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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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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