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Stephen Plowden and the making of modern transport planning

Stephen Plowden and the making of modern transport planning

Readers may wonder where certain core ideas in transport planning have come from – in many cases their roots are in the work of Stephen Plowden, who died last month aged... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today Comment

What would future mobility look like if designed by real people?
Alistair Kirkbride

I think the Spice Girls might help us plan the future of mobility. Like an earworm, “I’ll tell you what I want what I really, really want…” keeps fusing in my head with me pondering where mobility might be heading.  I dread to think where the Spice Girls would take us... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today Comment
With a set of principles, we can make transport planning a more respected profession

With a set of principles, we can make transport planning a more respected profession
Keith Buchan

Transport planning is a very new profession. I know the Romans built roads (and... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Looking in the mirror

The Transport Planning Society’s principles of members’ behaviour, covering matters such as integrity, clarity, and constructive challenge, is a laudable exercise in building the standing of the profession. In putting the principles forward, the society is acknowledging a problem, which... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today Comment

England lacks strategic bodies for transport and land-use
Peter Headicar Oxford OX1

Jenny Raggett is absolutely right to highlight the yawning credibility gap, in shire counties at least, between the aspirations for sustainable travel in the National Planning Policy Framework and the reality on the ground (Viewpoint LTT 8 Jun). It is almost inevitable that this should be so. A... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Making the Oxford-Cambridge arc a good place to live
Mike O’Sullivan (Former transport and planning cabinet member – Milton Keynes Council) Stony Stratford Milton Keynes MK11

Peter Kay’s Viewpoint article on life in Essex makes for dismal reading (LTT 11 May). Field by little field, uncoordinated developer-infilling in a low density suburban car-dependent way, and rubber-stamped by local councillors, represents the antithesis of good planning.  The... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today Comment

New schools policy doesn’t give active travel a chance
Chas Ball Huddersfield HD4

Jenny Raggett’s Viewpoint is sad and disappointing (ibid). The lack of joined-up planning is astonishing. If we are intent on meeting challenging carbon dioxide emission targets, this approach to house-building clearly does not help.  There are parallels in the way we seem to plan new... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today Comment
Must try harder: Hampshire at fault for 20mph ‘failure’

Must try harder: Hampshire at fault for 20mph ‘failure’
Rod King MBE Founder and campaign director 20’s Plenty for Us Lymm Cheshire WA13

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22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today Comment
UK bus sales should be key to First’s turnaround plan

UK bus sales should be key to First’s turnaround plan
Julian Peddle Ipswich IP8

The announcement of First’s annual results on... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Buses have their place, but the Lakes need a new rail link
Brian Dalton Purley Surrey CR8

With reference to Roger Davies’ reply to my letter (LTT 25 May & 08 Jun), first, I must apologise to the good people of Coniston for assuming the Gondola sailed on Windermere. As for Roger’s suggestion that incorporating the X4/X5 Penrith-Workington bus routes into the rail... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Free concessionary bus travel - Welsh roads - Campaign for Better TransportIn passing,

The benefits of free concessionary bus travel are many and varied, but little did LTT suspect before last week that increased participation in chess was among them. One respondent to the Welsh Government’s consultation on the future sustainability of free travel observed that membership of... continue

22 Jun 2018Local Transport Today Comment

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