Birmingham plans to remove through traffic from city centre

A38 in Birmingham

Birmingham City Council is consulting on a proposal to close a busy road that skirts the city centre to through traffic.

Tens of thousands of vehicles every day use the A38 that connects the Aston Expressway in the north-east and the Bristol Road in the south-west.

Birmingham’s new draft transport plan says diverting through traffic onto the ring road would allow the city centre to expand and allow more investment in active travel, public transport and green space.

Oxon and Leeds prepare parking levy proposals

Oxfordshire County Council is to prepare a business case for a workplace parking levy covering the eastern arc of Oxford, a major employment area.

The levy could fund better bus services for the area and active travel infrastructure.

Leeds City Council is also exploring the case for a workplace parking levy.

Bus based rapid transit for Milton Keynes?

A bus-based mass rapid transit system could support the future growth of Milton Keynes, according to a long-term spatial strategy published for consultation.

The 2050 plan envisages Milton Keynes’ population almost doubling from 268,600 today to 500,000.

TfN shelves multi-modal account-based ticketing vision

Transport for the North has shelved its vision for multi-modal, multi-operator account-based ticketing across the north of England after failing to persuade bus operators of its benefits.

TfN says it will now concentrate on delivering contactless pay-as-you-go travel on rail, “to be integrated with bus and other modes at a future date”.

FirstGroup could abandon UK bus sale

FirstGroup could abandon the sale of its UK bus businesses and instead sell its North American businesses.

FirstGroup announced plans to sell the UK bus businesses last summer and to concentrate on its North American market, with rail franchises being its only UK interest.

The operator has now appointed advisors to explore all options for the First Student and First Transit businesses in North America. The analysis will allow FirstGroup’s board to weigh-up which part of its business is best to sell.

Norfolk attacks HE’s delivery record

Norfolk County Council has complained to the Office of Rail and Road about Highways England’s failure to deliver promised improvements to the A47 west-east road.

A £300m programme of improvements were supposed to have been completed this year but have actually yet to commence.

The ORR is currently consulting on how it should hold Highways England to account for performance.

Rail tunnel under Irish Sea backed by Greengauge

A rail tunnel between Britain and Northern Ireland has been backed by Greengauge 21, the organisation that helped put HS2 on the political map.

Greengauge says a tunnel, which would reach land in south-west Scotland, could increase trade and allow inter-city rail services between Belfast/Dublin and British cities.

The Prime Minister has voiced support for the concept of a fixed link between Britain and Northern Ireland, though most attention has so far focused on a bridge.

Greengauge says major investments to land-side transport infrastructure would be necessary at both ends of the tunnel.

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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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