TRANSPORT MATTERS IN THE GENERAL ELECTION
22 May 2017 | Author: Stephen Joseph, Executive Director, Campaign for Better Transport

In a Brexit-dominated election, issues like transport will struggle to get noticed. But the next Government of whatever shape will face a number of transport challenges which can't be ducked or ignored.

The first is air pollution: how to clean up air in cities without annoying motorists and their media friends. The risk is that the next Government will shy away from tackling polluting diesel cars and trucks or promoting modal shift, and instead will go for soft targets like buses...


TRANSPORT AND THE ELECTION: WHAT IS MAYISM?
15 May 2017 | Author: James Bethell, CEO, Westbourne Communications

What will the election mean for Transport? 

With the election approaching and a Conservative victory widely predicted, it is a good time to wonder what a popular mandate for "Mayism", unfettered by a slender Commons majority, might mean for transport...


QUITTING EUROPE WILL LEAVE A HOLE IN UK PLANNING
8 May 2017 | Author: Jim Steer, Director, Steer Davies Gleave

It's not widely appreciated how far Europe contributes to UK infrastructure planning and funding, but it will be necessary to create a structure to replace it by the time the UK leaves the EU.

For the next two years, the big issue will be Brexit, now we've set the clock ticking under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. Yet it's hard to fathom what will change in the transport sector...


WANTED: A BOLD RESPONSE TO AIR QUALITY THREAT
2 May 2017 | Author: Prof. David Begg, Chief Executive, Transport Times

The delay to the Government's response to the High Court ruling on air quality is a pity. Though the official line is that it has been delayed because of the election, it is a missed opportunity for the Government to take a firm stance on air quality and show leadership.


UK RAIL SUMMIT POSTPONED
26 April 2017 | Author: Grant Poulton, Managing Director, Transport Times

The UK Rail Summit due to take place on 4th May is being rescheduled due to pre-election purdah.

An annoucement on the new date will be made in due course.


IMPROVING AIR QUALITY: WHAT’S THE PLAN?
14 April 2017 | Author: Claire Haigh, Chief Executive, Greener Journeys

DEFRA is due this month to publish its new Air Quality Plan. Government has already lost two court cases on this issue, so the pressure is on.

Concern over air quality is no longer just the preserve of environmental groups and it is now widely recognized that we are facing a public health emergency. With air pollution causing 44,000 early deaths a year, the issue has attracted the attention of mainstream media, business, policy makers and the public at large.


A BILL TO PREPARE FOR A NEW TECHNOLOGICAL DAWN
10 April 2017 | Author: John Hayes, Minister of State for Transport

The Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill seeks to prepare the ground for a future of driverless cars and electric vehicles as well as protecting pilots from the misuse of laser pointers, says John Hayes

Winston Churchill wrote that "the future is unknown, but the past should give us hope": words from which anyone who, like me, believes that where and how we travel all matter can take encouragement...


2017 SCOTTISH TRANSPORT AWARDS SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED
6 April 2017 | Author: Grant Poulton

The Shortlist for the 2017 Scottish Transport Awards has been announced and is available to download here.


TRANSPORT TIMES LAUNCHES THE SCOTTISH TRANSPORT SUMMIT
6 April 2017 | Author: Grant Poulton

In association with Transport Scotland and the Scottish Government, Transport Times has launched the Scottish Transport Summit which will be held alongside the Scottish Transport Awards on 15th June in Glasgow.

The aim of the Summit is to bring together key decision-makers, practitioners and thinkers to discuss and debate Scotland's transport needs and future strategy.  Transport Minister Humza Yousaf MSP will deliver the keynote address with a number of high profile speakers already confirmed.


FRESH THINKING CAN START A VIRTUOUS CIRCLE
31 March 2017 | Author: David Fowler, Editor, Transport Times

Local Enterprise Partnerships have a big task on their hands. The last government gave them responsibility for distributing the Local Growth Fund, which brought together a number of funding streams from several Whitehall departments – much of it from transport – worth a cumulative £12bn by 2020.


TRANSPORT KNOWLEDGE HUB
27 March 2017 | Author: Claire Haigh, Chief Executive, Greener Journeys

Greener Journeys is pleased to be a sponsor of the Transport Knowledge Hub, which launches today at the LEP Annual Conference at the QEII in Westminster.

Transport is central to unlocking growth, which is why transport infrastructure investment accounts for such a significant proportion of allocated Local Growth Fund.


THE RAIL INDUSTRY MUST REDISCOVER INNOVATION
20 March 2017 | Author: Paul Maynard MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport

Rail privatisation led to an influx of new ideas. But the pace of progress has slowed. A return of the pioneering spirit is needed to meet the challenges the industry faces.

What is the future of transport? Is it Elon Musk's Hyperloop? Passenger drones, flying Segways, levitating bicycles? Perhaps, but my ambitions as rail minister are a little more modest. I want to see punctual trains, passengers receiving exemplary customer service, and stress-free journeys.


GIVE COMMUNITIES A CHANCE TO LEAD SERVICES
13 March 2017 | Author: Derek Halden, Director of transport data and technology business DHC Loop Connections

Current governance structures allow connectivity problems to be passed around rather than solved. Reforms to allow communities to take more control are overdue.

Connectivity is a widely stated goal, but not everyone is clear what connection they want. Electronic broadband connectivity is defined as anything from a 2MB/s connection upwards, since this allows practical internet use. Similarly transport connectivity is only meaningful if it makes possible some opportunity that would not otherwise have been accessible.


BUDGET GIVES COUNCILS CHANCE TO BID FOR £690M CONGESTION-BUSTING FUND
8 March 2017 | Author: Transport Times and Key Industry Figures

A £690m competitive fund for tackling congestion was a surprise but welcome announcement in chancellor Philip Hammond's first Budget today.

The fund was one of a number of allocations from the £23bn National Productivity Investment Fund set up in last year's autumn statement. English local authorities will be invited to bid for funding for schemes to tackle urban congestion, with details expected to be announced by transport secretary Chris Grayling on Friday...


THE UNWRITTEN RULES THAT UNDERMINE RAIL EFFICIENCY
6 March 2017 | Author: Jim Steer, Director, Steer Davies Gleave

An incremental approach holds sway in investment decisions when a bolder approach such as total route modernisation would allow improvements to be introduced faster and more cost-effectively.

Like it or not, the rail sector is going to have to use the next control period (2019-2024) to complete late running projects from the current one. The scope for new projects, to be determined later this year, is clearly limited (although it wouldn't be unprecedented to have late entries, arriving say around 2019, in the run up to election time).


INSPIRING TRANSPORT PROJECTS REWARDED AT LONDON TRANSPORT AWARDS CEREMONY
3 March 2017 | Author: Kirsty Walton, Events Coordinator, Transport Times

The best of London's transport industry were honoured last night at the 14th Annual London Transport Awards with 400 industry professionals in attendance. Hosted by Channel 4 News Presenter Cathy Newman the ceremony was held at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel. Now in their fourteenth year the Awards recognise the people and organisations that make a real difference to transport across London.


CONGESTION REMAINS A PERVASIVE THREAT
27 February 2017 | Author: David Fowler, Editor, Transport Times

The third UK Bus Summit earlier this month wavered between optimism and pessimism. There was confidence that features such as free Wi-Fi, USB chargers, real-time information and better-appointed interiors, together with bus priority measures, have the potential to attract new passengers, and there are numerous well-rehearsed examples of areas where patronage is increasing, usually based on effective partnerships between operators and local authorities.


MAKING THE ROAD NETWORK WORK FOR USERS
20 February 2017 | Author: Anthony Smith, Chief Executive, Transport Focus

Research from Transport Focus discovered that road users accept that disruption is unavoidable if improvements are to be made to the road network – but only up to a point.

Is there a typical user on the strategic road network? Probably not, considering the number of people using it every day and the multiple reasons people need to use motorways and major A-roads...


WANTED: A WAY TO MANAGE GROWTH IN FREIGHT TRAFFIC
13 February 2017 | Author: Jim Steer, Director, Steer Davies Gleave

Traffic is rising fastest among lorries and vans rather than private cars, a result of retail and consumer trends. The challenge is to limit the increase without harming productivity.

Road traffic just keeps on growing, just like in the cheap oil price years before 2006. Then it reached what looked like a limit and several years of decline followed. Fuel prices rose, and demand levels stayed down...


CONGESTION REMAINS KEY CONCERN FOR BUS SERVICES
9 February 2017 | Author: David Fowler, Editor, Transport Times

Progress of the Bus Services Bill has been slower than expected, but the Government is committed to it becoming law before the mayoral elections in May, bus minister Andrew Jones told the third UK Bus Summit today.

But the Government would seek to overturn amendments made in the House of Lords, particularly to allow all local authorities to adopt franchising. "We will be working hard to return the bill largely to its original form," he said.


PARTNERSHIP: THE ROUTE TO A THRIVING INDUSTRY
6 February 2017 | Author: Andrew Jones, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport

Buses are England's most used form of public transport, accounting for over 4.5 billion passenger journeys a year. Buses support our economy and connect our communities to the workplace, as well as to vital public services such as healthcare and education.


CONGESTION CHARGE OR CONNECTED CARS?
30 January 2017 | Author: David Fowler, Editor, Transport Times

The London Assembly transport commitee's dramatic intervention last week looked set to reignite the congestion charging debate.

Congestion has been rising again on the streets of the capital, fuelled by increasing numbers of delivery vans and private hire vehicles, and reallocation of road space for bus services, cycling and walking.


SERVICES THAT VALUE THE CUSTOMER
23 January 2017 | Author: Leon Daniels, Managing Director, Surface Transport, TfL

Transport for London is addressing demands from users for buses that are greener, more reliable, affordable and convenient. 

London's bus network is crucial to how our capital city functions. It carries almost 2.4 billion passengers a year – more than all the other bus journeys in England combined. The city's 9,300 buses provide a vital daily service, linking homes to jobs, schools, hospitals and leisure, as well as providing a frequent, step-free lifeline for many.


BETTER LINKS ARE NEEDED BETWEEN NETWORKS
16 January 2017 | Author: Derek Holden, Business Development Director for Transportation, Europe, AECOM

Planning for the UK's long-term growth and prosperity will need an integrated approach to infrastructure, connecting railways with roads, ports, airports and freight depots

By setting out its preferred route for the second phase of HS2 earlier this month, the Government has reaffirmed its commitment to building much-needed capacity and connectivity on the UK's rail network...


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