The future of the bus

Replacing diesel buses key to cutting London air pollution, claim experts

The announcement by the Chancellor of an imminent National Bus Strategy is arguably the first strategic steer for bus policy since buses were deregulated over 30 years ago. It doesn’t come a moment too soon. Buses are responsible for three in every five journeys made by public transport, carrying millions of people to school and…

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How can public transport help contribute to the future of mobility?

Rail is a mode of mass transport which fits perfectly into a wider concept of mobility characterised by an integration of multiple modes of transport, including public and private transport. In this context, rail could be the backbone for future mobility. Creating extra capacity on the railways can be challenging, however. Additional rail infrastructure is…

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Whose responsibility is the Future of Mobility anyway?

Whose responsibility is the Future of Mobility anyway?

“Oh no, not another thought-piece on the ‘Future of Mobility’” you may be thinking; why all this talk of disruption and transformation when all we want is to make the trains run on time? Or reduce congestion on our roads? Or support cycling and walking with appropriate infrastructure? Or reduce air pollution in our cities?…

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What can we expect from new transport technologies?

What can we expect from new transport technologies?

In my new book, Driving Change: Travel in the Twenty-First Century, I assess the likely impact on travel behaviour of new transport technologies, in particular electric vehicles, digital platforms, digital navigation and autonomous vehicles. Electric vehicles eliminate tailpipe emissions and so help improve urban air quality and mitigate global warming. Yet a change of propulsion…

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Public transport choices and the future of mobility

Public transport choices and the future of mobility

Much is uncertain about the opportunities and challenges that will be presented by mobility in the future – but the choices that are made by politicians now on how to support effective public transport are sure to be critical no matter what is ahead. Technological change can come much faster or much slower than expected,…

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LowCVP ‘kick-starting’ a low carbon emission bus market in the UK

LowCVP ‘kick-starting’ a low carbon emission bus market in the UK

Since 2007, the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership has been working closely with government and industry to develop standards to incentivise the uptake of Low Carbon Emission Buses (LCEBs); a key area of focus in terms of the UK’s low carbon transition in road transport. A series of Green Bus Funds (2009-2015) were developed by the…

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Transport for New Homes: a checklist to assess new developments

Transport for New Homes: a checklist to assess new developments

The Transport Knowledge Hub has done great work in highlighting the disconnect between sustainable transport and the location of new development. Now campaigning group Transport for New Homes has come up with a new checklist which can help assess new housing proposals on what their impact on the transport system will be, and whether the…

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A call to action for every planner, transport planner, engineer and politician!

street design request

For well in excess of 30 years we have understood the close relationship between the location of development and the way people travel. We have also been aware of the importance of “minimising the need to travel” and “increasing the use of sustainable modes of travel”. But look at the reality of what has been…

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Let’s change our mindset and work together to create great new development

It is often claimed that new development provides an economic boost – but designed badly and it can simply lead to more car dependence and more congestion, which in turn impacts on the local environment, on air quality and on carbon emissions. So, can we have the development without these negative impacts? Transport planners wrestle…

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