Transport

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.

Councils concerned taxis ‘not aware’ of upcoming tax checks

06/01/2022

Council leaders are concerned that taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) operators are ‘not aware’ of forthcoming conditionality tax checks, research finds.

County council launches ‘Vaxi Taxi’ scheme

14/12/2021

Suffolk County Council has partnered with local taxi companies to offer a free taxi service to help young people get the COVID-19 vaccination.

More power to metro mayors, northern leaders say

06/12/2021

Business and civic leaders in the North have called for metro mayors to be given more powers over transport infrastructure, education and skills to drive the ‘levelling-up’ agenda.

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).

Bus operators warn of £5bn funding gap

26/11/2021

Bus operators have warned of a multi-billion-pound funding gap between plans by local authorities and bus operators to improve services and the funding promised by the Government.

Commuter train line exposed to ‘extreme levels’ of pollution

22/11/2021

Three councils have warned that residents living near the commuter train line running through the Chilterns are being exposed to dangerous levels of pollution.

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.

Councils warn investment in bus services is vital to meet climate targets

10/11/2021

The Government must fully fund the concessionary bus fares scheme if councils are to decarbonise fleets, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Greater Manchester plans carbon neutral transport network

09/11/2021

Greater Manchester has set out its ambition to become the first city-region with a carbon neutral transport network.

E-bikes have potential to replace 100 million care and taxi trips, says report

02/11/2021

Over 100 million car and taxi trips made in city regions could be replaced by e-bikes if the Government meets its targets on getting more people to cycle, a new report said.

Budget 2021: National Highways faces £3.4bn funding cut

27/10/2021

National Highways is facing a major funding cut of some £3.4bn after today’s Budget, with the total for the second Road Investment Strategy (RIS 2) dropping dramatically from the £27.4bn announced last year to £24bn.

Government ‘must step in’ to deliver on 4,000 zero-emission buses promise

25/10/2021

A transport charity is calling for more to be done to deliver a zero-emission bus fleet as figures reveal only a tiny proportion of buses on the road are currently electric.

Cabinet backs 20-20 vision for Oxfordshire

20/10/2021

Councillors in Oxfordshire have backed plans for widespread 20mph limits as part of an ‘ambitious and innovative’ new transport plan that aims to create a ‘healthier, better digitally connected, more active’ county.

Suffolk backs £50m bid to bring smart ticketing to buses

13/10/2021

A £50m plan to transform bus services in Suffolk, providing contactless and multi-operator ticketing and daily fare caps has been backed by county councillors.

‘Shameful inequities’ driving the young out of the countryside

13/10/2021

Young people are abandoning rural communities due to a lack of public transport and affordable housing despite the Government’s much-vaunted ‘levelling up’ agenda, a countryside charity has warned.

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.

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.

County warns fuel crisis hitting school transport services

29/09/2021

School transport services are being affected by the fuel crisis and shortage of drivers, a county council has warned.

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.

Wales introduces COVID passes for events

17/09/2021

People will have to show a NHS COVID Pass to enter nightclubs and attend events in Wales from next month, the First Minister announced today.

Sunderland’s e-scooter trial will continue into 2022

17/09/2021

Sunderland’s e-scooter trial will continue into 2022 so that more data on their use can be gathered.

Council set to discuss £500,000 loan to support EV battery production

17/09/2021

Coventry City Council is to discuss a £500,000 loan to help the new UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) take on new business.

County audit post-16 transport allocations following investigation

16/09/2021

Staffordshire County Council has agreed to audit a fifth of its post-16 transport applications after the ombudsman criticised the way it had made decisions.

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.

Shell aims to install 50,000 EV chargepoints

01/09/2021

Shell has announced that it aims to install 50,000 on-street electric vehicle (EV) chargers through their company ubitricity across the UK by the end of 2025.

Utilising the power of hydrogen

23/08/2021

Manish Patel discusses the Government’s new Decarbonising Transport Strategy and the opportunities it brings to local authorities.

Reading council leads on £3.3m project to transform station

18/08/2021

Works for major improvements to Reading West Station began this week with roadworks on the Oxford Road to make space for a brand new station building.

Liverpool e-scooter trial sees over 1,000 bans handed out

17/08/2021

Liverpool's e-scooter hire trial has seen more than 1,000 people handed seven-day bans for antisocial behaviour.

Council awarded £4m for next phase of station’s transformation

16/08/2021

The next phase of Newcastle Central Station’s transformation is expected to begin in September following the appointment of construction company, Tolent.

Northumberland council scheme sees return of ‘lost rail services’

13/08/2021

Six new railway stations are to be built and 18 miles of track are to be upgraded as part of Northumberland council's effort to ‘restore lost rail services’.

Multi-million pound boost to cycling and walking budget

30/07/2021

The Government has announced a £338m funding package to build more cycle lanes and deliver walking schemes to help boost active travel.

Government launches £1.6bn disability strategy

28/07/2021

The Government has launched a new strategy aimed at delivering accessible housing, easier commuting and better job prospects for people living with disabilities.

First shortlist unveiled for £120m zero emission buses funding

07/07/2021

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced its first shortlist from the Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) scheme, providing £120m to support the roll-out of zero emission buses across England.

Three more boroughs join London's e-scooter rental trial

05/07/2021

The number of e-scooters available to rent in London is set to double after three more boroughs joined the trial.

Labour warns UK needs more than 127,000 chargepoints by 2025

29/06/2021

The UK has only 15% of the electric vehicle charging points it needs to meet net zero, according to new analysis.

Council prosecutes firm over traffic jams

23/06/2021

Thames Water has been prosecuted by a London borough after creating what the council said were unnecessary traffic jams three times in less than a fortnight.

Councils can issue traffic fines from December

15/06/2021

Powers to enforce moving traffic offences will not be extended to local authorities in England outside London until the end of the year, a Department for Transport (DfT) minister has said.

Over £600m awarded to 26 new Town Deals

08/06/2021

The Government has announced the latest round of towns deals, which will see 26 towns across England share over £600m.

Planning reform will lead to ‘tide of car traffic’, campaigners say

06/05/2021

Ten organisations have written to housing secretary Robert Jenrick urging changes to proposed planning reforms which they argue will lead to a ‘tide of car traffic’ to already overcrowded roads.

Londoners top list of people most satisfied with where they live

29/04/2021

Residents of built up commuter and ‘affluent’ towns, particularly those living in London, are the most satisfied with where they live, according to new research.

Crowdfunding platform launches offer to roll out EV chargers in Greater Manchester

19/04/2021

Crowdfunding platform Abundance Investment Ltd has launched an offer to fund the roll out of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure throughout the Greater Manchester area.

Navigating the new National Bus Strategy

09/04/2021

Bus Users explains what responsibilities local authorities will have for community engagement under the new National Bus Strategy.

‘Left behind’ neighbourhoods isolated by poor public transport

01/04/2021

People living in ‘left behind’ neighbourhoods are cut off from urban centres and services due to poor public transport and low car ownership, new report finds.

Get aboard zero-emission bus scheme, DfT says

30/03/2021

The Government has launched its £120m fund scheme to help local transport authorities in England roll out zero-emission buses.

Minister announces £30m to boost battery and hydrogen technology

30/03/2021

The Government has announced over £30m of investment in battery technology, the electric vehicle supply chain and hydrogen vehicles.

Burnham takes back control with bus franchising

26/03/2021

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has confirmed that he plans to implement bus franchising in the city region ‘as part of plans for a joined-up and truly passenger-focused transport network’.

Coventry gets go-ahead for all-electric buses

24/03/2021

Coventry is set to become the UK’s first All Electric Bus City after the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) backed the project.

Johnson unveils £3bn plan to 'shake-up' bus services

15/03/2021

Councils are being urged to enter into a statutory ‘enhanced partnership’ or franchising agreements with bus companies in order to receive new funding from the Government.

Pandemic could lead to rise in road traffic levels, data warns

04/03/2021

Traffic levels in some of the UK’s largest cities have nearly returned to pre-pandemic levels, new data has revealed.

How local authorities can deliver bang for buck with on-street EV charging

12/02/2021

Neil Isaacson warns the cost of rolling out enough on-street electric vehicle charge points will cost up to £10bn by 2030.

What next for the capital post-pandemic?

03/02/2021

The levelling up agenda has focused on the Midlands and the North, but London’s economy has also been hard hit by the pandemic. The MJ and BT spoke to eight London chief executives on how they are adapting to the changes. Michael Burton reports.

Scottish council launches world’s first hydrogen double-decker buses

29/01/2021

Aberdeen has claimed a world first after a fleet of double-decker hydrogen buses officially launched into service.

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.

High Court rules London's Streetspace scheme was unlawful

21/01/2021

The High Court has overturned London mayor Sadiq Khan’s Streetspace for London Plan, which was introduced in May last year in response to the pandemic.

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.

Campaigners call on councils to help reduce car use

19/01/2021

Environmental campaigners have called on local authorities to cancel spending on road building and to redirect funds to boost public transport and active travel.

Coalition publishes new vision for planning reforms

15/01/2021

The Government has been urged to rethink its ‘damaging’ reforms to the planning system and put people, climate and nature at its heart by a coalition of 18 organisations.

Sadiq Khan proposes 9.5% council tax increase

08/01/2021

The mayor of London has announced council tax will increase by 9.5% to help fund free travel for young people and the over 60s.

Coventry and Oxford prepare to run UK’s first all-electric bus services

07/01/2021

Coventry and Oxford are set to receive up to £50m to help them become the first parts of the UK to run all-electric bus services, the transport secretary has announced.

The winners of the 2020 Street Design Awards

18/12/2020

To end the year on a positive note, we are delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 Street Design Awards.

Data sharing framework launched to encourage use of London car clubs

17/12/2020

A new data sharing framework between London boroughs and car club operators has been launched to help accelerate the use of car clubs in the capital.

Funding gap has 'devastating' impact on rural and remote bus services

10/12/2020

Rural and remote bus services saw journeys fall by 97 million last year due to a £348m funding gap, a new report has warned.

Council criticised after teenager misses start of school

03/12/2020

Surrey County Council has agreed to review its services after a teenager missed the start of the school year because the local authority did not tell his mother she needed to reapply for transport.

Big Issue eBikes: Biking for good!

01/12/2020

Lord John Bird explains why The Big Issue has launched 'Biking for Good' with ShareBike to boost employment in the UK.

Spending Review: Sunak recycles money for green transport

25/11/2020

The chancellor has used the Spending Review to confirm billions of pounds for public transport, low emission vehicles and active travel, including adding more detail to Boris Johnson’s recent ‘Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution’.

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.

PM publishes ten point plan for 'green industrial revolution'

18/11/2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has published his ten point plan for creating a 'green industrial revolution' for 250,000 new jobs.

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.

£500m bus partnership fund open to bids

11/11/2020

The Scottish Government's £500m Bus Partnership Fund to deliver bus priority infrastructure has opened for applications.

Regions losing faith in levelling-up agenda, survey reveals

10/11/2020

Only a fifth of people from the Midlands and the North think the Government is doing enough to level up the economy, according to a new study.

Councils urged to keep active travel schemes to avoid 'traffic gridlock'

02/11/2020

Councils have been forced to scrap emergency active travel schemes due to a small but vocal number of objections, Cycling UK has warned.

The regeneration of transport-linked land

27/10/2020

Transport-linked land must form an integral part of new local plans, argues Nick Markham.

Councils forced to ‘prop up’ bus operators during pandemic

26/10/2020

Local authority leaders have accused the Department for Transport of forcing councils to keep private bus companies afloat at the expense of local taxpayers.

London council to improve Blue Badge assessments

15/10/2020

Harrow Council has been told to improve the way it assesses Blue Badge and Freedom Pass applications after an investigation found a number of faults with its processes.

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.

Watchdog warns passenger numbers and funding has dropped for local bus services

02/10/2020

The number of bus journeys taken in England outside of London has fallen by 10% over the past decade, a new report has revealed.

Transport Committee backs e-scooter roll-out

02/10/2020

MPs have given qualified backing to the legalisation of electric scooters, including privately owned ones, but warned that this should not be to the detriment of pedestrians.

New £85m bailout for Welsh buses

24/09/2020

The Welsh Government has announced a further £84.6m for the country’s bus industry, which it said will help companies ‘meet the challenges of coronavirus and run more services’.

Transport group warns of ‘rapid and deep cut’ in bus services

24/09/2020

A consultancy group has warned there could be a reduction of bus services of between 30% and 40% if financial support is withdrawn from transport services.

Wandsworth suspends LTN trials one month in

16/09/2020

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

Coventry e-scooter trial ‘paused’ due to misuse

16/09/2020

An e-scooter trial in Coventry has been paused after reports that some users have been riding the scooters on pavements.

Citizen's Climate Assembly calls for reductions in car and air travel

15/09/2020

The first citizens’ assembly on climate change has called for tough action including limiting the growth of car and plane travel.

ADEPT backs e-scooters to tackle pollution threat

14/09/2020

Council place directors have backed the legalisation of e-scooters but said there are a number of questions that need to be answered.

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.

Over 500 new chargers per day needed to achieve zero emission car market

07/09/2020

Survey reveals that despite billions invested in the development of EVs, UK buyers are still reluctant to buy them and hundreds more charge points are needed.

Scottish Government shells out £10m for greener buses

04/09/2020

The Scottish Government has awarded over £9.75m to 19 bus and coach operators to retrofit 594 vehicle exhausts over the next financial year.

Safely into school

27/08/2020

How many plans can be made when it comes to transport to education settings? Liz Davidson reports.

Scottish councils get active travel funding boost

26/08/2020

The Scottish Government has cut its match funding requirement for permanent active travel infrastructure after giving councils nearly £39m for pop-up physical distancing schemes.

Council to amend school transport appeals policy

20/08/2020

Coventry City Council has agreed to change the way it handles appeals about free school transport following an investigation by the ombudsman.

Council hits out at ‘flawed’ bus lane review

18/08/2020

Newcastle City Council has warned that a review into its bus lane signage contains a ‘number of legal errors’.

The ‘Great Reset’: Reshaping transport for a greener future

17/08/2020

Sandra Witzel explores how Mobility as a Service (MaaS) can help local transport authorities encourage active travel.

Roads to recovery

14/08/2020

Alex Glassbrook explores if councils were legally allowed to make amendments to traffic regulation orders in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ombudsman criticises council for lack of transport for SEN pupils

13/08/2020

Buckinghamshire County Council has been criticised for its lack of suitable school transport for children with special educational needs.

How local authorities could help their private hire and taxi drivers

13/08/2020

Dr. Tom Vickers outlines how local authorities can help improve the working conditions and economic insecurity among private hire and taxi drivers.

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.

Government extends emergency bus and tram funding

10/08/2020

Ministers are giving bus and tram services in England outside London up to £256m to help them ramp up services ahead of expected increases in public transport use next month.

Councils awarded £40m to set up more home-to-school transport

10/08/2020

Local authorities have been given a £40m funding boost to increase home-to-school transport provision from September. 

Micromobility: Lessons from Australia

31/07/2020

Joshua Sattler explores how micromobility can help UK towns and cities recover from COVID-19.

Councils welcome £2bn active transport 'revolution'

28/07/2020

Thousands of miles of new cycle routes will be built in towns and cities as part of the Prime Minister’s £2bn ‘cycling and walking revolution’.

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There's a whiff of purpose once more on devolution

Devolution should rock the status quo and create a new culture of governance which pushes everyone who currently holds decision-making power out of their comfort zones, says deputy chief executive of New Local Jessica Studdert.
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