Chris Ames

Councils struggle as people flock to rights of way

15/01/2021

Local government directors are asking councils across England for more information about the pressures on public rights of way due to increased use during the pandemic.

What’s in a (street) name? Councils get help with changing times

07/01/2021

GeoPlace has published guidance for local authority officers in England and Wales who are responsible for naming and renaming streets and buildings.

Tories relying on Labour councils to boost cycling

08/12/2020

Labour-controlled unitary authorities in England are more likely to implement conservative Government policy supporting cycling, new research has found.

Ministers dump VED pledge and strip local roads of billions

01/12/2020

The Government appears to have abandoned its commitment to create a National Roads Fund (NRF) through the hypothecation of vehicle excise duty (VED), undoing a long-standing promise without informing MPs or the public.

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’.

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.

Surrey looks to future with £20m LED conversion

29/10/2020

Surrey County Council is to convert all of its 89,000 street lights to LEDs over the next three years at a cost of £20m.

Welsh councils to get pavement parking enforcement powers

15/10/2020

Councils in Wales could have greater powers to prevent pavement parking by 2022 after ministers backed recommendations from an independent taskforce.

Leeds set to scrap Clean Air Zone but could keep ANPR

14/10/2020

Leeds City Council is set to scrap its planned Clean Air Zone (CAZ) after businesses switched to cleaner vehicles in anticipation but is considering repurposing the vehicle tracking technology installed for the scheme.

AA highlights local road spend disparity

12/10/2020

The AA has accused some councils in England of doing ‘next to nothing’ by way of maintenance on their road network.

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’.

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’.

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.

Ministers seek middle path on pavement parking

01/09/2020

The Department for Transport (DfT) has published a consultation setting out three options to tackle the issue of pavement parking.

Delivery companies to help map potholes

28/08/2020

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has launched what his department called a first-of-its-kind audit into the mapping of potholes in England ‘to better target improvements so that roads are in top condition as people return to work and school’.

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.

Leeds could scrap CAZ as pandemic cuts traffic and pollution

20/08/2020

Leeds City Council could scrap its planned Clean Air Zone (CAZ) if levels of toxic air pollution remain within legal limits.

London boroughs and Cardiff Council take £58.2m from moving traffic offences

19/08/2020

Councils in London and Cardiff made £58.2m from moving traffic offences in 2018/19, according to the RAC.

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.

Sampling COVID’s impact on Surrey image

Sampling COVID’s impact on Surrey

Michael Coughlin describes how Surrey CC is developing a ‘rich and granular’ understanding of how its residents, communities and the local economy are being impacted by the pandemic.
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Mobilising the social care workforce

A continued drive towards more mobile public services is needed to help overcome social care challenges in the bleak winter months, says David McKinney.
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