Chris Ames

Council blocks scrutiny over bizarre £7m contract roll-over

06/05/2022

Greenwich Council has refused to disclose why it has handed out a £7m contract without a competitive tender and has blocked scrutiny of the move.

£200m falls short of saving Johnson's zero emission target

04/05/2022

Prime minister Boris Johnson is set to fail in his pledge to deliver 4,000 zero emission buses to England's roads, despite the Department for Transport having another £200m to spend.

Local areas to share £200m to help fund zero emission buses

28/03/2022

Twelve areas in England will share grants totalling nearly £200m to help fund zero emission buses and charging or fuelling infrastructure.

Scottish local road backlog 'close to £1.7bn'

15/03/2022

Scottish government has insisted it provides enough funding for councils after the cost of repairing the country’s local roads was estimated at almost £1.7bn.

Judge backs Greater Manchester bus franchising

10/03/2022

The giant Stagecoach Group has failed in its attempt to block plans for bus franchising in Greater Manchester.

Government announces £150m final funding package for bus services

02/03/2022

Ministers have announced a £150m, ‘final tranche’ of pandemic-related support to bus and light rail operators across England, a month before existing funding is due to end.

Transport authorities call for new powers over e-scooters

01/03/2022

City region transport authorities are calling for a new ‘national enabling framework’ to allow councils to regulate and charge providers of e-scooter and other micromobility rental services.

'Get moving on road pricing,' MPs say

04/02/2022

MPs have backed a move towards road pricing to avert a £35bn black hole in the public finances.

Council backs down in cycle lane case

27/01/2022

Campaigners claim to have 'drawn a line in the sand' after a highway authority admitted it acted unlawfully when it decided to remove a popular cycle lane in November 2020.

Brent Council to remove low traffic neighbourhood schemes

24/01/2022

Councillors in Brent have voted to remove four low traffic neighbourhood schemes after significant opposition from residents.

Khan eyes pay-per-mile fix for capital’s emissions

18/01/2022

London must implement a pay per mile road charging system to achieve its targets for cutting toxic air and carbon emissions, according to a new report commissioned by the mayor's office.

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).

Bucks takes dispute over HS2 lorry routes to court

15/11/2021

Buckinghamshire Council has issued High Court challenges against six decisions by the Planning Inspectorate in a dispute over lorry routes for HS2 construction.

Manchester hopes to trial use of zebra markings at side roads

09/11/2021

Greater Manchester’s mayor and transport commissioner have written to the transport secretary seeking permission for a mass trial of zebra markings at side roads after new evidence showed that they lead to a 65% increase in drivers giving way.

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.

Spending Review conceals local road cuts

29/10/2021

Road maintenance funding for councils not receiving settlements through combined authorities appears to be facing a cut of around £200m over three years following the Spending Review - more if you add inflation.

ULEZ expansion 'a lifeline for Londoners'

25/10/2021

As London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) sees a massive expansion, a think tank has called on mayor Sadiq Khan to go further and introduce a pay-per-mile road user charging scheme.

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.

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.

Cycle lane court challenge takes new turn

24/09/2021

Cycling UK has won the right to challenge council’s decision to remove a popular cycle lane after High Court ruling refusing permission for review overturned.

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