STBs will make our life easier, says HE chief

Harshil Shah

Highways England has welcomed the formation of shadow sub-national transport bodies (STBs) in parts of England. “To have a strong regional voice telling you what’s wanted is a great help to us,” HE chief executive Jim O’Sullivan told Local Transport Today. In a wide-ranging interview, O’Sullivan discusses the prospects for the next Road Investment Strategy…

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Street’s plan to get the streets moving

Could Andy Street come to be seen as the star performer of England’s six new metro-mayors? The West Midlands mayor, who was the Chief Executive of clothing retailer Next before entering politics, has come up with an action plan for tackling an issue that should be close to the top of any mayoral in-tray –…

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Weekly Update 7th August 2017

NO2 Pollution

Network Rail shakes up project delivery procedures Network Rail has announced a shake-up to how rail projects are delivered, which could help third party-promoted projects such as new stations, line re-openings and capacity schemes. The reforms will reduce the barriers to third parties investing in, and delivering improvements to, the rail network. Third party funders,…

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Air Quality Plan ducks the main issue – congestion


When we think about pollution from vehicles in our cities the image that comes into many peoples’ minds is a bus belching out fumes. Many wrongly regard them as part of the problem, and not part of the solution. It’s an outdated image. How many people are aware that a new Euro 6 diesel bus…

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Transport infrastructure eligible for £2.3bn housing fund

Image: Darren Flinders

The Government has invited bids from local authorities to a new £2.3bn four-year Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF), which will help pay for transport and other infrastructure needed to support new housing developments. Two types of HIF will be available – bids of up to £10m for the final portion of funding needed to deliver infrastructure,…

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A tale of two manufacturers

CAF Train in New Zealand, by Bernard Spragg

There was good news last week for UK manufacturing and the Welsh economy when Spain train builder CAF announced that it will soon open a new £30m factory near Newport. The 46,000 square metre facility will employ 200 people when it opens in autumn 2018, rising to 300 by 2019. It will be capable of building a range of different trains.

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Weekly Update 10th July 2017

The DfT is to consult on designating a major road network (MRN) of the most important local authority A roads in England. The MRN will receive a portion of the new National Roads Fund, due for launch in 2020/21 and created by ringfencing Vehicle Excise Duty revenues in England. Shadow sub-national transport bodies (STBs) will be given a role in managing the MRN, though the roads will remain the responsibility of existing local authorities.

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Weekly Update 03rd July 2017

Storm over the East Coast Mainline - Image by Matt Buck

 The curse of the East Coast Main Line has struck again. Last week, transport group Stagecoach warned that its Virgin Trains East Coast franchise no longer expects to provide planned extra services, faster journey times and new routes in 2019. Network Rail, the railway’s infrastructure controller, has told the company that infrastructure upgrades to support…

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Weekly Update 26th June 2017

Councils challenge Defra’s charging Clean Air Zone plans A number of councils are challenging the Government’s assessment that they may need to implement Clean Air Zones as part of the new air quality plan to reduce nitrogen dioxide concentrations. Councils are highlighting differences between the Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) assessment of…

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