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Bike hire free for all
Local Transport Today

Social media and old school media are both having field days with the launch of dockless bike hire schemes in Manchester and London. Photos abound of vandalised bikes in northern climes and bikes with obstruction notices slapped on in the capital. The developing narrative is that the introduction of these schemes has been poorly thought-through, and there are even suggestions that perhaps Mancunians really aren’t into this sharing culture after all. The trouble with media commentaries is that by highlighting the inevitable mishaps, they may give a false depiction of events. Has Mobike’s Manchester launch been quite the disaster many now perceive it to be? And even if things haven’t gone entirely to plan, perhaps they will settle down in the coming weeks. Whatever the... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today Comment
Long-term investment in cycling does deliver results

Long-term investment in cycling does deliver results
Lynn Sloman

This week Sustrans publishes a series of... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today Comment
Total Transport promised a bright future for DRT, but has yet to deliver the goods

Total Transport promised a bright future for DRT, but has yet to deliver the goods
Barry Connor

In 2009 a paper in the journal Research in Transportation Economics highlighted... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today Comment

John Dales

John Dales

Transport for London: not just an organisation, but a city-first approach to transport planning

So, seven years after its predecessor was launched, the draft of the new Mayor’s Transport Strategy (MTS) for London has...

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Electric power and shared transport will tame the car
Elsa Woodward, High Wycombe HP13

Cars offer many convenient journeys but they also contribute to air pollution, climate change emissions and congestion, and when cars are not travelling they occupy vast amounts of land for parking.  Electric cars offer reduced air pollution, so Volvo’s  decision to make only... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Sticking to 20 is good for all road users – including drivers
Francis King, Bath BA2

I would like to respond to the letters about 20mph limits of Messrs Walker and Withrington (LTT 7 Jul). Mr Walker points out that it would take 15 years for the greater proportion of vehicles to be equipped, as manufactured, with speed limiters, and that many foreign vehicles will never be... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today Comment

What is right with how our railways are run?
Roger Davies, Kendal LA9

Let’s kick-off with the outrageous fiasco of the Great Western electrification. Costs have soared from around £800m to nearly £3bn and the scheme is being cut back. It is over-engineered and all the trains have to be retrofitted as dual mode with diesel engines, much of the work... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today Comment

An OAP public transport discount card is just the ticket
John Disney, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham NG1

I fully agree with the views expressed by Ray Wilkes  advocating the replacement of free national bus travel by an all-modes, UK-wide discount scheme based upon the successful commercial senior railcard (Letters LTT 7 Jul). A one-third discount on all public transport fares (except mainland... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today Comment

In Passing

Remember last summer’s press speculation about the future of the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ after George Osborne, whose idea it was, quit as Chancellor following the Brexit referendum? Well, it seems that the new Prime Minister Theresa May was no less flummoxed by all the chatter than... continue

21 Jul 2017Local Transport Today Comment

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