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The end of innocence: helping shared mobility find its rightful place

The end of innocence: helping shared mobility find its rightful place
Richard Dilks, Mobility Matters

I t is a truth (almost) universally acknowledged that someone new in a job can ask ‘stupid’ questions. Let us be charitable and call them innocent questions. Not only am I new to the job, I am... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Comment

Transport conference speaker programmes don’t reflect the profession’s ethnic diversity
'The Secret Traffic Engineer'

Walking through the halls and stairwells of the Institution of Civil Engineers, I often wonder if a person of any other ethnicity will ever have their portrait grace these illustrious walls. To its credit, the ICE elected its first woman president in 2008 and is poised to appoint its second in... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Comment

Newspaper’s clean air campaign is fuelling hysteria
Paul Withrington, Director, Transport-Watch, Northampton, NN2

The Times has been running a vast campaign demanding a right to “clean air”, whatever that is. The campaign is lazy, misplaced scaremongering, which will inspire polices that damage the nation as a whole. The campaign is focused largely on road traffic and particularly the diesel. The... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Comment

Is technology in transport already out of control?
Mike Crowhurst, Leeds, LS25

Several recent (unconnected) developments have prompted some reflections (as a long-retired practitioner) among which a common theme is emerging around the relationship between technology and humanity in general and in transport in particular. I had better start by declaring more a bias than an... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Comment

E-scooters rule, ok?

Summertime and the opportunity to catch up on some reading. In our case, that hasn’t gone far beyond a fascinating feature from The Times at the end of July about e-scooters (‘E-scooters: Voi, Bird and the battle to lead the market’). These souped-up versions of children’s... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Comment

Deregulated bus regime is a barrier to TfN’s ticketing dream
Roger Sexton, Nottingham, NG1

I am not surprised that Transport for the North’s ambitious proposal for just one public transport smartcard covering the whole of the north of England is running into difficulties (‘Bus operators unconvinced by TfN’s smart ticketing proposal’ LTT 02 Aug). The north of... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Comment

The Great Central as an alternative to HS2? Nonsense
William Barter Potcote, Towcester, NN12

Your Media Monitor reports a suggestion by Ross Clark in The Spectator that reinstatement of the Great Central Railway is a readily-available substitute for HS2 (‘New Prime Minister urged to abandon HS2 scheme as costs continue to rise’ LTT 02 Aug). This sounds too good to be true.... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Comment

Buses and pedestrians are an uncomfortable mix
Francis King, Bath, BA2

You report the decision by Oxfordshire County Council to allow buses to continue using Queen Street (‘Plan to pedestrianise Oxford shopping street abandoned’ LTT 02 Aug). In an interesting but mild article, is this rather alarming paragraph: “[Simon] Furlong [Oxford’s... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Comment

Non-exhaust emissions mean BRT is yesterday’s technology
Alan Wilkins, Area officer – South Wales Light Rail Transit Association, Newport, NP20

In the story ‘Fresh rapid transit study for Cardiff route’ (LTT 19 Jul) about the Llantrisant to Cardiff corridor, a bus industry source is quoted saying: “Why can’t that be a bus rapid transit corridor, with electric vehicles from the start?” It is most unfortunate... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Comment

In Passing

  The merits, or otherwise, or renationalising the operation of the rail network in the UK is a common topic of conversation in the media. But, as a recent article in The Independent pointed out, it is something of a moot point – as most of the railways are already run by the state, just... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Comment

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