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Rail and Urban Transport Review commissioned by the Labour Party  

Labour is undertaking an independent Rail and Urban Transport review, looking at how a future government could accelerate connectivity within and between the UK's major urban centres.

Juergen Maier CBE, a former CEO of Siemens and vice chair of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, is leading the review, with the Urban Transport Group acting as the secretariat. Arup is providing additional expertise and thought leadership.  

The review, backed by a government call for evidence, will jointly investigate four core themes: Growth and opportunity through unlocking planning; Clarity and certainty of policy and funding; Devolution and sustainable partnerships; and Private sector and industry capacity.  

“This is a really important independent review,” said Jonathan Walker, Head of Cities and Infrastructure at Logistics UK.  

“The UK deserves a holistic, sustainable, adaptable and transformative approach to rail and urban transport.  

“In our response to the call for evidence, which closes on 26 January, Logistics UK will be addressing key challenges that hinder such progress, including long-term planning, consistent decision-making and capacity building.” 

Member submissions can be uploaded here

In related news, on 11 January, Labour Leader Keir Starmer ruled out reviving the northern leg of HS2, and Shadow Transport Secretary Louise Haigh accused the government of using a “fag packet” in a hotel room to draw up the £36 billion Network North plans which have replaced the northern leg.   


Published On: 18/01/2024 14:00:00


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Direct Vision Standard – TfL survey for members 

Following pressure from Logistics UK on the ability of members to prepare their vehicles for the tightening up of the DVS standard in October 2024, Transport for London (TfL) is obliged to perform a market readiness test to understand if the grace period (three months) would need to be extended. 

As part of the preparatory work, on Monday 8 January, TfL opened a survey for members to complete before the closing date of Monday 5 February that seeks to understand how many vehicles will be affected and whether members believe they will be able to have the required work performed before the October deadline. We urge all members to take some time to complete this survey and submit it to TfL – this is the key route to possibly have the grace period extended for compliance with Phase 2.   

Logistics UK is disappointed that TfL ignored suggestions for the survey to include questions on whether members would use vehicles below 12 tonnes, thus potentially increasing the number of vehicles using London’s road network.   

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