Transport

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’.

The impact of a green recovery on local authorities

21/07/2020

Jon Beasley explains why local authorities are sitting on the precipice of a transport transformation.

Putting councils in charge of the micromobility revolution

09/07/2020

Zachary Wang explains what councils should consider when planning an e-scooter trial.

Seize the transport moment, says new report

07/07/2020

Campaigners have called on ministers to accelerate the shift to sustainable transport by introducing new charges for drivers and improving public transport, walking and cycling.

Mayor announces UK's first trial of e-scooters

03/07/2020

The first UK trial of e-scooters is due to take place in Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool, Tees Valley Mayor has announced.

Trials of e-scooter rentals to be fast-tracked from this weekend

01/07/2020

Local authorities will start hosting the trial of rental e-scooters from this weekend to help ease the burden on public transport as lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Councils get new powers to tackle misuse of cycle lanes

10/06/2020

Local authorities will be given the power to use CCTV to fine drivers who misuse mandatory cycle lanes, the Government has announced.

Councils on deadline to secure first tranche of active travel cash

04/06/2020

Local authorities are on their last chance to secure a slice of the first tranche from the £225m emergency active travel fund, with the deadline for completing the form tomorrow.

What will the car-free cities of the future look like?

19/05/2020

Ben Mercer explores what car-free cities could look like and how will these policies will change our city-centre commutes.

Government announces £250m emergency active travel fund

11/05/2020

The Government has announced the largest ever funding boost to create a ‘new era’ for cycling and walking.

A greener future?

01/05/2020

Steven Meersman warns that transitioning to net-zero must continue to be a priority despite Covid-19.

MPs launch inquiry into use of electric scooters

22/04/2020

An inquiry looking at the safety and legal implications of e-scooters has been launched by the Transport Committee.

Councils welcome £400m funding boost for bus services

03/04/2020

The Government has pledged nearly £400m funding to help keep bus services running during the coronavirus pandemic.

Councils warn bus services could collapse as a result of coronavirus

31/03/2020

Council chiefs have called on the Government to provide emergency funding to ensure bus services do not go bust during the coronavirus epidemic.

NIC launches future of rail consultation

26/03/2020

The National Infrastructure Commission has launched a consultation on the future rail landscape of the North and the Midlands as part of the Government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda.

Welsh councils get new powers to reshape bus services

17/03/2020

Councils in Wales will be given new powers to run their own bus companies and franchise bus services on routes.

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.

Shapps announces £90m tech fund to make journeys ‘greener’

16/03/2020

The Government has launched a multi-million pound fund to trial new technology aimed at making journeys ‘easier, smarter and greener’.

Budget 2020: Mayoral authorities win big in transport

11/03/2020

The Government has unveiled £4.2bn for urban transport as part of its spring budget giveaways.

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.

Council chiefs call for ‘stable, devolved’ infrastructure budgets

06/03/2020

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to provide all councils with ‘stable, devolved infrastructure and public transport budgets.’

Islington Council launches ‘revolutionary’ energy centre

05/03/2020

Islington Council today launched an energy centre which converts waste heat from the London underground into heating for homes, schools and leisure centres.

Flybe collapse hits council-owned airports

05/03/2020

The airline entered administration this morning, leading to the grounding of all flights.

The road to an electric bus fleet

04/03/2020

Jonathan Bassett argues an 'all-electric bus town' presents an opportunity not to be missed for local authorities.

Public is ‘supportive’ of plans to invest in cycling, study shows

04/03/2020

Over half of residents in major urban areas across the UK support more investment in cycling, new research reveals.

TV presenter launches legal challenge against ‘vanity project’ HS2

04/03/2020

The TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham has launched a legal challenge against HS2 in order to stop the ‘largest deforestation project’ since WWI.

Council chiefs warn of ‘chronic need’ for bridge repair funding

02/03/2020

Local leaders have said there is a ‘chronic need’ for investment in local roads in response to a report on the number of substandard road bridges in Britain.

Councils awarded share of £93m fund to repair potholes

02/03/2020

Local authorities are to be awarded a share of a multi-million pound funding pot to repair roads and bridges, the Government has announced.

Councils spend average of £2 per head on cycling infrastructure, study reveals

26/02/2020

Local authorities have spent on average just £2 per head of population per year on cycling infrastructure over the last ten years, new research reveals.

Council ‘surprised’ by criticisms of its SEND transport policy

25/02/2020

A council has expressed surprise at a ruling by the local government Ombudsman which criticised its transport policy for adult learners with special educational needs (SEND).

London Councils drives forward co-ordinated approach to car clubs

20/02/2020

London Councils has launched a new online resource to help boroughs take a more co-ordinated approach to car clubs.

Councils set out joint vision for £100m transport transformation

18/02/2020

Derby City Council and Nottingham City Council have submitted a bid for over £100m funding to enhance transport links between the two cities.

The balancing act: reducing emissions and improving transportation

17/02/2020

Paul Moorby outlines how using Big Data to analyse real-time traffic information can help councils to refine traffic management policies whilst reducing carbon emissions.

Short-term approach to funding urban transport networks ‘inefficient’

12/02/2020

A transport group has warned that the ‘excessive reliance’ on short-term competition funding for transforming urban transport networks is ‘inefficient’.

Council chiefs call for ‘urgent’ consultation on post-Brexit trade checks

11/02/2020

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to ensure that port authorities have the resources and capacities needed to carry out checks on EU goods.

Ministers announce £5bn cycle and bus fund

11/02/2020

PM pledges £5bn, five-year bus and cycling fund to support simpler fares, thousands of buses, higher service frequencies, and 250 miles of cycle paths.

Green energy - the linchpin of EV success

11/02/2020

Thomas Newby explains why green energy is the linchpin of electric vehicles success for local government.

Plans outlined for Britain’s first all-electric bus town

06/02/2020

One local authority is set to receive £50m to become Britain’s first all-electric bus town.

Brighton considers becoming a ‘car-free’ city

28/01/2020

Brighton & Hove City councillors have agreed to look into the possibility of the city becoming ‘car-free’ by 2023.

Leeds council launches electric vehicle trial

24/01/2020

Leeds City Council has launched a new scheme giving businesses, organisations and charities in West Yorkshire the opportunity to drive electric vans free of charge for up to two months.

Funding doubles for residential charge points

21/01/2020

Funding for on-street charge points has been doubled to help end the ‘postcode lottery’ for the uptake of electric vehicles.

Council chiefs call for help with £700m gap in bus fare scheme

20/01/2020

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to help them support bus routes as the distance local buses travel drops to lowest level since mid-1980s.

Councils warned to cover foster carers’ school transport costs

17/01/2020

Councils have been reminded by the local government ombudsman that they should be providing financial support to foster parents to pay for school transport.

Whitehall announces £3.4m investment in wireless charging tech

17/01/2020

The Government has announced that it is investing £3.4m in wireless charging technology trials at taxi ranks in Nottingham.

Medway caves after Ombudsman rap

16/01/2020

Medway Council has finally accepted the recommendations in a Local Government Ombudsman public interest report after a two-year stand-off.

Hydrogen for transport

16/01/2020

Mark Griffin explains why Aberdeen City Council has introduced a fleet of hydrogen fuelled buses to help reduce emissions.

Islington Council launches electric vehicle charging partnership

16/01/2020

An electric vehicle charging partnership with Islington Council was launched yesterday as part of the London borough’s push to reduce harmful air pollution.

HS2 based on false prospectus, Berkeley claims

06/01/2020

HS2 will cost at least £107bn to complete and its business case is based on unrealistic claims about how many trains could run on the new line, according to the former deputy chair of the Government’s review into the scheme.

Council aims to make York city centre ‘car free’

02/01/2020

York city centre could become a ‘car free’ zone as part of a council effort to make the city carbon neutral by 2030.

Charity calls for devolution to end ‘nightmare rail journeys’

02/01/2020

A charity has called for a radical overhaul of the UK’s rail services including giving city authorities more control over the management of regional networks.

Over 12,000 Blue Badges granted to people with ‘hidden disabilities’

02/01/2020

Thousands of people with hidden disabilities have benefitted from the Government’s extended Blue Badge scheme, new figures reveal.

Council chiefs warn of ‘bogus' Christmas taxi drivers

20/12/2019

Local authority leaders have warned revellers of the dangers of unlicensed rogue drivers around Christmas time.

West Midlands bus passenger numbers ‘rocket’ by eight million

19/12/2019

The number of people catching the bus in the West Midlands has increased by almost eight million over the last year thanks to major investment in the network.

Welsh government commits £74m to ‘green transport network’

19/12/2019

The Welsh government has committed to investing £74m into initiatives aimed at building a ‘clean, green transport network’.

Siemens launches 'great model' for EV charging network

17/12/2019

Siemens Mobility has announced a partnership to deliver a series of charging hubs and more than 120 electric vehicle connections across the West of England.

City of London Corporation launches UK’s first 24/7 zero emission street

17/12/2019

A busy thoroughfare in the City of London is set to become the UK’s first street where polluting vehicles are banned all year round.

Warrington council opens £20.5m railway station

17/12/2019

Warrington Borough Council has announced the official opening of the town’s new multi-million pound railway station.

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.

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