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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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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