Light rail network for West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire Combined Authority has published proposals for a light rail network serving Leeds and the wider conurbation.
A three-line network is envisaged:
- Leeds to Bradford and onto Dewsbury;
- three branches from south Leeds to Leeds city centre
- Leeds city centre to east Leeds
WYCA wants the system delivered in time for when HS2 reaches Leeds, envisaged as 2033.
Five BRT routes for Herts
Hertfordshire County Council has published plans for a five-route bus rapid transit network to improve east-west connectivity.
The routes would connect: Watford to Welwyn; Watford to St Albans; Hemel Hempstead to Welywn; Hatfield to Cheshunt; and Hatfield to Harlow.
Service sector and city living drive rail growth
The growth of Britain’s service economy and an increasingly urbanised population help explain why rail patronage has more than doubled over the last two decades, says a report by the Independent Transport Commission.
It says these external factors are typically overlooked in rail demand modelling, helping explain why forecasts have failed to properly estimate rail demand. It recommends rail projects be appraised against different possible patterns of future spatial and economic development.
The growth of home working and the increasing number of new housing developments in the “suburbs and beyond” may work against continuing rail growth, it warns.
South West presses for NIC study of A38/M5
Councils in the south-west of England want the National Infrastructure Commission to conduct a growth study of the A38/M5 corridor connecting Plymouth and the far South West to Bristol.
The Heart of the South West Joint Committee sees the NIC’s study of the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge arc as a template for what they want.
Meanwhile, last week saw the launch of Peninsula Transport, a shadow sub-national transport body covering Somerset, Devon, Cornwall, Plymouth and Torbay.
Ministers mull Yorkshire CA proposal
The government says it will not be rushed into a decision on an elected mayor-led Yorkshire Combined Authority, following the submission by the One Yorkshire grouping of 18 councils and Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis.
The submission proposes a way of satisfying the government’s insistence that Sheffield City Region deal must be fully implemented before a Yorkshire deal can be considered.
Sheffield plans Class C charging CAZ
Sheffield City Council has published plans for a charging clean air zone (CAZ) covering the city centre and the city’s inner ring road.
The Class C scheme would cover buses, taxis, private hire vehicles, heavy goods vehicles and light goods vehicles. Implementation would be in 2020.
Nottingham presses ahead with contactless multi-operator ticketing
Nottingham City Council has revealed more details of plans to introduce multi-operator contactless ticketing on bus and tram services in 2020.
The system would offer daily and weekly fare capping for passengers travelling on Nottingham City Transport, NET (tram), and the council’s Link bus network.
Brexit may frustrate TfSE’s goal of STB status by 2020
Shadow sub-national transport body Transport for the South East says its ambition of becoming a statutory STB by 2020 could be frustrated by Brexit.
The DfT has indicated that parliamentary time and DfT lawyers’ time may be heavily focused on Brexit in the coming years.
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