Coventry City Council has ruled out introducing a charging clean air zone, even if the Government rejects the council’s bid for £80m to deliver an alternative set of measures to bring nitrogen dioxide concentrations down to legal levels.
Coventry says its proposed package to upgrade vehicle fleets, change traffic management changes and build new cycle routes, will deliver compliance in 2024 – the same year as compliance would be achieved with a Class D charging CAZ covering cars, buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles, light goods vehicles and HGVs.
Bristol drops plan for CAZ covering cars and vans
Bristol City Council has stopped work on a charging clean air zone covering vans and/or cars, citing the negative impact such schemes would have on local people.
The council is examining other options, including actions focused on lorries, buses and taxis.
The additional work means the council has missed a second Government deadline for submitting an action plan to achieve compliance with the EU limit value for nitrogen dioxide concentrations.
Extend ‘town centre first’ policy to more activities
The Government should consider extending its ‘town centre first’ planning policy in England to cover non-retail activities such as health, education and leisure facilities, according to a new report on the future of town centres by the House of Commons housing, communities and local government committee.
MPs want answers on road schemes funding
MPs have voiced concern about how two major road projects will be funded following the Government’s decision to rule out any further private finance deals.
The DfT had planned to use private finance for the Lower Thames Crossing and for the A303 improvement that includes a tunnel at Stonehenge. But the Chancellor announced that the Government would not strike any further private finance deals last autumn.
Highways England funds new cycle routes in Cornwall
Highways England is contributing £17m to a 19-mile network of off-road walking and cycling routes in the A30 corridor in Cornwall. The funding comes from Highways England’s cycling, safety, and integration designated fund.
UTG gives cautious welcome to national bus strategy talk
The Urban Transport Group has endorsed growing calls for a national bus strategy, but says it should not take away the right of local decision-making on key issues such as regulation and local target-setting.
Fare reforms ‘could assist rail devolution’
Proposed sweeping reforms to Britain’s complex system of rail fares will allow local politicians to maximise the benefits of devolved rail powers, says the Rail Delivery Group. The industry body has published its reform plans following a consultation last year.
Axe hangs over Britain’s first HOV lane
Britain’s first high occupancy vehicle lane looks set to be scrapped.
The lane in Leeds was implemented in 1998 but the council says enforcement has been sporadic and about a third of users are unlawful.
The lane is likely to be replaced by a bus lane as part of a wider bus priority programme in the Leeds-Bradford corridor.
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