Model predicts property impact of transport schemes

A software tool has been developed for estimating the impact road and public transport improvements have on property values.

The Government’s National Infrastructure Commission commissioned the Institute for Fiscal Studies to develop the property uplift tool, which predicts the uplift in residential and commercial property values arising from journey time savings of transport improvements.

South West councils aim to persuade DfT that two STBs is best

Local authorities in the south-west of England hope to persuade ministers that the region deserves to have two sub-national transport bodies rather than one.

The councils have formed the Peninsula Transport and Western Gateway shadow STBs, saying two bodies are needed to reflect the different challenges facing the different parts of the region. The DfT’s preference is for only one STB for the whole region.

Councils ‘can’t shirk unpopular air quality action’

Environmental lawyers Client Earth have told councils that they cannot reject actions to tackle illegal nitrogen dioxide concentrations on political acceptability grounds if the actions are essential to achieving compliance in the shortest possible time.

Writing in LTT, the organisation says it is “starting to become obvious that many local politicians are holding back on using the powers and influence they do have. It is a case of ‘I will if you will’ and ‘This is very important, but…’”

Warrington road breaks Tory stranglehold on DfT fund

A road scheme in Warrington has become the first in a Labour Parliamentary constituency to receive funding from the DfT’s Large Local Majors fund.

Warrington Borough Council has received £142.5m towards the £212m cost of the Western Link road. This is the ninth road scheme to receive a grant from the funding pot. The previous eight have all been in Conservative constituencies.

Midlands Connect calls for big road spend

Midlands Connect is calling on the Government to fund 19 Highways England improvement schemes in the area during the second five-year road investment strategy period that commences next April.

The shadow sub-national transport body also wants ministers to commit to a longer-term funding plan to upgrade key trunk roads in the region, such as the A5 and the A46.

MHCLG keeps Crossrail to Ebbsfleet on the agenda

The campaign group championing extending Crossrail from Abbey Wood to Ebbsfleet in Kent remains optimistic that the Government will eventually approve a scheme, despite receiving less funding than it wanted to develop the proposal.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has awarded the campaign £4.85m to develop “low cost proposals” to enhance transport services between Abbey Wood and Ebbsfleet.

Yorkshire councils explore new devolution options

Councils in Yorkshire are in talks with the Government about, what they call, “interim” options for devolution, while keeping the ultimate goal of an elected mayor and combined authority for all of Yorkshire on the table.

Communities and local government secretary James Brokenshire recently rejected the all-Yorkshire model, but said the Government would be prepared to discuss a “different, localist approach to devolution”.

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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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