5 Dec 2018Parking Review Opinion

Land safeguarded for rail re-opening

Housebuilder CALA Homes has pledged to safeguard land for a railway station at a housing development near Stratford-on-Avon in Warwickshire, but says it is not obliged to progress the development of train services. Rail access was mentioned several times in the successful 2016 bid for Garden... continue

17 Dec 2018Local Transport Today News
Translink orders trains for rail growth

Translink orders trains for rail growth

A £15.4m plan to improve the public realm in front of York’s railway station has moved forward, with councillors approving the submission of a... continue

17 Dec 2018Local Transport Today News

EEH criticises Roads Fund allocation

England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) has criticised the Government’s allocation of the National Roads Fund between Highways England’s strategic road network and the local authority network. The Chancellor announced in November that the National Roads Fund would be worth... continue

17 Dec 2018Local Transport Today News

Urban transport data hub expanded

The Urban Transport Group has “refreshed” its ‘data hub’ website, providing an expanded range of datasets that can be analysed free of charge. The site, originally launched in July 2017, brings together previously separate data from sources such as the DfT, the Office for... continue

17 Dec 2018Local Transport Today News

Welsh Government warms to Joint Transport Authorities

Rhodri Clark

The Welsh Government is proposing to create a statutory Joint Transport Authority (JTA) to cover the whole of Wales, using powers it obtained in the Transport (Wales) Act 2006. In 2006, it was expected that the first JTA would replace the South East Wales Transport Alliance, a non-statutory... continue

17 Dec 2018Local Transport Today News

Models a priority for Wales’ new data unit

Transport for Wales is setting up an analytical unit that will develop a suite of regional multi-modal models as one of its first tasks. The models will cover rail, bus, highways and active travel modes and be applicable to the whole of Wales, building on TfW’s existing forecasting... continue

17 Dec 2018Local Transport Today News

Key route network for Bristol area

The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has published a proposed key route network (KRN) of the area’s most important roads. It features Highways England’s strategic road network, the DfT’s designated Major Road Network, and other critical routes. Although North Somerset... continue

17 Dec 2018Local Transport Today News
Rethink city centre grid roads, commission tells Glasgow

Rethink city centre grid roads, commission tells Glasgow

Glasgow City Council should rethink the purpose of its city centre grid road network and give more space and priority to active travel and public transport, an independent panel of experts has recommended. Council leader... continue

17 Dec 2018Local Transport Today News

Strategic planning powers retained

The Scottish Government’s proposal to abolish strategic development plans for Scotland’s city-regions has been removed from the Planning (Scotland) Bill.  Strategic development plans (SDPs) are currently prepared by strategic development plan authorities for four areas: Glasgow and... continue

17 Dec 2018Local Transport Today News

Ban on pavement parking ‘flawed’

Scottish transport secretary Michael Matheson has promised to re-examine proposed powers to ban pavement parking after an MSP said they could actually make the problem worse. During Parliamentary scrutiny of the Transport (Scotland) Bill, Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles said the powers to ban... continue

17 Dec 2018Local Transport Today News

HE opens bidding for smart motorways alliance contract

Highways England has invited companies to join a £4.5bn alliance to deliver smart motorway schemes featuring all-lane running and variable mandatory speed limits. The Government company has launched the procurement process for its ‘Smart Motorway Alliance’, with the intention to... continue

17 Dec 2018Local Transport Today News

Motorway naming rights?

The Government is reportedly looking into the idea of allowing companies to sponsor some of England’s busist motorways. The Times said Liz Truss, chief secretary to the Treasury, had been overheard discussing the plan in a London restaurant.  A political activist used Twitter to say... continue

17 Dec 2018Local Transport Today News

TfL consultancy frameworks tendered

Transport for London is procuring new frameworks covering transport professional services and projects and programme management. “The key strategic objectives of the new suite of frameworks include higher quality service provision, reduced costs and greater value for money,” it says.... continue

17 Dec 2018Local Transport Today News

Cornwall prepares road procurement

Cornwall Council has alerted the market to a design and build contract for a four-mile road connecting St Austell to the A30. The estimated scheme cost is £84.8m, which the DfT will part-fund. A ‘meet the buyer’ day will take place in January, and a tender is due to be advertised... continue

17 Dec 2018Local Transport Today News

Driverless bus - London Assembly - Crossrail

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s press release announcing funding for a driverless bus project between Fife and Edinburgh says the bus will travel across the “Forth Bridge – a UNESCO World Heritage site”. If that’s the case then passengers... continue

17 Dec 2018Local Transport Today Comment
Road pricing. Really? After the French riots, policy-makers need to think again

Road pricing. Really? After the French riots, policy-makers need to think again

Steve Melia Steve Melia University of the West of England

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17 Dec 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Road builders are back in control of transport policy

John Elliott Communications officer and vice-chair National transport committee The Local Government Technical Advisers Group Canterbury Kent CT2

In the 9 November edition, the front cover article quotes the Transport Planning Society as saying that the emphasis on cost benefit ratios “encourages promoters to abuse appraisal”. The TPS response to the DfT’s appraisal and modelling strategy consultation echoes many of the... continue

17 Dec 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Cash for town’s second interchange

A town could get a new transport interchange after the original one fell into disrepair because of a lack of cash to maintain it.  The Welsh Government has awarded Wrexham County Borough Council £10,000 for a study of a proposed ‘integrated transport hub’ at Ruabon... continue

17 Dec 2018Local Transport Today News
14 Dec 2018Local Transport Today News
Traffic + Parking: The kerbside is the city’s front line

Traffic + Parking: The kerbside is the city’s front line

Mark Moran

Traffic and parking management professionals will be... continue

13 Dec 2018Parking Review News

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