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London should be at the cutting edge of micromobility. So why is it lagging behind?

London should be at the cutting edge of micromobility. So why is it lagging behind?
Rob Whitehead

The Government and transport authorities across the UK such as Transport for London are discouraging the public from using public transport while we remain in lockdown. Unless swift measures are taken, car use is certain to rise. Well-established... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today Comment
LTT Online Reader Discussion report

Future of car travel discussion focuses on a new balance in personal mobility

LTT Online Reader Discussion report Future of car travel discussion focuses on a new balance in personal mobility

There was surprising unanimity amongst the five panellists at last week’s LTT online discussion about how the car fits into the UK’s changing travel patterns. Even the representative of car maker Nissan, Peter Stephens, its head of UK external and government, recognised that traditional approaches to car ownership and use were disappearing, and a more flexible and sustainable model of travel choices emerging. Nick Reed, the former head of mobility... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today Comment

Reading the runes

More than three months since the country entered lockdown, Covid-19 continues to dominate the transport agenda. The Government’s daily graphs of travel demand appear to have stopped; a pity, because the visual collapse in demand was staggering and it would be equally interesting to track the... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today Comment

On reaching 800...

Congratulations on reaching LTT number 800. I think I have read every one of them, and have always respected and admired the very significant contribution you have made to many aspects of transport over the years – providing your readers with information, much of which we would not obtain... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today Comment

Phil Goodwin

Phil Goodwin

Time to get back to normal, kick-start business as usual. Not.

It’s understandable that phrases such as ‘back to normal’ and ‘business as usual’ have resonance to...

26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today Comment

Buses are in meltdown, but they remain vital to our future
John Whitelegg Visiting professor of sustainable transport School of the Built Environment Liverpool John Moores University Liverpool

Bus use has experienced a 90 per cent decline since ‘lockdown’ on 23 March. This is unsurprising, given the fear of infection and strong messages to stay at home and avoid using public transport unless it is “essential”. The fall follows a long-term decline in bus use linked... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today Comment

Electrification: an implausible pathway to reach Net Zero
Michael Kelly Emeritus Prince Philip Professor of Technology University of Cambridge Cambridge

David Metz (Letters 12 Jun) chides LTT for citing my report on electrifying the UK economy to meet the Government’s Net Zero ambitions (“Country’s battery electric car strategy is ‘doomed to failure’” LTT 29 May). He then cites his own analysis on the feasibility... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today Comment

Too many different agendas are blighting rail planning
Jonathan Tyler Passenger Transport Networks York YO1

Two recent editions of LTT reveal the dire state of railway planning in Britain. You summarise the comprehensive set of suggestions from Greengauge 21 in its submission to the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) review of railway schemes (‘Rethink Mids and North rail plans –... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today Comment

Midlands Connect should challenge the plan for HS2
Graham Nalty Derby DE24

I welcome the long overdue call for changes to rail investment proposals made by Transport for the North (‘Recognise synergies between major rail projects, says TfN’ LTT 12 Jun). The different Government structures for rail projects in the North hinders the creation of a railway that... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today Comment

CCTV enforcement of cycle lanes: little to get excited about
Rik Andrew London SE6

The Government’s decision to allow camera enforcement of cycle lanes (‘CCTV powers for mandatory cycle lanes’ LTT 12 Jun) sounds like a big step forward but sadly the UK has few mandatory cycle lanes to enforce. Almost all lanes are advisory because they are easier to... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today Comment

DfT’s roads value for money report fails to impress
David Metz Honorary professor of transport Centre for Transport Studies University College London www.drivingchange.org.uk

You briefly noted publication by the DfT of a report concluding that the second Road Investment Strategy (RIS2) represents high value for money (“RIS2 ‘is good value’” LTT 12 Jun). Accordingly, I turned to this 29-page report, expecting to see substantiation of the... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today Comment

800 issues on, has roads policy changed much?
Margaret Willmot Salisbury SP2

Congratulations fir your 800th edition: the article that looked back to that first 1989 edition made interesting reading. But it’s depressing how little some things have changed, as some transport planners in the provinces – and indeed at the heart of the DfT – still seem to be... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today Comment
In Passing

In Passing

  Reader John Helm writes to voice... continue

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26 Jun 2020Local Transport Today Comment

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