Highways authorities don't recognise their role in creating a sense of place, says report

Highways authorities don't recognise their role in creating a sense of place, says report

The design of new housing developments in England is overwhelmingly ‘mediocre’ or ‘poor’, with less-affluent communities the worst affected, according to a national audit conducted by UCL for CPRE, the countryside charity, and the Place... continue

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Steer sets ball rolling on new rail tunnel under the Irish Sea

Steer sets ball rolling on new rail tunnel under the Irish Sea

Andrew Forster

The consultant who was instrumental in putting HS2 on the... continue

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Lack of CAZ autopay irks FTA

The Freight Transport Association has voiced frustration at the Government’s decision not to provide an account-based autopay facility for clean air zone charges.  The Government is creating a national payment portal for all charging CAZs in England, simplifying the payment process. But... continue

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Emissions-based parking fees for Bath

Bath and North East Somerset Council is planning to introduce emission-based pricing for residents parking permits. Permit prices will vary according to a vehicle’s carbon dioxide emissions and owners of diesel cars  will have to pay a supplement. In a report to councillors, officers... continue

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Islington spends £122k on ULEZ fees

The London Borough of Islington spent more than £122,000 on ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEZ) charges for its own vehicles in the first eight months of the scheme’s operation from April to November last year.... continue

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Newcastle’s clean air plan ‘illogical’

The Freight Transport Association has criticised Newcastle City Council’s plan to reduce capacity on the Tyne Bridge between Newcastle and Gateshead as part of its clean air plan, which also includes a Class C charging clean air zone in the city centre. The FTA said closing one of the two... continue

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Councillors endorse Bath’s Class C CAZ

Councillors endorse Bath’s Class C CAZ

Bath and North East Somerset Council (B&NES) has submitted a plan to ministers  for a Class C clean air zone in Bath. If approved, then from 4... continue

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Commons citizens’ assembly meets to discuss net zero

Commons citizens’ assembly meets to discuss net zero

Andrew Forster

The first meeting of the House of Commons’... continue

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Rail-based metro plan for Glasgow Airport

A light rail line or some other form of rail-based metro could be built between Glasgow Airport and Paisley Gilmour Street rail- way station as the first phase of a network for the conurbation. The leaders of Glasgow City Council and Renfrewshire Council are understood to have reached agreement on... continue

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Blackpool Tram extensions?

Blackpool Tram extensions?

Councils in Lancashire are seeking funding for a study into extending the Blackpool... continue

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Fiddling while (insert your country here) burns

Fiddling while (insert your country here) burns

John Dales, Urban Movement

The economy is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the environment, not the reverse. I wish I’d said that. But it was, in fact, Herman Daly... continue

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Everyone is declaring a climate emergency but policy remains at sixes and sevens

Everyone is declaring a climate emergency but policy remains at sixes and sevens

Lillian Burns

I enter the new decade in a state of some considerable confusion. My... continue

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Too many transport experts see car use as a problem

Terry Hudson Whitstable, Kent, CT5

The last edition of LTT arrived and I will not be wishing most contributors a ‘Happy New Year’, for what a depressing read it was for drivers and their families, with page-after-page of anti-driver rhetoric. Millions of people and families will have been out over the Christmas break... continue

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Trump on the money

When the House of Commons’ UK Climate Assembly meets for the first time this weekend, we can be fairly sure that it will not be spending much time debating US president Donald Trump’s comments about climate change at Davos. Trump’s attack on the entire agenda is far too leftfield... continue

24 Jan 2020Local Transport Today News

Long-haul flights swamp car commuting for CO2 emissions

David Hicks, Nottingham, NG7

I read with some surprise today Roger Davies’ letter ‘San Francisco shows the folly of an e-scooter free-for-all’ in the 20 December issue. Surprise, because I can’t understand how those submitting a contribution to a professional publication on transportation can, in 2020,... continue

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South Oxon roads hiatus goes on

The Government has given South Oxfordshire District Council until the end of this month to submit evidence that could influence the future of the area’s emerging local plan and £218m of roads grant for the town of Didcot.  Communities secretary Robert Jenrick intervened last... continue

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Glasgow city centre plans widespread 20mph speed limit

Drivers will be subjected to a 20mph speed limit on the vast majority of roads across Glasgow, under new plans agreed by councillors, reports the BBC. The restriction would apply to residential streets, the city centre and other main shopping areas. It will also be enforced where there... continue

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Plans for up to 200,000 new homes in locally-led garden towns and villages

Communities across England are set to benefit from thousands of new, better-designed homes thanks to an £8 million cash boost, Housing Minister Rt Hon Esther McVey MP has announced. A total of £6 million will be allocated to help new locally-led garden towns and villages progress... continue

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New greenspace and wellbeing guide for housing associations

Greenspace and Wellbeing: A Good Practice Guide for Housing Associations, has been published by Linc Cymru in Wales. Housing associations are well placed to help deliver benefits from access to the outdoors and green space, and this guide is a good starting point for housing associations who want... continue

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