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How can we support towns like Batley?

How can we support towns like Batley?

  Towns can help themselves – but they need big institutions, including the transport sector, to think carefully to back them up     There are so many policy reports on transport and cities you could stack them up as high as the Beetham Tower. However, the pile of reports on transport and towns would...
Habits are changing - so must transport

Habits are changing – so must transport

  The internet is reducing the need to travel for a range of activities. How should the public transport world react to this trend?   In London the number of trips made per person per day began to fall from 2006   Build a new road and cars will use it, and in plentiful numbers....
Northern Ireland is getting ahead

Northern Ireland is getting ahead

  You may not have yet noticed, but it’s become the place to watch, with growing bus and rail demand and plans for unified ticketing Glider: As a visitor to Belfast you can’t miss this striking new addition to Belfast’s city centre   Of the four main constituent parts of the UK, only one of...
We need bold and ambitious solutions

We need bold and ambitious solutions

Climate change is back on the political agenda and government must respond with radical new policies that achieve modal shift   Stagecoach operates nine BYD ADL zero emission electric buses in Guildford   We haven’t got long. The five warmest years on record have occurred in the last 10 years. The incidence of flooding, drought,...
We need to wake up to climate change

We need to wake up to climate change

  Our politicial leaders are under pressure to take action on climate change – and the public transport sector could also do much more Greta Thunberg’s recent travels around Europe have been by train   They say that fact is stranger than fiction. Who would have dared write a story in which leading politicians of...
What do we really feel about the bus?

What do we really feel about the bus?

  Do we fully understand how people respond to the experience of bus travel at a gut level? And how can we influence their emotions?   There are so many points in a bus journey where you can feel stressed and vulnerable   Most of the discourse on buses treats people as if they know...
A portal into the world of mobility

A portal into the world of mobility

  The smartphone experience is raising our expectations for comprehensive, yet targeted, regular information – and it’s influencing how we use transport   These issues will only intensify with the pending arrival of autonomous shuttles   Mobile phone penetration is currently at over 85% in the UK. Over 40% of UK adults look at their...
Clouds loom over London’s transport

Clouds loom over London’s transport

  After years of sunshine a chill wind developed in the air and it has begun raining down on the mayor and Transport for London   Caroline Pidgeon’s solution is radical but in my view makes a lot of sense   Once upon a time, not very long ago, everything in the garden looked rosy....
Bus schedulers - our true rockstars

Bus schedulers – our true rockstars

They’re a vital cog in the UK’s public transport machine, and yet bus schedulers are rarely afforded the recognition they deserve     By Tom Quay: Timetables are utilitarian. They serve a purpose. They provide structure and process to the bus networks they chart and confidence to the customers who use them. And yet, despite...
No more tinkering - we need ambition

No more tinkering – we need ambition

  Bus funding helps to achieve a multitude of policy objectives for government – but real reform is required, not more of the same   Putting public money into the bus is one of the biggest bargains in transport policy – but despite this the bus has been one of the biggest losers from recent...
Ambition essential to get a bus strategy

Ambition essential to get a bus strategy

  It’s easy to talk about a national bus strategy, but it won’t be easy to get different government departments and stakeholders on board Buses minister Nus Ghani came in for some criticism for saying she was in favour of a national bus strategy “at the right point” but I think that is unfair  ...
A crisis in small vehicle transport?

A crisis in small vehicle transport?

  Global cities like London, which possess a wide array of transport options, are not the only places in need of new types of mobility   No doubt Ford has learned a lot in the various markets around the world in which Chariot operated, including London   In January of this year Ford announced that...