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Issue 645 - 17 April 2014: Features
Policy shifts pose challenges for the behaviour change wizards

Policy shifts pose challenges for the behaviour change wizards

Transport is a people business but in academic transport studies the people are often boiled down to numbers shaping demand curves or  populating transport models. So there was a good deal of excitement in the transport community when, in 2004, the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol launched its Centre for Transport & Society (CTS). Here at last was a place that was going to put the social dimension of transport centre... continue

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Urban pedestrians lack ‘special interest’ advocacy group, says Cohen

Urban pedestrians lack ‘special interest’ advocacy group, says Cohen
Rik Thomas

“WHY IS Britain such a dangerous place for walkers?” Guardian columnist Nick Cohen asked on 6 April. “Tramping through the countryside is a joy, but our towns and cities provide a hostile environment for pedestrians, so why do governments always put the interests of motorists first?” Cohen then noted that: “Not one of the Metropolitan Police’s 32 boroughs lists the enforcement of traffic law as a priority.... continue

Adonis calls for flexible bus fares

On 7 April former transport secretary Andrew Adonis used a column in London’s Evening Standard to extoll the virtues of the capital’s buses, and its night buses in particular. “The most exciting part of my... continue

Network Rail blamed for delays

In the March edition of the journal Ethos, the BBC’s transport correspondent, Tom Edwards, attempted to answer on of the great questions of the age: why are trains late? “The Office of Rail Regulation is very... continue