Topic: Transport and infrastructure

Affordable, accessible and sustainable transport and infrastructure are crucial to the economy and wellbeing of every community.

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Planning in the countryside: current issues

Summary • This briefing covers a number of current issues of particular interest to local planning authorities with responsibility for rural areas, focusing particularly on permitted development rights, protected landscapes, renewable and low-carbon energy and rural housing. • The written statement on local planning made by Planning Minister Nick Boles on 6 March 2014 included…

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High speed rail: on track? Transport Select Committee Report and the Government’s Response

• On 13 December 2013, the House of Commons Transport Select Committee published the report of its latest inquiry into high speed rail. The Government has now responded to the Committee’s recommendations and this response was published on 14 February 2014. • This briefing provides an overview of the Committee’s original report as well as…

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Councils in the Driving Seat?

LGiU and SEA have worked together on a state-of-the-nation look at local authorities and traffic enforcement. Our research shows that councils take their responsibility to deliver appropriate, local strategies which protect the law-abiding majority seriously. Councils have come in for criticism that their strategies are cynical and revenue-raising, but our research in fact finds that…

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Councils in the Driving Seat? Local Authorities and traffic enforcement

This briefing is on LGiU’s recent report Councils in the Driving Seat? Local authorities and traffic enforcement. The report ,in partnership with engineering firm SEA, launched on 10 February 2014. LGiU conducted a survey to help us understand the state of traffic regulation and the key successes and challenges around the issue. The findings were…

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Empowering flooded communities

One of the most striking images of the recent floods that have hit the South West has been the long term flooding of the Somerset Levels and the helplessness expressed by everyone from local residents to Prince Charles. Part of that helplessness is undoubtedly because the floods are caused by unpredictable weather patterns but it…

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Government response to the Transport Select Committee report: Local Authority Parking Enforcement

On 14 October 2013, the House of Commons Transport Select Committee published the report of its inquiry into local authority parking enforcement. The LGIU published a briefing on this report on 21 November 2013. The report contained 22 specific recommendations for improving the parking enforcement process covering issues ranging from pavement parking and signage to…

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Transport preparations for winter weather: Transport Select Committee Report

Summary • This briefing focuses on the House of Commons Transport Committee report Ready and waiting? Transport preparations for winter weather which was published on 3 January 2014. • The report follows on from a previous report by the Committee on the same topic – Keeping the UK moving: the impact of transport of the…

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The Tourism Economy

This briefing deals mostly with the economic contribution of the tourist industry. There is also background information on current UK Government policy for tourism. Tourism is expected to be one of the fastest growing sectors of the UK economy. By 2025, it is forecast that it will account for 4.6 million jobs, or 13.2 per…

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Area-wide 20mph neighbourhoods: a win, win, win for local authorities

• In January 2013 the government published a revised circular on Setting Local Speed Limits • The number of local authorities adopting area-wide 20mph limits is increasing – around 11.5 million people already live in a 20mph committed area • The Time for 20 and GO 20 campaigns are calling on the Department for Transport…

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An overview of recent reports on HS2

• HS2 took a significant step forward recently with the granting of parliamentary approval for the preparatory work needed for the new line and the publication of the hybrid Bill required for development consent. • These developments have been accompanied by the publication of a number of reports on HS2 and this briefing summarises the…

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