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Issue 675 - 26 June 2015: Features
On the front line: how revenue funding cuts are impacting transport delivery

On the front line: how revenue funding cuts are impacting transport delivery
Andrew Forster

‘Capital rich, revenue poor’  is an increasingly apt description of the transport funding situation councils in England find themselves in as ministers pursue a strategy of increasing capital funding in the belief this is good for economic growth, and cutting revenue (or resource) grant as part of the austerity drive. These diverging trends, and their implications, are explored in a new report by Pedro Abrantes and Tom Ellerton... continue

Transport planners owe a debt to Richards’ skillful leadership
Geoff Dudley

For many years, transport planning as a profession lacked a qualification that could provide it with an identity in its own right. In this respect, it suffered from unfavourable comparisons with professions carrying... continue

The road to prosperity?
Lee Baker

The Future Highways 2015 conference was, despite an opening address emphasising that “austerity is here to stay,” surprisingly upbeat and constructive. That is not to say that the over 100 gathered highways... continue

Media monitor
Cyclists wearing headcams “are vigilantes in Lycra”, says Daily Mail

Cyclists wearing headcams “are vigilantes in Lycra”, says Daily Mail
Rik Thomas

Two very different views on how cyclists should behave on our roads, and how other road users should behave towards them, appeared in the media in mid-June. One, rather trenchant, view was put forward by Daily Mail columnist Sarah Vine on 19 June. “The real menaces on our roads are vigilantes in Lycra filming your every move,” Vine suggested. “Militant cyclists – also known as the Cycle Stasi – are taking over the... continue

Heathrow expansion becomes ‘defining issue’ locally and nationally

With the final report of the Davies Commission on airport expansion in the South East of England due within a few weeks, speculation on what will happen once the report is published has become rife in the mainstream media.... continue