Labour asks Goodwin to advise on UK transport funding
Shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald has appointed transport academic Phil Goodwin to advise on reforming how UK transport provision is paid for and funded.
Labour says the work will look at “who benefits from transport provision, including indirect beneficiaries, … and draw conclusions about which elements of transport should be charged for, and the best balance of funding from users, passengers, companies, taxpayers and other stakeholders.”
The work will inform what McDonald calls a “new social contract for transport”.
Professor Goodwin explains the background to the project in his LTT column this week.
TfN £70bn transport plan ‘ambitious but realistic’
Sub-national transport body Transport for the North has published the final version of its strategic transport plan, setting out proposals for tens of billions of pounds of investment in the North’s transport infrastructure over the next 30 years. But it admits the plan’s vision will not be delivered without reforms to how transport is funded.
TfN describes the £60bn-£70bn estimated cost (current prices) of the plan measures as “ambitious but realistic”. It says the investment will drive a need for more investment in local transport too, taking the total funding requirement to £100bn-£120bn.
Factors behind bus patronage decline probed
The factors behind declining bus patronage are explored in a report by the Urban Transport Group.
Authors Jonathan Bray and Stephen Bellamy identify matters such as the growing popularity of on-demand transport services, such as private hire vehicles; rising car ownership; more older people driving; more people working from home, shopping online, and enjoying home entertainment; and increased competition from rail services.
We were unfairly blamed for new station delay, says Network Rail
Network Rail says it was unfairly blamed for the 17-month delay to the opening of a new rail station at Kenilworth in Warwickshire.
The infrastructure company has told a Warwickshire County Council review into what went wrong that the “vast majority” of the delay was caused by “poor control and management of the contractor” by a third party.
The inquiry’s report raises questions about how local authority-promoted rail projects are best delivered.
Leeds CAZ approved, as York and Oxford confirm plans
Ministers have approved a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) for Leeds, as York and Oxford publish plans for emission restrictions of their own.
Leeds will implement a Class B CAZ in January 2020 covering heavy goods vehicles, coaches, buses, taxis and private hire vehicles.
The City of York Council plans to implement a bus-based CAZ in January 2020 too. Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council have revealed plans for a low emission zone across the city centre, initially applying only to buses, complemented by a stricter zero emission zone in a small central core.
Tee Valley CA eyes airport tie-up with Stobart
Tees Valley Combined Authority is understood to have identified Stobart Aviation as its preferred operating partner for Durham Tees Valley Airport.
The combined authority has authorised the purchase of Peel Airports’ 89 per cent shareholding in the airport for £40.2m.
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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.