Ex-vicar’s legal threat casts doubt on smart motorways

Highways England is reported to have paused plans to turn the M62 across the Pennines into a smart motorway. The Times says a retired vicar’s threat of legal action has “stymied proposals” for 19 miles of smart motorway and raised new doubts over the future of the scheme. It says Mark Coleman, from Rochdale in […]

Scottish Minister says workplace parking levy “key tool” in cutting traffic

Scotland’s Transport Minister has launched a consultation with local authorities on introducing charges for people to park at work, in an attempt to encourage walking, cycling and public transport use. The levy would see employers pay an annual fee to the council for every parking space they provide for employees, with the revenue raised supporting […]

Voi adds artificial noise to e-scooters in pilot with RNIB

E-scooter provider Voi is installing sound on its vehicles in three cities in an attempt to combat pavement riding and help protect pedestrians with sight loss. The company says its engineers have designed a bespoke ‘low hum’ which will be added to itsbright coral e-scooters to alert other road users that one is approaching. It […]

Ford adds break-in alerts to European cars

Carmaker Ford has made its smartphone-connected heightened security system, SecuriAlert, available to car owners for the first time. Once activated, SecuriAlert sends a notification to the vehicle owner’s smartphone if it identifies any vehicle activity, including attempts to open doors or gain access with a key, which Ford says provides peace of mind to customers […]

Boring Company’s Las Vegas service underway

Elon Musk’s Boring Company has started operating a new service in Las Vegas cutting journey times across the city’s Convention Centre from a 45 minute walk to a two-minute ride in a Tesla. The service is designed to cope with 4,000 passengers per hour for 13 hours a day during peak conventions. The vehicles run […]

Transport for Wales launches Biodiversity Action Plan

Transport for Wales has set a target of no net loss of biodiversity in its operations by 2024 as part of an ambitious new Biodiversity Action Plan launched this week. Using the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ biodiversity metric for guidance, TfW is aiming to achieve no net loss of biodiversity through its […]

Calderdale Council approves £13.75 for 2021-22 Highways Capital Programme

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet has approved a £13.75 investment in the borough’s Highways Capital programme for 2021-22, which will include a range of schemes. It has also agreed to spend £1.97 million needed to make its major depot at Ainley, Elland, fit for purpose and meeting health and safety requirements, such as keeping pedestrians and vehicles […]

Runcorn’s 10-year transport plan takes shape

Plans for the East Runcorn Connectivity Corridor, easing congestion and opening development sites, are moving to the next stage. Halton Council’s executive will be asked next week to note progress made on the various parts of the plan. A report published ahead of the meeting seeks approval to develop the ERCC transport scheme and add […]


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