‘Seizing the moment’

Congestion

The top priority for Government’s Bus Strategy must be to recognise the role of buses in tackling congestion. Congestion is what slows journeys down and makes bus travel less attractive. Will we ever convince people to transfer from a car stuck in traffic to a bus stuck in traffic? It’s quite stark – a 10%…

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The shape of changing bus demand in England

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Scott le Vine, Transportation Planner, State University of New York and Honorary Research Fellow, Imperial College London Prof Peter White, Emeritus Professor, University of Westminster   The Independent Transport Commission (ITC) has published our report “The shape of changing bus demand in England”. This report forms part of the ITC’s road and rail travel trends…

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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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