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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Transport for New Homes: a checklist to assess new developments

Transport for New Homes: a checklist to assess new developments

The Transport Knowledge Hub has done great work in highlighting the disconnect between sustainable transport and the location of new development. Now campaigning group Transport for New Homes has come up with a new checklist which can help assess new housing proposals on what their impact on the transport system will be, and whether the…

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A call to action for every planner, transport planner, engineer and politician!

street design request

For well in excess of 30 years we have understood the close relationship between the location of development and the way people travel. We have also been aware of the importance of “minimising the need to travel” and “increasing the use of sustainable modes of travel”. But look at the reality of what has been…

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Let’s change our mindset and work together to create great new development

It is often claimed that new development provides an economic boost – but designed badly and it can simply lead to more car dependence and more congestion, which in turn impacts on the local environment, on air quality and on carbon emissions. So, can we have the development without these negative impacts? Transport planners wrestle…

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Matching fine words with actions

NO2 Pollution

Last week Parliament passed legislation to commit the UK to net zero emissions by 2050. For those of us who have been campaigning for Government to make climate change a much higher priority this was a big step forward. Whilst it could be argued that the target should be earlier than 2050, it nevertheless puts…

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Let’s plan for the future, not for now

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In strategic transport planning, discussions about the future are at the forefront of our minds. Infrastructure projects need to be designed to reflect how they will be used at the time of their completion. No one can doubt that, with the pace of change in technology, data, consumer expectations and our relationship with the environment,…

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How transport appraisal guidance is failing cities

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Helping city economies to grow means focusing investment on intra-city trips in future That transport helps city economies to grow is not in doubt; transport connects workers with jobs, connects people to leisure activities where they can spend money, and allows for goods to be transported to and around the city. But current appraisal guidance…

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