Birmingham and Leeds delay charging CAZs

NO2 Pollution

Birmingham and Leeds city councils have blamed central government for the delayed implementation of their charging clean air zones, with no new timetable for implementation.

The councils planned to introduce schemes in January next year but say this is now impractical because of the Government’s delay to completing a web-based vehicle checking system.

Birmingham says its CAZ cannot be implemented before 1 July next year at the earliest. Leeds has given no date.

But Birmingham says implementation could be further delayed because the Government is looking at changing how an element of the payment, settlement and reconciliation (PSR) system for CAZs, is procured.

Charging CAZ or diesel car ban in Bristol

A class C charging clean air zone or a city centre diesel car ban could be implemented in Bristol as part of the council’s wider plan to comply with EU limit values for nitrogen dioxide.

The council will launch a consultation next week on the two investment package options.

Give councils a duty to provide socially necessary buses

Local authorities should be given a duty to provide socially necessary bus services, according to a new ten-point plan to reverse the decline in rural bus use.

Bus Users UK also recommends lowering the barriers to entry, to encourage new operators into the market.

Northumberland passenger rail re-opening?

Re-instating passenger trains over a freight-only line in Northumberland features in the North East of England’s submission to the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund. The plan to restore services to the line between Ashington and Newcastle is part of the North East Joint Transport Committee’s bid for between £331m and £378m from the fund.

Transport academic poses ten questions to inform Labour advice

Labour’s transport policy advisor Professor Phil Goodwin is inviting views on ten questions to inform his work on a new ‘social contract’ for transport.

Shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald asked Goodwin earlier this year to conduct the work, which will inform Labour’s thinking ahead of the next General Election.

Questions include: whether the current allocation of transport spending should be changed; whether society should reward people for reducing car use; and whether the speed of implementing “sustainable transport policies” should be accelerated.

Painted cycle lanes ‘a waste of money’

The Government should set minimum standards for cycle infrastructure and make a long-term commitment to devolved funding for walking and cycling, active travel commissioners have said.

The recommendations feature in an open letter sent last week by commissioners from across Britain to transport secretary Chris Grayling. Road traffic offence fixed penalty notice revenues should be spent locally on road danger reduction measures, they say, and regulations governing active travel should be reviewed.

Government tables zero net emissions legislation

The Government has tabled secondary legislation committing the UK to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

A report by the Committee on Climate Change last month recommended that the target be adopted. It said the Government should end the sale of non-zero emission cars, vans and motorcycles by 2035.

 

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This post was written by Andrew Forster. Andrew Forster edits the fortnightly magazine Local Transport Today, covering transport policy and practice from across the UK. To subscribe to Local Transport Today, click here.

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