Dominic Browne

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: 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.

£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.

MP calls for changes to highways funding formula

05/11/2020

A Conservative MP has called for reforms to the maintenance funding formula for highway authorities in England to take into account road condition, traffic volumes and the council's own contributions.

Hammersmith Bridge 'won't open until 2027' after decades of unchecked corrosion

04/11/2020

Transport minister Baroness Vere has revealed that Hammersmith Bridge will not be 'fully open' to motorised vehicles until 2027, after decades of corrosion went unchecked.

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.

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.

Glasgow to cut a third of parking and 'won't miss it'

05/06/2020

Glasgow city centre is set to suspend around a third of its on-street parking spaces to increase space for social distancing.

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.

Highway Sector Council's 'Golden Covid-19' rules revealed

02/06/2020

A set of ‘Golden Covid-19’ rules created by the Highways Sector Council (HSC) gives specific guidance for worksites with calls to ‘accelerate major maintenance and deliver shovel-ready essential highway projects’.

DfT backtracks on 5-year guarantee in new street works code

26/05/2020

The Government has published a new version of the statutory code of practice for street works, and quietly backtracked on initial plans to increase the guarantee on road openings from two to five years.

CIHT's new vision: Road pricing, a £15bn fund and place-based roads

02/04/2020

The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) has called for sweeping reforms to local roads management and funding, underpinned by a £15bn, 10-year cash pot.

New major road network and large local major schemes announced

13/03/2020

The Government has announced the successful major road network (MRN) and Large Local Major (LLM) schemes proceeding to the next stage of development.

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.

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.

Kier takes over interim Birmingham contract

04/02/2020

Kier has been brought in to manage the 15-month interim highway services contract in Birmingham after Amey's failed PFI deal in the city.

Manchester calls in Uber for urgent meeting

28/11/2019

Uber's troubles have continued with Manchester City Council revealing it has requested an urgent meeting with the company over concerns regarding licensing rules.

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.

World’s first local road trial of 2d material

12/11/2019

Skanska is leading what is thought to be the first ever local road trial of graphene material in asphalt.

Queen's Speech 19: Whitehall unveils major infrastructure and rail plans

14/10/2019

The Queen's Speech pledges infrastructure strategy, aviation bill and proposals for rail reform.

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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