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What is it about other people’s salaries that fascinates? Footballers and TV presenters may be the usual focus for our nosiness but the Taxpayer’s Alliance has delved into a Government spreadsheet of more than 300 quangos and come up with some interesting findings, none more so than that the rail sector dominates the high pay league. Not only does Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne take top spot with a salary of about £745,000, but Network Rail take seven of the top ten positions – and the other three go to HS2 Ltd! Network Rail also takes 14 of the top 20 places, and accounts for 52 of the entire list of 238 staff earning above £164,000. A further 37 are employed by HS2 Ltd. Highways England looks parsimonious by comparison, with just seven names on the... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Comment
The way we’re travelling is changing fast – but the law isn’t keeping up

The way we’re travelling is changing fast – but the law isn’t keeping up
David Young

With all the talk of autonomous and electric cars, hyper loops, bi-mode... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Comment
Tackling data challenges to unlock the brave new world of MaaS

Tackling data challenges to unlock the brave new world of MaaS
Johan Herrlin

We’re on the verge of a huge shift in the way we live... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Comment
Time to rethink what kerbsides are for?

Time to rethink what kerbsides are for?
Alistair Kirkbride

To move, we occasionally need to stop. Indeed, we could look at door-to-door / end-to-end journeys by designing how... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Comment

University should withdraw speed camera report
Idris Francis Petersfield Hampshire GU32

You reported (LTT 11 Dec 15) that Transport for London had refused to withdraw claims of “more than 50% reductions” achieved by their speed and red-light cameras even though the reductions recorded where there are no cameras were, if anything, rather greater.  Not to be outdone,... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Is Transport-Watch chief the last rail conversionist living?
Malcolm Bulpitt Maidstone Kent ME15

So all is revealed: along with others, Paul Withrington does read the LTT Letters column. However, he appears to be alone in still believing in the rail-to-road conversion proposals put forward by Brigadier T. I. Lloyd to the ICE in 1955, as referred to in his recent letter (LTT 02 Feb). The... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Britain’s railways continue to receive a raw deal
John Helm Chatham ME4

If the case for rail to road conversion is as compelling as Paul Withrington makes it out to be (Letters LTT 2 Feb), then why has there been such little progress towards in the last 50 years? Its failure can hardly be attributed to, as he puts it, “vested interests and a bone-headed... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Comment

East Coast debacle highlights public sector’s incompetence
Roger Davies KendalLA9

“The Titanic had more than enough lifeboats.” Well, that rather depends on where you are coming from. If it is the basis of enough to carry everyone on board, then, no, she didn’t. But if you are coming from the bureaucrats in the Board of Trade awarding a seaworthiness... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Roads policing chief has a conflict of interest
Terry Hudson Whitstable Kent CT5

Your item, “Zero tolerance call for speeders ‘impractical’” (LTT01 Feb) failed, like many others, to mention that chief constable Anthony Bangham, road policing lead for the National Police Chiefs’ Council, is also the chairman and director of a private company... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Limit pensioners’ free bus travel to their local area
Gordon Bell Richmond Surrey TW10

Once again your publication addresses the issue of the national concessionary travel scheme and whether changes are needed to provide a system that better supports local operators and better meets the legitimate wants and needs of pensioners (Letters LTT 2 Feb). John Disney argues for a national... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Lord Adonis - Nusrat Ghani - WiFi Welsh Rail

Is former transport secretary and Government infrastructure adviser Lord Adonis struggling to come to terms with no longer being in a position of influence? It looks so, judging by his latest Tweets. Responding to a report in The Times of archaeologists criticising Highways England’s A303... continue

16 Feb 2018Local Transport Today Comment

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