Infrastructure

Council offers support to data analysis businesses

19/05/2022

Milton Keynes Council is offering businesses who are operating in the field of data analysis the opportunity to join a business acceleration programme.

Government to penalise companies for ‘plague of potholes’

13/05/2022

The Government will introduce new measures to penalise companies responsible for leaving potholes on the roads after carrying out street works.

DfT spent 15 times more on private than public EV chargers

12/05/2022

Study reveals public money spent on installing off-street residential electric vehicle chargers is 15 times what has been spent on public on-street chargers.

Levelling Up Bill to ‘empower local people’ published

12/05/2022

The Government has published the levelling up Bill which promises to transform struggling towns and support local leaders have more control of regeneration.

Building Wales’ digital future

11/05/2022

BT have recently published a brochure showcasing the organisations role in Building Wales’ Digital Future.

How IoT is helping local authorities keep their infrastructure assets safe from harm

21/04/2022

Manish Jethwa outlines how local authorities are using Internet of Things (IoT) to monitor infrastructure assets and remediate faults and other issues, as and when required.

Vast majority of EV drivers use public chargers

21/04/2022

The majority of electric vehicle (EV) drivers use public charge points with 40% using them once a week, a new survey has revealed.

Why local authorities need to re-think the role of urban farming in their planning

07/04/2022

New evidence from urban areas has shown that any space used for growing food provides all kinds of benefits to the eco-system and people's health. Dr Dan Evans reports.

Shapps launches £10m pilot EV charging fund

01/04/2022

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has written to local authority chief executives to launch a pilot £10m bidding scheme to boost local EV infrastructure.

Reaching net zero impossible without national planning policy changes

25/03/2022

Reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050 is impossible without urgent changes to national planning policy, countryside campaigners say.

Local bridge collapses up 70%

25/03/2022

The number of local road bridges that fully collapsed in Great Britain last year increased by 70%, according to a major survey.

Ratio of public chargers to EVs ‘rapidly deteriorated’

24/03/2022

The ratio of public standard chargers to electric vehicles has ‘rapidly deteriorated’, the automotive industry has warned.

BT partners with local authorities to boost mobile coverage in UK towns and cities

11/03/2022

BT is partnering with local authorities in town and cities across the UK, including London, Leeds and Birmingham, to boost mobile coverage by mounting small cell antennas on street furniture such as lampposts and CCTV columns.

Unlocking development in local authority areas impacted by nitrate pollution

25/02/2022

Matthew Stimson explores the issue of nitrate pollution and the potential role of local authorities in helping unlock development in effected areas.

New guide launched to help councils deliver charging points

23/02/2022

Local authorities are being urged to do more to ensure electric vehicle users have easy access to a reliable charge point in their area.

The UK Infrastructure Bank's first loan to Tees Valley

23/02/2022

What does the first 50-year £107m loan from the UK Infrastructure Bank mean for local government seeking investment? Mark Casey explains.

Automotive industry calls for mandated targets to boost EV infrastructure

16/02/2022

The UK automotive industry has called for mandated targets for the roll-out of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure supported by ring-fenced funding for local authorities.

Wales to consider bringing in a 'tourism tax'

11/02/2022

A consultation on allowing councils in Wales to launch new tourism taxes will be launched later this year.

Launch of pilot areas to speed up 4G and 5G rollout

09/02/2022

More mobile network equipment will be installed on street lights, bus shelters and traffic light in 44 English and Scottish council areas under a new pilot scheme to speed up 4G and 5G deployment.

Council pension schemes urged to invest in local economies

02/02/2022

Local government pension funds will be targetted to pump billions of pounds into regional economies as part of the new levelling up White Paper.

Electric car owners face different regional costs when using council-owned chargers

26/01/2022

Drivers in the South are being charged over a quarter (28%) more to charge their electric cars using council-owned chargers than those in the North, new research has revealed.

Councils urges rethink of overground HS2 station

21/01/2022

An underground station to accommodate HS2 in Manchester would deliver economic benefits worth £333m a year more than the current overground plan, new analysis has found.

Residential EV charging for everyone

10/01/2022

Hannah Budnitz explains how a free webinar will explore how much public charging is needed and where it should be installed.

National Infrastructure Commission to open new office in Leeds

20/12/2021

Leeds City Council has welcomed today’s announcement that the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) is opening a new office in Leeds.

Council withdraws CPO over problems with Beam Park Station

08/12/2021

Havering Council has decided to withdraw a compulsory purchase order (CPO) due to doubts over the future of plans to build a new station.

Counties call for strategic planning model

08/12/2021

County councils are facing 'excessive' pressures on their infrastructure due to housing development, according to a new report.

Top 100: Our most popular local government stories of 2021

06/12/2021

From the ongoing dispute over council pay, to how local government is adjusting in the wake of the pandemic, here are the most popular 100 stories on LocalGov from 2021.

Northern leaders call for re-think on 'woefully inadequate' rail plan

30/11/2021

Political leaders from across the North have written to the transport secretary to ‘propose a way forward’ on Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR).

New building regulations to deliver 145,000 charge points a year

22/11/2021

New homes and buildings such as supermarkets and workplaces, will be required to install electric vehicle charge points from next year, the Government has announced.

The public sector’s path to becoming Consciously Hybrid

22/11/2021

Effective digital transformation requires a ‘Consciously Hybrid’ approach to cloud, starting with unified, intentional infrastructure architecture.

Bradford has worst rail connections of any major British city

15/11/2021

The Yorkshire city of Bradford has the worst rail connections of any major British city, a new study of thousands of train journeys has found.

Counties warn of a 'chasm' in electric vehicle chargers

08/11/2021

There are more publicly available charging points in London than in England's counties combined, new analysis has shown.

Council plans to deliver thousands of on-street EV chargers by 2030

08/11/2021

West Sussex Council has unveiled plans to deliver nearly 10,000 on-street electric vehicle chargers, thought to be the largest deployment by a local authority.

Infrastructure funding worth £624m opens to house builders

05/11/2021

Loan funding of at least £624m will be made available to house builders to deliver up to 116,000 new homes, the Government has announced.

Two thirds of local authorities have no EV charging plans, research finds

04/11/2021

Two thirds of local authorities have no plans in place to install electric vehicle charge points (EVCPs), research has revealed.

Over 50% of councils spent nothing on EV chargers in 2021

29/10/2021

Over half of the UK’s local authorities spent nothing on electric vehicle charge points in the last 12 months, a freedom of information request has revealed.

What do we want to see from the Levelling Up White Paper?

15/10/2021

Zo Hoida discusses recent claims from the National Infrastructure Commission that the government’s ‘levelling up’ plan will fail.

How the 15-minute concept is key to tackling the climate crisis

14/10/2021

The concept of a 15-minute city, where everything you need is just a quarter of an hour away, could now be evolving into the ‘15-minute neighbourhood’. Dr Jose Hernandez? explains why.

Councils face legal obligation to plan and deliver for EVs

06/10/2021

The Government is considering imposing a statutory duty on local authorities to plan and deliver for electric vehicle infrastructure.

Scottish councils to receive £50m to unlock new housing

05/10/2021

Councils and other social landlords in Scotland will share £50m to build new housing infrastructure.

MPs call for metrics and monitoring to prevent white elephants

30/09/2021

The levelling up agenda ‘needs to move beyond rhetoric and on to delivery, requiring targets and metrics to enable Parliament and public to identify success’, MPs have said.

Government advisers press for funding overhaul

22/09/2021

The body charged with advising ministers on infrastructure has said competitive funding pots should be replaced.

Levelling up too focused on infrastructure, claims report

14/09/2021

Ministers’ ‘levelling up’ agenda is too focused on new infrastructure projects at the expense of improving key public services, councils representing English towns and cities have warned.

Chancellor forecasts £650bn infrastructure investment over coming decade

13/09/2021

The Government has announced a multi-billion-pound infrastructure investment programme which the Chancellor argues will support 425,000 jobs a year.

The future of e-mobility is built on rapid charging

13/09/2021

Menno Kardolus explains how e-mobility, smart energy management and rapid charging, will be key to enabling smart cities to grow and develop.

£4m trial to use street furniture to boost 5G roll out

09/09/2021

Street furniture and publicly-owned buildings will host 5G radio kit as part of a two-year government trial.

Council approves £6m plan to stabilise Hammersmith Bridge

19/08/2021

Hammersmith & Fulham Council has approved an innovative new £6m plan to stabilise Hammersmith Bridge at below the expected cost.

Three Lincolnshire councils agree new partnership

06/08/2021

Boston Borough, East Lindsey and South Holland District Councils have agreed to share a management team and workforce under the largest partnership of its kind in the country.

Two million rural homes to benefits from £5bn broadband upgrade

02/08/2021

Over two million rural homes and businesses are set to see improvements to their internet connection thanks to a £5bn broadband upgrade.

CMA warns about postcode lottery in electric vehicle charging

23/07/2021

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has expressed concerns over the speed in which local authorities are rolling out on-street electric vehicle charging.

Six ‘must haves’ for Boris’ levelling up vision

21/07/2021

Nigel Wilcock offers six important points to add to the levelling up debate.

Smart data can support local authorities in the rollout of electric vehicle charge points

15/07/2021

Predictive analytics based on real-time data is crucial to enabling local governments to meet their climate targets, argues Geoff McGrath.

Sunak announces launch of UK Infrastructure Bank

17/06/2021

Chancellor Rishi Sunak today announced the launch of a UK Infrastructure Bank which the Government argues will help level up the country by funding infrastructure projects.

Ofgem announces £300m investment in charging infrastructure

24/05/2021

Ofgem today announced that it is investing £300m in new infrastructure to support the roll out of 1,800 ultra-rapid charging points at motorway service areas.

Calls to ring-fence funding for ‘social plumbing’

13/05/2021

The Government should spend 25% of its ‘levelling up’ funding on public spaces such as parks and playgrounds to help revive ‘left behind towns’, a new report has argued.

Building a public EV charging network

05/05/2021

Cecilia Routledge looks at the seven key things that local authorities need to consider when installing EV chargepoints.

Westminster first UK council to install 1,000 EV charge points

28/04/2021

Westminster City Council is the first local authority in the UK to install more than 1,000 electric vehicle charge points.

Bigger phone masts under planning proposals

20/04/2021

Mobile companies will be allowed to make masts bigger in a bid to eliminate mobile signal blindspots by the Government.

Hammersmith Bridge could reopen as ‘double-decker crossing’

23/03/2021

Hammersmith Bridge could potentially reopen for pedestrians and cyclists next summer as a temporary double-decker crossing, the London borough has announced.

Why data must unite UK Infrastructure Bank and Levelling Up Fund

08/03/2021

Dr Nicola M Headlam explains why a data-led approach is absolutely vital for local government to avoid spending billions on white elephants.

Budget 2021: Leeds wins bank as infrastructure cash goes North

03/03/2021

The new National Infrastructure Bank will be based in Leeds, the chancellor revealed alongside other Budget announcements badged under the Government’s ‘leveling up’ agenda.

The future of rental in local government

03/03/2021

LocalGov found out how the regional and local COVID-19 testing centres were able to be built in just 12 hours.

Plan could double economic output of Oxford-Cambridge Arc to £200bn, minister says

18/02/2021

The Government has announced a ‘spatial framework’ plan aimed at transforming the economic and cultural potential of the area stretching between Oxford and Cambridge.

NIC calls for 'priority cities' to be given £30bn by 2040

17/02/2021

The Government should identify 'priority cities' and set aside £30bn for a pipeline of infrastructure projects by 2040 as part of an expansion of devolution, the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has urged.

Think tank's launches levelling up Big Bang theory

15/02/2021

The Government should launch a Northern Big Bang to ‘unleash a torrent of investment into the Northern economy’ says a report from a Conservative think-tank.

Government's EV charging plans 'won't be enough', report argues

02/02/2021

The UK needs to install public electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints five times faster than the current rate at an estimated cost of between £5bn and £10bn by 2030, a think tank has said.

Councils urged to bid for extended electric vehicle chargepoints funding

02/02/2021

Local authorities are being urged to apply for a share of £20m funding to help increase the number of on-street electric vehicle chargepoints.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority sets out plans for mass transit system

28/01/2021

Residents of West Yorkshire have been asked to give their views on plans for a new transport network that aims to connect the region’s communities to jobs, education and opportunities.

Report sets out need for new digital operating model

21/01/2021

Local and regional authorities should be given greater power and support to help the Government hit connectivity targets, a report has argued today.

Councils plan to install 35 on-street EV chargers each by 2025

20/01/2021

Councils are planning on installing just 35 on-street electric vehicle chargers each by 2025 on average, an investigation has revealed.

Jenrick announces £830m high street investment

04/01/2021

The Government has announced that millions of pounds of funding will be invested in 72 areas across England as part of the effort to help high streets recover from the impact of the pandemic.

Coventry named best for EV infrastructure for mainland UK

16/12/2020

Coventry City Council provides the most electric car chargers in mainland Britain, according to new research.

Sunak unveils a Spending Review for jobs, public services and infrastructure

25/11/2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled a £4bn levelling up fund as part of a Spending Review which he claimed offered ‘huge investment’ in jobs, public services and infrastructure.

Spending Review: Infrastructure gets pride of place

25/11/2020

The chancellor Rishi Sunak used to the 2020 Spending Review to launch a new strategy for UK infrastructure, supported by an infrastructure bank and a place-based 'levelling up' fund.

Sunak to re-write Green Book to level up the North

23/11/2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to announce plans to re-write the Green Book in the spending review this week, as part of the Government’s commitment to levelling up.

DfT warns of conditions on £175m active travel cash

13/11/2020

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced councils' allocations for the £175m second tranche of the Active Travel Fund.

Just one in six councils have on-street EV charge points, research finds

13/11/2020

Only one in six councils in England have installed on-street EV charge points, an investigation has revealed.

Watchdog warns 2025 target for superfast broadband will be 'challenging'

16/10/2020

Rural and remote areas have been left behind in plans to rollout superfast broadband, the public spending watchdog has warned.

Government 'likely' to miss full fibre broadband 2025 target

07/10/2020

A Government promise to deliver full fibre broadband to every home by 2025 is likely to be missed unless ministers make radical changes to telecoms policy, think tank warns.

New review into UK’s transport connections

05/10/2020

An independent review into transport connections across the UK has been launched by the prime minister.

Faster rollout of 5G could boost economy by £41bn, says think tank

01/10/2020

Delays to the rollout of 5G could cost the country tens of billions, a think tank has warned today.

Government announces £2m to encourage children to cycle and walk

28/09/2020

The Government has announced it will be making £2m available to help encourage children to walk or cycle to school.

Tackle health and economic inequalities at local level, economists say

21/09/2020

A group of leading economists says that the Government’s ‘leveling up’ agenda should focus more on devolution and health and economic inequalities, and not just on big infrastructure projects.

Highways England to invest £9m in EV ‘try before you buy’ scheme

09/09/2020

Highways England has announced that it is investing over £9m in a local government electric vehicle (EV) ‘try before you buy’ scheme as part of World EV day.

Private finance can drive ‘infrastructure revolution’, says CBI

08/09/2020

Private sector investment can be a major driver of the UK’s ‘infrastructure revolution’, according to business representatives.

Northern leaders announce £5bn infrastructure plans

12/08/2020

Business and civic leaders across the North have called on the Government to back plans for a £5bn pipeline of infrastructure projects which they say could create up to 20,000 jobs.

Public back investment for ‘15-minute’ communities

07/08/2020

There is a growing trend to create '15-minute communities' through investment in public health, green infrastructure and town centres, a new survey has revealed.

Winners of £900m for shovel ready schemes are announced

04/08/2020

Ministers have announced the 300 schemes that will receive a share of the £900m Getting Building Fund and confirmed £360m for mayoral combined authorities to fund homes on brownfield land.

Major projects must be more responsive to local need, MPs argue

28/07/2020

Hundreds of billions spent on new infrastructure projects could be ‘squandered’ without better co-ordination of local projects, MPs have warned.

Johnson launches planning reforms to help 'build, build, build'

30/06/2020

Boris Johnson is expected to bring forward £5bn of investment in hospitals, roads and schools later today.

Pension ‘superfunds’ could aid post-Covid recovery, think tank says

15/06/2020

Pension ‘superfunds’ should be created to invest in infrastructure as part of Britain’s post-Covid recovery, a think tank has argued.

Infrastructure could be left in a worse condition when PFI ends, watchdog warns

05/06/2020

Infrastructure could return to the public sector in an 'unsatisfactory condition' when PFI contracts come to an end, the public spending watchdog has warned today.

Majority of pavements are too narrow for social distancing, analysis reveals

05/06/2020

A new map has revealed that 70% of pavements are not wide enough for social distancing.

Homes England agrees deals worth £300m

04/06/2020

Homes England has agreed three funding packages worth £300m to deliver 20,000 homes across the capital.

Commission warns infrastructure must prepare for future challenges

28/05/2020

Climate change and extreme weather conditions could test the future resilience of the UK's infrastructure, according to a new report by the National Infrastructure Commission.

London council launches ‘Electric Avenue, W9’

17/03/2020

Westminster CC has joined Siemens in order to deliver the UK’s first avenue that has been fully converted to provide lamppost electric vehicle charging points.

Leaving nothing to chance

12/03/2020

The ‘levelling-up’ Budget is era-defining and ambitious in scope – but we will have to wait until the summer Spending Review to understand the blueprint, says Localis’s Jonathan Werran.

Budget 2020: 'Record’ £5bn broadband investment for hardest to reach areas

11/03/2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak today announced in the Budget a ‘record’ £5bn investment to get gigabit-capable broadband into the hardest to reach parts of the UK.

First electric forecourt in a £1bn network to open this summer

11/03/2020

The first electric charging forecourt in a network of 100 similar sites is set to open this summer with the support of Braintree Council and Essex Council.

Over £30bn annual investment needed to reach net zero by 2050

09/03/2020

An estimated £33bn of investment is needed every year for the next three decades if the Government is to meet its carbon emissions target of net zero by 2050.

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