Active Travel 50,000 to walk Queensferry crossing after August opening The new Queensferry Crossing across the Forth will finally open at the end of August, the Scottish Government has announced. 'Untested' scheme brings 1,000 hire bikes to Greater Manchester The world’s largest bike-sharing company has announced that it is launching a ‘European first’ cycle hire scheme in central Manchester and Salford this month. Estates without footways, homes without transport How are new housing estates being built with so much expectation that residents will use their cars that they lack footways? MPs want more protection for cyclists as drivers escape bans A group of MPs has warned that the justice system is failing to protect cyclists, resulting in ‘a feeling of lawlessness and aggression’ that deters people from taking to two wheels. £1.2bn active travel plan includes £900m LEP and LA spend Ministers have published a new Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) setting out £1.2bn of funding, including nearly £900m that they expect councils and Local Enterprise Partnerships to spend over the next five years. Give us footpaths, cycle lanes...and better weather, NI residents ask People in Northern Ireland would walk more regularly if the weather was better, according to a new survey that also found that the majority of workers drive to work on their own. TfL releases new data for apps to boost cycling Transport for London (TfL) has ‘challenged’ app designers to improve their services to cyclists after expanding the data it makes available to them. Leeds planning £6.5m cycle superhighway extension Leeds City Council has secured £6.5m Government spending, which it plans to spend on extending its cycle superhighway scheme. LSTF review urges realism on sustainable transport projects A new report identifies the need for a strategic approach to sustainable transport projects that focuses on what can realistically be delivered. Government hands out £64m for cycling, walking - and car sharing Ministers have announced the winners – and losers – of a pot of £64m for sustainable transport, with two bidders scooping around £7m each. Scottish councils back ‘more ambitious and innovative’ cycling plan Council leaders in Scotland have pledged to play a ‘huge role’ to encourage the growth of cycling, following the devolved Government’s promise of a more ‘ambitious and innovative’ approach, underpinned by partnership working. Khan pledges record £770m for cycling London mayor Sadiq Khan has announced plans to build two new cycle superhighways and a cycling bridge over the Thames under proposals to spend 'a record' £770m on active travel. Top 5: Great historical journeys The end may be in sight for the ‘most-delayed journey’ that is Heathrow expansion, but we take a trip back(wards) in time. From the (very) late sixties to the fifth century BC, here are our Top 5 great journeys from history. Electric bikes to take the strain in Exeter A new electric bike scheme will launch in Exeter this week with 23 bikes funded by a national Government competition. Top 5: Transport crazes From time to time, a new way of getting around takes off, so to speak, and people find new – but not necessarily appropriate – ways of using our transportation systems. Here are our Top 5 transport crazes. New cycle safety campaign gets the wrong side of critics Cycling campaigners have criticised the Department for Transport’s (DfT) new THINK! advertisement on cycle safety, with an Olympic cycling legend calling it ‘desperately misguided’. Cities to deliver new sustainable transport schemes Work will begin next week on a new ‘Eco Expressway’ in Nottingham, giving priority to buses, bikes and ultra low emission vehicles. Brexit ‘a threat and opportunity for Active Travel’ Britain leaving the European Union (EU) presents a threat to the creation of new Active Travel infrastructure, according to a leading sustainability campaigner – but could also be an opportunity. Focus on the city regions, city regions say Transport bosses from the country’s biggest city regions have set out a route map for what an effective relationship with Government should look like, including prompt enactment of the Bus Services Bill, more stable funding and tougher action on toxic air. Enfield to start work on mini-Holland cycling 'vision' Construction is about to begin on the first part of Enfield Council’s controversial £42m cycle improvements scheme, one of Transport for London’s (TfL) ‘mini-Holland’ projects. People taking fewer trips - but no sign of peak car People in England are making fewer trips every year but travelled slightly further last year than in 2014, according to new statistics. Olympians and Khan promote everyday cycling Top cyclists have written to the prime minister asking her to create ‘a legacy of everyday cycling’ as the extension of London's north-south cycle superhighway gets the go-ahead. Glasgow to double size of cycle hire scheme Cyclists in Glasgow are set to benefit from city council plans to more than double its mass automated cycle hire (MACH) scheme. Manchester's Oxford Road to get cycle-friendly makeover A major phase in the transformation of Manchester’s Oxford Road begins next week, with plans for new bus lanes and stops along with segregated cycle lanes and ‘Dutch-style’ bike bypasses to separate cyclists from buses. Gloucs and Highways England team up on £3.5m cycle route Gloucestershire CC has teamed up with Highways England to help finance a preparatory study that could lead to a £3.5m cycle superhighway between Gloucester and Cheltenham. West Yorkshire CA consults on transport and bus strategies West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) has launched a three-month consultation on its plans for the region’s transport systems. New handbook says paths can be ‘wildlife highways’ Sustrans, the charity that created the National Cycle Network, has published Britain’s first ever handbook on how to manage traffic-free cycle and walking routes – or ‘greenways’ – for both people and wildlife. Local cycling needs better monitoring, expert says Local authority cycling delivery needs better monitoring, potentially including a self-assessment procedure similar to the one launched for local roads, an expert has said. Number of cyclists going downhill slowly, official figures show The number of people cycling at least once per month fell slightly in 2014/15, despite long-term Government targets to achieve an increase. New £60m fund for sustainable transport launched Ministers have announced a new £60m revenue competition aimed primarily at boosting walking and cycling. Rotherham residents get on their (electric) bikes Residents in the South Yorkshire town of Rotherham are being encouraged ‘to re-discover the joy and convenience of cycling’…by using electric bikes. Dundee makes 5% pledge to boost cycling Dundee City Council is proposing to spend at least 5% of its annual roads and transportation budget on cycling as it aims to double the number of journeys made by bike in five years. CIHT diagnoses transport and health issues Progress in improving links between transport and health is being held back by a lack of national and local coordination, according to a new report. DfT denies devo bias over sustainable transport funds The Department for Transport has denied a Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) claim that its bid for sustainable transport funding failed because it does not have a devolution deal. Councils win over £20m sustainable transport funding Local authorities across the country have been awarded nearly £21m of revenue funding to support cycling, walking and public transport schemes. Labour MP calls for Garden Bridge probe London Labour MP Kate Hoey has written to the head of the National Audit Office (NAO) to demand a full review of the controversial Garden Bridge and for the project to be halted in the meantime. Top 5: Great journeys of the world The gap year may have become a bit less fashionable these days, and no one in their right mind still uses the phrase 'trying to find myself' unless they really are completely lost. However travelling is still one of great joys of life. So for anyone without plans for the weekend, here are our top five epic trips. Active travel benefits trump risks, researchers find The health benefits of walking and cycling outweigh the negative effects of poor air quality, even in cities like London with high levels of air pollution, according to a new study. Children are 'neglected' in transport policy and provision Independent travel by children is falling and often actively discouraged, leaving children 'neglected in transport provision', a new report argues. LEPs still prioritising roads, campaigners say New road schemes still dominate Local Enterprise Partnerships' (LEPs) spending plans for the coming year, campaigners have said. Campaigners slam 'desperate' cycling and walking strategy Cycling campaigners have slammed the Government’s investment strategy for cycling and walking as ‘a desperate attempt by officials to big up the pittance made available by ministers’. Ministers unveil national cycling strategy The Government has released its draft national cycling and walking strategy, causing campaigners to raise concerns over a 'mystifying' lack of targets. Minister offers few guarantees on £500m sustainable transport cash Transport minister Andrew Jones has tacitly acknowledged there can be little guarantee of the £500m capital funding promised for local sustainable transport schemes over this parliament. TfL set to put the brakes on cycle funding Transport for London (TfL) spending on cycling will fall to £31m by 2021/22, according to figures obtained by the Green Party’s Darren Johnson. DfT launches £20m sustainable travel fund The Department for Transport (DfT) has launched a one-year £20m fund to help councils support sustainable and accessible travel projects. TfL wins court battle over cycle superhighway The Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association (LTDA) has lost a judicial review that sought to halt construction of London mayor Boris Johnson’s flagship east-west cycle superhighway. Disabled motorists voice Active Travel Act concerns Local government has been told that the needs of disabled motorists should be borne in mind during implementation of the Active Travel (Wales) Act. Call for smart transport operators to do more to tackle cyber security risks The introduction of cyber technology into transport networks brings new and significant risks and operators of intelligent transport systems (ITS) should do more to maintain their security, a new report warns. Work begins on major cycling schemes across England Highways England is delivering 200 projects across the country over the next five years as part of a £100m cycling investment. The 40 schemes that have now begun are set to be completed by this spring. Wales has 'some way to go' to realise active travel dream Figures for active travel in Wales show it has a long way to go to become a 'walking and cycling nation', a minister has warned, despite the country being an international leader in legislation. £100m cycling investment gets under way Highways England is poised to announce the first schemes that will benefit from its newly issued Cycling Strategy, which commits £100m of ring-fenced cash to 200 projects between now and 2021. UK urged to go with EU's cycling FLOW UK local authorities have until 16 January 2016 to become the first in the country to join a key EU cycling and walking scheme. Doubts raised over Active Travel Act map One of the first completed consultations under the pioneering Active Travel (Wales) Act has revealed doubts and technical difficulties over the suitability of existing paths. Scotland needs road tolling, say civil engineers Scotland should bring in road tolling 'to meet the financial demands of constructing and maintaining good quality roads infrastructure', according to the Institution of Civil Engineers. To what extent can technology tackle congestion? Jon Masters takes a look at the history and future of smart motorways. Distraction worse hazard than drink, say motorists UK motorists are now more worried about the dangers of distraction from technology and social media than those of drink-driving, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorist’s (IAM) first major survey into safety behaviour. North East clash over TfL-style buses 69% of Tyne and Wear bus users have demanded a Transport for London (TfL)-style operation for their local services, in a poll run by the local Chronicle newspaper, after the regional Quality Contract Scheme board decided this week to reject the proposal London goes for average speed enforcement Transport for London (TfL) has completed an initial deployment of digital average speed enforcement cameras along the A40 in London, with 50 Siemens SafeZone ANPR units in position at 24 sites. Competition launched for congesting-busting solutions Imaginative entrepreneurs and startups have until 24 November 2015 to bid for a share of £140,000 of funding Largest ever cycle survey reveals hunger for more investment British city dwellers want councils to spend an average of £26 per person every year on cycling according to campaigners, following what is thought to be the nation's largest ever cycle survey. TfL buys Spanish traffic modelling kit Transport for London has announced a three-year extendable contract with Catalunya, Spain-headquartered TSS-Transport Simulation Systems to install the company's Aimsun traffic modelling and prediction system across the city. The path less travelled...could soon disappear, campaigners warn Campaigners have warned of a potential widespread loss of local footpaths, suggesting many councils will take a similar two-tier approach to pathway maintenance as they do for roads. Iconic £3m Great Glen Cycleway completed The £3m Great Glen Cycleway in Scotland has been unveiled, marking the completion of the last leg of the National Cycle Network Route 78 known as the Caledonia Way. Top exec delivers call to arms for UK highways The head of one of the largest highways services companies in Europe has delivered a tough message to the sector that it can and must improve, in a speech designed to help both the private and public sector get better value from contracts. Winners of £700,00 e-bike competition announced Ministers have announced the winners of a £700,000 electric bike competition. LEP agenda driven by politics not economics, says former LEP chair A political agenda that is actually in contrast to economic sense is now driving decisions concerning funding for Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) and devolution, the former chair of the LEP network has claimed. How to improve highways customer services in three easy steps: communicate, communicate, communicate The head of highways in East Sussex, Roger Williams, has explained how his council underwent a 'cultural journey' of transformation to radically improve its customer services. Highways England ready to embrace change of culture Highways England’s (HE) executive director of network delivery and development David Brewer has given a clear indication of a change of culture underway at the new Government-owned company. Vehicle emission tests now ‘outdated’ says TRL Current vehicle emission tests, of the kind that have recently plunged Volkswagen into scandal in the US for making false claims about engine performance levels, are already ‘outdated’ Motorists question Government roadwork shortening plan The Government is seeking to limit the length of roadworks sites to reduce frustration for road users, yet motorists say the solution lies in better planning. Affordability concerns raised on Active Travel Act Local government compliance with the pioneering Active Travel (Wales) Act is 'heavily dependent on funding' due to the Act's high route maintenance standards, a council has warned. North needs £50bn infrastructure investment to deliver ‘powerhouse’, says report Around £50bn must be urgently invested in northern infrastructure if the Government is to close the economic divide with the south, a think tank has said. Calls for ‘mindset change’ on infrastructure, as devolution deadline looms Failure to assess infrastructure priorities beyond their cost could leave the UK at a ‘competitive disadvantage’, sector leaders have warned, as calls mount for transport devolution deals. Report ranks Welsh councils on road condition The overall condition of Welsh roads has improved over the past year, with Flintshire holding the lowest percentage of routes in a ‘poor’ state – a report has revealed. Go ahead with self-certification for older drivers, urges TRL The Government should press ahead with current plans to increase to 75 the age at which motorists must self-certify themselves as fit to drive, according to transport experts TRL. Fears raised authorities ‘unaware’ of traffic signs law, as Government launches taskforce Transport experts have welcomed the launch of a taskforce to tackle ‘pointless’ road signs, yet warn current problems focus on authorities ignoring existing laws. New £1 coin could boost cashless parking More councils will consider cashless-only parking ticket machines as introduction of the new £1 coin in 2017 approaches, according to a parking expert. HGV operators face even tighter safety demands in London Drivers of large vehicles could soon be forced to cut down on left turns and avoid popular cycling routes in London, mayor Boris Johnson has announced. WJ named delivery partner for 3M speed cameras Firm WJ has been appointed delivery partner for 3M speed cameras in a deal that will see it installing systems at roadworks across the UK. Taxi drivers U-turn on legal challenge over London cycle lanes Transport for London (TfL) is facing a legal challenge from taxi drivers over disruption caused during construction of the Embankment Cycle Superhighway. Westminster releases cycle safety videos Westminster City Council is set to launch a series of videos offering practical advice on cycle safety, as part of a campaign to boost the take up of the free safety courses the authority offers. Man makes dummy speed camera to protect village from speeding A man in Wiltshire has built a convincing replica of a speed camera in an attempt to stop drivers hurtling through his quiet village. On the right path Top pedestrian charity, Living Streets, celebrates Birmingham's ambitious public realm plans first revealed by Transport Network. New 'total transport' model off to flying start A groundbreaking demonstration project and feasibility study into ‘total transport’ is already yielding tens of thousands of pounds of savings and providing a new model for local delivery, according to its designer. Unions launch blistering attack on Government’s strike law overhaul Unions have warned that a planned Government overhaul of transport strike laws will hit ‘the democratic heart of this country’. Borough’s 20mph plan progresses despite support from ‘1.5%’ of the population A London borough has moved a step closer to 20mph limits following local approval of council plans, despite fears of low voter turnout. Heathrow third runway recommended, yet council fears remain over noise Recommendations that a third runway be built at Heathrow on the condition of stricter noise and environmental demands have failed to assuage concerns in local government. Westminster unveils quietways cycle network plan Westminster City Council has unveiled plans for a network of quiet cycleways linking key destinations in the heart of London. Walking 'significantly increases' but cycling stuck in slow lane The number of people in England walking regularly has 'significantly increased' over the last couple of years but cycling numbers have remained static, according to the latest Department for Transport statistics. Bus usage rises in London, falls in rest of UK Local bus passenger journeys have climbed 0.4% in London in year ending March 2015, while use in the rest of England has decreased by 0.5% compared to last year. Financial risks threaten free flow tolling, says KPMG Road toll operators using electronic free flow tolling are being exposed to significant financial risk due to difficulties in identifying the owners of foreign vehicles, research suggests. Third of car journeys delayed by road works, research reveals A third of all car journeys are delayed by road works, with the number of unfinished council maintenance projects climbing by a fifth – research reveals Underground workers vote on strike action London Underground workers have until 30 June to decide whether they will strike over pay and safety concerns linked to all night services. Active travel ‘jigsaw piece’ wins award Vale of Glamorgan Council has won an award for the latest piece in its county-wide active travel jigsaw puzzle. Kent draws red lines over rail transfer A list of non-negotiable safeguards for rail passengers have been established by Kent County Council during talks with Transport for London (TfL) over proposed transfer of some south east services HGV levy raises more than double expected sum from foreign hauliers More than double the expected sum has been raised by the Government’s levy on foreign-registered HGVs using UK roads. House building could ‘jam’ roads unless public transport gets boost House building projects risk descending the road network into gridlock if public transport planning doesn’t significantly improve, a report has warned. Council chiefs survey 'state of active travel' in local government The Local Government Association has released a detailed survey into the state of active travel among councils. Walking and cycling give cities economic advantage, study finds Cities have today been urged to improve support for walking and cycling, after research found urban areas with physically active residents are more economically competitive. Centro announces £4.2m canal path cycling scheme A £4.2m scheme to transform Black Country canal towpaths into cycling and walking routes through areas steeped in industrial history is set to be delivered. Council warned cyclist death on tram tracks is 'inevitable' Lawyers have urged Edinburgh Council to act before an ‘inevitable’ cyclist fatality on the city’s tram tracks. Unions call off rail strike to consider 2% pay rise offer A three-day national rail strike due to begin later this week has been suspended after a new offer on pay and conditions was put to trade unions. Labour leader calls for ban on lorries in rush hour Acting Labour leader Harriet Harman has reiterated calls for lorries to be banned at rush hour in London to protect cyclists. London confirms Ultra Low Emission Zone launch date London will receive the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in September 2020 following positive public support, the capital’s mayor Boris Johnson has confirmed. Rail unions suspend strike action Rail unions have suspended a planned two-day strike after receiving a revised pay offer from negotiators. ‘Cow poo’ powered bus sets new speed record A bus powered by cow dung has broken a land speed record by reaching a top speed of almost 77mph. Taxi chief slams brakes on London Ultra Low Emission plan Britain’s biggest minicab firm has raised doubts about London’s readiness for emission free cab journeys due to a lack of supportive infrastructure Surrey learns lessons from cycle route disruption The director of Surrey Highways has apologised to residents for ‘inconvenience’ and disruption caused by a new cycle path. Tough travel conditions validate Dover traffic scheme Early results from a new traffic management scheme operating on the outskirts of Dover are showing heavily reduced town centre congestion. More slippage in Cardiff transport schemes Cardiff council is developing bus infrastructure proposals in the absence of Welsh Government ‘direction’ on proposed light-rail investment. County consults on £500k cuts to bus subsidies A consultation on cutting half a million pounds from yearly bus subsidy spending in North Yorkshire has been opened to the public. ‘Boris Bike’ app launched one month after Santander sponsorship deal London's ‘Boris bike’ users can now take advantage of Transport for London's (TfL) officially commissioned Santander Cycle app to open an account with their bankcard. Infrastructure ranked as highest government priority by businesses Britain’s businesses have named infrastructure as the top priority for the Government over the next five years, a poll has revealed. Analysis: Do we need an Active Travel Act for England? After the creation of the world’s first Active Travel Act in Wales in 2013, transport charities Sustrans and Living Streets are considering whether we need one in England. 'We must design out the danger and conflict from our roads' Matt Winfield, London deputy director of leading sustainable transport charity Sustrans, gives our readers the lay of the land on cycling design. 'This is no ordinary Traffex' says ITS UK president Unprecedented change and development in the highways industry took centre stage at Traffex 2015, with president of ITS, Steve Norris, admitting this was ‘no ordinary’ Traffex. Dog driving tractor causes traffic delays on Scottish motorway Scotland’s main motorway had tailbacks after a dog took the wheel of a tractor, which steered out of control onto the road. Bus operators fear Kingsway traffic order Bus operators in Swansea hope that a new pedestrian guardrail along the central reservation of Kingsway will avoid closure of the street’s eastbound bus lane. Brits are most cautious drivers in Europe when parking cars UK drivers are the most cautious in the continent when it comes to parking, according to research by Nissan. Edinburgh best for travel information Edinburgh commuters come top for systematic internet and mobile app usage (85%) in a new survey of 12 major UK cities by urban mobility solution developer Xerox. Northern Ireland picks the car as its first choice for transport Cars are still the preferred mode of transport in Northern Ireland despite £1bn investment into public transport, according to a report by the Audit Office. Rural Wales ‘ideal’ for driverless cars Driverless cars could improve quality of life in rural Wales, academics from Glyndwr University claim. New funding model cuts lighting bill by 67% Parkex showcases award winners The Monday Cartoon 'Our cartoonist Rhiannon Rees reacts to this Evening Standard story, which proves that despite popular belief kids find transport planning cool (at least the cool ones do).' Court rejects Shetland Islands Council appeal in £14m case Shetland Islands Council has lost the latest stage in a £14.2million dispute with Sumburgh Airport operator. Strike action for Bradford First bus drivers Bus users in Bradford will face severe delays next week as drivers vote in favour of strike action. Consumers driven mad by excessive parking charges Charges for spending a penny or mobile phone roaming are frustrating for all consumers. But parking charges are the most loathed fee in Britain, according to a survey by Direct Line. Labour pledges £300million to fix “Pothole Britain” Labour is promising a smoother ride if it takes power after the May General Election, pledging £300 million towards Britain’s “pothole crisis”. London’s taxis set to strike in the West End Central London could face disruptions today as cabbies plan a protest in Oxford Street at 2pm. Ukip claims funding for cycling is 'age discrimination' Ukip has distributed leaflets in Newcastle claiming that funding for cycling is a form of age discrimination. County settles 'six figures sum' with widow of cyclist A council has stood by its road inspection programme after paying out a six-figure settlement to the widow of a cyclist killed after a hitting a pothole. The cycling revolution continues In the face of falling budgets, will the Cycling Ambition Programme mark a change in gear for biking infrastructure? DfT turns down single cycle design standard for England The Government has rejected calls for a single design standard for cycling infrastructure covering the whole of England. Budget 2015: Transport sector and local government weighs in This year’s Budget produced a muted reaction from those in transport and infrastructure with leading figures suggesting the Government should have gone further to lay the foundations for local growth. Smart motorways and high-speed links in first northern transport plan A multi-billion pound blueprint for northern transport has today unveiled detailed plans for high-speed rail links between cities, road upgrades and smart ticketing. Big businesses call for long-term cycle funding A coalition of major businesses has raised pressure on political parties to provide long term funding for cycling and blanket council guidance. Lib Dems back plans for local 10mph powers Liberal Democrats have backed plans for a Green Transport Bill, that would hand councils the power to cut speed limits outside schools to 10mph and would ban high emission vehicles by 2040. Exclusive: Birmingham to launch city-wide route based public realm strategy Birmingham City Council is set to release a city-wide public realm strategy this June that will outline plans for major pedestrianisation schemes and be backed by tens of millions of investment, Transport Network can reveal. Eight cities discover their share of £114m cycling fund Eight major cities have learned what share of a £114m Government cycling pot they are set to receive. London signs new £50m Cycle Hire sponsorship deal The London mayor has unveiled a new £50m sponsorship deal with Santander for the capital’s ‘Boris bikes’, which will also see the launch of a new cycling app. London's most dangerous cycling sites revealed A list of London’s most dangerous junctions for cyclists has prompted fears that efforts to improve safety could ‘fall short’ of what is needed. TfL releases best practice guidance on cycle design standards Following a major international study comparing cycling networks across 14 major cities, Transport for London (TfL) has published its finalised London cycle design standards to help spread best practice across the capital and beyond. Cardiff's moving traffic penalties slow to change behaviour Drivers in Cardiff have been slow to modify their behaviour since the city council became the first authority outside London to enforce moving traffic regulations Edinburgh missing out on £60m a year from cycling tourism Edinburgh has announced plans to cash in on cycle tourism after it emerged the Scottish capital could be missing out on £60m a year. Labour vows to fast-track National Infrastructure Commission through Parliament this year Labour has pledged to ‘fast-track’ establishment of a National Infrastructure Commission if it takes power following May’s General Election. Infrastructure must be ‘central plank’ of political manifestos, say engineers Infrastructure must be ‘at the heart’ of policies for the next government if the UK is to drive lasting economic growth and improve national resilience, engineers have said. Essex admits bus lane camera not turned on for five years A county council has been branded ‘incompetent’ after admitting it failed to turn on a bus lane enforcement camera installed five years ago. Jim Murphy vows to advance transport projects using new Scottish powers Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy has vowed to push through transport projects including a Crossrail for Glasgow using newly devolved powers in Holyrood. 'Crossrail for Bikes' given final sign off The Transport for London (TfL) board has given final approval for four new cycle superhighways including the 18-mile east to west route dubbed the Crossrail for the Bike - under a £160m cycle upgrade package to be delivered between now and the end of 2016. London to launch first ban on HGVs without safety equipment Lorries without safety equipment will be banned from London from September under the first such scheme in Britain. Scottish councils ‘more proactive’ on electric vehicles Councils in Scotland are leading the way on electric car use, a study into local authority fleets suggests. National park 'cycling ambition' winners announced The Government has announced the winners of a local ‘cycling ambition’ competition that has awarded £2.7m to help facilities in five national parks. EU data protection law sparks insurance fears New EU data protection rules could push up the cost of telematics-based insurance, which rewards safer drivers and tailors policies to suit their individual circumstances. Motorcycle group blasts driverless cars A bikers’ campaign is criticising official trials of driverless cars, claiming the legal, social and libertarian issues have not been considered. Councils and businesses give backing to HS2 hub in Toton East Midlands councils and business leaders have thrown their weight behind construction of an HS2 Hub Station at Toton, Nottinghamshire. Convert rail lines to express busways, says think tank Commuter rail lines should be converted to express busways to deliver cheaper travel for shorter journeys, the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has urged. Councils submit conflicting last-minute responses to Gatwick Airport expansion Councils are at loggerheads over plans for a new runway at Gatwick Airport, as public consultation on expansion plans comes to a close. Bus industry slams Labour plan for community operator overhaul The bus industry has poured cold water on Labour plans to see not-for-profit services run by members of the community, raising concerns about potential trade union and fundraising difficulties. DfT hails Norfolk’s ‘retail quality’ ticketing Norfolk County Council is aiming to meet retail-type service standards in the new phase of its £2.5 million, three-year ‘holdall’ bus smartcard rollout EXCLUSIVE: ADEPT round-table on the transport and health agenda This month ADEPT’s transport board together with senior figures from associated areas of central and local government debated the links between public health and transport and how directors could become more involved in this cross-cutting agenda. Longest segregated cycleways in Europe set for green light in London Two major new cycle routes in London including the so-called ‘Crossrail for the bike’ stretching North to South and East to West, are set to go-ahead following months of wrangling between the mayor’s office and local borough councils. Infrastructure Bill amended to include groundbreaking cycling obligation The first legal obligation on Westminster to provide a national cycling strategy with funding commitments could be established in time for next parliament after an amendment was made to the Infrastructure Bill today. Poll reveals 54% support higher spending on safer city cycle routes More than half of adults living in England’s major cities would support higher spending on safe cycle routes, a survey has found. Government reveals details of £6bn local road maintenance allocations The Government has outlined where its record £6bn fund for potholes and local road improvements will be spent over the next six years. Calls for stronger transport powers from first tri-county partnership A new tri-county council alliance may soon have devolved powers over local roads and public transport, improving infrastructure along the A34 and the western section of the Oxford-Cambridge expressway. London Ultra Low Emission Zone not ‘ambitious’ enough, says motoring industry UK automakers want London mayor Boris Johnson to make the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) planned for 2020 ‘more ambitious’. Council parking profits rise to £667m, report finds A report claiming English councils have made a £667m ‘profit’ from parking this year has been slammed as ‘misleading’ by local authority leaders. England’s most ‘car dependent’ cities named by campaigners Peterborough, Colchester and Milton Keynes are the most car dependent cities, according to new research from the Campaign for Better Transport. Lib Dem MP resigns in road investment row A Liberal Democrat MP has resigned as ministerial aide to the energy secretary after his constituents were ‘let down’ by a ‘vague promise’ of funding for the A27. Engineers call for accelerated devolution to cities Devolution of transport powers must now be sped up, with the backing of an ‘overarching’ national transport strategy for England – engineers have said. Wiltshire volunteers catch errant hauliers Community volunteers have enabled Wiltshire CC to secure 10 convictions against hauliers for ignoring bridge weight restrictions. London borough transport projects win £148m from TfL London boroughs will receive £148m next year to fund transport improvements, new cycle routes and better pedestrian pathways. Bristol in electric vehicle push as European Green Capital Completion of 100 public electric vehicle (EV) charging points and the introduction of EVs into the Bristol Car Club fleet are among highlights of the city’s year as 2015 European Green Capital. Rail union protests against inter-city plan branded ‘bizarre’ by operators A rail union has staged protests in London and Cardiff against plans it fears will lead to an ‘Upstairs-Downstairs’ service on inter-city trains. EU aid confirmed for Welsh transport European Union capital funding for Welsh transport projects has been confirmed in a new National Transport Plan (NTP), published yesterday. Rail stations deferred in Wales The Welsh Government appears to have placed a five-year moratorium on new railway stations in its new National Transport Plan. Fuel duty freeze could harm public transport The Campaign for Better Transport is warning that falling fuel prices for motorists could inflict further service cuts and fares increases on public transport users. Motorists fear ‘distraction’ of UK’s first over-road digital moving advert Scottish motorists have slated plans for a 30metre digital moving image advertising screen over all four lanes of the main road from Edinburgh to the city’s airport. HS2 opponents lose challenge at Court of Appeal Judges have thrown out the latest legal bid from campaigners to block the Government’s high-speed rail HS2 line. Questions raised over smart motorway funding The vast majority of Greater Manchester motorists think the £200m-plus cost of upgrading a key section of the M60 to smart motorway standards is not reasonable. First cycling ‘Quietways’ to open in London next Summer London’s first cycling ‘Quietways’ will open next May, with transport charity Sustrans delivering the £120m network in all 33 boroughs – mayor Boris Johnson has announced. Motorists voice approval for connected vehicle technology, in pan-European poll Over half of UK drivers are ready to accept their cars being fitted with new connected vehicle (CV) technology, a poll reveals. Cardiff names bus station site Cardiff will have no bus station for two and a half years, council cabinet members will learn on Monday when they are asked to approve plans for a new facility north east of Cardiff Central railway station. Crossrail 2 funding options revealed, as price rises to £27.5bn Over half of the £27.5bn cost of Crossrail 2 could be met through revenue from fares, business rates and levies on new developments – a report has concluded. Clegg unveils extra £214m for cycling The Government today announced an extra £214m investment in cycling to improve infrastructure on the strategic road network and extend its Cycling Ambition Cities programme. Parking rules confuse 24.7m drivers, poll finds Almost 24.7 million UK motorists find parking rules and regulations confusing, according to a survey that has prompted questions around signage. Rail industry dubbed police ‘eyes and ears’ on terrorism Police have labelled the rail industry its ‘eyes and ears’ in tackling terrorism, as commuters are this week urged to keep alert to suspicious activity. Segregated roads for all Scottish towns under 2030 vision All main roads into Scotland’s town centres will have either segregated cycling provision or ‘high quality direct, safe and pleasant alternatives’ by 2030 under the devolved Government’s long-term vision for active travel published today. Transport secretary launches Birmingham's transport strategy A 20-year plan to overhaul Birmingham’s transport system was unveiled this morning by transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin and city council leader Sir Albert Bore. Highways Agency launches study into en-route electric vehicle charging The Highways Agency has appointed an independent consortium to lead research into dynamic (en-route) charging of electric vehicles (EVs) while using motorways. Infrastructure delivery hampered by skills ‘crisis’ Infrastructure delivery in London and the South East is being jeopardised by a skills shortage of nearly 15,000 people, a report claims. Boroughs fear London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone ‘won’t go far enough’ Four London boroughs have warned plans for an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) ‘will not go far enough’ to improve air quality in the capital. London accelerates launch of low emission buses Over 300 low emission buses will be operating in the capital by the end of this year, as Transport for London (TfL) accelerates efforts to cut emissions. Call for action after extension of car-sharing review Car-sharing campaign Carplus wants the transport sector to take advantage of an extension for submissions to the Government’s Sharing Economy Review. Councils face soaring compensation claims over potholes Councils in flood-hit areas have seen claims for pothole damage rise by almost a quarter this year, as compensation payouts exceed £5m. Scottish electric vehicle project up for international award The Ayrshire, Scotland-based Tracked Electric Vehicle (TEV) project has been shortlisted for the New York-based Spark Award for design innovation. Pensioners ‘hiding’ their bus passes to shore up services Evidence is emerging of pensioners hiding their bus passes and paying full fare because they fear for the future of their local service. Merseytravel’s smart ticket to launch with day pass Merseyside’s long-delayed Walrus smartcard – a regional equivalent to London’s Oyster – is set to debut on 24 November. Clegg demands ‘huge’ improvements to northern transport Trains in the North of England have been branded ‘decrepit’ by Nick Clegg, as the deputy prime minister pledges a package of sweeping transport improvements. Cardiff to launch moving traffic enforcement Cardiff Council expects to begin enforcing moving traffic offences early next month, after belatedly receiving the required formal powers. M4 relief road could harm Cardiff airport Cardiff airport’s viability could be undermined if cross-Severn road journeys become cheaper, faster and more reliable, it is claimed. Floods more likely thanks to falling Government funding, says NAO Flooding risks becoming more likely thanks to falling government spending on defences, with auditors warning only a small number of councils have published strategies. Reward motorists choosing autonomous braking to save billions on accidents Handing motorists up to £500 for choosing models pre-fitted with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) could save £2.9bn in accidents by 2025, research suggests. Norfolk studies transport pooling Passenger transport in Norfolk could be improved if existing spending on services by the public and private sectors were pooled, a study is suggesting in its early stages. City of London demands changes to Boris' cycle superhighway plans London mayor Boris Johnson is set for a showdown with the City of London Corporation over his £50m plans for two cycle superhighways. Living Streets: Walking tall for 85 years Living Streets - formally the Pedestrians' Association - recently celebrated its 85th birthday. In a specially commissioned article, the organisation tells Transport Network how it has kept leading the way on safety and urban realm developments for nearly a century. Stephen Joseph OBE asks where now for one-stop transport options? The Government's decision to close the Transport Direct website is premature, says transport expert Stephen Joseph OBE. Councils put at the heart of Govt's Cycling Delivery Plan Local government has been placed at the heart of prime minister David Cameron’s plans to instigate a ‘cycling revolution’ in this country, with councils called on to form bespoke partnerships with Westminster to boost cycling numbers. Council parking blunder could see thousands of fines refunded A Yorkshire council faces refunding six years of parking fines after uncovering errors in its traffic enforcement strategy. Improve social media use to better support transport, councils told Local authorities should improve their currently ‘limited understanding’ of social media to keep travellers better informed, two professional bodies urged this week. HS2 communities offered £30m to support local business and growth A £30m funding pot has been unveiled to support communities and businesses develop local projects along the HS2 line. MPs call for rail service between Oxford and Bristol A coalition of 10 MPs has written to the transport secretary, calling for a direct train service between Oxford and Bristol. High-speed rail college set for Birmingham and Doncaster A new national college for high-speed rail will be sited at both Birmingham and Doncaster, the Government has announced. London borough gauges public opinion on 20mph plans Plans for 20mph speed limits across much of Hammersmith and Fulham have been put to the public, among a £1.81m programme of street improvements set for 2015. Road cameras must meet new privacy standards, councils told Traffic control centre (TCC) operators must ensure their use of road monitoring cameras meets new privacy standards, a CCTV specialist consultant has warned local authorities. Government commits to £2m Midlands rail upgrade A £2m Government funding package is set to boost rail services between Nottingham, Newark and Lincoln, raising train numbers and journey frequency. Warnings issued over autonomous vehicle introduction Standard driving test qualifications will not be enough for professional motorists trialling autonomous vehicles (AVs) in 2015 pilots, the Government has been warned. Government making ‘slow progress’ on cutting road casualty numbers The Government has been accused of making ‘disappointingly slow progress’ on reducing the number of road casualties in the UK. Council puts traffic management centre in the Cloud Reading Borough Council is moving its UTMC-based traffic management centre (TMC) into the Cloud in 2015, in what could be the first full-scale transfer by a local authority. Boris blasted for ‘dithering’ over cycle superhighways London mayor Boris Johnson has been accused of ditching promises on cycling in light of figures suggesting two cycle superhighways have been dropped and others delayed. Worcestershire agrees on historic £33m road improvement plan Worcestershire CC has green-lit a £33m road improvement plan, thought to be the largest local project of its kind in 20 years. Landmark Active Travel Act in Wales comes into force Wales’ ground-breaking Active Travel Act comes into force tomorrow (25 September), with one minister now overseeing it instead of two. London set for '18-mile Crossrail for the bike' Detailed plans for two of Europe’s longest 'substantially-segregated urban cycleways' have been unveiled by Transport for London (TfL), as part of a £913m road safety effort. £2.5m pavement programme underway in Bucks A £2.5m programme to improve pavements and walkways across Buckinghamshire has been launched, with work underway to treat 49 sites this year alone. Academics back London's cycle superhighway plans A group of leading academics have backed Boris Johnson’s plans for a massive extension of London’s cycle superhighways, including an 18-mile ‘Crossrail for the bike’, while criticising current transport modelling for cycling. New research suggests active commute is good for 'wellbeing' University researchers have suggested that changing your commute from driving to travelling on foot or by bike can improve your wellbeing and boost your ability to concentrate. £2.8m transport boost to prepare for new nuclear power station Transport links in Bridgwater and Taunton will receive a £2.8m boost in advance of the construction of the UK’s first nuclear power plant in over 20 years, the Government has announced. Osborne extends freeze on rail fares to 2015 Train fares are to be frozen for another year, with operating companies receiving fewer freedoms over individual prices - George Osborne has announced. MPs issue warning over vulnerable children at rail stations Vulnerable children are being failed by British Transport Police (BTP) in its responsibilities for rail network and station safety, MPs have said. Lib Dems propose 66% bus pass discount for under-21s A 66% discount on bus travel would be handed to all of England’s 16 to 21-year-olds under plans unveiled by the Liberal Democrats today. Northern Ireland unveils 25-year cycling vision Northern Irish transport minister Danny Kennedy has unveiled plans for a 25-year bicycle strategy designed to create a ‘cycling culture’ in the devolved nation. Freight concerns issued over London’s urban cycleway plan London mayor Boris Johnson's planned 'Crossrail for the bike’ must protect kerbside access for freight movements and deliveries, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has warned. School run congestion 'up by 45%' since 1990s Sustainable transport campaigners have called for more dedicated walking and cycling routes to schools after analysis suggests children are spending 45% more time in school run traffic since the mid-1990s. Birmingham launches bike hire scheme A cycle hire scheme providing trendy folding bikes has been launched in Birmingham through a joint £140,000 project involving the local council, transport authority and train operator. Lords to call for cycling funding to be guaranteed Six national organisations and two peers in the House of Lords are proposing a new law to guarantee funding for cycling and walking is placed on a similar footing to the system covering railways. Wolverhampton to launch pedestrianisation scheme Wolverhampton city centre will undergo major pedestrianisation and traffic flow changes by the end of this month as part of a wider £1.6m project to upgrade the area by the city council. Scotland set for its lowest annual road casualty figures Scotland achieved its lowest number of road casualties last year according to figures released this week, as congestion also fell to its lowest level since 1999. London cycle hire scheme goes free for a weekend London’s Barclays Cycle Hire scheme will be free this weekend, as Transport for London (TfL) continues to encourage more of the capital’s residents to take up cycling. DfT releases further £900k for sustainable schemes Transport minister Baroness Kramer has announced seven local authority sustainable transport schemes will benefit from share of a £9000,000 in the wake of last month’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) allocations. Bristol reaches travel ‘tipping point’ Bristol City Council has celebrated reaching a major travel ‘tipping point’ as driving to work is no longer the norm for the under 40s according to new research. National travel survey reveals a less active nation The nation is less active and making fewer transport trips than it has in almost 20 years according to the latest national travel survey released today. New chair appointed to Highways Agency Colin Matthews, former chief executive of Heathrow Airport Holdings, has been appointed chairman of the Highways Agency. Islington eyes £2m cycling investment Islington LBC is set for a £2m investment in new cycling infrastructure building new routes across the borough. Birmingham named as new HS2 construction HQ Birmingham is to become the headquarters for construction of High Speed 2 (HS2), in a move expected to support wide-reaching local regeneration plans. MPs push for cycle funding hike Cycling budgets should be raised to five times current levels by 2020 if long-term infrastructure developments are to make roads safer, MPs have said. Walking and cycling encouraged by traffic-free routes, research reveals Provision of traffic-free, walking and cycling routes can lead to more people travelling by foot and bike, a study suggests. National Cycling Network use hits record high The number of journeys made on the National Cycle Network increased by 50 million (7%) last year to reach a record 748 million trips by bike or on foot, according to a new report. Winning bids for Local Sustainable Transport Fund announced Council transport schemes up and down the country will benefit from a £440m investment following the latest allocations from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) announced today. TfL plans segregated cycle superhighway for central London Transport for London (TfL) has published plans for the first segregated cycle superhighway in the heart of the capital, giving cyclists better infrastructure at key black spots and opening up a ‘vital’ route to support cycling from south London residents. Comment: Put the WoW into the school run In May almost half a million children took up the challenge of Walk to School Week (19-23 May), part of national charity Living Streets’ annual flagship campaign, National Walking Month. Analysis: A breath of fresh air? Will advanced satellite technology go some way towards improving air quality across the UK? David Crawford reports on local authority air quality projects around the country. £15m for train station cycle facilities Commutes across the country are set to be made easier thanks to a £15m cash injection from the Government to improve train station cycle facilities. Road conditions top public priority poll Road and pavement conditions have been revealed as the top public priority for local improvement in a national poll. Bodies unite to pile pressure on Govt over active transport Ministers have been urged to make ‘a bold commitment’ to active transport, as figures suggest more walking and cycling could save the UK billions every year. Brum kick starts £24m cycle revolution plans Birmingham City Council has opened the first canal cycling towpath route under the authority’s £24.3m programme to boost active travel. £15m green transport fund announced in Scotland The Scottish Government has unveiled a £15m greener travel funding package for the next two years to deliver a fleet of electric cars, new cycling infrastructure and social programmes to help modal shift. Birmingham to shake-off 'motor city' culture with 25-year plan Birmingham City Council has released a 25-year Mobility Action Plan (BMAP), outlining proposals to challenge the historic car culture of the city. Comment: Stephen Joseph on LEPs, TfL and transport inequality There are big disparities in transport infrastructure investment across the country. By some measures, up to 500 times more is invested in transport infrastructure for London compared with other parts of the country. Queen’s Speech prompts fears of ‘inevitable’ road toll rise Reforms to the Highways Agency announced in the Queen’s Speech have split opinion, with concerns being raised over an 'inevitable' rise in road tolling. Surrey CC talks minister into ‘fairer’ road funding pledge A transport minister has pledged to examine road funding systems following a meeting with Surrey County Council. Scotland TranServ hails year of success Scotland TranServ has described the first year of its contract to maintain the country’s southwestern trunk road network as 'successful yet challenging'. TfL accused of forcing through Underground closure plan A row has erupted between Transport for London (TfL) and the London Assembly over allegations the government body forced through Underground ticket office closure plans. London seeks new sponsors for 'Boris Bike' cycle hire scheme London mayor, Boris Johnson, has begun the search for a new commercial partner for the London Cycle Hire scheme following Barclays’ early departure from the project. Liverpool plans cycling revolution Liverpool Council has set itself the ambitious target of getting an extra 30,000 residents cycling over the next three years, as it seeks to spark widespread active travel use across the city. Driverless vehicle project appoints manufacturer A project to bring driverless vehicles to Milton Keynes moved a step closer to reality with the appointment of RDM Group as manufacturing partner. Councils double prosecutions for blue badge fraud Prosecutions for blue badge fraud have doubled over the past three years, as councils renew their commitment to tackle dishonest motorists. London bus travel reaches historic high London’s bus network carried more passengers in 2013/14 than in any year since 1959, with over 2.4bn journeys being made. Council testing two-minute pothole repair machine Technology that could permanently repair potholes in two minutes is being trialled by Central Bedfordshire Council, in what could be a regional first. Children face serious road safety threat on the school run More than 40% of parents have seen their child almost hit by a car on the school run, according to new figures from leading transport charity Sustrans. £15m boost for local transport schemes in Wales Welsh transport minister Edwina Hart has announced a £15.4m boost for 41 projects to improve public transport, walking and cycling facilities and traffic flows across the devolved nation. DfT proposes 15mph 'cycle streets' and ban on overtaking bikes Cyclists could be granted priority over cars on many urban roads, with motorists banned from overtaking bikes along more popular routes. Councils under Olympic-sized pressure to prioritise cycling Some 14 Olympic and Paralympic cycling athletes have called on their local councils to improve road conditions for people on bikes. Transport charity releases street design guidance for cycle safety Transport planners should develop road designs that reflect the way in which people are taught to cycle according to sustainable transport charity Sustrans, which has released a Handbook for Cycle-Friendly Design. 500 lives a year could be saved 'if Londoners cycled like the Danes' A new World Health Organisation (WHO) report has revealed that more than 500 lives a year could be saved if London was to achieve the health benefits of Copenhagen’s high level of cycling. Miliband pledges to devolve ‘historic’ transport powers A future Labour government would devolve 'historic' powers over transport to the country’s cities and towns, party leader Ed Miliband has revealed. Newham to pay up over illegal parking fines Newham LBC will refund up to £347,000 to drivers given parking tickets illegally by dozens of cameras. Zero emission bus demonstration launches across Europe A near four-year demonstration project will investigate use of zero emission urban bus systems across Europe, researchers have revealed. Proportion of cycling commuters unchanged throughout noughties The proportion of people cycling to work in England and Wales remained static over the last decade according to fresh census data, despite major investment from Government. Treasury frees up £1bn for infrastructure projects The Treasury is thought to have freed up £1bn of funding for infrastructure projects through yesterday’s shake up of public sector pensions. Coroner says 'no doubt' road conditions led to cyclist death A coroner in North Yorkshire has told an inquest there was ‘no doubt’ poor road conditions caused the death of a cyclist, prompting anger at the council from the deceased’s family. Climate Week: Bike to school to save the planet Sustainable transport campaigners have marked the launch of Climate Week today by calling on more families to cycle to school in a bid to tackle pollution and boost health. £300m to improve safety at 33 notorious London junctions Transport for London (TfL) has identified 33 of London’s most notorious road junctions to be the subjects of a £300m cycle-safety transformation programme, to be completed by 2016. TFL produces landmark transport health action plan Transport for London (TfL) has produced what is believed to be the world’s first transport health action plan, committing to a continued partnership with the NHS until 2017. Liverpool appoints operator for cycle hire scheme launch in April Liverpool City Council is set to launch a cycle hire scheme in April after appointing UK supplier HourBike Ltd to run the project. Norfolk 'significantly underestimated' Norwich road opposition Norfolk CC’s claim the new Norwich distributor road (NDR) has majority public support are inaccurate and the real figure is only 15%, new research has claimed. North Yorks ‘call in’ bus cuts decision The decision to cut funding for bus services in North Yorkshire is to be reassessed following a group of councillors calling-in the funding decision. Boris and London councils to ban unsafe HGVs Lorries without safety equipment to protect the lives of cyclists and pedestrians will be banned from London by the end of the year. Comment: Stephen Joseph on train stations as gateways to towns The importance of stations as gateways to the towns they serve has been historically undervalued by both the rail industry and local authorities. Friday Thought: Too much, too soon for bike-mania? It has been fashionable in political circles for several years now to talk about investing in cycling infrastructure, but exactly how far has the movement towards better provision for the travel mode has gone remains something of an open question. Smarter travel is no pipe dream, says Stephen Joseph Traditionally, business group interventions into transport policy consist largely of demands for more infrastructure, especially big new roads. But it does not need to be this way. Inverness invest £250,000 into cycling route Quarter-of-a-million pounds of funding for a major cycle scheme in Inverness has been signed off by the local council. £17m investment in London councils for cycling improvements More than £17m has been ploughed into additional cycling improvements for the City of London and all 32 borough councils, it has been announced. European Commission moves to scrap transport emission goals Transport emissions targets for the EU could be dropped in 2020 after Brussels failed to outline a future for greenhouse gas goals. Greens claim Boris 'underspent' cycle safety budget by £150m Green party members on the London Assembly have accused the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, of endangering lives unnecessarily due to an underspend in the cycling budget. New figures show air pollution ‘major cause of death’ in London New figures assembled by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) list the top ten categories of deaths in London boroughs for the first time, with air pollution a factor in a majority of cases according to clean air campaigners. Govt awards £1m to councils to reduce transport emissions The Government has announced the winners of the annual Air Quality Grant Programme, which this year awards £1m to local authority schemes tackling nitrogen dioxide levels normally associated with road transport. Pickles intervenes on Tour de France localism powers conflict Harrogate BC has been caught in an unprecedented legal debacle over its hosting of the Tour de France next year, which has resulted in a parliamentary intervention from communities secretary Eric Pickles. Labour vows to force lorries into safety measures Operators of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) should sign-up to a voluntary safety improvement charter - or risk legislation after the next election - Labour shadow transport secretary, Mary Creagh has said. Scottish public sector failing on sustainable transport, report finds More than 60% of public sector bodies in Scotland do not have plans to reduce their transport use and should be given a year to implement a Travel Plan, according to a new report. Cycle counters arrive in Scotland Digital counters have been installed at nine sites across Scotland to monitor the number of cyclists passing through the area. Road Safety Week: Charities call for longer green man crossing times Charities have called for longer green man crossing times on UK roads, after research suggests three-quarters of over 65s struggle to cross the road at signalised crossings. Boris accuses cyclists of 'taking risks' as calls grow for action on cycle safety Mayor of London Boris Johnson has caused outrage by accusing cyclists of taking ‘decisions that put their lives in danger’, in the wake of the death of five cyclists in nine days in the capital. 'Swift action' needed after five cyclists die in nine days in London The London Assembly has made a plea for mayor Boris Johnson to act after five cyclists have been killed in nine days in the capital. A cycle helmet that won't mess up your hair Swedish designers have created a bike helmet that operates like an airbag and can even stop a cyclist messing up their hair. British Cycling partners with three NW councils British Cycling has partnered with three councils in the North West of England to help encourage younger residents onto their bikes. Boris slams Heathrow third runway as 'toxic' Plans to build a third runway at Heathrow are 'toxic', the mayor of London, Boris Johnson has told business leaders. West Berkshire plans £419k cut to road and verge maintenance Up to £419,000 could be cut from road and verge maintenance budgets over the next two years by West Berkshire Council. Report slams engineering education Government, educational institutions and business must do more to ensure engineering expertise is grown in the UK, a new report has said. Multi-million shared space scheme ‘sinking’ Concern has been raised that a shared space scheme in Southend could be sinking in areas, according to reports. £17m plans unveiled for major overhaul of Leeds station The Department for Transport (DfT) has signed off a £17m project to revamp Leeds station, creating a new entrance to reduce congestion at the facility. Massive rise in active travel in London Active travel in London has increased by 23% since 2010 along the capital’s greenways routes, it has been announced. Boris Bikes go electric London's iconic ‘Boris Bikes’ scheme is due to go electric to help users tackle the capital's hills, under a trial scheme in Haringey LBC. Nearly half London schools given active travel accreditation Nearly half of London schools have been given active travel accreditation by Transport for London for having suitable plans to help students increase cycling, walking and public transport journeys to school. Comment: Stephen Joseph raises alarm on health issues around new roads The Government wants a lot more roads built across the country but as the first schemes reach the planning stage, they are meeting stern opposition. 'Boris Bikes' scheme attacked for dramatic fall in user numbers Concern has been raised about the long-term sustainability of London’s ‘Boris Bikes’ scheme after new figures show users have declined by almost a third. Councils get £63m between 2013-15 for extended free travel rights The Government has announced funding allocations for 2013 and 2015 to help local authorities extend rights to free travel for school children as well as promote sustainable travel. Govt cycle safety campaign targets five cities The Government has launched a national cycle safety campaign after seeing its success in London, road safety minister Robert Goodwill has announced. Brighton comes second in European clean transport award Brighton and Hove City Council has come runner-up in a Europe-wide contest to find the best city for sustainable transport initiatives, billed as Europe's highest award for clean urban transport. England set for 77km of extra footpaths Natural England has committed more than £2m towards access improvements for local public pathways since May 2012, the Government advisory body announced this week. Active Travel Bill passed in 'historic day for Wales' The Welsh Assembly has passed its landmark Active Travel Bill placing a duty on local authorities to plan a network of walking and cycling routes and then work to deliver and promote it. East Lancashire's bus network gets £40m boost The Department for Transport (DfT) has signed off a £40m cash injection for new bus stations and improvements across the Pennine Reach bus network. New amendments to Welsh Active Travel Bill welcomed New amendments to the Active Travel Bill in Wales have been welcomed by sustainable transport charity, Sustrans. Labour unveils national transport plans Labour has unveiled a raft of new national transport policies following the results of the party’s long-running policy commission - due to be announced at the party conference next week. Nottingham to expand cycle hire scheme after summer success Nottingham City Council has hailed its CityCard Cycles bike hire scheme a success after seeing a summer rush, and has announced plans to expand the network. Boris Bike scheme prepares ground for expansion south and west Upgrades to the Barclays Cycle Hire system will take place this weekend, leading to the future expansion of the scheme to south and west London from December 2013. Reading cycle network set to expand to Windsor Plans to develop an extension to the Reading cycle network in Wokingham have been put forward by officers at the borough council. Camden launches innovative cycle segregation scheme Camden LBC is using a new scheme involving plant boxes on a busy highway to help cyclist and car segregation, in what is thought to be a UK first. Boris announces shortlist for London's £100m 'mini-Holland' fund Mayor of London Boris Johnson has revealed the eight shortlisted boroughs hoping to win a share of a £100m ‘mini-Holland’ cash pot to help revolutionise the capital’s cycling infrastructure. Labour unveils eight-point cycling manifesto Labour has called for English councils to be legally obliged to plan fully integrated networks of cycle routes and footways under the party's new ‘cycling manifesto’. Car use declines across country Car use across England and Wales has declined by 2% in the last decade, research has shown. Centro rolls out smart technology New technology has been implemented by West Midlands transport authority Centro to make planning journeys easier, it has been claimed. Cycling to work could give UK £13bn boost Cycling to work could halve the number of sick days taken in the UK and provide a £13.7bn annual boost to British business, according to statistics released today by a leading transport charity. £5m health fund helps councils close down roads for play New ring-fenced government health funding will help councils close down local roads and encourage children to play in the streets. Bradford -Leeds cycle superhighway gets green light under Cameron's funding boost A £18m bid for a 23km Cycle Superhighway connecting Bradford and Leeds has been successful, prime minister David Cameron announced today as part of a £150m boost for cycling. Newcastle United named champions of transport league Football clubs have been told to up their game by providing cost-effective transport options for travelling fans. Drivers misuse hard shoulder for flower picking and family photos Drivers in the Midlands are being asked to stop misusing the hard shoulder, after it was found hundreds illegally enter the lanes every day. Watered-down Ultra Low Emission Zone plan to make London air ‘dirtier’ London’s air quality is set to worsen under mayor Boris Johnson’s Ultra Low Emission Zone, according to a member of the London Assembly. Road safety concerns limit bike use for half of Londoners Almost half of Londoners would cycle more often if improvements were made to road safety, according to a survey. PM should turn disused Beeching lines into cycle paths, says Boris Mayor of London Boris Johnson has called on the prime minister David Cameron to turn disused railway lines closed by Richard Beeching in the 1960s into cross-country cycle paths. Govt's National Travel Survey shows car is still king New government figures have revealed the total number of UK transport trips across all modes has fallen by 12% since the mid-1990s - with car travel still the dominant mode. Plans for 41km Norfolk coastal path announced Plans for a continuous stretch of coastal pathway along the Norfolk coast have been published by Natural England. Govt slammed by MPs for lack of action on rural transport Ministers must develop a comprehensive transport strategy to ‘reverse the trend of declining accessibility to key services in rural areas’ a cross-party group of MPs has warned. Transport sector reacts to Govt's new road strategy The Government's new command paper on roads has been welcomed and criticised in equal measure by the transport industry following the announcement of £28bn of highways investment. Commuters put pressure on train stations' bike provisions Commuters are being held responsible for a rise in cycling to rail stations, as journeys this year reach 39 million. Each Boris Bike costs taxpayers £4,000 London mayor Boris Johnson's eponymous Boris Bikes scheme has been slammed after figures show sponsor Barclays only pays a sixth of the annual £11m costs leaving taxpayers with the tab. Government safeguards HS2 route The proposed HS2 route between London and the West Midlands has been safeguarded, protecting the line from conflicting developments. Transport system innovation centre set for Milton Keynes Milton Keynes has been selected as the location for the £150m Transport Systems Catapult centre for development of integrated transport solutions. Safety concerns raised after first cyclist killed using 'Boris Bike' Further questions have been raised about cycle safety in London following the death of the first cyclist using a Barclay's Hire bike. Crossrail remains on schedule for 2018 launch Development of Crossrail remains on schedule and within budget, with around six years left before full services are launched. ADEPT vows action on health as top expert criticises councils The ADEPT transport board has drawn up an action plan to help embed joint working on the public health agenda following it’s return to local government in April this year. Baker praises Stratford’s new station Transport minister Norman Baker has praised Stratford’s new £6.9m Parkway train station, emphasising the far-reaching benefits of the development. Green light for London's Cycle Superhighway 5 Work on the latest Cycle Superhighway in London is due to begin this summer, Transport for London (TfL) has announced. Calls for unified Scottish cycle body A strengthened single body for cycling in Scotland should be set up to deliver the quarter of billion pounds in benefits from the transport mode to the local economy, a report has claimed. London Assembly demands action on pollution London Mayor Boris Johnson must take urgent action to cut pollution in the capital, the London Assembly has said. Leeds set to extend pedestrian hours Leeds City Council is considering extending the hours that the city’ core shopping area is pedestrianised. TfL unveils plans to reduce KSIs by 40% Major plans to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on London roads have been released by Transport for London (TfL). Pressure grows on DfT over LSTF evaluation The first annual report into the success of Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) schemes has failed to quash concerns over the evaluation process behind the fund, Transport Network can reveal. Britain rides into top ten EU cycling countries Britain is ranked in the top ten 'best countries' for cycling in the European Union, new statistics have revealed. Met Office launches new climate change risk analysis service Energy secretary Edward Davey has backed a new climate change risk analysis service from the Met office, which could help support transport resilience. Boris: funding uncertainty ‘benefiting’ contractors Suppliers of transport infrastructure to London are benefiting commercially from the capital’s lack of long-term funding certainty, London Mayor Boris Johnson has complained. 'Build it they will come’ may not work for cyclists Carlton Reid, executive editor of BikeBiz.com and the author of forthcoming book ‘Roads Were Not Built For Cars’, takes a look at how to make cycling infrastructure work in the UK. Parents are 'driving their children to poor health' Parents could be endangering their children’s health by driving them to school rather than letting them walk a leading pedestrian charity has warned. Councils must promote active commute say physios Councils must use their new public health responsibilities to get more people commuting on foot to combat obesity, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has urged. London's £1bn cycle funding 'stands' despite potential cuts Transport for London (TfL) has said funding for the mayor’s £1bn Vision for Cycling still stands, despite reports of upcoming spending cuts. Cities show cycle ambition Plans for a cycle superhighway linking Bradford with Leeds and Continental-style segregated bike lanes across Manchester featured in bids made to the Government’s cycle city ambition fund. Government fails in air pollution duty The Government has failed in its legal duty to protect people from the harmful effects of air pollution, the Supreme Court has ruled. Gov set to launch £1bn Office for Active Travel The Government is set to announce a new cross-departmental body with a £1bn budget for investing in cycling and walking projects - it has emerged. London set for new 'cycle roundabouts' London cycling commissioner Andrew Gilligan has claimed a new roundabout layout currently being tested in laboratory conditions could be applied to the capital’s roads within a year, despite not conforming to government regulations. PM: More needed from councils on cycling David Cameron has supported a parliamentary report aimed at boosting cycling rates to achieve a 10% share of UK journeys by 2025, and suggested local authorities must take the lead. Cycling numbers show little improvement since 2010 Cambridge has once again topped the league table for cycling in England, as the latest government statistics suggest councils have failed to increase cycling levels since 2010. Mayor unveils 'greener' congestion charge for London A series of changes to London's congestion charge were announced today, as mayor Boris Johnson aims to make the scheme greener. MPs call for £600m cycling investment At least £600m a year should be dedicated to boosting cycling rates in Britain to achieve a 10% share of journeys by 2025, a group of MPs and peers said today. Caerphilly slammed for lack of transport access Sustrans has criticised Caerphilly CBC for relocating scores of housing staff to an office that is difficult to reach by public transport or bicycle. LAs should be 'required to promote active travel' Welsh local authorities should be required to promote active travel as well as improving cycling and walking facilities, Wales’ new environmental agency has argued. Birmingham plans £17m bid for ‘cycling revolution’ A bid for £17m of Government funding to transform cycling provision in Birmingham is being put before the city council’s cabinet today. Traffex round up: All the top news from the DfT Visitors to Traffex this week heard from the Government about how it is using the transport sector to push for economic growth, consulting on proposals to overhaul traffic sign legislation, and creating more sustainable travel.. Cycle alert satnav could save lives The lives of cyclists could be saved by a ground-breaking satnav programmed to alert lorry drivers to the risk of collisions, its developers claimed today. Boris Ban: Mayor to outlaw HGVs without cycle-sensors Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, aims to ban Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) from the capital, unless they are fitted with sensory equipment to detect cyclists in blind spots. Match transport funding to public use, ministers told Funding for individual transport modes should be more reflective of the amount the public use them, leading cycling experts have claimed. DfT allocates £40m for safer cycle routes Scores of local authorities have won a share of a £40m cash pot to help improve cycle safety across the country, transport minister Norman Baker has announced. Beeching at 50: An axe blunted with time On the 50th anniversary of the Beeching report the Department for Transport has told Transport Network the ‘tide has turned’ and many of the local lines that were closed in the wake of that explosive publication are set to be re-opened. Sustrans opens Britain’s longest cycling tunnel Sustainable transport charity Sustrans is set to celebrate the opening of Britain’s longest cycling tunnel built on the former Somerset and Dorset railway line - 50 years since the Beeching cuts forced the line to close. 20 is plenty for Brighton and Hove Brighton and Hove City Council has revealed 20pmh speed limits for its city centre will be introduced from 8 April. Opportunity knocks Dominic Browne talks to Tony Ciaburro about his ambitious transport and environment plans for Northamptonshire, and what steps need to be taken on a national level to improve local transport LGA targets transport emissions Council chiefs have called on local authorities to reduce surface transport emissions in a new report designed to embed best practice on green initiatives. London mayor unveils capital cycle plan London mayor Boris Johnson has unveiled a £900m cycle plan for the capital to improve infrastructure and create a segregated route parallel to the city’s tube and bus routes. Wheels in motion Cycling infrastructure is gaining momentum, but concerns remain overr adapting our roads for Britain’s cyclists. Carlos da Rocha writes on designing for safety. Freedom the key to greater transport returns The Government could more than double its return on transport investments if local authorities were given more freedom to drive projects, ministers were told this week. UK still ‘dabbling’ in sustainable transport Behaviour change programmes should be part of Britain’s ‘mainstream’ transport strategy, industry experts have claimed after a Cardiff scheme cut car journeys by 8%. KSIs increase following government safety cuts of 80% Government cuts to road safety budgets must be reversed after official figures showed an increase in vulnerable road users being killed or seriously injured (KSI), motoring and Deal or no deal? Dominic Browne looks at what City Deals mean for the future of local transport. Residents censure cycle lane A planned cycle superhighway along the A315 in Hounslow could make life more dangerous for cyclists due to its narrow design, local residents have claimed. Medical chief calls for cycling investment The Government’s chief medical officer has called on local authorities to invest in cycling infrastructure and create an environment that allows children and parents to ‘cycle with confidence’. Cycling to get extra cash in Scotland An extra £4m of funding will be made available for cycling projects in Scotland, ministers have announced. Baker: do more to deliver cycling infrastructure Ministers this week stressed the need for councils to do more to deliver necessary cycling infrastructure, as plans were unveiled to boost cycle safet Active travel perception 'must change' for new local health powers Changing the perception of active travel options must occur for new local health powers to be successful, Norman Baker has said. Campaigners fail link road legal bid Attempts local campaigners to receive a judicial review for the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road have been quashed after the High Court rejected an appeal. Climate policy clean-up The Climate Change Act will remain unchanged as part of the Government’s red-tape challenge, climate change secretary minister, Ed Davey revealed this week. Mr Davey said low-carbon legislation would remain unchanged but ‘that does not mean there isn’t room for improvements in other areas’ &nd Sustrans seeks 20mph limit Campaigners have called for 20mph speed limits in light of recent research by parenting website www.parentdish.co.uk, suggesting one in 10 parents living within 500 yards of school still drive their children to the gates.