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Gently does it. Or does it?
Andrew Forster

Listening to Will Norman, London’s new walking and cycling commissioner, give evidence to the London Assembly’s transport committee last month, we found ourselves wondering what qualities the interview panel must have been looking for in candidates for the post. Norman’s experience researching how to raise levels of physical activity – including three years as director of global partnerships for sports equipment manufacturer Nike – would have been a big plus. Perhaps living in London helped too. And what about his character? Through two hours of questioning at the Assembly, he came across as personable, articulate, persuasive, and upbeat (yet grounded too) – surely admirable qualities for a job that is about winning hearts and minds. ”I... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today Comment
Evaluations are clear on  one thing: sticks beat  carrots for modal shift

Evaluations are clear on one thing: sticks beat carrots for modal shift
Steve Melia University of the West of England

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12 May 2017Local Transport Today Comment
Go Safe continues to mislead with speed camera statistics

Go Safe continues to mislead with speed camera statistics
Idris Francis Petersfield Hampshire GU32

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12 May 2017Local Transport Today Comment

HS2 business is full of dubious calculations
Paul Withrington Director Transport-Watch Northampton NN2

 DfT has given obscure reasons for not publishing the rail industry’s Initial Industry Advice for England and Wales (‘DfT refuses to release rail industry’s advice on spending’ LTT 28 Apr). But it’s perhaps a good thing, because it delays the shock of finding the... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Why mobility as a service should be an open system
Beate Kubitz Director of policy and communications Travelspirit Foundation Todmorden OL14

We are becoming increasingly familiar with the concept of Mobility as a Service (MaaS). Put simply this is the provision of a range of mobility offers across modes and locations linked together seamlessly by information and transaction technology, which offers users a real alternative to car... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Put HS2 and Crossrail 2 to the back of the rail priority queue
Graham Nalty Boulton Moor Derby DE24

I usually find that I agree with Tony Bolden on matters concerning high-speed rail, but of the three major infrastructure projects he thinks should definitely go ahead (Letters LTT 28 Apr), I can only fully support one. I agree that the Northern Powerhouse Rail enhancements offering high-speed... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Bus operators: club together to challenge reimbursement
Ray Bentley Bere Alston Devon PL20

Previously I suggested that, rather than bemoan low concessionary reimbursement rates set by local authorities, a more positive way forward might be to see more appeals lodged by bus operators (Letters LTT 31 Mar).  Mr Peddle corrected me (LTT 14 Apr), remarking that local transport... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today Comment

What factors contribute to induced traffic on new roads?
Tom van Vuren Divisional director, Mott MacDonald Birmingham B3 Visiting professor University of Leeds

The Transport for Quality of Life report that David Metz refers to (Letters LTT 28 Apr) compares traffic flows on a number of individual road schemes with county and regional trends, with the aim to control for background traffic growth. This difference is considered to be induced traffic, enabled... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Road building: a poor way to boost the economy
Stephen Plowden London NW1

Peter Mackie and Tom Worsley say they are unsurprised by the finding of Transport for Quality of Life’s study for the Campaign to Protect Rural England that road building may not be an effective way of stimulating local economies (Viewpoint LTT 14 Apr). They point out that the impacts of a... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today Comment

Control bus numbers to improve urban air quality
Roger Sexton Nottingham NG1

The Greener Journeys report on Clean Air Zones (CAZs) by Professor David Begg, which you summarise, is clearly well researched and makes very interesting and thought-provoking reading (‘Don’t let CAZs undermine bus operations, warns industry’ LTT 28 Apr).  I find myself... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today Comment

HS2, Carplus, Bikeplus, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport

Here’s some bad news for those trying to make the economic case for high-speed rail: Chris Rayner, HS2’s director of railway operations, told a recent meeting of rail industry executives: “We’re getting bigger. HS2 trains will need to offer space for taller people and allow... continue

12 May 2017Local Transport Today Comment

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