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If climate change targets can be enforced in the North, then why not everywhere?
Anthony Rae

The adoption by Transport for the North of its first strategic transport plan is an opportunity to revisit one of the important questions that my Viewpoint article (LTT 13 Apr 18) judged its still evolving approach had yet to confront:... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today Comment

A clash of ideologies

Having discussed transport and climate change in this column last issue, we find ourselves making a return journey, albeit via a different route. The question last time concerned the consistency between the Climate Change Act obligations and the infrastructure plans of  Government and bodies... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today Comment

John Dales

John Dales

Streets of the future. Like tomorrow.

I’m not really an aficionado of The Simpsons, but there are one or two moments from the episodes I’ve seen that have...

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today Comment

Three problems with Labour’s under 25 free bus travel pledge
Roger Sexton Nottingham NG1

In his examination of the how public transport should be financed, I hope that Phil Goodwin will take a critical look at Labour’s pledge to fund free bus travel for under 25s (‘Labour commissions Goodwin to review UK transport funding’ LTT 1 Feb). I have three objections to this... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today Comment

TfN’s absurd plan for a new Trans-Pennine rail link
John Helm Chatham ME4

Northerners visiting London and the South East for the first time frequently express astonishment at the length of local trains. In the south, formations of eight, ten and twelve cars are not uncommon, but up north a six-car set is regarded as a long train, and many are barely half that length.... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today Comment

DfT’s 20mph research exposes another road safety myth
Paul Biggs Environment spokesman Alliance of British Drivers Tamworth, Staffs B77

The embarrassing fiasco of 20mph limit campaign group 20’s Plenty for Us trying, but failing miserably, to rubbish an expert independent report on the failure of signed-only 20mph limits to reduce casualties, exemplifies what is wrong with groups meddling in road safety that seem to lack... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today Comment

East Midlands Parkway: let down by a ridiculous timetable
Julian Peddle Ipswich IP8

It’s disappointing, but not surprising, that East Midlands Parkway station is only producing half the numbers predicted in its business case (‘East Mids Parkway undershoots forecast’ LTT 01 Feb). Ever since it opened it has provided two trains per hour to London but throughout its... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today Comment

Brexit should be the spur for Northern Powerhouse Rail
Brian Dalton, Purley, Surrey CR8

As we approach the post-Brexit era, the various strains need to be spread across the country and not aggregated in one place. There is also a more general need for economic activity to be spread across the country and not intensified in the Greater London area. So it is imperative that the... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today Comment

Jeremy Corbyn, storm in a teacup - Campaign for Better Transport - pictograms

Back in August 2016 Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn found himself at the centre of the proverbial storm in a teacup after photographs were published in the media of him sitting on the floor of an ‘overcrowded’ train when there were, allegedly, actually quite a few seats available.... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today Comment

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