15 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News
New approach to protecting roads from severe weather

New approach to protecting roads from severe weather

A group of councils in the southwest of England believe they can significantly reduce the environmental and economic impact of weather-related events on road networks thanks to a new modelling tool. The... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today Features

IOM launches active travel programme

The Isle of Man Government has launched a £3.8m Active Travel programme, led by charity Sustrans, to get more than 20% of people walking and cycling their everyday journeys by 2021. Sustrans were recruited to work on the four-year programme..... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News

Parents stressed by cars, says survey

New research from YouGov released to mark the start of International Walk to School Monhas found the Top 10 things British parents of 4 to 11-year-olds find most annoying about the school run. Traffic congestion and pavement parking top the list of things that annoy parents about the school run,... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News

Bulldozing homes proposed to tackle roadside air pollution

Demolishing houses along one of Britain’s most polluted roads has emerged as one of the best options in a study to address air quality problems. In 2016, it was revealed that A472 Hafod-yr-ynys Road, in the South Wales Valleys, suffered the highest concentrations of roadside nitrogen dioxide... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News

Fight to stop Oxford-Cambridge road

Campaigners have launched a court challenge to block a planned road expansion linking the cities of Oxford and Cambridge, claiming that the development would damage the environment. Lawyers for the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust are seeking a judicial review of the... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News

Five claims against Heathrow runway

Plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport received a setback in early October when the High Court gave permission for five separate claims against the runway to proceed to a full judicial review. The cases will be heard in March next year and the court could rule the plans unlawful in their... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News
Thames Crossing will feature UK’s longest road tunnel

Thames Crossing will feature UK’s longest road tunnel

Deniz Huseyin

The Highways Agency has published revised plans for... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News

New awards from Highways Agency

Highways England has launched a new set of awards championing the best aspects of the highways sector. The Highway England Awards aim to showcase individuals teams, projects and companies. Nominations are now open to all Highways England employees, its suppliers and their supply chain (including... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News

Skates to probe balance of road review group

Welsh transport secretary Ken Skates is to ask Vale of Glamorgan Council whether a group convened to review options for a proposed new road is sufficiently representative. Objectors to the scheme to build a road between M4 Junction 34 and the A48 claim that the review group is dominated by... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News

Skates pledges more transparency

Welsh transport secretary Ken Skates has revealed that his department will publish “indicative regional budgets” alongside its spending lines. He was responding to criticism from an Assembly Member about billions of pounds being earmarked for the M4 Relief Road, Metro and other projects... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News
Shared surfaces hiatus only applies to town centres - DfT

Shared surfaces hiatus only applies to town centres - DfT

The DfT has admitted a letter instructing councils in England to pause work on level surface street designs was targeted at town centres and not residential developments.  The DfT is now working with the Ministry of... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News
12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News

People’s Award shortlist announced

The shortlist for the inaugural People’s Award - which celebrates the positive impact of transport planning projects on communities – has been revealed by the Transport Planning Society. The shortlist includes a vintage bus route in Sevenoaks that has reportedly boosted the local... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today News

Phil Goodwin

Phil Goodwin

How should we use the road traffic forecasts in practice?

The point of traffic forecasting is to appraise transport policies and projects, and as usual the new DfT forecasts intend to...

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today Comment
‘Introducing road user charge need not be political suicide’

‘Introducing road user charge need not be political suicide’

Jonas Eliasson

Stockholm’s congestion charge scheme has proved... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today Features
Let’s embrace uncertainty when looking to the future

Let’s embrace uncertainty when looking to the future

Professor Glenn Lyons

The French philosopher Voltaire reportedly said:... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today Comment
Practitioners seek to improve DfT modelling & appraisal tools

Practitioners seek to improve DfT modelling & appraisal tools

Tom van Vuren

The last issue covered the LTT seminar on the future of... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today Comment
Travel behaviour campaigns must use social media to highlight health benefits

Travel behaviour campaigns must use social media to highlight health benefits

Martin Higgitt

I’ve done my fair share of travel behaviour change programmes in my... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Councils need proper powers to combat street clutter

Neil Humphrey Newcastle upon Tyne NE2

As a pedestrian, I read with interest John Dales’ latest column concerning walking (LTT 28 Sept). It is interesting to see that John considers that councils don’t conspire to block footways but simply cock up by allowing street clutter. The issue with phone and media hubs cunningly... continue

12 Oct 2018Local Transport Today Comment
Council-run parking contributes £3.58bn per year to London’s economy, says ITP report

Council-run parking contributes £3.58bn per year to London’s economy, says ITP report

Parking management undertaken by councils is an “essential public service” that benefits London’s economy while helping to deal with traffic, improve air quality and ensure better road safety, states a report commissioned by London Councils.  The London boroughs association commissioned consultant Integrated... continue

6 Oct 2018Parking Review News

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