Chris Ames

Highways England steps in to improve toxic air in Dorset village

12/05/2021

Highways England is to impose a permanent 30mph speed limit in a village suffering high air pollution after a trial achieved an improvement.

Pollution fears rise as traffic surges in Scottish cities

06/05/2021

New data shows that traffic levels in Edinburgh and Glasgow have exceeded pre-pandemic levels, adding to fears about air quality following delays to Scotland’s planned Low Emission Zones (LEZs).

Pothole figures 'a watershed moment'

20/04/2021

Drivers are having to use roads that often ‘resemble the surface of the Moon’, the RAC has said after revealing a 37% year-on-year rise in pothole-related breakdowns in the first three months of 2021.

Councils urged to bid for £15m traffic signals cash

09/04/2021

The Department for Transport (DfT) is urging English local authorities outside London to submit expressions of interest for a share of £15m of new funding to repair and upgrade their traffic signals.

Cost to fix pothole-ridden local roads £10.24bn

31/03/2021

The estimated one-time cost to get local roads in England and Wales back into a ‘reasonable, steady state’ is £10.24bn, according to this year’s ALARM survey.

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.

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’.

Welsh councils get £12m to improve local roads

24/03/2021

The Welsh Government has announced an extra £12m for local authorities to 'fix potholes and improve roads, pavements and active travel routes' across the country.

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.

Nearly 50,000 school children exposed to illegal levels of air pollution, campaigners warn

09/03/2021

Thousands of children are exposed to dangerous levels of air pollution because their schools are located close to major roads, campaigners have warned.

Budget 2021: Leeds wins bank as infrastructure cash goes North

03/03/2021

The new National Infrastructure Bank will be based in Leeds, the chancellor revealed alongside other Budget announcements badged under the Government’s ‘leveling up’ agenda.

Council faces legal action over cycle lane removal

25/02/2021

A cycling charity is taking legal action against a council’s decision to scrap a cycle lane introduced during lockdown.

London’s lane rental scheme to include pavements for first time

24/02/2021

Charges under London’s lane rental scheme are to be amended from May and the scheme will be expanded and include pavements for the first time.

Council road repairs cash down £400m next year

15/02/2021

County councils have said they will have ‘no choice’ but to cancel high priority highway maintenance works next year after the Government announced capital funding allocations down £398m on current levels.

Government's EV charging plans 'won't be enough', report argues

02/02/2021

The UK needs to install public electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints five times faster than the current rate at an estimated cost of between £5bn and £10bn by 2030, a think tank has said.

Government announces £93m investment for road upgrades

01/02/2021

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed £93m for three major road upgrade schemes across the country, including two schemes funded as part of the major road network (MRN).

Council bridges decline as scour checks fall

29/01/2021

The number of substandard road bridges managed by councils across Great Britain is increasing, new research shows.

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.

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.

Insurer compares the market for parking fines

19/01/2021

Councils are issuing fines worth an average of £850,000 a year for parking offences, with one raking in more than £10m, according to new research.

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