STBs to prioritise council road funding bids

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England’s sub-national transport bodies (STBs) are to draw up prioritised lists of local road schemes for funding from the Government’s new National Roads Fund.

The DfT has asked each STB to prepare a list of up to ten of the region’s top priority improvements on the new Major Road Network for the period 2020/21-2024/25 – the first five years of the National Roads Fund. Each scheme should require between £20m and £50m of Government funding.

STBs have also been asked to prioritise bids for the Large Local Majors fund. This is for road schemes on any part of the local authority road network, and which require at least £50m of Government funding.

Proposals must be submitted to the DfT this summer.

NIC wants urban freight pilots

Regulations governing freight could be waived to allow trials of urban freight innovations and alternative fuels, under plans put forward by the National Infrastructure Commission.

The NIC’s interim report on freight for the Chancellor highlights weaknesses in spatial planning policies for freight. It says the emphasis given to new house-building is leading to a shortage of land for freight, and the construction of housing close to freight depots is jeopardising the future of existing sites.

Commission helps five areas develop urban transport strategies

The National Infrastructure Commission is to help five cities and city regions to develop transport strategies to support economic and housing growth.

The areas are: Liverpool city region; West Yorkshire; Derby; Basildon; and Exeter. They were chosen to reflect varying locations, populations, and administrative arrangements.

The NIC will use the work to try and influence the Government’s approach to funding urban transport. The Commission wants the Government to give cities long-term devolved transport budgets and increase the amount of funding for urban transport.

New duty on airports to work with councils

The Government is to place a duty on airports to work with local authorities on the preparation of surface access strategies.

The proposal features in a DfT consultation on the future of aviation.

‘Strong private sector appetite to build Heathrow rail links’

There is strong private sector interest in delivering new rail links to Heathrow from the west and the south, consultants have told the Government.

Consultants Agilia and Nichols conducted market-sounding exercises to gauge the appetite of banks, institutional lenders, and contractors in helping to deliver the proposed western and southern rail links.

DfT urged to fund MaaS pilots

The Government should fund a programme of Mobility as a Service pilots across the country, says the House of Commons transport committee in a new report.

The committee’s says the DfT “does not yet seem to have recognised the full extent of the role MaaS could play in transforming mobility”. 

‘Councils should employ physical activity champions’

Local authorities and healthcare commissioning groups should designate physical activity champions at a senior level to lead work across the transport, leisure and health sectors, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has recommended.

Photo: Tom Parnell

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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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