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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...
Buses - it isn’t all about congestion

Buses – it isn’t all about congestion

  Bus operators claim that their services can’t prosper unless traffic congestion is tackled, but the evidence suggests otherwise   Bournemouth is the UK’s eighth most congested area according to a recent survey – but it hasn’t stopped bus use from growing   I agree with Brian Souter. When he said at last year’s Scottish...
Trams are back, and a good thing too

Trams are back, and a good thing too

Light rail networks have returned to some of our cities, and the prospects for expansion are good. It’s something to celebrate   The Manchester Metrolink system provides an exemplary case study in how to grow a network incrementally and sustainably   Anyone walking through Sale on the morning of December 4 may well have caught...
Let’s talk about women and buses

Let’s talk about women and buses

No one really talks openly and honestly about women and their role within the bus industry, and it’s about time that we did   We need more men and women in the bus industry speaking openly about the gender diversity challenges   Women and buses is a subject that the industry believes it is tackling....
I build therefore I sprawl

I build therefore I sprawl

Will where future Britons live rely on, or ignore, public transport? We should study examples of transit oriented development   IJburg is reverential to its big skies and calm waters   Tens of thousands of homes lying empty whilst people sleep on the streets, not enough homes of the right type in the right places,...
Don’t leave rail users in dark over closures

Don’t leave rail users in dark over closures

The rail industry is not making sufficient effort to clearly explain to customers how an engineering closure has improved the service   Engineering closures are often essential but they are inconvient for train users   Part of the UK’s Christmas and New Year traditions is the annual closure of the national rail network on Christmas...
Ring out the old, ring in the new

Ring out the old, ring in the new

In many ways, 2018 was an extremely challenging year for the transport sector. But buckle up, because 2019 will be a bumpy ride   In 2018, we saw the great train timetable fiasco, which Chris Grayling attempted to blame on everyone else   A new year is a time for optimism, to put behind us...
Reaching behind the rhetoric on rail fares

Reaching behind the rhetoric on rail fares

The responses to this year’s annual rail fares increase were all too predictable. The industry should consider some different tactics   Rail passengers have faced years of above inflation fare increases   Another January, another in the relentless sequence of fare rises on our trains. And another set of all too predictable responses. So first...
How can we move buses up the agenda?

How can we move buses up the agenda?

Should CPT abandon its steady National Trust-style lobbying and move towards a more vigorous and confrontational approach?   The excellent work done by Claire Haigh for Greener Journeys has demonstrated very clearly the huge economic significance of the bus   All change. This version of the Confederation of Passenger Transport terminates here. At least, it...
The impact of new ways of working

The impact of new ways of working

The culture of working nine-to-five, five days a week at the same desk in the same building is in retreat, and transport must adapt   A WeWork office in central London   My 25 years in the transport industry have been based on assumptions about the need for the mass movement of people, and goods,...