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A heightened climate of pre-election politics has led to several of our major news items and comment, in particular the Labour party’s policy for fringing bus services back into public ownership and for additional housing development within the green belt and the transport manifesto of London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, for his third term in office.

There is also coverage of evolving new transport policies in Wales under minister, Ken Skates, who has taken over from Lee Waters and seems minded to review some of his more radical legacy, and in Scotland, the acknowledgement by the Government there that it is not going to meet its climate change/Net Zero commitments. We have also updates on areas of transport innovation, including MaaS, Uber’s expanding role in multi-modal information and booking, and highway design and traffic systems.

We look at the forthcoming annual cargo bike event on May 10th, and the rapidly evolving businesses and vehicles in this fast developing sector; and remind readers of the event about the transformational impacts of the Elizabeth Line that LTT is delighted to be holding in partnership with Transport for London on May 8th at the London Transport Museum. This will look at how lessons from the outcomes can benefit other major schemes aiming to achieve similar significant transport change. LTT readers have priority booking status for this event, details of which can be accessed here (https://www.landorlinks.uk/elizabeth-line).

Our topics for special analysis by our expert contributors include Colin Black taking a detailed look at how the relationship between housing development and transport provision is still failing to reflect wider sustainability considerations, and John Dales reflecting on urban transport in North America, following his recent trip there. He takes a particular hard look at the way New York has struggled with the challenges of matching transport to its dense built environment.

In his Editorial Opinion, Peter Stonham picks up on some of the issues raised by Colin Black and what might be a positive new approach to linking transport and development policies under the new Government, following the forthcoming General Election.

These are the headlines of just some of the stories in this issue:

  • Labour strengthens moves towards more public ownership of local buses

  • Starmer proposes ‘Grey Belt’ designation to release space for new homes

  • Scottish Government slows down net zero targets, but transport impacts not yet clear

  • Defra withholds £6m in air quality grants citing the need for ‘greater value for money’

  • Uber adds bus tickets to its app in deal with Nat Ex West Midlands

  • Khan pledges Bakerloo bus service among 10 more Superloop services for London

  • More trains for Elizabeth line could help save UK rail building

  • Skates sets off in new direction with promise of new roads to address congestion

  • Higher accident rates on dualled A9 sections raise questions on upgrade

  • DfT offers bus and coach operator grants to improve information for disabled passengers

  • Dutch MaaS integrator umob picks up Whim from bankruptcy



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