Active travel is best hope for tackling 'huge burden of disease'

Active travel is best hope for tackling 'huge burden of disease'

Transport strategies that turn vehicle-dominated streets into ‘people places’ will do much to tackle the health and social challenges that we face, believes Lucy Saunders Mayor of... continue

20 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

John Dales

John Dales

Transport for London: not just an organisation, but a city-first approach to transport planning

So, seven years after its predecessor was launched, the draft of the new Mayor’s Transport Strategy (MTS) for London has...

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today Comment
Gatwick presses for Brighton rail upgrade

Gatwick presses for Brighton rail upgrade

Gatwick Airport is calling on the Government to commit funding to a major increase in rail capacity on the London to Brighton railway.   The rail upgrade is... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

‘Big freight potential for East West Railway’

Ministers must not use cost-cutting or new funding mechanisms to undermine the East West Rail (EWR) project’s potential to carry freight, the Rail Freight Group (RFG) has said. The DfT is currently reviewing East West Rail chairman Rob Brighouse’s report into how the costs of EWR phase... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

Councils asked to consent to England’s first statutory STB

Andrew Forster

Local transport authorities in the north of England are being asked to give consent to the Secretary of State’s regulations establishing Transport for the North – England’s first sub-national transport body (STB). As a statutory STB, TfN will be responsible for preparing a... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

All change for Newcastle Central

The layout of Newcastle Central railway station will have to change significantly to accommodate HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail services, according to the North East Combined Authority. “To date very preliminary plans for reconfiguring the platform layout are being developed,” said... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

EV charge points life expired

Most electric vehicle charging points installed in the North East of England with Government money just a few years ago are reaching the end of their useful life, says the North East Combined Authority.   Tobyn Hughes, NECA’s managing director of transport operations, said no provision... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

Coventry bids to be testbed for CAVs

Coventry’s roads could become a testing ground for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) under plans submitted to Government.  Coventry, Transport for the West Midlands, and unnamed partners have submitted a bid to Innovate UK’s £55m connected and autonomous vehicles... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

DfT probes safety of car software updates

The DfT is commissioning research to understand how safety critical software updates are managed in different industries, to inform how they should be managed in the automotive sector. All vehicles and their safety functions currently have to obtain safety certification, known as type approval. But... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News
TfL probes policy & regulatory tools to control use of CAVs

TfL probes policy & regulatory tools to control use of CAVs

Andrew Forster

The introduction of connected and autonomous vehicles... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

All change for Croydon junction

Transport for London and the London Borough of Croydon are consulting on changes to the Fiveways junction on the A23. Actions include: replacing and widening the A23 Purley Way bridge over the railway; creating a new public space at Fiveways Corner; increasing and simplifying pedestrian crossings;... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

Cambs opposes NR’s crossing closure plan

Cambridgeshire County Council has objected to half the proposed level crossing closures/downgrades being proposed by Network Rail in the county. Network Rail has submitted a Transport and Works Act Order application for 29 changes in Cambridgeshire, as part of a wider programme for the Anglia... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

Cash released for Metro route planning

West Midlands Combined Authority is to spend £9.5m on taking the ten-mile Midland Metro route from Digbeth in East Birmingham to Solihull through the Transport and Works Act Order process. The initial outline business case shows an outturn cost of £735m, including a 50% optimism bias... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News
Total Transport promised a bright future for DRT, but has yet to deliver the goods

Total Transport promised a bright future for DRT, but has yet to deliver the goods

Barry Connor

In 2009 a paper in the journal Research in Transportation Economics highlighted... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Balfour Beatty teams up with designers

Construction company Balfour Beatty has signed a ‘UK strategic design consultant partnership’ with Atkins, Mott MacDonald and WSP. The partnership will “focus” Balfour Beatty’s procurement of design consultants for projects towards the three firms, with standard terms... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

Oxford to Cambs Expressway contract

Highways England has awarded consultant Jacobs a £15.1m contract to conduct the options stage of the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway project. The contract runs to 30 September 2019. It was procured via lot 1 of the HE’s collaborative delivery framework. ... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

Arcadis wins A66 dualling contract

Highways England has awarded consultant Arcadis a £1.7m contract to undertake the options stage for completing the dualling of the A66 Transpennine road between Penrith and Scotch Corner. The contract runs to 26 March 2019. The appointment was procured via lot 1 of the HE’s... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

Embattled Carillion reviews business

Infrastructure and property services group Carillion is reviewing its operations in response to growing financial problems.   Carillion is one of the largest contractors in the UK road and rail sectors and is a member of a joint venture that has just secured two of the HS2 phase one... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

Grayling announces winners of HS2 phase one contracts

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced the winners of £6.6bn of contracts for construction of the London to West Midlands phase of HS2. Shortlisted bidders for the station design contracts have also been named.  The civils contracts are split into two stages: stage one covering... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

Further cost rise for Metrobus route

The estimated cost of the Metrobus bus rapid transit (BRT) programme in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset has risen again.  MetroBus comprises three routes: Ashton Vale to Temple Meads, Bristol’s North Fringe to Hengrove, and the South Bristol Link. The South Bristol Link... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News
Guide promotes bus-friendly new housing developments

Guide promotes bus-friendly new housing developments

Andrew Forster

Stagecoach has published guidance for local... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today News

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