July 9 2015
Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced a major change to the funding of England’s Strategic Roads Network (SRN) in the Budget.In 2020, and for the first time since 1937, Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) raised in England will be ring-fenced for use on the Strategic Roads Network (SRN). Government estimates that this new Roads Fund will be worth around £4 billion per annum. A second Roads Investment Strategy (RIS) will be prepared in this Parliament to guide spending priorities.While welcoming the promised funding stability, CIHT are concerned by the lack of any similar certainty for the 97% of the network comprising local highways. Councils have to wait for September’s Spending Review to learn their income for future years.The value of VED will be stabilised by the Chancellor’s reforms to prevent the growing popularity of lower – but not zero - emission vehicles escaping payment. From April 2017, only new vehicles with zero CO2 tailpipe emissions will escape VED. Others, including low emission hybrids and small diesels, will pay on banded rates in the first year, subsequently moving to a standard £140 annual charge.The Chancellor reported progress on devolution of power to combined authorities and the development of a Northern Powerhouse.Existing combined authorities in South and West Yorkshire and on Merseyside are in negotiation to receive further powers. Accepting a “metro mayor” continues to be a condition of major transfers, and some city region leaders remain reluctant to accede to this.The Chancellor reiterated his commitment to a Northern Powerhouse, committing to establishing Transport for the North (TfN) in statute and continuing its development with £30 million additional funding over three years.Following the West Midlands’ announcement of a combined authority, the Chancellor also announced that two proposals from the East Midlands had been received. Outside the metropolitan areas, a deal devolving powers to Cornwall is also reportedly close.As previously announced, Network Rail’s incoming Chairman, Sir Peter Hendy, will work with Chief Executive, Mark Carne, on a review of the organisation’s troubled investment programme. The Chancellor announced that Government would channel more of public subsidy through train operators, rather than Network Rail. Looking further ahead, Nicola Shaw, Chief Executive of High Speed 1, has been asked to advise on the longer-term funding and organisation of Network Rail. She will report prior to the next Budget in March 2016.The UK Government has committed to 3 million apprenticeship starts in England during this Parliament. Today’s Budget introduces an employer levy to fund these, although further details is to be included in the Spending Review.Sue Percy, Chief Executive, CIHT said:“CIHT welcome the recognition that infrastructure investment is a driver of economic growth. Transport infrastructure is vital to the whole spectrum of society. Investment will create and retain jobs whilst supporting economic recovery.”“Whilst we welcome the announcement today of a creation of a new road fund, we will need to review what the detail behind this means for our sector as a whole. This has the opportunity to provide certainty and continuity of funding for the strategic road network. We believe that the UK government must also begin to address the funding of our local roads which make up over 97% of the network.”
“We are please to see the creation of a statutory body that will provide recognition for integrated transport in the north of England. We look forward to working with this body through our national and regional member networks.”
"CIHT welcome the focus on apprenticeships as skills development is a key area of concern for the growth and progression of the highways and transportation industry. Industry trends show that with fewer graduates entering and an ageing current workforce, action must be taken to secure the pipeline of skilled engineers and transportation professionals for the future."
"CIHT calls for the government to continue to support apprenticeship schemes as a way of attracting new entrants, providing training relevant to industry needs, and assisting the UK to compete successfully in global markets."
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May 14 2015
CIHT welcomes the potential opportunity for transport to be given a greater strategic focus through the Cities Devolution Bill as giving greater prominence to transport can unlock wider benefits. Transport offers economic, social and health benefits, particularly in congested urban situations. Cycling and walking need to feature prominently in discussions about transport decision making, investment and management in city regions.
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February 25 2015
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Call for more public involvement with infrastructure planning
February 24 2015
Professor Glen Lyons, CIHT Council Member, from the University of West of England secured a secondment to the New Zealand Ministry of Transport. In this podcast Glen outlines the scope of the project: “the real challenge was to combine how transport might develop with how society itself might develop…we are fundamentally embracing uncertainty”.
March 2 2015
London Cycle Design Standards
March 4 2015
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March 10 2015
Call for a National Transport Strategy at CIHT Annual Conference
March 11 2015
National Conference calls for greater devolution
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March 18 2015
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Northern Transport Strategy
March 25 2015
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March 24 2015
£275m Challenge Fund for local infrastructure - winning authorities announced
March 26 2015
ALARM survey highlights concerns over the state of the local road network
April 2 2015
April 1 2015
Highways England, the government-owned company which will deliver the largest investment in England’s major roads in a generation, officially launched today.
April 8 2015
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April issue of Transportation Professional Available.
April 13 2015
The Labour party has launched their 2015 election manifesto today, including a 5-point plan aimed at improving transport in the UK.
April 14 2015
The Conservative party and the Green party have both unveiled their respective 2015 election manifestos today.
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April 21 2015
The revised requirements and advice document (DMRB Volume 5, Section 2, Part 2) for Road Safety Audit (RSA) on the motorway and trunk road network in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales was published on 31st March 2015.
April 17 2015
CIHT have analysed and reviewed the recent transport commitments in a number of political party manifestos released this week.
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May 11 2015
Transport Minister Announcement
May 13 2015
May 25 2015
North Eastern Branch Newsletter - Issue 11 (May 2015)
May 27 2015
Queens Speech 2015
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June 4 2015
CIHT has released the latest in a range of guidelines as an update to the 'Transport in the Urban Environment' publication.
The new guidance ‘Involving the Public and Other Stakeholders’ encourages and enables transportation practitioners to engage more effectively with those who stand to be most directly affected by the work they undertake
June 11 2015
Ministers from the Department for Transport answered oral questions in the Commons on 11 June.
Andrew Jones, new Minister for Local Roads has announced the ‘pilot exercise’ for the local highways maintenance funding incentive element.
June 12 2015
Highways England have brought together a panel of experts to encourage excellence in road design.
June 19 2015
The June 2015 issue of Transportation Professional is now available for members of CIHT to view.
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Highways England’s New Chief Executive
June 23 2015
The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) is supporting National Women in Engineering Day (NWED) today (23 June) and encouraging more women to take up careers in highways and transportation.
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Network Rail upgrades to be delayed by government
July 1 2015
CIHT welcome the Davies Commission final report
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Government Outlines Productivity Challenge
July 17 2015
July/August issue of Transportation Professional Available.
Ministers from the Department for Transport answered oral questions in the Commons on 16 July.
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July 23 2015
HMEP’s updated Standard Form of Contract and Procurement Suite can help the highways sector to procure services to maintain local roads, more efficiently.
July 29 2015
July 31 2015
CIHT has an opportunity to put forward the thoughts and representations of its membership suggesting ideas for policies or reforms for inclusion in the Spending Review.
July 30 2015
Do you have an interest in the history of our motorways? If yes, then this is for you. CIHT is calling for keen and enthusiastic members to join our newest network – the Motorway Archive Special Interest Group.
August 3 2015
From the 1 August the National Roads Authority (NRA) and the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) will merge to become Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).
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August 5 2015
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August 12 2015
The National Audit Office (NAO) have recently published ‘A short guide to the Department for Transport’.