Residents in Kirklees are being offered a last minute opportunity to give their views on a massive regional transport plan that will transform West Yorkshire over the next 30 years. But there is anger and frustration that Kirklees folk were only invited to take part after the borough was inexplicably missed off a list of consultation meetings being held across the county. One local councillor went so far as to call it a snub. Transport for the North will now host a consultation event at Huddersfield Town Hall on Wednesday, March 28 to ask for local people’s thoughts on its “transformational” draft Strategic Transport Plan, which sets out how improved transport connections can drive economic growth. Mirfield Tory councillor Martyn Bolt was among a handful of people who attended a consultation meeting in Halifax. He feared the low-key event failed to give residents a voice and felt Kirklees, which had been left off a list of meetings that included Leeds and Bradford, … [Read more...] about Chance to have your say on 30-year public transport plan for West Yorkshire
PUBLISHED: 13:09 16 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:15 16 November 2017 Anna MacSwan The Heritage Transport Show is aiming for a record 800 vehicles in 2018 Thomas Alexander Photography The celebration of heritage cars and buses is returning next year Applications to display your vintage car at the 2018 Heritage Transport Show are now open - and its organisers are aiming for a record 800 vehicles and 120 buses. The celebration of heritage vehicles, from cars and buses to motorbikes and tractors, will be held on April 7 at the Kent Showground for the 9th year running. In partnership with the South East Bus Festival, a vast collection of vintage and modern buses will also be on display, along with a farmers market, guest speakers, trade stands and free rides around the showground. 700 vehicles and 100 buses were on exhibition last year. Heritage committee chairman Steve Pike said: “We are planning to make the 2018 Heritage Transport Show bigger and better than ever before. In … [Read more...] about Show your vintage vehicle off at the Heritage Transport Show
Want to read more?We value our content and our journalists, so to get full access to all your local news updated 7-days-a-week – PLUS an e-edition of the Argyllshire Advertiser – subscribe today for as little as 56 pence per week. Subscribe NowScotland’s rural economy secretary Fergus Ewing has announced a £5 million funding boost for projects minimising the impact of timber lorries on rural roads. This award of additional money to the 2018/19 Strategic Timber Transport Fund (STTF), managed by Forestry Commission Scotland, means £7.85 million of support is now available. Speaking at the Timber Transport Forum conference near Inverness, Mr Ewing said: ‘Last year, an additional Scottish Government contribution of £5 million to the Timber Transport Fund resulted in 50 projects and £11 million of improvements to the Scottish rural road network.‘This has been of significant benefit to the forestry sector, our rural economy, rural … [Read more...] about £5m boost for timber transport funding
The sleek black van seemed a lot like a taxi. After summoning it to my location in central London using my smartphone, I walked a short distance to the pick-up point and clambered in. But then, just as I moved to close the door, a stranger climbed in after me. She introduced herself as Anna. It was Anna’s third time using Smart Ride, the new service from Citymapper, the route planning app that has branched out to offer its own transport services. Smart Ride uses a fleet of minivans that move around the city on a fixed network, matching up passengers based on pick-up points and destinations. Citymapper calls it “a solution for dynamic shared transportation in cities”. Essentially, it’s a cross between a taxi and a bus. In other words, Citymapper has its sights set on mass transit. And it’s not alone. The chief executive of Uber, Dara Khosrowshahi, recently announced: “I want to run the bus systems for a city.” Elon Musk, who hopes his … [Read more...] about Private companies want to replace public transport. Should we let them?
European cities are increasingly looking toward free transport in a bid to combat air pollution. Anne Hidalgo, the Paris mayor, is the latest local leader hoping to make public transport free across the city, emulating the success of a handful of small towns across France which let residents board buses and trams without paying a cent. The German government is also considering rolling out free transport across the entire country - with the same aim as in France of reducing air pollution - if a pilot scheme in five big cities this year works out. Niort in western France has been running free buses since last September for its 125,000 inhabitants. The scheme has been an enormous success, boosting passenger numbers by 130 per cent on some routes, slightly reducing the number of cars on the roads, and costing the town little more than when people had to buy tickets, said mayor Jérôme Baloge. But he agreed that making metros, buses, trams and suburban trains free in a … [Read more...] about European cities consider making public transport free to tackle air pollution