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LGA launches attack on DfT over traffic fine surplus plans


Council bosses have hit back at the Department for Transport (DfT) over plans to restrict their ability to generate surpluses from traffic contraventions.

Councils given extra time on signals plans


The Government has given English highway authorities an extra month to set out what they plan to do with their share of £50m for upgrading traffic signals.

Minister told to refer herself to ethics advisor over 15-minute city claim


Health minister Maria Caulfield told to refer herself to the ministerial ethics adviser after leaflets accused her council of restricting freedom to drive.

Council proposes nearly 30 new 20mph zones


Westmorland and Furness Council has proposed rolling out nearly 30 new 20mph zones to ‘make streets safer’.

Third council in biometrics warning


A third council has warned it faces potential fallout from new entry checks at UK borders earmarked for October.

DfT stalls moving traffic enforcement roll-out


The Department for Transport (DfT) has shelved the further roll-out of powers for English councils to enforce moving traffic violations.

Winners announced on £40m signals cash


The Department for Transport has published the list of 80 councils sharing £40m to upgrade traffic signals.

LTNs popular and effective, leaked report says


Low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) are popular and effective, a leaked report from the Department for Transport (DfT) has found.

‘Toxic’ 15-minute city phrase cut from Oxford local plan


Oxford City Council has removed mention of ‘15-minute cities’ from its local plan, claiming the concept has become ‘too toxic and incendiary’, The Times has reported.

Lambeth scraps LTN


A low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) trial in Streatham has been suspended with immediate effect following disruption to bus services and ahead of construction work.

Work begins on Oxford traffic filters


Work has started on a number of streets in Oxford to prepare the way for six traffic filters as part of a trial aimed at reducing traffic in the city.

Councils get new steer on motorbikes in bus lanes


The Department for Transport (DfT) has updated its guidance for councils on allowing motorcycles to use bus lanes.

Councils respond to King’s Speech


The Local Government Association (LGA) has responded to proposed legislation announced yesterday in the King’s Speech.

Controversial Oxford LTNs made permanent


Three low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) in Oxford are to become permanent, Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet decided this week.

The case for low-traffic neighbourhoods


Tanya Braun, Living Streets makes the case for low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) and argues for an area-by-area approach to reducing the impact of traffic.

LTN vandalism costs London boroughs £850,000


Local authorities across London are being forced to spend hundreds of thousands of pounds repairing vandalised low-traffic neighbourhood (LTN) infrastructure.

Town centre parking charges to be reviewed


Changes to parking charges and debt recovery fees could soon be introduced as the Government looks at ways to better regulate the private parking industry.

National review of low-traffic neighbourhoods ‘unnecessary’


Local authorities are best placed to make decisions about whether to implement low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTN) or not, council chiefs have told the PM.

Air pollution impact on health ‘underestimated’


A study in Bradford has linked healthcare attendances for breathing difficulties to breaches in daily air pollution limits.

Councillors’ LTN tweets had ‘no effect’ on elections


London councillors’ tweets about low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) did not affect whether they held their seats at the 2022 elections, a study has found.

Essex bans ULEZ signage


Essex CC has voted to ban signs relating to the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) ahead of the scheme’s scheduled expansion to the county’s borders in August.

Newcastle City Council to review LTNs


Newcastle CC has insisted a review of low traffic schemes was commissioned before a former external auditor raised concerns about the way it was implemented.

Councils lack strategy for charging points, poll reveals


More than nine out of 10 local authorities have no strategy for electric car charging points, survey finds

Charity calls for more 20mph near schools


A road safety charity has called on local authorities to implement 20mph speed limits around all schools.

Reducing carbon emissions with data


Subu Kamal, TRL Software, looks at how councils can work collectively to reduce carbon emissions with data.

Court widens grounds in ULEZ challenge


The High Court has allowed further grounds to be added to the Judicial Review into the proposed expansion of the ULEZ to outer London.

20mph speed limits more effective with speed bumps


Drivers are more likely to comply with a 20mph speed limit if there are also physical traffic calming measures in place, report finds.

LTNs blocked from £200m active travel cash


Department for Transport has announced the £200m fourth round of the Active Travel Fund and revealed it had blocked low traffic neighbourhood schemes funding.

Bristol announces low traffic neighbourhood scheme


A new low traffic neighbourhood scheme in Bristol will create a safer and healthier place for people to live and spend time, according to council leaders.

Drivers at risk of unfair yellow box fines


Drivers are at risk of being fined unfairly due to problems with nine-in-10 yellow box junctions councils want to enforce, the RAC warns.

Police called after LTN planters set on fire


Rochdale Borough Council has called the police after local low-traffic neighbourhood (LTN) planters were set on fire.

Wandsworth Council stopped from issuing ‘unlawful’ fines


The DfT has stopped Wandsworth Council from ‘unlawful’ fining of speeding drivers after the council became the first local authority to issue tickets.

Council hands back £100,000 of fines after road sign U-turn


Lambeth Council has handed back £100,000 to drivers who were fined because of its confusing road signs.

Three quarters of Hackney streets to become LTNs


Hackney is set to ban most vehicles from most of its roads in what it says is ‘the country’s most ambitious plan’ for Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) so far.

Nottingham adds AI to traffic management tech


Nottingham CC has partnered technology company VivaCity to install 219 sensors with a mix of ANPR, traffic monitoring and Smart Signal Control systems.

LTNs lead to ‘substantial declines’ in traffic, study reveals


The largest ever study into the impact of low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) in London found that they led to ‘substantial declines’ in motor traffic.

Council staff face abuse over traffic filters


Councils in Oxfordshire have been forced to clarify how Oxford’s new traffic filters will work after misinformation led to abuse of staff and councillors.

London’s ULEZ to expand city-wide


London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is set to be expanded city-wide as part of the drive to tackle air pollution, the climate emergency and congestion.

New research 'disproves' LTN congestion knock-on


Low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) reduce traffic and air pollution without displacing the problem to nearby streets, new research has shown.

Council launches traffic safety scheme in UK first


Wandsworth council has launched a pilot scheme that will see drivers fined by the local authority if they speed in a 20mph zone.

'New age' road cameras installed


The Government has launched a trial of a camera designed to identify and track drivers who break the law by revving engines and using modified exhausts.

Oxfordshire proposes traffic filters for Oxford


Oxfordshire County Council is to launch a consultation on proposals to introduce six trial traffic filters in Oxford.

Leeds council opens new £126m route


Councillors in Leeds have put a green spin on the new £126m East Leeds Orbital Route (ELOR), which is now open to traffic.

Workplace Parking Levy: Surviving the cost of living crisis


Christopher Hammond, UK100 membership director, argues now is the time for councils to follow Nottingham City Council in introducing a Workplace Parking Levy.

Lambeth Council to make controversial LTN permanent


Lambeth Council is proposing to make one of its Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTN) permanent and to introduce a number of improvements.

Council takes emergency measures to improve Lake District traffic


Cumbria County Council is introducing an emergency traffic regulation to prevent vehicles from causing traffic jams in the Lake District.

Kent calls for urgent response to Dover chaos


Kent CC and its local partners have called for an urgent national response to the chaos and delays approaching the Port of Dover after distributing water and food to those affected through the weekend.

Council urges calm as LTN wars break out


Oxfordshire CC has urged residents ‘to engage constructively’ with its consultation on trial low traffic neighbourhoods after vandalism costing £12,000.

Mayor Khan launches consultation on ULEZ expansion


A consultation on plans to expand the ULEZ to cover most of London has been launched as part of the effort to improve air quality and reduce congestion.

Newcastle and Gateshead clean air zone postponed


Plans to introduce a clean air zone (CAZ) in Newcastle and Gateshead are to be postponed to allow more time for people and businesses to get ready.

DfT begins moving traffic powers handover


The Department for Transport has released new regulations to give English councils outside of London the power to enforce moving traffic violations, including issuing fines for stopping in a box junction.

Brent Council to remove low traffic neighbourhood schemes


Councillors in Brent have voted to remove four low traffic neighbourhood schemes after significant opposition from residents.

Greater Manchester leaders told to consider clean air zone pause


Greater Manchester leaders will be asked to request permission to put the second phase of Clean Air Zone (CAZ) funding on hold due to cleaner vehicle concerns.

Council ‘disappointed’ with tribunal decision over charging scheme


Halton Borough Council has defended its decision to issue 11 fines to one individual in relation to an enforcement scheme on the Mersey Gateway Bridge.

Glasgow City Council launches road safety plan


Glasgow City Council has launched a new road safety plan that they hope will reduce fatalities and serious injuries to zero by 2030.

Hackney Council closes street to polluting through-traffic


A funding bid by Hackney Council to close Stoke Newington Church Street to polluting through-traffic during the daytime has been approved.

Wandsworth suspends LTN trials one month in


Wandsworth Council have suspended their Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) trials over ‘concerns with emergency access and traffic flows’.

Scotland’s poorest ‘more likely’ to be injured by road traffic


Children in Scotland’s poorest areas are nearly three times more likely to be injured by road traffic than those in the richest, according to campaigners.

Coventry ordered to implement clean air zone


Coventry City Council has accused the Government of using ‘heavy handed’ tactics after it was ordered to implement a clean air zone.

Grayling orders councils to stop 'bamboozling' pedestrians


Transport secretary Chris Grayling has ordered councils to stop 'bamboozling' pedestrians by putting up road signs using metric measurements.

Legal challenges to Heathrow Expansion begin


Five legal challenges to the Government’s plans for a new runway at Heathrow will reach the High Court this week.

Solution to £8bn cost of congestion 'in city halls'


Drivers in the UK lost an average of 178 hours a year due to congestion in 2018, costing £7.9bn, according to the latest data from INRIX.

Parish councils protest against airport expansion


A group of parish councils have protested at plans to expand Bristol Airport on the grounds that it will increase traffic and damage the environment.

West Midlands to invest £43m in ‘congestion busting projects’


Local leaders in the West Midlands will this Friday consider plans to invest £43m in projects designed to tackle the region’s congestion problems.

Hackney raises £100,000 a week from controversial traffic camera


It is the ‘responsibility of drivers’ to read signs, Hackney Council argues in response to criticisms that its new traffic cameras are inadequately signposted.

‘Road pricing’ only way to solve congestion, economist argues


An economist has called for a ‘nationwide system of charging for roads by use’ in response to research that congestion cost motorists nearly £40bn in 2017.

Mayor Khan putting ‘cars before people’, Assembly members warn


Members of the London Assembly have accused mayor Sadiq Khan of putting cars before people and failing to make sure his 'healthy streets' policy is successful.

West Yorkshire councils sign agreement to tackle congestion


Five West Yorkshire councils have agreed to collaborate more closely to improve journey times and reduce congestion on the county’s key roads.

Traffic jams causing headaches for firms in Oxfordshire


Congestion on the roads around Oxfordshire is holding back economic growth, a report has warned.

Councils invited to trial plans to reduce tailgating


Local authorities are being asked to pilot a new scheme to reduce tailgating and improve road safety.

Families scared to walk to school because of road safety fears


People feel frightened when they make journeys on foot or on bikes, survey finds.

Joined up solutions


How effective can the transport sector really be when it is so fragmented? Adrian Tatum talks to Martin Rodgers, the man in charge of Rennicks’ UK business about why joined up thinking must happen before we can tackle some of the industry’s biggest problems.

Powers to tackle pollution should be devolved to councils, committee says


Councils should be given powers to create Clean Air Zones to help stop 50,000 people a year dying early from pollution-related illnesses, says committee.

Councils should be able to fine ‘irresponsible’ lorry drivers, LGA says


Councils are calling for more powers to fine ‘reckless’ lorry drivers who cause chaos in rural communities.

Report: Rip out 80% of traffic lights


Councils have been urged to remove 80% of traffic lights, with a new report claiming this would improve road safety and boost the economy.

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