Campaign blog posts from 2016
22 December 2016
Despite the fact that it has been a challenging year for rail freight with the steep decline in coal traffic, the two key sectors acknowledged to have real potential - consumer and construction - continue to show consistent growth. Furthermore, there is considerable suppressed demand for...
19 December 2016
Getting to friends and family on Christmas Day or Boxing Day can be difficult for non-drivers. So should public transport services run continually through the holidays? Bus and train user Rebecca Lack (pictured left) argues that they should, while ASLEF's General Secretary Mick Whelan holds a...
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
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
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
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
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
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
Nottingham's controversial workplace parking levy is now boosting public transport, cutting traffic and pollution and helping the city to thrive.