THE RAIL INDUSTRY MUST REDISCOVER INNOVATION
20 March 2017 | Author: Paul Maynard MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport

Rail privatisation led to an influx of new ideas. But the pace of progress has slowed. A return of the pioneering spirit is needed to meet the challenges the industry faces.

What is the future of transport? Is it Elon Musk's Hyperloop? Passenger drones, flying Segways, levitating bicycles? Perhaps, but my ambitions as rail minister are a little more modest. I want to see punctual trains, passengers receiving exemplary customer service, and stress-free journeys.


GIVE COMMUNITIES A CHANCE TO LEAD SERVICES
13 March 2017 | Author: Derek Halden, Director of transport data and technology business DHC Loop Connections

Current governance structures allow connectivity problems to be passed around rather than solved. Reforms to allow communities to take more control are overdue.

Connectivity is a widely stated goal, but not everyone is clear what connection they want. Electronic broadband connectivity is defined as anything from a 2MB/s connection upwards, since this allows practical internet use. Similarly transport connectivity is only meaningful if it makes possible some opportunity that would not otherwise have been accessible.


BUDGET GIVES COUNCILS CHANCE TO BID FOR £690M CONGESTION-BUSTING FUND
8 March 2017 | Author: Transport Times and Key Industry Figures

A £690m competitive fund for tackling congestion was a surprise but welcome announcement in chancellor Philip Hammond's first Budget today.

The fund was one of a number of allocations from the £23bn National Productivity Investment Fund set up in last year's autumn statement. English local authorities will be invited to bid for funding for schemes to tackle urban congestion, with details expected to be announced by transport secretary Chris Grayling on Friday...


THE UNWRITTEN RULES THAT UNDERMINE RAIL EFFICIENCY
6 March 2017 | Author: Jim Steer, Director, Steer Davies Gleave

An incremental approach holds sway in investment decisions when a bolder approach such as total route modernisation would allow improvements to be introduced faster and more cost-effectively.

Like it or not, the rail sector is going to have to use the next control period (2019-2024) to complete late running projects from the current one. The scope for new projects, to be determined later this year, is clearly limited (although it wouldn't be unprecedented to have late entries, arriving say around 2019, in the run up to election time).


INSPIRING TRANSPORT PROJECTS REWARDED AT LONDON TRANSPORT AWARDS CEREMONY
3 March 2017 | Author: Kirsty Walton, Events Coordinator, Transport Times

The best of London's transport industry were honoured last night at the 14th Annual London Transport Awards with 400 industry professionals in attendance. Hosted by Channel 4 News Presenter Cathy Newman the ceremony was held at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel. Now in their fourteenth year the Awards recognise the people and organisations that make a real difference to transport across London.


CONGESTION REMAINS A PERVASIVE THREAT
27 February 2017 | Author: David Fowler, Editor, Transport Times

The third UK Bus Summit earlier this month wavered between optimism and pessimism. There was confidence that features such as free Wi-Fi, USB chargers, real-time information and better-appointed interiors, together with bus priority measures, have the potential to attract new passengers, and there are numerous well-rehearsed examples of areas where patronage is increasing, usually based on effective partnerships between operators and local authorities.


MAKING THE ROAD NETWORK WORK FOR USERS
20 February 2017 | Author: Anthony Smith, Chief Executive, Transport Focus

Research from Transport Focus discovered that road users accept that disruption is unavoidable if improvements are to be made to the road network – but only up to a point.

Is there a typical user on the strategic road network? Probably not, considering the number of people using it every day and the multiple reasons people need to use motorways and major A-roads...


WANTED: A WAY TO MANAGE GROWTH IN FREIGHT TRAFFIC
13 February 2017 | Author: Jim Steer, Director, Steer Davies Gleave

Traffic is rising fastest among lorries and vans rather than private cars, a result of retail and consumer trends. The challenge is to limit the increase without harming productivity.

Road traffic just keeps on growing, just like in the cheap oil price years before 2006. Then it reached what looked like a limit and several years of decline followed. Fuel prices rose, and demand levels stayed down...


CONGESTION REMAINS KEY CONCERN FOR BUS SERVICES
9 February 2017 | Author: David Fowler, Editor, Transport Times

Progress of the Bus Services Bill has been slower than expected, but the Government is committed to it becoming law before the mayoral elections in May, bus minister Andrew Jones told the third UK Bus Summit today.

But the Government would seek to overturn amendments made in the House of Lords, particularly to allow all local authorities to adopt franchising. "We will be working hard to return the bill largely to its original form," he said.


PARTNERSHIP: THE ROUTE TO A THRIVING INDUSTRY
6 February 2017 | Author: Andrew Jones, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport

Buses are England's most used form of public transport, accounting for over 4.5 billion passenger journeys a year. Buses support our economy and connect our communities to the workplace, as well as to vital public services such as healthcare and education.


CONGESTION CHARGE OR CONNECTED CARS?
30 January 2017 | Author: David Fowler, Editor, Transport Times

The London Assembly transport commitee's dramatic intervention last week looked set to reignite the congestion charging debate.

Congestion has been rising again on the streets of the capital, fuelled by increasing numbers of delivery vans and private hire vehicles, and reallocation of road space for bus services, cycling and walking.


SERVICES THAT VALUE THE CUSTOMER
23 January 2017 | Author: Leon Daniels, Managing Director, Surface Transport, TfL

Transport for London is addressing demands from users for buses that are greener, more reliable, affordable and convenient. 

London's bus network is crucial to how our capital city functions. It carries almost 2.4 billion passengers a year – more than all the other bus journeys in England combined. The city's 9,300 buses provide a vital daily service, linking homes to jobs, schools, hospitals and leisure, as well as providing a frequent, step-free lifeline for many.


BETTER LINKS ARE NEEDED BETWEEN NETWORKS
16 January 2017 | Author: Derek Holden, Business Development Director for Transportation, Europe, AECOM

Planning for the UK's long-term growth and prosperity will need an integrated approach to infrastructure, connecting railways with roads, ports, airports and freight depots

By setting out its preferred route for the second phase of HS2 earlier this month, the Government has reaffirmed its commitment to building much-needed capacity and connectivity on the UK's rail network...


BUSES: PLAYING A VITAL ROLE IN REDUCING EMISSIONS
9 January 2017 | Author: Claire Haigh, Chief Executive, Greener Journeys

A quiet revolution has been under way in bus technology, helping to address the twin challenges of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality.

Greener Journeys was formed in the aftermath of the 2008 Climate Change Act, against a backdrop of a heightened focus on the carbon reduction agenda and at a time when buses were regarded as part of the problem, not part of the solution.


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