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The look and feel  of public transport

The look and feel of public transport

  It’s time for bold and fresh thinking about how we design public transport to best serve a changed market in changing times   There is nothing ‘off the shelf’ about the interiors of the new Danish IC5 trains   A draining Covid epidemic and the ungainly pirouettes of government policy on public transport from...
Revenue raising ruses to rescue rail

Revenue raising ruses to rescue rail

  We keep hearing that the railway is short of money, but have we made the most of the commercial opportunities in front of us?   Are we making the most of our amazing station infrastructure?   I’m getting a little tired of hearing that the UK rail industry has big financial issues, particularly post...
The plan arriving at platform one…

The plan arriving at platform one…

  Labour has hailed its new plan for Britain’s railway as ‘the biggest overhaul to our railways in a generation’ – but can it deliver?   Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and shadow transport secretary Louise Haigh   You wait ages for a transport policy from Labour then two come along at once. Hard on...
Private sector TOCs reach end of the line

Private sector TOCs reach end of the line

  Labour has promised to phase out all of Britain’s much maligned – often unfairly in my view – franchised train operators   Labour is planning to nationalise the railway   The headline that Labour is planning to nationalise the railway if they get into power didn’t really arouse me as it would have in...
Happy campers are potential bus users

Happy campers are potential bus users

  You won’t persuade me to join you on a camping holiday, but many others enjoy it – and bus companies should make a pitch for them A West Coast Motors bus photographed by the editor on a detour into Port Ban Holiday Park, Argyll and Bute   I was so unhappy I cried myself...
The albatross and the elephant

The albatross and the elephant

The Scottish Government’s Fair Fares Review has grabbed headlines but it cannot address the biggest transport challenges   The launch of the £500m Bus Partnership Fund in 2019. It has now been paused   BY Paul White “Continued delays to the updated climate change plan and further slippage in promised climate policies mean that the...
Pigs don’t fly but taxis are taking off

Pigs don’t fly but taxis are taking off

  There’s nothing new about the concept of avoiding traffic by travelling overhead, but flying taxis could take this to another level   What impact will air taxis have?   Congestion: here is an issue to unite everyone from the extreme petrol heads through to the greenest environmentalist. Nobody benefits from this, not the motorists...
Survey shines light on customer views

Survey shines light on customer views

  The Your Bus Journey survey of bus users by Transport Focus provides insights and a league table we should all care about Levels of bus users satisfaction were high in East Yorkshire   Who was surprised by the Transport Focus ‘Your Bus Journey’ scores? I certainly wasn’t and felt faintly reassured by the results...
Revolutionising suburban transport

Revolutionising suburban transport

  The Grand Paris Express is potentially the most important and transformational urban mobility project underway in Europe   The Grand Paris Express transport project   I was in Paris, France for the Autonomy Mobility World Expo conference late last month. As an addition to the conference I was able to book a guided visit...
Poetry in motion - the Paris Metro

Poetry in motion – the Paris Metro

  Andrew Martin’s new book on the Paris Metro led me to reflect on the fascinating confluences and divergences with London     I used to take the view that Paris was an ugly city (quasi motorways alongside the Seine, the dreary Haussmann boulevards, the Eiffel Tower) but with a lot of beautiful details. As...
Why Andy Mellors is my low key hero

Why Andy Mellors is my low key hero

  I am not saying that problems don’t exist, but my experiences of Avanti West Coast have been good – and it’s going to get better Andy Mellors   Recently, I’ve heard a lot of folk suggest that the railway is in the worst shape ever. Even those who haven’t been on a train for...
What is the strategy for transport?

What is the strategy for transport?

  A pragmatic consensus on transport policy has been shattered by the return of ‘war on the motorist’ rhetoric. We must do better   Our current PM has boxed his government into being the motorist’s friend   I have been on a sabbatical for a few years and have been catching up on transport policy...