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A new hope

A new hope

By James Gleave

Originally published on transportfutures.co Last week, 28 - 29 June 2017, transport planning in the UK had its big annual bash, the Transport Practitioners Meeting, where for the second year running it found itself in the underrated Midlands city of Nottingham. The great and the good of transport planning where there (although notably only one person who I saw from the Department for Transport), as well as a great mix of graduates, researchers, old hands, and young upstarts. Originally published on transportfutures.co Last week, 28 - 29 June 2017, transport planning in...
10 July 2017/Number of views (236)
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Death to Transport Planning, Long Live Transport Planning!

Death to Transport Planning, Long Live Transport Planning!

An interview with James Gleave

James Gleave, Founder of Transport Futures, has played a pivotal role in helping us shape the special two-day plenary session ‘Death to Transport Planning, Long live Transport Planning!’ taking place at The 15th Annual Transport Practitioners’ Meeting 28 – 29 June in Nottingham. We caught up with James to find out more about why this debate is important to the industry. To find out more information read below, head on over to Transport Futures for the original articles, follow James on Twitter and be sure to visit the...
02 June 2017/Number of views (815)
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Creating more road capacity generates more traffic

Creating more road capacity generates more traffic

Nick Richardson, Chair PTRC

Once again the debate at the core of UK transport planning has emerged, this time in the challenge set down by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).  This champions the cause for sustainable transport and supports the claim that road building is inherently unsound. CPRE draws on evidence that new roads don’t achieve anything like what is claimed during the planning stages – the contrast with investment in other types of transport infrastructure is clear.  So, it appears that a programme of road construction doesn’t necessarily improve productivity,...
24 April 2017/Number of views (1103)
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How can we get drivers to give up their cars?

How can we get drivers to give up their cars?

Many people have long believed that the way forward for cities to manage their transport is to get people out of their cars and on to public transport, their bikes or their feet. This reduces congestion and pollution and improves travellers’ health, as well as usually being lighter on their wallets. This way forward has now become the accepted approach for cities as tackling pollution and congestion rise up the political agenda.  But just how realistic is this in practice? 
08 March 2017/Number of views (1400)
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Diversity and Cycling

Diversity and Cycling

Rachel Aldred, University of Westminster

Like walking, cycling is regularly hailed as a ‘miracle pill’ equivalent. Most of us don’t get enough physical activity, which is linked to conditions from diabetes to depression. We don’t, in general, have time, money and/or motivation to ‘exercise’ daily, and our jobs are often sedentary, so cycling to work is perfect. We can get exercise without even trying. And society benefits: cycling doesn’t produce air or noise pollution or CO2. Compared to driving it’s very space-efficient – a boon for congested towns and...
10 February 2017/Number of views (2530)
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Disruption is Good – But Policy Makers Need a Few Ground Rules to Manage Change

Disruption is Good – But Policy Makers Need a Few Ground Rules to Manage Change

Jonathan Spear - Director of Strategic Transport and Intelligent Mobility with Atkins Acuity

The pace of technological change and its impact on our lives is ever more evident each day. It also has profound implications for our experience as consumers, set challenges for established business models and has the potential to transform societal relationships and culture. In particular, researchers have focused on various classes of “disruptive” technologies which are rapidly advancing, showing signs of major capability breakthroughs and have the potential to radically impact the status quo in multiple dimensions. Whether commenting on LinkedIn, sharing a Tweet or debating...
13 January 2017/Number of views (1468)
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The Autumn Statement Misses

The Autumn Statement Misses

Xavier Brice, CEO Sustrans

November's Autumn Statement was another in a long line of missed opportunities by the UK Government and fails to support low-income households with investments to improve local travel choice with alternatives to car travel such as cycling and walking - says Xavier Brice, Chief Executive, Sustrans

07 December 2016/Number of views (1419)
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The trials of starting in a new office

The trials of starting in a new office

After three months on the job, I think I can finally say I’m getting adjusted to office life in the UK – although, some transitions from my previous office in Canada to our headquarters at 22 Greencoat Place have been more difficult than others. 
22 November 2016/Number of views (1719)
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Buses Matter

Buses Matter

Nick Richardson - Chair, PTRC

A creeping realisation has come to many parts of the country. Local bus services are being eroded as local authorities are forced to cut back spending.

31 October 2016/Number of views (5253)
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The Future will be Different

The Future will be Different

David Metz

When we plan for the future, we naturally extrapolate past trends. But there is emerging evidence that travel in the twenty-first century will be different from travel in the twentieth century. 
29 September 2016/Number of views (1640)
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