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  • 07 July 2020

    Before Covid-19 hit, the Government had begun to set out an agenda that would have seen the transport system transformed. The need to reduce carbon emissions to net zero and bring air pollution within legal limits led the Transport Secretary to promise "bold and ambitious action" to ensure that...

  • 28 May 2020

    The Covid-19 pandemic has been a significant test for the public transport system, and public communications from the government and media should be carefully calibrated to avoid irreparably damaging people’s confidence in services.

  • 11 May 2020

    With the Prime Minister's announcement on Sunday 10 May on the coming relaxation of lockdown, and the direction not to use public transport, there are risks for communities developing that could leave them disconnected.

  • 08 April 2020
    bike passing bus in cycle lane

    In a few short weeks, the day to day lives of everyone in the UK has changed and people’s daily routines have been turned upside down. For millions of people one of the biggest changes has been that they haven’t driven anywhere - not to work, not to do the school run and not to go shopping - for...

  • 08 April 2020
    car being filled up with petrol

    Despite widespread rumours to the contrary, the Chancellor took the decision to continue the fuel duty freeze in March's Budget. We were disappointed with this decision as we believe it sent the wrong signal. Since the fuel duty freeze was introduced in 2009, average bus fares increased by more...

  • 27 March 2020

    At any other time, the document published by the Department for Transport today would be making headlines. The first step towards a Transport Decarbonisation Plan to be published later in the year, the document recognises that current policies will not be nearly enough to bring transport in line...

  • 11 February 2020

    For many years we've heard about places that no longer had any public transport. It became such a theme that we coined a term for them - 'transport deserts'. 

  • 09 July 2019
    car exhaust

    Today marks a year since the Government published its Road to Zero strategy, aimed at setting the UK's road transport sector en route to a low-carbon future. The strategy set out an ambition that half of new cars sold should be ultra-low emission by 2030, and promised a massive roll-out of...

  • 20 June 2019
    Photo: cyclists

    Air pollution is a major problem in many of our towns and cities. But with public awareness and political interest higher than at any time since the 1950s , there is the opportunity for concerted national and local action to reduce pollution and tackle congestion and carbon emissions to boot....

  • 18 June 2019
    Professor Roger Mackett

    Roger Mackett, Emeritus of Transport Studies at University College London, has been carrying out a survey about the difficulties that people with mental health conditions have when they travel. Here he talks about how he did it and what he found.