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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Weekly Update 19th June 2017

West Midlands pioneers revolutionary transport concept

West Midlands pioneers revolutionary transport concept You may not have heard of ‘Mobility as a Service’, but it could change your life. Yes, Mobility as a Service, or MaaS for short, is not the most inspiring name. However, it promises to revolutionise how we consume transport services in the same way that digital platforms like…

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Weekly Update 12th June 2017

Photo David Jones

Mass transit study for Cambridgeshire The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and the Greater Cambridge City Deal executive board are to jointly commission a comparative study of mass transit options for Cambridge and the surrounding area. The combined authority’s elected mayor James Palmer has pledged to build a light rail line connecting Cambridge to Cambourne,…

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In defence of rail franchising

Transport tends to take a back seat in general election campaigns, and 2017 hasn’t been any different. There is one exception, however – Labour’s pledge to bring the railways back into public ownership. The party’s manifesto pledges to do this as franchises expire or, in other cases, with franchise reviews or break clauses. And the…

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Weekly Update 30th May 2017

Tories will put LEPs on statutory footing Local Enterprise Partnerships will be put on a statutory footing if the Conservatives win the General Election. The party wants to give LEPs “greater weight by backing them into law”. LEPs and combined authorities, where the latter exist, will be responsible for preparing local industrial strategies to align…

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