National Infrastructure Commission has told ministers. It is also... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

National Transport Model peer review identifies output ‘flaws’

A peer review of the DfT’s National Transport Model (NTM) has questioned the credibility of model output showing that massively increasing road capacity results in lower motorway traffic volumes. The review team also expresses concern about a ‘backcasting’ exercise that shows a... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

NAO conducts modelling inquiry

The National Audit Office is examining how central government makes use of computer models. “The Government relies on hundreds – possibly thousands – of models for a huge variety of critical activities, from forecasting spending plans to guiding operational decision-making,”... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Pandemic will scupper models for months, says Willumsen

Transport modelling and forecasting expert Luis (Pilo) Willumsen has warned that disruption caused by the Covid pandemic means it will be many months before a baseline for reliable new forecasts for traffic and travel behaviour can be established. In an article analysing whether ‘Covid has... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Public transport vision for Cardiff city region

A long-term vision for public transport in Cardiff and the surrounding area has been proposed by a local academic. Mark Barry’s report, which has been passed to local authorities, looks at how the public transport network could develop beyond 2023/24 when the current programme of work to... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News
MHCLG to release £281m for DLR works

MHCLG to release £281m for DLR works

Transport for London is finalising an agreement with the Government for £281m of Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) grant for the... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

New station planned for Preston

Lancashire County Council is preparing a planning application for a new railway station, Cottam Parkway, on the Preston-Blackpool line, 3.5 miles northwest of Preston and two miles east of Salwick station. Cottam Parkway will be accessed from the new Preston Western Distributor road connecting the... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Build Golborne Link, say councils

Local authorities in Lancashire are urging the Government to build the Golborne Link section of HS2, connecting the Crewe-Manchester line to the West Coast Main Line near Golborne, Wigan. Transport secretary Grant Shapps recently questioned the value of building the link. But Nick Gerrard,... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Hope for Blackpool tramway extensions

A plan to extend the Blackpool and Fleetwood Tramway at both ends (LTT 24 Jan 20) remains alive despite the Government rejecting a bid to the Future High Streets fund for study work (LTT 30 Nov 20). Councils have made a successful bid to the DfT’s Restoring Your Railway fund to develop a... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Stoke hopes to avoid need for air quality traffic restrictions

stoke-on-Trent City Council is in talks with ministers about whether a new plan can be devised to cut air pollution that removes the need for peak period traffic restrictions on two major roads.  The clean air plan work by  Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme councils has pointed to... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News

Council to invite donations to transport

Birmingham City Council is to trial crowdfunding of low-cost transport measures, including cycle parking and even car club vehicles. Communities could be invited to help fund initiatives such as: cycling lessons for children; additional cycle parking; car clubs; improvements to local parks; and... continue

11 Jan 2021Local Transport Today News
Residents invited to propose LTNs in Bath

Residents invited to propose LTNs in Bath

Bath & North East Somerset Council is to invite residents to propose the closure of their streets to through vehicular traffic.  The Lib Dem... 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

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