Confronting the challenge

aerial housing

What to make of such a high-profile and well-attended event focusing on decarbonising transport? For me there were four clear take-out messages. First, it is relatively easy to come up with lists of measures which look and sound worthwhile, but which on closer inspection do little more than nibble at the edges of what’s going…

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The earth has all the time in the world. And we don’t.

In the Sky

I am feeling strong emotions and also conflicted as I write this short piece. This morning, 4 days before the Transport Knowledge Hub event ‘Decarbonising Transport’, I was sat in an office on Broadway in New York watching footage on my laptop of one of my heroes, climate crisis activist Greta Thunberg, addressing today up…

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Why we need a national aviation strategy

Aeroplane Trail

The Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning & Transport (ADEPT) recently published a challenge policy paper, calling for a national strategy on the aviation sector. Hannah Bartram, ADEPT’s Chief Operating Officer, explains why a national strategy is needed to tackle both climate change and the economy. ADEPT’s ‘The Future of Aviation’ policy challenge paper…

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‘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

FirstGroup Bus

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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