Glasgow Metro is part of radical connectivity vision

A radical new transport blueprint for Glasgow includes proposals to develop a city-wide metro system, a link to the city’s termini rail stations and the development of plans for bus priority on the city’s motorway network. In recent years, transport investment in Scotland has focused on enhancing inter-urban road and rail links. However, the Glasgow…

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DfT outlines transport analysis research priorities

The DfT has outlined its research priorities for improving the quality of transport analysis to inform decision-making. The work programme includes valuing the urban realm and other locational impacts of transport improvements; more coverage of active travel modes; and more use of distributional analysis in appraisal. Research is also underway to inform revised optimism bias…

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World’s first 24-hour Ultra-Low Emission Zone

Transport for London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) came into force in the central London congestion charge zone last week, introducing additional charges for non-compliant vehicles. The ULEZ operates 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Non-compliant cars, vans and motorcycles must pay a daily charge of £12.50. Non-compliant lorries (over 3.5 tonnes), buses and coaches…

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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…

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Sturgeon: ScotRail is in ‘last chance saloon’

Scotrail

Sturgeon: ScotRail is in ‘last chance saloon’ The Scottish government has accepted a remedial performance plan from ScotRail, but first minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned the company to treat it “very much as a last chance saloon”. She told MSPs that if performance does not improve or ScotRail fails to deliver contract requirements it “does…

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Regulatory reviews to smooth way for new mobility products

Regulatory reviews to smooth way for new mobility products

The DfT is launching regulatory reviews to smooth the way for innovative mobility products and services. One review will look at the barriers to introducing ‘micromobility vehicles’ such as e-scooters on Britain’s streets. Another will look at shaping the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) market. A third will look at bus, taxi and private hire…

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£4bn Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro is ‘deliverable’

Cambridge has one of the fastest growing city economies in the UK. But this growth is bringing challenges for transport, and if these challenges are not addressed then the handbrake could be put on future growth. It was challenges like this that had the Government create ‘metro mayors’ in England and the new combined authority…

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Clarity urged for rail enhancement programme

approach to rail enhancements, saying the system gives no clarity to suppliers about future levels of investment. The Rail Industry Association wants the Government to publish a list of enhancements proposed for Network Rail’s control period 6, the new five-year regulatory period that commences next month. Birmingham’s Class D CAZ approved, as Bath proposes Class…

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The road to a national bus strategy will be challenging

Bus Strategy

In recent months there has been a lot of discussion in England about the case for government to formulate a long-term national investment strategy for buses and coaches. Some might be puzzled why there isn’t one already. There are investment strategies for roads and railways – why not buses? After all, they account for three…

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