21 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News
What should be our priorities for appraisal reform, asks DfT

What should be our priorities for appraisal reform, asks DfT

Andrew Forster

The DfT is consulting on priorities for the next round of... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

TPS principles champion planners’ integrity

A set of principles to guide the behaviour of transport planners has been published by the Transport Planning Society.  Writing this week’s Viewpoint column, Keith Buchan, the Society’s director of director of skills, says: “The principles are part of the process of making... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News
­­Yousaf’s taskforce calls for active travel delivery reforms

­­Yousaf’s taskforce calls for active travel delivery reforms

Andrew Forster

Wide-ranging reforms to the way active travel programmes are... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Active travel measures cut as road costs rise

Active travel components of Welsh Government road schemes are being reduced to compensate for increased construction costs, Sustrans Cymru has claimed. Since 2013 Welsh ministers have been under an obligation to include provision for walkers and cyclists in road schemes. The Active Travel (Wales)... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News
Parking standards revamped  after housebuilder protests

Parking standards revamped after housebuilder protests

Andrew Forster

Worcestershire County Council has revised its proposed... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Joint committee for Swansea Bay

A Swansea Bay City Region joint committee is being set up to oversee the Swansea Bay city deal and take a regional approach to planning, transport and economic development. The committee comprises four councils: the City and County of Swansea; Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot and Pembrokeshire.... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Urbo exits London’s bike share market

Dockless bike hire firm Urbo is quitting London just months after starting operations.  A statement on the Irish company’s website says: “We regret to inform you that, from 4 July, Urbo will no longer be providing shared bike services in the London boroughs of Enfield, Waltham... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News
Brighton bike hire scheme expands as users cycle more than 400,000 miles

Brighton bike hire scheme expands as users cycle more than 400,000 miles

Brighton's bike share scheme (BTN BikeShare) is to expand with 120 new bikes and nine new hubs, mostly in Hove.  The scheme started last September with 450 bikes at 51 sites and, in the nine months since, has attracted 35,000 subscribers. Back in March, after gaining more than... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News
Bus powers shake-up at heart of Scotland’s Transport Bill

Bus powers shake-up at heart of Scotland’s Transport Bill

All local authorities in Scotland will be given the power to implement bus franchising, under powers contained in the Scottish Government’s new Transport (Scotland) Bill. The Bill also includes powers for the creation and... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News
Autonomous vehicles ‘could weaken case for roundabouts’

Autonomous vehicles ‘could weaken case for roundabouts’

Andrew Forster

Roundabouts could be replaced by signalised junctions... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Liverpool borrows to improve roads

Liverpool City Council is to borrow £185m over 25 years to improve the city’s road network. The majority (£160m) of the funding will be allocated to road reconstruction over the next five years with £25m allocated to resurfacing. The council says total capital financing... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Crowdfunding for bypass challenge

An opponent of Highways England’s plan to build an A27 Arundel Bypass through watermeadows and the South Downs National Park has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund a judicial review. Emma Tristram says Highways England’s consultation last year did not reveal the full environmental... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Permit schemes reviewed

Permit schemes for managing roadworks and utility works have helped reduce disruption for road users, according to a report by consultants Ecorys and Open Road Associates for the DfT. The authors report a reduction in the duration of works compared to the alternative noticing regime, and fewer... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Derby orders audit as road cost mushrooms

Derby City Council has asked an internal audit team to investigate an almost doubling of the cost of a road improvement scheme. The A52 Wyvern transport improvement scheme features extra lanes near the Wyvern junctions, carriageway resurfacing, a new skip road, a signal-controlled crossroads, and a... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Northern and Western bypasses for Durham

Northern and western relief roads for the city of Durham feature in the county council’s local plan consultation.  A Northern Relief Road connecting the A691 and A690 would feature a new crossing of the River Wear. The council says the road, which has been mooted ever since the 1970s,... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News
Westminster pulls the plug on Khan’s vision for Oxford Street

Westminster pulls the plug on Khan’s vision for Oxford Street

Andrew Forster

London mayor Sadiq Khan’s plan to transform Oxford... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Legal challenge to cycle superhighway

Westminster City Council has applied for a judicial review to halt TfL’s construction of Cycle Superhighway 11 between Swiss Cottage and central London.  TfL announced in May that it plans to start work on the Swiss Cottage part of the scheme next month (LTT 11 May). Swiss Cottage lies... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Rail industry urged to pilot Swiss approach to timetabling

Andrew Forster

The Government should create a Strategic Timetabling Authority to plan the rail timetable and settle disputes about priorities, a timetabling expert has said.   Jonathan Tyler of consultant Passenger Transport Networks says the current rail timetable is full of irregularities and poor... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

DfT explores ways to cut Cross Country franchise overcrowding

Reducing overcrowding is the Government’s top priority for the next Cross Country trains franchise. The current Cross Country (XC) franchise, operated by DB-owned Arriva, is due to expire in late 2019 but can be extended by up to one year. Consultation on the specification for the new... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

Airport’s bid for more rail services rejected

The DfT has rejected a call from the owner of Luton Airport for more East Midlands trains to call at Luton Airport Parkway station.  The station is currently served by Thameslink trains and just one East Midlands Trains service an hour. The airport wanted the DfT to increase East Midlands... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today News

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