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  • 09 November 2016

    Anniversaries are big news – the media like them because they offer 'pegs' for rehashing previous news stories and sometimes reflecting on the past. But recent weeks have seen a couple of 30-year anniversaries that the media have more or less ignored, but which had profound consequences for the...

  • 07 November 2016
    Manchester Picadilly Station

    If you're part of a campaigning group, community group or NGO in the North of England, here's a chance to help shape the future of road and rail transport.

  • 25 October 2016
    Plane flying over a house

    So the decision has been made: Heathrow is going to get its third runway. According to some business voices and media commentators, this is not before time: there has apparently been drift and indecision for decades on airport expansion, and this is only sensible given how full Heathrow is and...

  • 10 October 2016
    Photo: rural bus stop

    As usual this time of year, I and colleagues have spent some time at the annual conferences held by the political parties. They are good opportunities to hear from and talk directly to transport ministers and shadow ministers and also hear views from the party grassroots on transport, especially...

  • 29 September 2016
    image of tickets

    Joining up bus and train services makes them easier to use and more attractive for passengers. So why has the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) decided they are anti-competitive, and what does this mean for integrating tickets and services?

  • 27 September 2016
    freight train in a port

    The Department for Transport (DfT) Rail Freight Strategy, published this month, is most welcome as it provides a clear vision for rail freight. It will help industry plan and provide greater certainty to customers and investors at a time when it needs to adapt to changes in its market and, in...

  • 05 September 2016

    Traffic jams in London are something we increasingly take for granted, an unwelcome fact of life.  It’s not just annoying: the impact on bus reliability, air quality and emergency services, is damaging.

    So it’s timely that the London Assembly Transport Committee is holding an inquiry into...

  • 01 September 2016
    Photo: Nottingham skyline

    Nottingham's controversial workplace parking levy is now boosting public transport, cutting traffic and pollution and helping the city to thrive.

  • 01 September 2016
    Photo: people on escalators

    Our transport system is struggling because policy has focused on big construction projects and time savings when it should have been focusing on the part that people and places play in economic development. So argues David Metz, honorary professor at the Centre for Transport Studies, University...

  • 21 July 2016
    Photo: Rail freight terminal

    "We're calling for more freight to be transported by rail, rather than by lorry, to reduce road congestion, accidents, road damage and pollution. I've recently been inspired by a site at Teesport that includes four rail terminals run by AV Dawson.