Expert panel cautious on Cambs Combined Authority’s rapid transit and land value capture plan

Expert panel cautious on Cambs Combined Authority’s rapid transit and land value capture plan The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Economic Review has questioned the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority’s plan for a new rapid transit system funded by land value capture. The final report of the review, chaired by economist Dame Kate Barker, says a…

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Greater Manchester to become electric bus showcase?

Stagecoach is seeking Government funding for ambitious £56m plans to deliver Europe’s largest single investment in electric buses for Greater Manchester, providing a massive boost to local air quality. Britain’s biggest bus and coach operator is hoping that the first of the proposed 105 new zero emissions double-decker buses and associated infrastructure will go live…

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DfT’s street design request threatens housing delivery

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The delivery of many new residential developments across England could face months of delay because of the DfT’s request for councils to “pause” design work on streets with level surfaces, i.e. no kerb. Transport minister Nusrat Ghani made the request in a letter sent to councils at the end of July. The letter was in…

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Trambuses ready to roll out in UK cities

Combining the sleek styling, smooth ride and passenger appeal of a modern tram with the flexibility and affordability of a bus, the “trambus” has been embraced by cities around the world. And now they are coming to the UK. A number of vehicle manufacturers currently offer this hybrid solution to urban transport challenges. If these…

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Planning system ‘encourages greenfield car-based housing estates’

Planning system ‘encourages greenfield car-based housing estates’ England’s development planning system has a bias towards new car-based greenfield housing estates, a new report concludes. The Transport for new homes report says council targets for new homes take no account of public transport or proximity to services and employment. “In essence, targets are devised without geography.…

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Bus trips going digital in the West Midlands

National Express Group is forecasting that 70% of journeys on its West Midlands bus services will be made on a combination of mobile, bankcard and smartcard tickets by the end of 2018. The prediction of a further acceleration in the use of digital tickets follows continued strong growth in the first half of the year…

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Cambs CA wants to accelerate transport project delivery

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority is exploring ways to accelerate its major transport investment programme. The CA, led by mayor James Palmer, wants to bring forward delivery of its flagship Metro public transport system from the currently envisaged 2029-2041 to full delivery between 2023 and 2028. Further studies into the system are underway and no…

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Electrics roll out to Harrogate and Scotland

This month has seen the electrification of bus and rail transport systems in Harrogate and Scotland. ScotRail customers can now travel on the first new Hitachi Class 385 electric trains on the Glasgow Queen Street-Edinburgh Waverley via Falkirk High route. The remainder of the new Class 385 trains for this route will be phased in…

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Reform local transport funding regime, NIC tells Government

Local authorities in England should be given five-year funding settlements for transport and cities should be given extra funding, the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has told the Government. The five-year settlements would replace the existing Local Growth Fund and DfT grant regimes, and cover maintenance, small-to-medium enhancement projects and projects to “pilot new ‘smart’ infrastructure…

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