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Transport is changing, and how we communicate with the public must do so too

Transport is changing, and how we communicate with the public must do so too
Malcolm Neil, SYSTRA

This has been a year of historical landmarks: 100 years since the armistice that ended the Great War and 100 years since women in the UK were first given the vote. While not quite as momentous on a global scale, 2018 also... continue

23 Nov 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Where now for 20mph?

There are many debates in urban transport but one that has been particularly lively in recent years concerns signed-only 20mph limits. With a national campaign group championing their implementation and working effectively with local communities, many councils have chosen to embrace the policy,... continue

23 Nov 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Councils spot train potential where operators are silent
Jonathon Tyler

So, four West Northamptonshire councils propose a study into reopening the Market Harborough to Northampton railway (“Northants champions ‘North-South railway” LTT 09 Nov). Good for them. And good for Leicestershire and Northamptonshire County Councils that they purchased the... continue

23 Nov 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Fast track West Coast to Midland Main Line rail revival
Graham Nalty

I am delighted to read that councils in West Northamptonshire want to study the re-opening of the former railway between Northampton and Market Harborough (ibid).  Not only will it give people in Market Harborough and places along the route access to jobs, leisure and retail shopping in... continue

23 Nov 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Competitive funding makes people bend the rules
Brian Dalton

Regarding your story about benefit:cost ratios being exaggerated (“Emphasis on BCR ‘encourages promoters to abuse appraisal’” LTT 09 Nov), the problem with competitive funding regimes is that, as with all competitions, people will look at the rules and push against the... continue

23 Nov 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Waterloo deserves a better pedestrian environment
Dave Holladay

If we are talking serious walking and cycling investment in London, with an opportunity for a major sponsor to deliver a landmark feature, here’s an idea that would be a real win for many who currently endure the crowding and hazards of crossing York Road outside London Waterloo station and... continue

23 Nov 2018Local Transport Today Comment

DRT: a commercial urban service, and a rural lifeline?
Barry Connor

In a Viewpoint column last summer I identified the reasons why demand responsive transport (DRT) in the UK had failed to live up to its promise and potential (LTT 21 Jul 17). I also expressed hope that the ‘Total Transport’ initiative would help unlock the constraints on DRT and so... continue

23 Nov 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Smartcards: the best form of e-payment for many trips
Roger Sexton

Unlike the Scottish branch of the Confederation of Passenger Transport I do not consider public transport smartcards to be a thing of the past (‘Smartcards: transport’s Betamax’ LTT 09 Nov). For season tickets and for short and medium distance one-off journeys (say up to about 60... continue

23 Nov 2018Local Transport Today Comment

A concessionary bus pass opened my eyes to another world
Arthur Kaufman

When my elderly Polo failed its MOT because of multiple defects, I decided to give public transport a try.  Not only were driving and road rage becoming increasingly stressful, there was also the financial benefit of my concessionary travel pass, which was a real bonus when compared to the... continue

23 Nov 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Welsh Government - Network Rail - Extinction, Rebellion

An item in this column in July asked: “Are we the only ones to think the Welsh Government may come to regret giving employees of KeolisAmey, the new operator of the Wales and Borders franchise, Transport for Wales job titles? Ministers will surely be only too keen to highlight the difference... continue

23 Nov 2018Local Transport Today Comment

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