Transport

In a nutshell: What the election result means for local government

13/12/2019

With the Conservative party securing its biggest majority since the 1980s, what does this mean for local government?

‘Vast majority’ of council vehicles run on diesel despite pollution concerns

11/12/2019

Over 90% of vehicles operated by local authorities run on diesel despite council efforts to tackle air pollution, new research has revealed.

Measuring the true value of community transport

11/12/2019

ECT Charity explains why community transport is worth its weight in savings.

Top 100: Our most popular local government stories of 2019

10/12/2019

From calls to a 10% pay rise for council staff to declaring a climate change emergency, here is our countdown of the 100 most popular stories on LocalGov during 2019.

Cycling key to stopping plastic polluting the ocean, charity says

10/12/2019

A charity has called on the next Government to invest more into the promotion of cycling and walking as part of the effort to prevent plastic polluting the ocean.

It’s party time

05/12/2019

Paul Marinko tries to help the sector navigate the web of policy commitments for local government on offer after 12 December.

Khan urged to make transport ‘fairer’ for Londoners on low incomes

04/12/2019

A think tank has called on Mayor Khan to make public transport more affordable for lower-income residents in London.

Uber loses licence to operate in London

25/11/2019

Transport for London (TfL) has ruled against granting Uber a new private hire operator’s licence, deeming it to 'not be fit and proper' to hold one.

Cities can address climate crisis by ‘joining the dots’ between sectors

14/11/2019

Cities can help protect the environment by linking up their policies on transport, energy and the built environment, according to campaigners.

Councils warn about spiralling cost of free school transport

04/11/2019

Councils will be spending £1.2bn on providing free school transport by 2024, new research has found.

Outdated taxi laws putting public at risk, councils warn

01/11/2019

The Government has been urged to reform 'outdated and flawed' taxi laws by the Local Government Association (LGA).

Birmingham CC welcomes extension of injunction banning ‘street cruising’

31/10/2019

A court has agreed to extend an injunction banning street cruising from the roads of Birmingham for another three years, the city council has confirmed.

Khan launches ‘world-leading’ scheme to get dangerous lorries off the road

30/10/2019

The mayor of London has launched a scheme to remove ‘the most dangerous’ Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) from the capital’s streets.

Bristol council considers banning diesel vehicles

30/10/2019

Bristol City Council is considering banning diesel vehicles in what it claims will be the quickest way to reduce nitrogen dioxide in the air.

Reading to ditch polluting Hackney Carriages

25/10/2019

Older black cabs in Reading are set to be replaced with low emission vehicles as part of the council’s effort to make the city carbon neutral.

Funding for buses cut by 40% in last decade

25/10/2019

Local authority funding for buses in England has fallen by more than 40% in the past decade, new figures have revealed today.

Charity calls for ‘whole Government approach’ to health of young people

16/10/2019

Whitehall should transform its policies across housing, transport and education in order to secure the future health of today’s young people, charity says.

North and Midlands ‘must take control’ of HS2, report says

16/10/2019

A review of HS2 has warned against stopping work on the high-speed network and insisted that the North and Midlands ‘must take control’ of the project.

Queen's Speech 19: Whitehall unveils major infrastructure and rail plans

14/10/2019

The Queen's Speech pledges infrastructure strategy, aviation bill and proposals for rail reform.

Study uncovers six factors driving bus use

09/10/2019

New research has revealed the underlying factors that best predict levels of bus use in local areas.

Greater Manchester first to consult on bus franchising

09/10/2019

Greater Manchester is set to become the first city-region in the UK to hold a public consultation on the introduction of a bus franchising scheme.

Not so fast - HS2 could be cut at both ends

07/10/2019

Council leaders in West Yorkshire have warned of ‘grave consequences’ after it was reported that the leg of HS2 from the Midlands to Leeds could be axed.

Ministers promise a national bus strategy

30/09/2019

A new Government bus strategy backed with an initial £220m will see local authorities pilot schemes to boost electric take-up and low fares, as well as more London-style franchising powers.

Welsh councils to receive over £400,000 for electric charge points

26/09/2019

Nine local authorities in Wales are set to receive hundreds of thousands of pounds in funding from Whitehall to install electric vehicle charge points.

Bus use falls to lowest level in a decade

25/09/2019

Councils have renewed calls to be given more say in how bus services are run after the latest figures showing the number of people using them at their lowest level for a decade.

Uber granted two month licence

24/09/2019

Transport for London (TfL) has issued Uber with a two-month private hire operator licence after previously trying to oust to ride hailing app from its network.

Council chiefs call for devolution process to be ‘reignited’

20/09/2019

The Government must 'reignite the devolution process' to give all parts of England more powers and funding, council leaders have demanded.

Health chiefs recommend new air pollution curbs

19/09/2019

Environment and public health chiefs have made a raft of recommendations to tackle air pollution in London, including new local measures to reduce car use.

Oxfordshire councils launch ‘bold’ plans for tackling congestion

19/09/2019

Local authorities in Oxfordshire have announced new plans for reducing congestion on all major routes into Oxford.

Councils urged to apply for £120,000 local road fund

17/09/2019

Local authorities are today being urged to apply for a new grant fund aimed at improving the safety of local roads.

Woodland clearances for HS2 temporarily halted

16/09/2019

The Government has called a temporary and conditional halt to the removal of ancient woodlands for HS2 while the high speed train programme is reviewed.

Council chiefs call for control over bus services

16/09/2019

Councils must be allowed to control bus services in their areas, according to local government leaders.

PM urged to invest over £45m in the Midlands rail network

12/09/2019

The Prime Minister has been urged to get behind a multi-billion pound plan to ‘supercharge’ the Midland’s economy by reforming its rail network.

HS2 proposals could bring £1.4bn of benefits, Midlands transport body says

09/09/2019

New plans submitted to the review of the controversial HS2 scheme propose directly connecting the city centres of Birmingham and Nottingham and Leicester and Leeds with high speed trains.

100 places chosen to develop new town deals

06/09/2019

Towns across England have been invited to develop proposals for new multi-million pound Town Deals.

Spending Round 19: Javid promises an 'infrastructure revolution'

04/09/2019

Chancellor Sajid Javid used his first Sending Round to call for an 'infrastructure revolution' and promise a national strategy by 'the autumn'.

Council leaders calls for green light on HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail

03/09/2019

Council leaders have joined a new campaign to ensure the Government goes ahead with HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR).

Northern leaders to review controversial HS2 scheme

27/08/2019

The Northern Powerhouse Partnership will hold a review into HS2 to ensure the North is ‘properly heard’ in the Government-commissioned review of the scheme.

Whitehall warned not to ‘scrap’ HS2 as review announced

21/08/2019

The Government has announced an independent review into ‘whether and how’ the HS2 programme should proceed.

TfN submits £700m proposals for National Roads Fund

21/08/2019

Transport for the North has submitted £700m bids to the National Roads Fund, including 12 schemes for the major road network and four for large local majors.

Council services ‘declining’ due to £5bn funding gap, MPs say

21/08/2019

MPs have accused the Government of being ‘derelict in its duty’ by failing to set out a funding settlement that would ease the pressure on frontline services.

London set for three times more transport investment than North

19/08/2019

London is in line for almost three times more transport investment per person than the North of England, according to IPPR North.

Council chiefs call for billions to fix North’s ‘creaking infrastructure’

15/08/2019

Leaders from across the North have today called on the Government to commit to multi-billion pound infrastructure pledges that would boost the region’s economic fortunes.

Council proposes £120m scheme to upgrade Liverpool’s ‘flawed’ junction

15/08/2019

Liverpool City Council has submitted proposals to the Government outlining its plans to radically redesign one of the city’s major junctions as part of a wider bid to boost transport in the North.

Two Black Country stations to reopen thanks to £10m grant

06/08/2019

Two stations are to be reopened in the Black Country thanks to a £10m Government grant after being closed for nearly half a century.

Combined authority to pilot 'Uber-style' bus service

26/07/2019

Plans to pilot a ‘demand-responsive’ bus service across Tees Valley have been approved.

London Assembly reminds PM of past promises

25/07/2019

The London Assembly has written to the new PM urging him to continue opposing Heathrow expansion and calling on him to support moves to tackle domestic abuse.

MPs call for dedicated funding for active travel

23/07/2019

MPs have criticised the Government for inadequate and ‘piecemeal’ active travel investment and called for a dedicated funding stream for local walking and cycling.

Grayling warned £350m local roads fund is ‘not enough’

22/07/2019

Council chiefs have told the Government a recently announced £350m funding boost to help improve local roads is not an alternative to long-term investment.

Whitehall announces nearly £40m electric chargepoint investment

09/07/2019

The Government has announced it is investing £37m to transform electric chargepoint infrastructure.

Funding cuts could have paid for eight million pothole repairs, council chiefs say

08/07/2019

Council leaders have called for more cash after calculating money cut from road funding budgets over the last decade could have fixed millions of potholes.

Cardiff to invest £1bn in new transport system

05/07/2019

Cardiff Council has announced a £1bn plan to overhaul the Welsh capital’s transport system to prevent it from ‘grinding to a halt’.

Northern Powerhouse: The first five years

01/07/2019

The Northern Powerhouse has celebrated its fifth birthday. But what is it, and what has it achieved? Mark Whitehead investigates.

Burnham jumps aboard franchising bus

24/06/2019

Andy Burnham has become the first mayor in the country to recommend bus franchising, as part of a plan to create a ‘modern public transport system’.

Millions 'wasted' on painted cycle lanes, ambassadors warn

17/06/2019

Cycling and walking ambassadors have called on the Government to provide councils with greater powers and more money to make key changes in cities.

Bus users outline plan to reverse rural decline

13/06/2019

A group representing bus users across the UK has published a 10-point plan to reverse the decline in rural services.

Malthouse announces £142m infrastructure investment

11/06/2019

Thousands of new homes will be built in two areas as a result of £142m investment in infrastructure, housing minister Kit Malthouse has announced.

Noisy drivers face fines under new plans

10/06/2019

Drivers with noisy vehicles are facing a crackdown with new technology to detect illegal sound levels.

Calls to make cycling more inclusive for women, older and disabled people

06/06/2019

Women, older and disabled people are neglected in provision of resources to support cycling, according to a report.

Scotland's 20mph roll-out suffers blow

03/06/2019

A national roll-out of 20mph speed limits in Scotland has suffered a blow after a key committee refused to recommend the bill.

Mayors want Northern franchise scrapped

30/05/2019

Two North West metro mayors have called on transport secretary Chris Grayling to terminate the Northern rail franchise ‘as soon as possible’.

Gov to fall short on national cycling target

28/05/2019

The Government is set to fall way short of its target of doubling the number of cycling journeys by 2025.

City of London plans UK’s first 15mph speed limit

28/05/2019

The Square Mile in London is set to become the UK’s first area with a 15mph speed limit.

We need a national bus strategy, MPs say

22/05/2019

Bus services are in 'steady decline' due to uncoordinated, fragmented Government policy and local funding, according to influential MPs.

Councils urged to take control of bus services

17/05/2019

Councils have been reminded they can take control of bus services under new powers introduced by the Government.

North ‘being short-changed by HS2’

16/05/2019

A House of Lords committee has called on ministers to rethink HS2 after finding evidence that the costs of the high speed rail link ‘appear to be out of control’.

Grayling calls on councils to apply for green transport funding

16/05/2019

Chris Grayling has urged more local authorities to apply for funding earmarked for investment into ecologically sustainable transport projects.

London council budgets slashed 17% over last decade

13/05/2019

London’s local authority budgets have dropped by nearly a fifth – or 17% – per head over the last eight years, a new study has revealed.

Scrap older cars and replace them with ‘mobility credits’, Welsh ministers told

09/05/2019

Welsh ministers will today hear how pollution could be tackled by scrapping older cars and replacing them with credits to use on buses, trains and daily car and bike hire.

UK needs £1bn a year to combat flood threat

09/05/2019

A long-term strategy to ensure infrastructure is resilient to flooding and coastal change by 2050 has been unveiled today by the Environment Agency.

No such thing as a ‘rural transport problem’, report concludes

03/05/2019

It is ‘very easy’ to provide high quality public transport to rural communities, a study comparing approaches to transport in four countries has concluded.

Heathrow runway clears High Court hurdle

01/05/2019

The High Court has dismissed arguments against Heathrow expansion and found that the Government is free to ignore the Paris Agreement on climate action until it forms part of UK law.

Peers call for strategies to develop ‘under-performing’ rural areas

29/04/2019

Local authorities should develop their own strategies for realising the ‘potential in struggling and under-performing’ rural areas, committee says.

MPs call for more commitment to transport in the North

29/04/2019

A group of over 80 Parliamentarians have written to the Chancellor arguing that the Government does not have to choose between HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail because ‘we need both’.

London’s transport commissioner criticised over Crossrail debacle

23/04/2019

The chair of the committee overseeing the Crossrail project has accused London's transport commissioner of 'watering down' information sent to Sadiq Khan.

Khan hails 'landmark day' as London ULEZ begins

08/04/2019

London’s ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) – described by mayor Sadiq Khan as the world’s toughest vehicle emissions standard – began on Monday.

Has the Government ‘gone cold’ on the Northern Powerhouse?

02/04/2019

Neil Merrick talks to the Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry about the progress of developments in the North.

Grayling launches £200m pothole fund

01/04/2019

Councils in England will be given a share of more than £200m for road maintenance and pothole repairs, transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced.

Councils chosen to share £25m clean bus funding

22/03/2019

A £25m fund to upgrade buses with technologies that reduce harmful emissions will be shared by 14 local authorities.

Norman sets out plans for urban mobility

19/03/2019

Ministers have announced a ‘review’ that will pave the way for transforming the way people and goods move around our cities, alongside £90m to ‘test ideas’ to improve journeys.

Edinburgh tram extension gets green light

15/03/2019

Councillors in Edinburgh have voted to back the £207m extension of the city’s controversial tram network to Leith and Newhaven.

Stobart announced as Tee Valley airport operator

14/03/2019

Tees Valley Combined Authority has announced that Stobart Group will be the operator of the local airport now that it has been brought under public control.

Birmingham faces 'major public health crisis’, council warns

14/03/2019

Birmingham City Council has been given the go-ahead to introduce a clean air zone to tackle what it has called a 'major public health crisis'.

Legal challenges to Heathrow Expansion begin

11/03/2019

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

Sutton chosen to trial 'on-demand' bus service

20/02/2019

An ‘on-demand’ bus service is set to be trialled in Sutton to help reduce the borough’s high dependency on cars.

Newcastle council to discuss £5m station ‘revamp’

18/02/2019

Councillors in Newcastle are considering a multi-million pound package of measures that will revamp the city’s central station.

Think tank calls for devolution of transport funding

18/02/2019

The devolution of transport funding will enable councils to invest on a strategic basis and help match up transport with new developments, a new report says.

Council rolls scooters out in bid to tackle pollution

13/02/2019

Children in Leeds will soon be travelling to school on scooters instead of in cars as part of the council’s push to clean up the city’s air.

Whitehall launches consultation on taxi licensing

12/02/2019

Local authorities could soon be required to ensure that every prospective taxi driver undergoes enhanced criminal record and background checks.

Northern leaders approve £70bn transport plan

11/02/2019

Northern leaders have approved a £70bn transport plan for their region and will now take steps to submit a business case to Government for rail investment.

Underfunding of bus scheme leaves elderly ‘isolated’

11/02/2019

Elderly and vulnerable people could be left isolated because the concessionary bus fares scheme is underfunded, local government leaders have warned.

Popular council services could be swallowed by £8bn funding black hole

01/02/2019

Many popular council services could disappear by 2025 due to a £8bn funding black hole, council leaders have warned today.

£70bn plan to boost the North’s infrastructure published

31/01/2019

Transport for the North has set out a multi-billion pound blueprint for transforming the North’s economy and creating an estimated 850,000 jobs.

Infrastructure projects 'undermined' by lack of public engagement

28/01/2019

Future transport projects in London could be undermined if politicians fail to engage with the public, a major infrastructure firm has warned.

Councils take ‘risk-based’ approach to filling in potholes

18/01/2019

Councils are increasingly adopting a ‘risk-based’ approach to filling in potholes, an analysis of council response times to calls about road defects has found.

York invests nearly £2m to improve air quality

10/01/2019

City of York Council plans to invest £1.6m in order to reduce the exhaust emissions from local bus services.

Burnham launches plan to make Greater Manchester an ‘ambitious hub’

07/01/2019

Greater Manchester’s leaders are today announcing ‘radical plans’ to deliver more affordable housing and better transport across the region.

Grayling awards £13.8m deal to ferry firm with no boats

03/01/2019

Chris Grayling has defended a £13.8m ferry contract being given to a company with no boats on the grounds that the Government is supporting British business.

Parish councils protest against airport expansion

20/12/2018

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.

VolkerHighways to bring Bath up to date with £70m deal

18/12/2018

VolkerHighways has signed a new highway maintenance and improvements contract with Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) Council worth up to £70m over 10 years.

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