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Beyond the lockdown - steering the right course

Beyond the lockdown – steering the right course

  It’s time to start thinking big about how to respond to the long run implications of the coronavirus crisis   At some stage we will need to meet the additional demand for public transport that release from lockdown entails, whilst continuing to ensure that staff and passengers are protected   As we enter week...
Will we retain some of our new greener habits?

Will we retain some of our new greener habits?

  Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT   Parliament’s back from recess and watching proceedings during Prime Minister’s Questions last week – not something that I normally bother with – was a surreal experience. Just 50 MPs allowed in the...
The new world facing transport

The new world facing transport

  The scenario after Coronavirus will not be the same as before   Perhaps the traditional peak period will become history in the interests of avoiding higher fares, congestion and each other   I have lost count of the number of times that ‘unprecedented’ has been used recently. Lockdown has provided space to consider how...
Idle trains attract criticism

Idle trains attract criticism

  Thousands of carriages are lying unused across the country despite many areas needing more capacity   The huge number of new Elizabeth line trains lined up in sidings next to the Great Western Main Line because the opening of the Elizabeth line has been put back represent a vast sum of money   Channel...
Looking out from the lockdown

Looking out from the lockdown

Since the lockdown began, Transport Focus has concentrated on ensuring that those that need to travel can do so when they need to in safety. Sharon Hedges explains how, like others in the transport sector, the watchdog is now beginning to think about what the future holds     Dispersed across Great Britain, Transport Focus...
Decarbonising transport after Covid-19

Decarbonising transport after Covid-19

  The conclusions of a recent Transport Knowledge Hub workshop provide key insights to help inform policy makers navigating the challenges of decarbonising transport   Electric buses in Harrogate   What impact will Covid-19 have on efforts to tackle climate change? The delay to COP26 makes sense, but the priority for the next UN climate...
Transport world faces 'critical disruption'

Transport world faces ‘critical disruption’

  The transport sector will have to find new ways of working in a post-Covid-19 world Covid will place significantly new expectations on how “clean” public transport services should be The world has, in a few weeks, entered an existence that many thought couldn’t possibly occur. It is the world of science fiction where an...
Bus industry bailout raises questions

Bus industry bailout raises questions

  Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT   So the Chancellor, Rushi Sunak, finally agreed to provide the bus industry in England with a further bailout amounting to some £400m above and beyond the general business support schemes put in...
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...