This month we look at the transport outcomes of COP26 along with the long-awaited Integrated Rail Plan, the Future of Transport Regulatory Review, the new requirements to install EV chargepoints in buildings, and more.


Bus

Greater investment in buses needed in the mission to net zero

A Local Government Association (LGA) publication calls for urgent investment from the Government in bus services in order to ensure councils are able to reduce car journeys, lower carbon emissions and help the UK work towards its net zero goal by 2050 or earlier. The Local Government Association represents councils in England and Wales.


Decarbonisation

Trends in Transport – November 2021

In November's Trends in Transport report, Addleshaw Goddard examine the vehicles and flight proposals set out in a series of Department for Transport consultations on regulations governing zero emission vehicles, modernising vehicle standards, future of flight, regulatory sandboxes and maritime autonomy and remote operations.

COP26: Transport, travel and what this means for the climate?

A blog by Addleshaw Goddard trainee Thomasina Perera discusses the impact of COP26 and climate change on the transport sector, particularly the reduction of road-use volume.


Electric Vehicles

COP26 declaration: zero emission cars and vans

A joint Department for Transport and Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) publication details the COP26 declaration on accelerating the transition to 100% zero emission cars and vans. The declaration is signed by national governments, states, regions, cities, vehicle manufacturers, businesses, investors and civil society with the aim of working towards 100% zero emission vehicle sales by 2035 at the latest in leading markets, and by 2040 globally.

LGA response: Future of transport regulatory review: zero emission vehicles, 22 November 2021

A Local Government Association (LGA) written a response to the Office of Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) Future of transport regulatory review: zero emission vehicles consultation on whether there should be a statutory obligation to plan and deliver a charging infrastructure.

Mallon drives forward decarbonisation at COP26 Transport Day

Northern Irish Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has announced a new Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Taskforce. The role of the group will be to consider EV Infrastructure in the context of the overarching principles of prioritising active travel (walking, wheeling and cycling) and public transport towards decarbonising our transport system.

Living the Electric Dream

An Addleshaw Goddard article examines plans to introduce new requirements for installing EV charge points in new homes, new non-residential buildings and renovated buildings where there are parking spaces.


Rail Network

Integrated Rail Plan for the North and Midlands

A Department for Transport command paper details proposals to transform the rail network in the North and Midlands, including building three new high-speed lines: HS2 from Crewe to Manchester; HS2 from the West Midlands to East Midlands Parkway, enabling HS2 trains to join existing lines to serve Nottingham and Derby city centres (unlike original plans); and a new high-speed line between Warrington, Manchester and Yorkshire, as part of Northern Powerhouse Rail.

£360 Million Investment to Transform Rail Ticketing Across the Country

A Department for Transport announcement of a £360 million investment to reform and improve passengers’ experience of fares, ticketing and retailing on the railways. The investment will see contactless pay-as-you-go ticketing rolled out across the commuter networks of the Midlands and North over the next 3 years.

Improving access to delay compensation – ORR's new licence condition

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has published a statement on a new licence condition which will come into force on the 1 April 2022. The new condition covers delay compensation and is designed to improve passenger access to delay compensation.

Penalty fare value reform: consultation outcome

The Department for Transport (DfT) has published its response to the consultation on proposed changes to the value of rail penalty fares. The response outlines feedback received and explains that DfT will replace the current method for calculating the value of the penalty fare and will introduce a surcharge of £100 on top of the price of the applicable single fare, reduced to £50 if paid within 21 days. The response also notes that the appeals process introduced in 2018 will remain and any appeal will ‘stop the clock’ on the 21-day period during which a reduced charge is payable.


Road Network

Transport Committee: Pause Smart Motorway roll-out until safety can be delivered and assured

In the Transport Committee's Third Report of Session 2021-22, MPs call on the Government to pause the rollout of all-lane running Smart Motorways until five years of safety and economic data is available and safety improvements have been delivered and independently evaluated.


Shipping

COP 26: Clydebank Declaration for green shipping corridors

A Department for Transport and Department for Business publication details a joint declaration by COP26 member states to support the establishment of green shipping corridors – zero-emission maritime routes between 2 (or more) ports. It is the signatories collective aim to support the establishment of at least 6 green corridors by the middle of this decade, while aiming to scale activity up in the following years.

Shipping gets ready for green corridors

A blog by Addleshaw Goddard associate Chloe Oakshett discussing whether shipping has moved any closer to net zero with the culmination of COP26.


Space

UK and France reach new agreement on climate change mission

The UK Space Agency has provided new funding for a joint British and French mission, called MicroCarb, dedicated to monitoring atmospheric carbon dioxide. The UK will provide a further £3.9 million for the mission, due to launch in early 2023, which will be the first European satellite dedicated to measuring atmospheric CO2 from all around the world.

UK embarks on new era of spaceflight with launch of ground-breaking regulatory council

The Transport Minister has announced the launch of the Spaceflight Safety and Regulatory Council, comprising of government members and industry experts, which will carry out work over the coming year with the aim of ensuring that the UK maintains the most progressive spaceflight regulations across the globe

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Paul Hirst

Paul Hirst

Partner, Infrastructure Projects and Co-head of Transport
United Kingdom

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Anna Sweeney

Anna Sweeney

Principal Knowledge Lawyer, Projects & Infrastructure
Leeds

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