Placemaking to increase productivity should be 'at the heart of a revised National Planning Policy Framework'

Placemaking to increase productivity should be 'at the heart of a revised National Planning Policy Framework'

Juliana O'Rourke

New research from the cross-party All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Building Communities has demonstrated the link between place, planning and increased productivity, and calls for placemaking to be at the heart of a revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) to help close the productivity gap. The cross-party... continue

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24 Sep 2020Local Transport Today News
The Hut Group plans car park near Manchester Airport

The Hut Group plans car park near Manchester Airport

Mark Moran

Distribution company The Hut Group (THG) is to... continue

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27 Oct 2020Parking Review News
Bike share success: lessons learnt from the biggest cycle hire service in the world

Bike share success: lessons learnt from the biggest cycle hire service in the world

Juliana O'Rourke

Smoove is a one-stop-shop bike share service supplier offering bikes,... continue

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27 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News
Utrecht’s 12,500-space bicycle parking garage

Utrecht’s 12,500-space bicycle parking garage

The world’s biggest bicycle parking in the world is now open for business. The €30m facility at Utrecht central railway station in the Netherlands has space for over... continue

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23 Oct 2020Parking Review News
Hendy accepts PM’s invite to study UK’s connectivity

Hendy accepts PM’s invite to study UK’s connectivity

Sir Peter Hendy will lead a study into ways of improving connections between the four nations of the UK on behalf of the Prime Minister. The exercise has got off to a bumpy start, however, with scepticism... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Metrolink extension key to Stockport plan

An extension of Greater Manchester’s Metrolink light rail system to Stockport is a vital part of plans to regenerate the town centre and its railway station.  Infrastructure proposals for the town centre and a station growth prospectus have just been published by Stockport Council and... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Ferry service for Hammersmith

A ferry service for pedestrians and cyclists will be launched early next year as a short-term replacement for the currently closed Hammersmith Bridge in west London. The bridge was  closed to vehicular traffic in April 2019 after the discovery of critical faults in the cast iron structure. In... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Micromobility Alliance formed for London

An alliance of micromobility and active travel groups has written to the Government urging it to support e-scooters in London and e-bikes and e-cargo bikes too.  Rental trials of e-scooters have already been launched elsewhere in England but a London trial remains uncertain (LTT 02... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Derby studies bigger authority

Derby City Council is to commission a study of local government reform options that could recommend it enlarges its geography. The unitary council was created in 1997 and is surrounded by two-tier Derbyshire. Derbyshire County Council is prepared to accept a unitary Derbyshire as part of local... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Axe temporary traffic guidance – petition

A petition on the Parliament website calling on the Government to scrap its guidance and funding for temporary traffic management measures “that cause congestion” has attracted more than 18,000 signatures within a week of launch.  The petition has been launched by David Tarsh, a... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News
TfL reveals borough street closure funding

TfL reveals borough street closure funding

TfL has released data showing how the £6.57m for ‘low traffic neighbourhood’  (LTN) schemes featuring residential street closures to traffic has... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Legal battle over Edinburgh LTN

The City of Edinburgh Council this week delayed a decision on introducing a controversial low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) scheme of road closures, apparently to give time to reflect on a legal opinion obtained by opponents suggesting that the project is unlawful. The LTN for the East Craigs area in... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

‘School streets’ cut car and bus use

‘School street’ traffic restrictions around primary schools in the London Borough of Croydon have cut car and public transport use, the council reports. Summarising results from the first 17 schools to have the restrictions, Stuart King, Croydon’s lead councillor for environment... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Pavement parking shake-up in Wales

The Welsh Government is to give local authorities the power to fine motorists who park on pavements. Ministers have accepted the  recommendation of an independent expert group that councils should be given civil enforcement powers to control pavement parking.   Deputy transport minister... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

HS2 and NPR integration starts to take shape in the North West

It’s taken some time, but the planning of HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) is slowly coming together. The DfT has just launched a consultation on changes to the HS2 proposals at Crewe, Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly, all of which will also help accommodate NPR services. It... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News
Connecting Liverpool into HS2 & NPR

Connecting Liverpool into HS2 & NPR

The DfT has accepted the case for making passive provision for two new junctions on the HS2 line between Crewe and Manchester that could... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Making Crewe a main HS2 hub

Proposed changes to the HS2 design at Crewe will allow many more high-speed services to call at the town’s station, helping to realise Cheshire East Council’s ambition for the station to become a major HS2 ‘hub’. The current design for HS2 phase 2a (West Midlands to Crewe)... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Manchester Airport: extra platforms

The DfT plans to increase the number of platforms at the Manchester Airport HS2 station from two to four to accommodate Northern Powerhouse Rail services. The station will be a through station on the Crewe-Manchester Piccadilly HS2 line. It’s delivery is subject to local partners agreeing to... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

Underground, overground: Manchester Piccadilly dispute rumbles on

The DFT is consulting on enlarging on plans to Manchester Piccadilly HS2 station so that it can accommodate Northern Powerhouse Rail services. Local political leaders remain critical of the proposals, however, and are continuing to lobby for HS2 and NPR services to be routed into a through station... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

First piece of Scots HS2 infrastructure

The first piece of HS2 infrastructure in Scotland is likely to be a depot for HS2 trains in Dumfries and Galloway. The depot, located between the A74(M) and West Coast Main Line at Annandale, 11 miles north of Carlisle station, would be used to stable and carry out light maintenance on high-speed... continue

19 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

SELEP juggles LGF grants

The South East England Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) is reviewing its capital programme to ensure its Local Growth Fund (LGF) grant is fully spent by the deadline at the end of March next year. SELEP forecasts that local authorities will actually spend £58m of LGF grant after the end... continue

16 Oct 2020Local Transport Today News

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