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What I found on the conference circuit

What I found on the conference circuit

In this time of seismic political shifts, the party conferences have become more interesting. New ideas for transport are emerging     After a long period of the ‘narcissism of small differences’ in politics, with major parties clustered around a post-Thatcher, free trade settlement, suddenly everything has busted open in a delayed reaction to the...
Yet another review - will this be different?

Yet another review – will this be different?

‘A once-in-a-generation opportunity?’ Not quite, we’ve had more rail reviews than we have had failed franchises on the East Coast   Confidence in the captain of the ship, bumbling Chris Grayling, is in rather short supply   It was no surprise to have details of the much-trailed rail review announced on the same day as...
We need a choice of cross-Channel trains

We need a choice of cross-Channel trains

I am a regular and largely satisified Eurostar user, but we haven’t yet fulfilled the potential of rail travel via the Channel Tunnel   Deutsche Bahn’s plans for cross-Channel services have not progressed far beyond a 2010 photoshoot     Travel between Britain and continental Europe has been revolutionised over the last 24 years as...
Orange revolution held at red signal

Orange revolution held at red signal

London mayor Sadiq Khan’s desire to extend the Overground is matched by transport secretary Chris Grayling’s desire to stop him   Investment: new Overground trains at Bombardier’s Derby site     It was no surprise to see the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, recently renew his calls for more suburban rail services to be transferred...
Grayling - ‘He’s King Midas In Reverse’

Grayling – ‘He’s King Midas In Reverse’

Chris Grayling has shamelessly blamed others and he is always reacting to events, not leading them. It’s time he was moved on   Chris Grayling was made transport secretary in July 2016     I have always liked that old 1967 Hollies song, King Midas In Reverse. Here’s a couple of verses: It’s plain to...
Public transport can’t be complacent

Public transport can’t be complacent

A trip to San Francisco, a global showcase of mobility innovation, demonstrated that ‘classic’ public transport needs to raise its game   San Francisco seems to be at the epicentre of every new transport innovation being discussed on a global scale     Disruption continues in the world of mobility. Opportunities are leading to new...
In celebration of celebrating diversity

In celebration of celebrating diversity

It’s amazing that public transport providers openly support gay events in their localities. Love is all around. But it wasn’t always   It’s a credit to our industry that public transport providers openly support gay events in their localities   Quite rightly, we hear an awful lot about diversity and celebrating diversity in public transport....
Corbyn wrong to cry ‘Take back control!’

Corbyn wrong to cry ‘Take back control!’

The grievances of rail users may be well grounded, but the Labour leader’s leap to renationalisation is not. It is a knee-jerk reaction   The world has moved on, but Jeremy Corbyn has not   Goodbye Lenin was a wonderfully endearing and funny film. Released in 2003, it tells the story of a staunch supporter...
Stormy weather looms over transport

Stormy weather looms over transport

Big shifts are going on – crises for bus and rail, ‘big tech’ reined in and an active travel revolution underway in Greater Manchester     Whilst the summer weather has been day after day of serene blue skies, politics has been anything but. The arcane detail of rival concepts of Brexit (or no Brexit...
A vision for the future of ‘Rail Cities’

A vision for the future of ‘Rail Cities’

The crisis on Northern and Thameslink shows how important rail is for cities – and opens up a space for some bigger thinking   The Tyne & Wear Metro   The recent meltdowns on Northern and Thameslink not only left many passengers beside themselves with frustration about not being able to get to work on...
Buses need long term investment strategy

Buses need long term investment strategy

As we celebrate Catch the Bus Week, a new report warns that buses are in crisis. With more cuts on the horizon, action is needed   Buses minister Nusrat Ghani and Transport Select Committee chair Lilian Greenwood joined Greener Journeys in Westminister on July 2 to launch this year’s annual Catch the Bus Week  ...
Our Brexit journey will be a rough ride

Our Brexit journey will be a rough ride

Two years on from the Brexit referendum, where have we got to? I revisit my eight initial predictions and offer some new ones     There have been plenty of transport metaphors to be found in the articles on Brexit that are now a regular feature of our daily newspapers, and none of them positive....