New Sustainable Development Scorecard will ‘remove ambiguity’ from proposal assessment

New Sustainable Development Scorecard will ‘remove ambiguity’ from proposal assessment

Iceni Projects and the Sustainable Development Commission have launched the Sustainable Development Scorecard; a new free online tool that will ‘remove the ambiguity’ from the National Planning Policy Framework’s (NPPF) definition of... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News
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Waze trial has reduced Blackwall Tunnel breakdowns, says TfL

Patrick McDonnell

A trial involving social navigation app Waze has resulted in a drop in the number of vehicles breaking down or running out of fuel in Blackwall Tunnel, according to Transport for London (TfL). During the six-month trial there was a fall in the number of tunnel breakdowns compared with the same... continue

12 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News
British Parking Awards entry deadline extended to 8 January 2018

British Parking Awards entry deadline extended to 8 January 2018

The winners of the British Parking Awards 2018 will be revealed at a gala ceremony held in London during March by the comedian Lucy Porter. The competition is free to enter and, as is now traditional, the deadline for submissions has been extended to... continue

12 Dec 2017Parking Review News
Start spreading the news

Start spreading the news

Paul Nicholls

We are passionate about parking annual reports at Brighton & Hove... continue

11 Dec 2017Parking Review Opinion
Let’s look to the future

Let’s look to the future

Caroline Sheppard

When I was interviewed in 1992 to be the very first parking adjudicator... continue

11 Dec 2017Parking Review Features
Independent Appeals Service reviews year of challenges to PCNs issued  on private land

Independent Appeals Service reviews year of challenges to PCNs issued on private land

Almost 17,500 appeals against parking charges issued on private land were heard by the Independent Appeals Service (IAS) last year. The service provides motorists with independent redress in matters concerning the issue of a private parking charge by members of the International Parking Community’s Approved Operator Scheme. The appeals... continue

11 Dec 2017Parking Review News
The International Parking Community sets out its vision for the future

The International Parking Community sets out its vision for the future

Parking operators are increasingly engaging with motorists in the digital domain, and this is something that their representative bodies will also have to do. This was a key message delivered by the International Parking Community (IPC) at its 2017 annual conference.  IPC... continue

11 Dec 2017Parking Review Features

Inverurie station car park expands as interchange takes shape

The car park at Inverurie rail station in Aberdeenshire is being extended. The work will add a third more spaces, bringing the total number of spaces in the car park to 140. The project is an early phase of the Inverurie Transport Interchange being undertaken by Aberdeenshire Council, Nestrans and... continue

11 Dec 2017Parking Review News
Kettering General Hospital deck completed

Kettering General Hospital deck completed

Patrick McDonnell

Kettering General Hospital’s new car parking deck opened on 1 December. The new deck provides 240 additional car... continue

11 Dec 2017Parking Review News
Students create green space with Indigo at Cornish hospital

Students create green space with Indigo at Cornish hospital

Students from Cornwall College have won a landscaping competition run by parking company Indigo that has seen a lightwell at Derriford Hospital transformed into a meeting space for patients and visitors. The Lightwell Design... continue

8 Dec 2017Parking Review News
New commission needed to involve public in infrastructure, says report

New commission needed to involve public in infrastructure, says report

A new report has argued that the government should create a new commission to involve the public in major infrastructure projects. The absence of a national strategy for infrastructure has serious implications, says the independent Institute for Government (IfG) in its report... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News
Bike-based mobile charging service for electric cars

Bike-based mobile charging service for electric cars

Berlin-based Chargery offers a green mobile charging service for electric cars in urban areas. Based on smart data analysis, Chargery proposes bringing the charging station to its customers by bicycle,... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News
Housing boosts: £25m fund for local authorities and 'borrow to build'

Housing boosts: £25m fund for local authorities and 'borrow to build'

Housing and planning minister Alok Sharma has announced that the Planning Delivery Fund is open for bids. An initial £11 million will be available to bid for as the government aims to have 300,000 homes a year built. The Planning Delivery Fund prospectus... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today News

Yorkshire Post questions Grayling’s commitment to rapid development of Crossrail for the North

On 1 December Yorkshire Post opinion editor Tom Richmond, a long-time critic of the current government’s attitude towards transport investment in the north of England (see LTT 4 Aug, for example), took another pot shot at the current transport secretary, Chris Grayling. “The... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today Media Monitor
Guardian abandons pro-bike stance to criticise dockless hire schemes

Guardian abandons pro-bike stance to criticise dockless hire schemes

ON 24 NOVEMBER The Guardian suggested that the “future of dockless bicycles [is] under a cloud amid concerns there are too many bikes and not enough demand”. The article in which this suggestion was put forward made little reference to the situation in the... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today Media Monitor

A tale of two bodies

Setting up a new organisation can be an exhilarating experience, and one that brings great rewards, but it does not come without risk and the contrasting fortunes of the National Infrastructure Commission and the Transport Systems Catapult illustrate the point well.  The NIC, led by the... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today Comment

New thinking needed to solve cross-Channel lorry problems

Brian Dalton Purley, Surrey CR8

I read with interest your article on the Kent lorry park (‘Legal challenge brings axe down on Kent lorry park’ LTT24 Nov). I don’t support concreting over the countryside, so perhaps a method of managing lorries needs to be instigated that makes use of existing lorry parks, while... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Transport planning: problem-solving not trend planning

Stephen Plowden London NW1

David Metz attributes the decline in airline passengers between Japan and the UK to market maturity (‘Past performance is no guide to future performance in air passenger forecasting’ LTT 24 Nov).  I would like to agree with him, but isn’t it more likely that this decline is... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Geo-fencing could play a part in West Mids bike share

Sandeep Shingadia Head of programme development Transport for West Midlands Birmingham B19

In response to your article entitled ‘We don’t want dockless bikeshare in the West Mids, says TfWM’ (LTT10 Nov), I would like to highlight the positive opportunities that will arise out of this scheme: • The tender is open for any bikeshare operator to apply • The West... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Lord Adonis, Comfy train seat, Beeching Rail Cuts

Lord Adonis would hate the comparison, but he uses Twitter a bit like President Trump. In recent weeks the chair of the National Infrastructure Commission has been tweeting incessantly on a range of topics including overpaid university vice chancellors, the Government bailing out Stagecoach from... continue

8 Dec 2017Local Transport Today Comment

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