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Celebrating twelve years of the Principles of Traffic and Transport Evening Lecture Series

PTRC’s Principles of Traffic and Transport 20-week evening lecture series began in 2004 with the simple but unique aim to provide a platform for experienced transport professionals to share their knowledge with newer industry recruits and those wanting to broaden their understanding of the transport planning sector. 
13 April 2016/Number of views (4187)
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Local buses - all change?

Local buses - all change?

After two decades of incremental change – quality bus corridors, voluntary and statutory partnerships, Better Bus Areas – more radical changes to the market place for local bus services are on the way.  The proposed Buses Bill, which DfT expects to present to parliament this year, would enable local authorities to shape local bus networks and service levels in a way not seen since the Transport Act 1985.
06 April 2016/Number of views (4080)
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Bloody cyclists, always on the pavement!

Bloody cyclists, always on the pavement!

Alongside perennial favourites such as “they all run red lights” and they “don’t ring bells/annoyingly ring bells” a key complaint about cyclists is that they “always ride on the pavement”. Both motorists and pedestrians complain about such apparent bad behaviour. 
29 February 2016/Number of views (4833)
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What is driving demand change for public transport?

What is driving demand change for public transport?

When first writing a textbook on public transport planning many years ago, it was difficult to avoid the generally-accepted notion that these modes (bus, rail, metro, etc.) were in an inevitable decline, prompted by the continued growth in car ownership, and in some cases by population decline in older cities. Today, however, while decline continues in some cases, the overall picture is much more positive.
29 January 2016/Number of views (4564)
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TPM Call for Papers Deadline Fast Approaching

TPM Call for Papers Deadline Fast Approaching

Having attended TPM for a number of years including events in Manchester, Reading, York, Birmingham, Liverpool and for the past two years in London and having presented a dozen papers and chaired various sessions I can say that it has been a very worthwhile event to attend.  The conference is less formal than some with a strong emphasis on participation by younger professionals alongside those of us who have been around a bit longer.  
11 January 2016/Number of views (4042)
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Season's Greetings from PTRC

Season's Greetings from PTRC

Season’s Greetings from PTRC! This is the time of year we reflect on past glories – it’s the ’10 best this’ and ‘top unusual animal friendships of the year that’- it is no different at PTRC, as I take this newsletter as an opportunity to reflect both on PTRC’s year and its connection to my infrequent lunchtime exercise regime.


21 December 2015/Number of views (4325)
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Transport Practitioners’ Meeting 2016 – Call for Papers (and an autumnal holiday rant)

Transport Practitioners’ Meeting 2016 – Call for Papers (and an autumnal holiday rant)

Despite the fact that Guy Fawkes Night has all the trappings of a great holiday – fireworks, creepy masks and  its beginnings rooted in religious zealotry- as an American I find it a bit difficult to get behind a celebration that so overshadows Halloween. 
02 November 2015/Number of views (13951)
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Sharing Some Thoughts on Shared Space and the Equality Act

Sharing Some Thoughts on Shared Space and the Equality Act

Shared Space has continued to spark controversy over the past year, and concerns are leading to questions being asked about its consistency with particular aspects of the Equality Act.  The concept of Shared Space involves removing the on-street demarcations between pedestrian space and vehicular space and designing for lower traffic speeds, in the expectation that this will naturally lead to greater freedom for the pedestrian and greater caution on the part of motorists due to increased uncertainty regarding each other’s movements.  
13 October 2015/Number of views (6112)
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Joined up thinking: PTRC and TPS and developing transport skills

Joined up thinking: PTRC and TPS and developing transport skills

Over the last few years transport planning has seen yet another roller coaster in terms of demand for skilled and experienced transport planners. We are now very much in a growth part of the cycle, with the result that employers, at least in the private sector, are again recruiting graduates and seeking to broaden their knowledge and experience while at the same time undertaking productive transport planning work.  However, local authorities outside London have continuing problems and the picture is one of very tight budgets and skills development too often having to take second (or...
03 September 2015/Number of views (4391)
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The Importance of Traffic Orders Being Fit for Purpose

The Importance of Traffic Orders Being Fit for Purpose

Many councils are blissfully unaware of a hidden but substantial risk of significant financial and reputational damage, which often only comes to light when a hard-done-by motorist delves into the detail of a traffic regulation order and successfully challenges their fine.  Staple fare for the Daily Mail and other tabloids, which gleefully report that the local authority concerned will now be forced to pay back thousands of pounds of illegal fines.  Meanwhile, the council faces a race against time to ensure that errors are corrected and traffic movement and/or parking activities...
10 August 2015/Number of views (5369)
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