Transport

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.

London cycle routes face rebrand

18/12/2018

London mayor Sadiq Khan has unveiled a new Cycling Action Plan that aims to create a London-wide cycle network while doubling cycling journeys in six years.

Reading ‘disappointed’ after Wokingham rejects £20m scheme

14/12/2018

Wokingham councillors have rejected plans for a £20m riverside travel route connecting two boroughs due to its ‘sensitive location’.

Cambridge unveils 'world class’ transport scheme

14/12/2018

Cambridge is set to build a 'world class' public transport system and thousands of new homes as part of a new plan for the city.

£160m Luton Airport terminal officially opens

14/12/2018

Secretary of state for transport Chris Grayling has officially opened London Luton Airport’s newly-upgraded terminal after a three-year transformation project.

Northern Powerhouse needs ‘clear break’ with original vision, report says

05/12/2018

The Government should commit to a ‘whole North’ approach to development rather than just focusing on the Manchester region, think tank says.

Govt report says 20mph zones may not reduce casualty rates

28/11/2018

An evaluation of 20mph limit schemes has failed to find evidence of a significant short-term impact on safety but said they could provide other benefits.

Transport spending in London double that of the Northern Powerhouse

21/11/2018

Transport spending has risen twice as much per person in London than in the North since launch of Northern Powerhouse five years ago, according to the latest research.

Councils spending £75m more on transporting SEND pupils to school

20/11/2018

County councils spent £323.3m on transporting young people to school last year, figures have revealed.

Khan launches five ‘clean air’ zones

16/11/2018

Sadiq Khan yesterday launched five new ‘clean air’ zones in a bid to clean up some of London’s worst polluted hotspots.

Councils net £42m a year in bus lane fines

14/11/2018

Town hall chiefs have hit back at a report saying councils collected nearly £42m in penalties last year from motorists caught driving in bus lanes.

Council spends £12,000 on four speed signs

13/11/2018

Bournemouth council has spent thousands of pounds installing speed signs along the promenade in an attempt to slow cyclists down.

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

07/11/2018

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

What does the Budget really mean for local authorities?

06/11/2018

Tiffany Cloynes and Joanna Phillips explore the key announcements in the Budget and how far extra funding will address the challenges faced by councils.

Budget 2018: £25bn for RIS2 but PFI ban could cost Highways England

30/10/2018

The chancellor has announced an immediate £420m cash boost for local authority highway maintenance budgets with millions more for local transport projects.

Greater Manchester’s transport system ‘outdated’, Burnham says

26/10/2018

Mayor Andy Burnham has called on the Government to give Greater Manchester more powers to look after the day-to-day running of the region’s transport.

‘Deep flaws’ in planning system driving car-dependency

24/10/2018

The planning system is leaving new housing developments without adequate walking, cycling and public transport connections, transport organisation warns.

Survey reveals ‘concerns’ over road sign legislation

22/10/2018

The majority of those working in the road signs industry have concerns with the new legislation governing the designs and conditions of use for traffic signs.

London bus safety regulations ‘do not go far enough’

17/10/2018

New regulations governing bus safety in London ‘do not go far enough’, according to the London Assembly’s transport committee.

Heathrow legal challenges to go to full hearing

05/10/2018

Courts of Justice today ruled that all six legal challenges brought against the decision in June to back a third runway at Heathrow can go to a full hearing.

West Midlands awarded £20m to make journeys ‘cheaper and quicker’

03/10/2018

The West Midlands will pioneer new transport schemes to make journeys ‘quicker, cheaper and cleaner’ following a £20m funding announcement.

National strategy needed to stop the decline in bus use, operators say

01/10/2018

One of the country’s largest bus and rail operators has called for the creation of a national strategy to address the sharp fall in the use of buses.

May announces £840m public transport investment

28/09/2018

Prime minister Theresa May has announced £840m investment in public transport links as part of the £1.7bn Transforming Cities Fund.

Driverless vehicles could free up 80% of car parking land

26/09/2018

Driverless vehicles could lower need for private vehicle-use and free up thousands of hectares of land for development, according to consultants.

Cities commit to procuring only zero-emission buses after 2025

14/09/2018

Birmingham, Greater Manchester and Oxford have all committed to procure only zero-emission buses from 2025 in a bid to reduce air pollution and make their cities ‘healthier.’

Oxford strikes £2.6m deal to maintain its own roads

07/09/2018

The two councils covering Oxford have struck a deal that will see the city council provide routine highway maintenance services on behalf of the county.

Corbyn pledges £10bn for 'Crossrail for the North'

04/09/2018

Jeremy Corbyn has pledged £10bn to build a cross-country high-speed rail link if elected.

Whitehall not doing ‘nearly enough’ to tackle pothole epidemic

24/08/2018

The Government is not doing ‘nearly enough’ to improve the state of the roads in the UK, road users say.

Councils warn a lack of funding holding back sustainable travel

24/08/2018

A lack of funding is stopping councils from investing in sustainable travel, council leaders have warned today.

Report warns of a 'two-speed' England

21/08/2018

Business leaders have warned of a ‘two-speed’ England unless the Government adopts a coherent approach to improving infrastructure.

Council pitches £375m light rail link to Heathrow

16/08/2018

A council near Heathrow has submitted proposals to ministers for a £375m light rail link to the expanding airport.

Vehicles begin data gathering ahead of 2019 passenger AV trial

15/08/2018

A UK company developing technology for driverless vehicles has started data gathering in two London boroughs as part of its plan to trial a shared driverless passenger service in London next year.

Cambridge £1.7bn metro plans 'could provide lifeline for buses'

09/08/2018

A possible £1.7bn underground ‘metro’ for Cambridge will be designed to support the area’s failing bus services and discourage car use, the region’s mayor has said.

Council proposes 10-point plan to tackle air pollution

08/08/2018

Oxford City Council has called on the Government to adopt a 10-point plan to tackle high air pollution levels which contribute to 40,000 deaths every year.

Councils urged to provide free education transport for young people with disabilities

06/08/2018

Councils across England should ensure their education transport policies properly support young adults with disabilities, ombudsman warns.

MPs call for £100bn Northern transport investment

02/08/2018

The Government has been urged to invest £100bn on Northern infrastructure by 2050 to deliver major strategic road and rail projects.

What does High Speed Rail really mean to you?

30/07/2018

Craig Wakeman, programme manager for the West Midlands Combined Authority’s HS2 Growth Delivery team, explains the real impacts HS2 will have.

Councils seek judicial review of Heathrow runway decision

20/07/2018

London councils have notified the secretary of state for transport they will be seeking a judicial review of the decision to support third Heathrow runway.

Pothole-related breakdowns hit ‘three-year high’

16/07/2018

Local authority leaders have called for more funding for local road maintenance as second quarter pothole-related breakdowns hit a three-year high.

Up to 11 million electric vehicles expected on roads by 2030

12/07/2018

The UK could see up to 11 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030 and 36 million by 2040, according to a new report.

Eight Scottish councils chosen for active travel funding

12/07/2018

Eight local authorities in Scotland have been awarded £50,000 to help develop active travel proposals.

Whitehall publishes plan to boost take-up of ‘ultra low emission cars’

09/07/2018

The Government today announced that it wants at least half of new cars to be ultra low emission by 2030 in an effort to tackle air pollution.

Funding for support buses slashed by 45%, campaigners warn

02/07/2018

Local authority funding for supported buses has been halved since 2010 leaving many parts of England and Wales without public transport, campaigners warn.

Council chiefs warn of cuts to bus routes

21/06/2018

Local authority leaders today warned that the bus routes which are subsidised by councils are under threat because of funding cuts.

City leaders want 2030 petrol and diesel ban

18/06/2018

A cross-party alliance of English and Welsh city leaders has called on ministers to bring the ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles forward by 10 years.

New bus figures show 'slow death of local buses'

12/06/2018

The number of people using buses in England fell again in the last financial year in the face of real-terms fare increases and cuts to local routes.

Northern council chiefs call for devolution of powers to solve ‘railway fiasco’

11/06/2018

A coalition of local government leaders in the North has called for full powers governing the management of all rail infrastructure to be handed over to the region.

Council criticised for Oxford Street pedestrianisation U-turn

08/06/2018

Westminster City Council has defended itself against accusations it has ‘betrayed’ Londoners with its decision not to make Oxford Street a car-free area.

Councils blast Heathrow expansion approval

06/06/2018

Council leaders have accused the transport secretary of failing to provide full details of the noise and air quality impacts of a third Heathrow runway.

Council gets phantom donation of Rolls Royce Ghost

06/06/2018

An anonymous donor has gifted Glasgow’s Lord Provost with a two-year old Rolls Royce Ghost.

Khan launches electric vehicle task force

01/06/2018

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has launched a taskforce to boost the infrastructure needed to support electric vehicles in the capital.

Council chiefs demand more powers to tackle problem lorry drivers

29/05/2018

Council leaders have demanded new powers to stop lorry drivers causing damage to roads by ignoring weight restrictions.

Councils need guidance to deliver electric vehicle infrastructure

25/05/2018

Electric vehicles have potential, but ensuring the infrastructure is available to support them is critical. Andy King, director of energy at Sweco, explains.

Free school transport schemes at risk in county areas

24/05/2018

County councils have warned they are struggling to fund free school transport schemes as it costs ten times more in county areas than neighbouring cities.

Councils told to 'join the conversation' on roads revolution

22/05/2018

The Local Government Association (LGA) has urged councils to grasp the opportunities offered by the technological revolution in road transport.

Housing developments should be more ‘transport-oriented’, planners say

10/05/2018

Planners have called on the Government to focus more on transport-oriented housing developments as study reveals only half of new housing is built within 2km of a train station.

Councils must have more say in transport planning, report says

18/04/2018

Local authorities must be involved in transport planning in the north of England to ensure increased connectivity delivers sustainable growth, planners say.

Pothole impact of Beast from the East 'still to be seen'

18/04/2018

The RAC has blamed the recent bad weather for a rise in pothole-related breakdowns, but warned the full extent of the problem remains to be seen.

Amendment to protect free bus passes announced

10/04/2018

The Government has announced a change in legislation that will ensure free bus passes for older and disabled people will be protected for the future.

Work begins on Birmingham's 'cycle revolution'

10/04/2018

Amey has begun work on a £5.4m project in Birmingham to deliver a 4km two-way, fully segregated cycle route linking Selly Oak and the University of Birmingham with the city centre.

Councils penalise over one million drivers a year for using bus lanes

04/04/2018

Drivers in the UK’s cities have been issued with over one million penalty notices each year since 2015 for driving in bus lanes, new research reveals.

Councillors deny 'turning their backs' on sustainable transport

29/03/2018

Council leaders have hit back against claims local authorities are reneging on sustainable transport because they are allowed to ‘mark their own homework’.

Welsh councils to share £25m for bus services

26/03/2018

Local authorities across Wales are to share £25m to help support local bus services.

Rise in online shopping is damaging roads, councils warn

26/03/2018

The amount of traffic caused by the number of Light Goods Vehicles (LGV) on the roads has increased by 20% over the last five years, new analysis has revealed.

Council discovers thousands of bus lanes fines could be invalid

22/03/2018

Manchester City Council could be forced to repay thousands of bus lanes fines after an internal review discovered some charges were issued too late to be legally valid.

Car industry should pay more to tackle air pollution, MPs say

15/03/2018

Four committees have called on the Government to force the car industry to contribute to a new clean air fund to help improve air quality.

Hammond opens bids for £840m transport pot

13/03/2018

In his Spring Statement, chancellor Philip Hammond opened bidding on the remaining £840m from the Transforming Cities Fund for improving transport in English cities, boosted skills funding and pledged a consultation on cuts to VED for businesses that buy cleaner vans.

Official guidance barely ‘scrapes surface’ of air quality crisis

08/02/2018

Official air quality guidance directs councils to focus on buses rather than the more serious sources of air pollution, campaigners warn.

Transport spending disproportionately benefits London, research reveals

24/01/2018

Transport investment in London is five times more per capita than in Yorkshire, the Humber or the North East despite Government claims, new figures reveal.

Council to call in bond following Carillion collapse

24/01/2018

Leeds City Council has announced it is calling in the bond put in place to protect public funds from the collapse of Carillion.

Northern transport plan promises £100bn boost for region

17/01/2018

Northern leaders today published their draft strategic transport plan which aims to ‘transform’ transport and close the economic gap between North and South.

Only five councils bid for electric car charge points funding

12/01/2018

Only five councils have applied for funding to buy and install electric car charging points, the Government has revealed.

The problem with the T-Charge

18/12/2017

Will introducing a T-Charge in London help reduce emissions and improve air quality? Sukalpa Biswa argues there are more effective approaches.

Government commits £46m to fix potholes

15/12/2017

The Department for Transport (DfT) has committed nearly £50m to fixing potholes as part of a multi-million pound investment aimed at improving England’s roads.

Tees Valley unveil 30-year transport plan

15/12/2017

Council leaders in the Tees Valley are set to unveil a 30-year plan to improve transport links in the region.

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