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Will office culture be a thing of the past?

Will office culture be a thing of the past?

  Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT   I’m going to break the habit of a lifetime and on this occasion will refrain from any grumbling. The situation we face today is too serious and any grumbling from me, no...
How will coronavirus change transport?

How will coronavirus change transport?

  The severe restrictions placed on the UK population may have legacy benefits     We are living in strange times in which a Conservative government is delivering a socialist agenda, complete with temporary nationalisation of the railways and wholesale centralised funding to retain jobs across the economy. This has presented lots of challenges to...
CAVs - Automatic for the people?

CAVs – Automatic for the people?

  We must ensure that CAVs develop in a way that fits goals for inclusion, place-making, health, the economy and the environment   Driverless cars: What is to stop big tech from using their familiar genius for the ‘innovative’ and ‘disruptive’ tactic of burning cash in the often vain hope that it will ultimately lead...
Micro-mobility opportunity for UK

Micro-mobility opportunity for UK

  As micro-mobility is legally enabled in the UK in the coming months, we can expect to see the regional and global players arrive   A scooter in a cycle lane in Vauxhall, London   Micro-mobility is a contemporary phenomenon that is broadening the range of mobility solutions available to travellers in cities across Europe...
Comfort or ‘capitalist realism’?

Comfort or ‘capitalist realism’?

  Many are unhappy about the utilitarian nature of modern train design in the UK. We could learn much from elsewhere in Europe   NS is working on train designs that enhance the experience for customers   There are a lot of new trains – faster and with more seats. So that’s good. Some of...
‘Taking back control’ could bite Shapps

‘Taking back control’ could bite Shapps

  The transport secretary appears to have developed an enthusiasm for bringing franchises back under public control – but will it help?   Grant Shapps   It was interesting for me as an amateur Kremlinologist with a ministerial background to listen to transport secretary Grant Shapps addressing the annual parliamentary reception for the Campaign for...
Six tests for PM’s London-style vision

Six tests for PM’s London-style vision

  The Prime Minister wants other UK cities to enjoy the kind of integrated transport system that London has. Can he deliver it?   New Merseyrail trains and bus reform could give Liverpool city region a single, modern and fully integrated network   Boris Johnson wants transport in the rest of the UK’s metro areas...
So what does 2020 herald for transport?

So what does 2020 herald for transport?

  The New Year will bring change for Britain’s railways, a green light for HS2 and a greater focus on transport in the North of England The Labour government under Tony Blair had progressed a tram system for Leeds, only to cancel it   The good people at Passenger Transport have once again asked me...
Turning declarations into decisive actions

Turning declarations into decisive actions

  The climate crisis moved up the agenda in 2019 and ambitious new targets were set – 2020 will be about how we achieve them   Electrification of a larger bus network looks eminently doable even on the cliff edge timescales demanded by the climate modellers   On and on we hurtle deeper into the...
Opening up space for positive change

Opening up space for positive change

  The changing needs of residential parking in UK towns and cities are opening up opportunities for new sustainable mobility   Suburban London residential street with parked cars   Across the UK millions of people live on residential streets laid out in the Victorian era. These rows of low rise terraced housing are icons of...
Parties set out their transport policies

Parties set out their transport policies

  It’s encouraging that for most parties, the policies being advanced are set in the context of tackling climate change and air pollution   What’s the collective noun for manifestos? An aspiration? An imagination? A deception? In any case, it’s election time so we are awash with them. Every party has to produce one, it...
Another green transport world

Another green transport world

  If we can join the dots on climate then public transport can thrive. It’s about doing all the right things, and all at the same time   Swiss railways are part of a wider ‘Exemplary in Energy’ initiative   The weather is losing some of its British reserve. Changing from introversion to extroversion. Records...