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Sweden’s rail market - a model for the UK?

Sweden’s rail market – a model for the UK?

  Having learned lessons from other markets about deregulation of rail services, Sweden offers an interesting model back to the world   Transdev’s Snälltåget   The railway industry across Europe, and in many other places around the world, is slowly, but steadily moving from a model of state backed monopolies of infrastructure and services to...
How Merseyrail dared to be different

How Merseyrail dared to be different

  Stability and local control has provided the basis for this unique city region railway operation to push on and create a success story   All Merseyrail stations are now being prepared for the biggest change to the network in years – new rolling stock   “Liverpool, surreal. Liverpool, sardonic. Liverpool battered dignity. Liverpool, flotsam of...
How can we turn talk about buses into action?

How can we turn talk about buses into action?

  Decision makers are waking up to the important role that buses can play. We must make the most of this window of opportunity     Everyone is talking about buses. Could it be that we have a window of opportunity to do something transformative for our most essential mode of public transport? Prime minister...
Boris Johnson has tricky transport to-do list

Boris Johnson has tricky transport to-do list

  Transport was put on ice during Theresa May’s tenure, but there are big decisions to make that won’t be easy for the new prime minister     So Boris Johnson is our new prime minister. I can hardly believe I am writing that, and my fingers are definitely meeting resistance from the keyboard. Are...
We know the pledges - but what’s the plan?

We know the pledges – but what’s the plan?

  In signing up to climate change pledges politicians are also signing up to a seismic public policy shift – especially for the way we travel   Change is possible: The Netherlands was heading down our car dependent route until they made a big shift to the bike in the 1970s (Photo: Elisabeth Aardema /...
Berlin - a working model of new mobility

Berlin – a working model of new mobility

  Berlin has for a number of years been one of the world’s leading cities for innovation and, in particular, mobility innovation   BVG has done a partnership deal with operator ViaVan to operate a joint service   I have visited Berlin a number of times over the years, but it was interesting to reflect...
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...