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Journey apps can help the visually impaired

Aira, along with tech leaders Moovit and Azure Maps, have joined forces to make public transit in and around urban areas more inclusive for blind and low vision riders and others by bringing together the technological expertise of each company to remove barriers that people with vision loss face in... continue

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A stock take on planning for the Garden Communities programme reveals some 'uncertainty'

A stock take on planning for the Garden Communities programme reveals some 'uncertainty'

Large-scale new developments have a role in helping to meet housing needs, and have at times received formal Government support. The latest iteration – Garden Communities – was launched in 2014, and the programme now includes 49 projects extending across all regions of England. Consultancy Lichfields has reviewed all 49 Garden... continue

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Less affluent families tend to be less active

Less affluent families tend to be less active

Children from less affluent families are less likely to participate in physical activity than their wealthier peers, suggests new figures from Sport England. The data, from the... continue

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Appraisal ‘at odds with climate agenda’

Current transport appraisal methods with their focus on time savings are inadequate for the climate change agenda, the chief executive of Transport for Wales?has said. James Price told the National Assembly for Wales inquiry on transport decarbonisation: “[One] thing I think is worthy of some... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News
Zero emission bus target for Wales a bit like Brexit – Skates

Zero emission bus target for Wales a bit like Brexit – Skates

Rhodri Clark

Welsh transport minister Ken Skates has said his... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Aberdeenshire ends free charging

Aberdeenshire Council is to start charging motorists for using its network of publicly accessible electric vehicle charging points.  About 25,000 charging events have taken place at Aberdeenshire’s charge points in the last 12 months, costing the council £36,847 for... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Streetlight EV chargers ‘impractical’

Reading borough Council has ruled out installing electric vehicle charging points in lamp posts on most of the residential streets it has surveyed.  Reading received funding from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for the ‘Go Electric Reading’ project to... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Scots EV charging joint working?

Local government in Scotland is starting to explore opportunities for collaboration on electric vehicle charge point installation, in order to dramatically expand levels of provision.   The board of Scotland’s Road Collaboration Programme has identified EV chargepoint design and... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Tories pledge big road & rail spend and further devolution

The Conservatives are the only major political party to pledge a big road building programme if they win the General Election.   The party’s manifesto also makes a promise to build the first part of the Northern Powerhouse Rail project but is non-committal on HS2 (see story below). It is... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Non-committal on HS2, committed to NPR phase 1

The Conservatives are non-committal about building HS2 but do pledge to build a new railway between Leeds and Manchester.  The party will study the recommendations of the Oakervee review into HS2 before making a decision. “HS2 is a great ambition, but will now cost at least £81bn... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Cycle infrastructure fund promised

The Conservatives have promised a new cycle infrastructure fund and mandatory design standards if they win the General Election. “We will create a new £350m Cycling Infrastructure Fund with mandatory design standards for new routes,” says the manifesto, adding: “We will... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Heathrow growth - up to private sector

The Conservatives say it is up to Heathrow Airport’s owners to make the expansion plans, including a third runway, workable. Boris Johnson has been a vocal opponent of the airport’s expansion but the manifesto notes Parliament’s support for the project. “It is for Heathrow... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Tories make cross-border pledges

The Conservatives promise better transport links between England and Wales. “To support our Union, we will upgrade the A55 as the main road transport artery for North Wales,” says the manifesto. A Marches Growth Deal is also promised, “focusing on cross-border infrastructure which... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

We’d build M4 relief road – Tories

The Conservatives have pledged to reinstate the proposed M4 relief road around the south of Newport if they ever win control of the National Assembly for Wales. The road was recently scrapped by the Labour-controlled Welsh Government. “A Welsh Conservative Government would deliver the M4... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Researchers estimate health impacts of pollution exposure

Andrew Forster

Estimates of health risks associated with exposure to air pollution are presented in a new report by academics at King’s College London.   The report presents statements about the impact of pollutants on individual health outcomes in nine English cities: London, Birmingham, Bristol,... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Pollution sensors ‘could mislead’

The use of low-cost air quality sensors by community groups and others could give a misleading picture of an area’s air quality, Hull City Council has warned.  Dave White, Hull’s air quality officer, told elected members that the  council’s environmental regulation team... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Personalised health statements

The report presents statements for various health outcomes in nine English cities, using four different measures. The following illustration is for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in London.  High vs low pollution days, change in risk  Living in London, your risk of experiencing an... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

Statements challenged

The health statements have been challenged by Paul Biggs, environment spokesman for the Alliance of British Drivers and a retired cancer researcher at the University of Birmingham. In a letter to the research team, Biggs says Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster have amongst the highest air... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News
Segregated cycleways for Leeds

Segregated cycleways for Leeds

Councillors in Leeds have approved plans for three new segregated cycleways in the city. Lanes will be installed on the... continue

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Sestran orders transport studies

Sestran, the South East Scotland transport partnership, is commissioning a series of studies to inform the preparation of its new regional transport strategy. One contract will see consultants prepare a report on the key transport issues facing the region, and undertake some preliminary options... continue

6 Dec 2019Local Transport Today News

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