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Issue 664 - 23 January 2015: Opinion

Devolution in demand
Local Transport Today

Transport for Greater Manchester’s proposal to take over the management of rail stations in the conurbation looks at first glance to have considerable merit. By taking over the stations on long-term leases TfGM will... continue

In Passing

The reverberations of last September’s Scottish independence referendum continue to be felt across the UK but perhaps nowhere more so than in picturesque Argyll and Bute on Scotland’s west coast. Exasperated by... continue


What future for franchising?
Paul Salveson

There’s a lot going on in the highly-pressurised world of rail franchising. Dutch-owned Abellio is mobilising ‘north of the border’ following its award of the ScotRail franchise by the Scottish Government. It’s a good deal too, with new trains, refurbished high-speed trains on many strategic non-electrified routes, investment in ‘tourist’ routes and major support for community rail as well. More widely... continue

Mobile phone apps: a rich source of data for cycle infrastructure planning?

Mobile phone apps: a rich source of data for cycle infrastructure planning?
Gabriele Schliwa, Benjamin Bell, James Evans & Chris Mason

‘Big data’ can provide valuable information for optimising urban transport planning. Several smartphone apps exist that cyclists can use to record and monitor the journeys they make, typically tracking miles cycled, calories burned, and personal progress. The app Strava goes further and aggregates all user activity into a single map interface that can be viewed within the app and online. This makes it possible to see how Strava users... continue

Letters to the Editor

HS2 & airports policy: even more egregious than new roads
Stephen Plowden, London NW1

Glenn Lyons fears that the Government’s road investment strategy is based on the discredited ‘predict and provide’ philosophy... continue

The road building revival: an unwelcome rehabilitation
Philip Bisatt, Taunton, Somerset TA1

I refer to your editorial regarding the Government’s rehabilitation of road building across much of the UK (‘Road building rehabilitated’ Comment LTT 18 Dec 14). Many of its proposed road schemes are not... continue

Low emission zones would be a boost for cycle logistics
Dave Holladay, Glasgow

Measures such as low emission zones provide a great stimulus to review the efficiency (and reduce the cost) of city logistics for passenger and freight transport (‘Low emission zone could harm city’s economy,... continue

Connect Northampton into East-West Railway plans
Richard Pill, Bedfordshire Railways and Transport Association liaison officer, Bedford MK40

Recent headlines on commuter overcrowding, costs and negative experiences of passengers on public transport in general may lead some to a view that the causes for today’s issues often have historical roots. In more... continue