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By Hannah Figg / Updated: 28 Jun 2018

Transport As a Service Technology Conference 2018

Transportation-as-a-Service (TaaS) Technology Conference is a new two-day global conference and exhibition dedicated to covering the key topics of the Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) and TaaS industry and it will take place on 9 - 10 July, 2018 at The Slate, Coventry, UK.

The TaaS Technology Conference will bring together international experts for two days of in-depth discussions and exhibits focused on the opportunities and challenges of a mobility future that leverages CAVs and TaaS technologies.

By Tom Nokes / Updated: 25 Jun 2018

New EIB financing for Manchester Metrolink tram network extension



On the 12th June, the Board of the European Investment Bank (EIB) approved a total of €4.4 billion of new financing for 30 projects located across Europe, Asia and Africa.

As well as providing financing for small businesses, social housing and energy projects, the EIB is also investing in sustainable transport, including an extension to the Manchester Metrolink tram network. The project consists of a 5.5 km network extension consisting of six new stops and 10 extra trams.

By Fiona Twisse / Updated: 27 Jun 2018

UK competition: Future Fuels for Flight and Freight winners announced


The UK's Department for Transport have recently announced the winners of stage one of the Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition (F4C).  The competition was designed to increase domestic production of advanced low carbon fuels for the aviation and HGV sectors as well as stimulate investment and create UK jobs. One of the objectives of the scheme is to demonstrate significant greenhouse gas reduction in comparison to fossil fuel, giving the highest standards of sustainability.

By Hannah Figg / Updated: 18 Jun 2018

London's Oxford Street pedestrianisation scrapped at final hour



Westminster Council, the local authority responsible for central London, has cancelled plans to pedestrianise Oxford Street, one of the capital's main shopping streets. London’s mayor Sadiq Khan has called the decision a “betrayal”.

By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 18 Jun 2018

Schools join research into the effect of air pollution on children's health



Air pollution is clearly one of the major challenges in London. On the one hand, it is the subject of alarming reports about the damage it causes, on the other hand many recent policy actions are being introduced that aim to tackle the problem. Now, an international research team is starting a study to investigate whether policies such as London's planned Ultra Low Emission Zone are having an impact, not only to improve air quality but also to improve children’s health.

By Hannah Figg / Updated: 18 Jun 2018

Mayor of London confirms Ultra-Low Emission Zone to expand up to North & South Circular



The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has confirmed that the capital’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be expanded in 2021 beyond the centre of the city to include the area within the inner ring road, i.e. to the boundary of the North and South Circular.

By ChloeMispelon / Updated: 13 Jun 2018

Manchester SUMP: a user centric and ambitious approach setting the path for the next 20 years


The Transport Strategy 2040, from Greater Manchester (GM) Authority sets a mutually supportive transport and spatial policy framework to effectively accommodate growth to 2040, to meet GM’s aims of economic and social policy. GM’s Transport Vision strives for world-class connections that are not an end unto themselves, but a means to achieve wider policy goals of long-term, sustainable economic growth and access to opportunity for all.

By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 12 Jun 2018

Scottish government urged to back workplace parking tax



In the coming weeks, the Scottish Government will set out Transport Bill before the Scottish Parliament, before the Parliament enters its summer break at the end of June. The campaign group Transform Scotland published a set of suggestions that it called on the Scottish Government to include in the Bill, including a ban on pavement parking and levies on non-residential parking.

By Tom Nokes / Updated: 13 Jun 2018

London must do more to promote diversity in the cycling community, the city’s cycling chief has said


London’s walking and cycling commissioner, Will Norman, has expressed concern at the diversity of the current cycling community that is dominated by white, middle-aged men. As a result, he is considering introducing diversity targets to encourage more women and people from ethnic minority groups to cycle.

By Tom Nokes / Updated: 13 Jun 2018

The state of Britain's roads and lack of bike lanes discourages more than half of potential cyclists, Cycling UK suggests

An exclusive poll carried out for Cycling UK has revealed that the state of Britain’s roads and having to share the road with lorries and other large vehicles, are the biggest factors stopping more people taking up cycling in the UK.