Give us control of North’s rail infrastructure, TfN tells Williams

Transport for the North wants to take control of rail infrastructure in the north of England from Network Rail.

In evidence to the Government’s Williams Rail Review, TfN outlines its plan to establish an infrastructure division, TfN Infrastructure, that would collaborate with a local and regional passenger train operator covering the same geography.

TfN says it should be the “guiding mind” for the railways in the north.

Cities consult on class C CAZs

Bristol and Sheffield city councils have launched consultations on their plans to set up charging clean air zones.

Both councils are proposing class C CAZs, which will see daily charges for non-compliant taxis, private hire vehicles, vans, buses, coaches and lorries. Bristol’s consultation features an alternative proposal for a part-time diesel car ban covering the city centre.

GMCA presses on with bus franchising, as WMCA orders regulatory review

Greater Manchester Combined Authority has backed the introduction of bus franchising across the conurbation, following Transport for Greater Manchester’s completion of a franchising assessment.

Meanwhile, the West Midlands Combined Authority has instructed Transport for the West Midlands to review the future regulatory framework for the conurbation’s bus services.

Road safety targets urged for Major Road Network

The DfT should set road safety targets for the Major Road Network, says a report by the Road Safety Foundation and Ageas Insurance.

The Foundation’s assessment of crash risk ratings for Britain’s roads says the risk is four times greater on England’s recently designated Major Road Network than on Highways England’s Strategic Road Network.

Give councils five-year road maintenance deals, say MPs

The Government should give local highway authorities in England a five-year funding deal for road maintenance, the House of Commons transport committee has said.

The DfT should ask the Treasury for a “front-loaded, long-term funding settlement” in the upcoming spending review. This should combine DfT capital funding and revenue support funding administered by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Stonehenge road improvement ‘at mercy of spending review’

The Government’s plan to complete the dualling of the A303/A358 route to South West England is in danger of unravelling, a committee of MPs has warned.

In 2014 the Government pledged to dual the eight remaining single carriageway sections, with one of the first priorities being construction of a tunnel under the Stonehenge World Heritage Site.

But the House of Commons public accounts committee says that the Treasury’s decision to abandon the Private Finance 2 initiative last autumn means the Stonehenge tunnel is now “at the mercy of the spending review”.

Midlands Connect wants cash to advance rail capacity planning

Midlands Connect is seeking £25m from the DfT to fund the further development of a package of rail upgrades with a currently estimated cost of £2bn.

The Midlands Rail Hub proposals would include new rail connections into Birmingham Moor Street station to deliver a big increase in capacity and relieve pressure on Birmingham New Street.

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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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