Begin with the end in mind

There is a lot riding on COP26. The last decade was the hottest on record. Global greenhouse gas emissions need to fall by 7.6% every year to 2030, but there is no sign even of emissions peaking in the next few years. As host nation UK is under heightened pressure to demonstrate credible and consistent…

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Boosting bus passenger numbers in the West Midlands

Boosting bus passenger numbers in the West Midlands

Transport Focus is encouraging people in the West Midlands to Give Bus A Go. So it is very pleasing that the number of people catching the bus in the West Midlands is increasing, bucking the trend nationally as many cities and towns are seeing decline. Recent government data showed an increase of almost eight million…

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Improving bus transport

Reading the party manifestos for the December 2019 election, there appears to be a consensus that something must be done about buses; the differences are in what and how. For many years, little central Government attention has been paid to bus services outside London. Yet it must be recognised that for many people, travelling to…

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Bolder action is needed to cut transport emissions

The point of no return on climate change is in sight and hurtling towards us. “Do we really want to be remembered as the generation that buried its head in the sand, that fiddled while the planet burned?” asked the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the opening of the COP25 climate summit last week. The…

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Diversity in the decision making process

One of the highlights for me at Highways UK in November was the Women in Transport session, held on the Sub-national Transport Bodies Hub. The session was well attended, by women and men, and demonstrated a continued and growing commitment to promote diversity across the transport sector. The reasons for engaging in this debate are…

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Making the climate connections for transport

Mental cost of diesel fumes like a bereavement

The world is facing a climate crisis, and nowhere is this more profound than in our cities. Rising temperatures and more extreme weather events are causing challenges in urban areas and this will grow in the coming decades. In response, many city authorities are declaring climate emergencies and setting targets for net zero greenhouse gas…

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Decarbonising transport

Decarbonising transport

Pressure to deliver a credible plan for net zero will weigh heavily on whoever is in Number 10 on the 13th December. Heightened levels of public concern about climate change will be in even sharper focus next year when the UK hosts COP26. Let’s start by acknowledging the scale of the challenge. If we are…

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A sustainable route to growth for the South East

A sustainable route to growth for the South East

We have much to feel good about here in the South East. Our economy is the UK’s second biggest behind London. Our three million workers are among the most productive in the country. Our ports, airports and high-speed railway provide fast and efficient links with mainland Europe and the rest of the world. Our thriving…

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Putting people at the heart of the green transition

In the General Election, the political parties are setting out their competing proposals for how they would tackle the climate and environmental crises. In a joint edited collection between IPPR and WWF, released last month, we set out a number of examples of what a just transition and a ‘Green New Deal’ could mean for…

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