Greater Manchester’s political leaders have reacted angrily to the Government’s instruction that the area implements a Class C charging clean air zone (CAZ) across the conurbation in 2021.
The councils had proposed introducing a CAZ in 2021 covering buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles and lorries (Class B). They then proposed extending it to vans in 2023, by which time the second-hand market in compliant Euro VI vans should have matured.
The Government has asked the councils for more analysis before deciding how much support funding to award. But environment minister Thérèse Coffey describes their request for £256m, including set-up costs for the CAZ, as “a very significant funding bid”.
No more statutory STBs for now, says Grayling
England’s non-statutory sub-national transport bodies are preparing a joint response to transport secretary Chris Grayling’s decision to rule out creating more statutory STBs for the time being.
Transport for the South East is currently consulting on the powers it wants to hold ahead of a proposed submission for statutory status, and other STBs have also been considering making applications.
The DfT wants to work with the non-statutory STBs on their existing responsibilities, such as preparing regional transport strategies and prioritising potential investment decisions in their regions.
Transport for the North is England’s only statutory STB.
Williams promises revolution in rail structures
This autumn’s Williams Review of rail will recommend a revolution, not evolution, in how the railways are structured, according to chair Keith Williams.
The review will propose reducing the DfT’s involvement in the railways, and may recommend the creation of a new arms-length body or bodies.
Williams added: “Wherever we get to, I’m clear that the railway needs a structure that enables strategic planning, including at the local level, and facilitates better engagement on specification, and the delivery of regional enhancements.”
STBs submit road priorities
England’s sub-national transport bodies will submit their priorities for Major Road Network and Large Local Major scheme funding to the DfT at the end of this month.
England’s Economic Heartland’s strategic transport forum has ignored the DfT’s request for STBs to submit prioritised lists of schemes. In the absence of clear advice on available funding, it has chosen to submit its projects as a programme.
Checklist for measuring car dependency of new housing
A checklist for measuring the car dependency of proposed new housing developments has been produced by charity Transport for New Homes.
The method assesses developments under ten broad headings, resulting in a red, amber or green score. The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation has endorsed the checklist.
Seven shortlisted for Future Mobility Zones
The DfT has shortlisted seven areas of England for Future Mobility Zone status and a share of £70m to trial new mobility services, modes and models.
They are: the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority; Derby and Nottingham; the Greater Manchester Combined Authority; Norwich; Portsmouth and Southampton; the West of England Combined Authority, and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
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