Campaign blog posts from 2017
15 May 2017
It has been just over twenty years since the first passenger rail franchises commenced in the UK and, although successful in increasing rail usage over this time, the system now finds itself faced with significant challenges and may need fundamental changes in the future.
05 May 2017
Thursday 4 May 2017 saw Mayoral elections in six city regions across England. These executive Mayors will lead new combined authorities with wide ranging transport powers.
04 May 2017
In a Brexit-dominated election, issues like transport will struggle to get noticed. But the next Government of whatever shape will face a number of transport challenges which can't be ducked or ignored.
20 April 2017
The surprise announcement of a General Election on 8 June has risked sidelining the local elections already scheduled for 4 May – especially given our London-centric media.
Yet the polls for county councils, unitary authorities, Welsh local government and new ‘metro Mayors’ in city...
13 March 2017
Local roads bear the brunt of potholes, yet it is heavy goods vehicles, not cars, that are most to blame, argues Philippa Edmunds.
08 March 2017
Much has been made of the difference in style between Philip Hammond and his predecessor, George Osborne. Gone were the lists of massive new road projects the former Chancellor so enjoyed, but what kind of vision emerged in their place?
07 February 2017
The UK's climate projections for a medium carbon emission scenario include increased frequency and consequence of extreme weather events. While we can’t attribute any particular event only to climate change, we do know that we can expect more frequent and more intense winter storms causing...
19 January 2017
The London Assembly Transport Committee has published "London Stalling", the much-anticipated report following its inquiry into London's traffic congestion.
The report's bold recommendations for smart road pricing, more bus and cycle lanes, a clampdown on unnecessary deliveries and...
18 January 2017
Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager is there to meet the first ever freight train from China.
10 January 2017
It’s a mixture of small changes and big picture thinking that will make a difference.
Traffic in our towns and cities is always a good topic for debate, so it’s no surprise that the inquiry into urban congestion by the House of Commons Transport Committee has attracted around 80 written...