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Stagecoach’s minibus revival offers a glimpse into the future of urban transport

Stagecoach’s minibus revival offers a glimpse into the future of urban transport
Peter White, University of Westminster

The launch by Stagecoach South East of high-frequency minibus services in Ashford, Kent, from 11 February (LTT 03 Feb), marks a striking revival of a concept widely used in the 1980s and 1990s. Large increases in frequency using smaller... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today Comment
Making transport modelling fitter for tomorrow, again

Making transport modelling fitter for tomorrow, again
Luis Willumsen

If the financial crisis of 2007/2008 did not manage... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today Comment

John Dales

John Dales

A Great British High Street

Next time you’ve got the chance to go away for a few days, leave the arrangements to someone else. I recommend it. Left to...

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Dubious criteria used in longer lorry safety research
Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager, Campaign for Better Transport, London N1

The Government is ignoring its own safety statistics in its 7ft longer lorries trial evaluation (‘Longer lorry trial expanded’ LTT 03 Feb). These show that existing full length HGVs have consistently been involved in around six times more fatal crashes than cars on local/urban roads... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Electricity companies are plugging in to electric vehicles
Gill Nowell, Senior consultant – smart interventions, EA Technology Ltd, Capenhurst Technology Park, Capenhurst, Chester CH1

You recently reported that energy company ENGIE has told the National Infrastructure Commission that companies bringing electricity from the National Grid to homes and businesses must do more to promote electric vehicles (“Electricity supply ‘must support EVs’” LTT 20... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today Comment

On-demand coach services: a new form of efficient transport
Thomas Ableman, Chief executive officer, Sn-ap, London E17

More people are making journeys than ever before. Our streets are getting more crowded and our roads more congested and yet most public transport seats travel empty. What if public transport could be efficient? Taking people where they want to go, when they want to go, and only taking up road space... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Buses: an increasingly rare sight in provincial England
John Disney, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham NG1

Peter Shipp is absolutely correct in his analysis of the current problems facing bus operators (‘Shipp steers EYMS through bus industry’s choppy waters’ LTT 03 Feb).  In particular, most operators outside large cities are now considerably underfunded by the English National... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today Comment

In Passing

We’ve been critical of the secrecy surrounding the Local Growth Fund in the past: large sums of public money awarded to business-led Local Enterprise Partnerships whose bids are typically drawn up with no public engagement whatsoever. But it gets worse, because the press releases issued to... continue

17 Feb 2017Local Transport Today Comment

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