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LTT 500: Celebrating 20 years & 500 issues of Local Transport Today

LTT 500: Celebrating 20 years & 500 issues of Local Transport Today
By Andrew Forster

A very warm welcome to our special supplement marking LTT’s 500th issue. In the following pages we’ve taken the opportunity to look back on some of the key events since LTT was launched... continue

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LTT – a driving force in the creation of the modern transport planning profession

LTT – a driving force in the creation of the modern transport planning profession
By James Dark

When LTT was launched almost 20 years ago, transport planning was an ill-defined... continue

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1989 – not a bad year to launch a transport magazine!

1989 – not a bad year to launch a transport magazine!
By Andrew Forster

On 18 May 1989, transport secretary Paul Channon... continue

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‘Predict and provide’ cannot go on but White Paper provokes ‘anti-motorist’ backlash

‘Predict and provide’ cannot go on but White Paper provokes ‘anti-motorist’ backlash
By Rik Thomas

Deputy Prime Minister and transport secretary John Prescott took the opportunity to... continue

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Leading the town hall drive for better transport

Leading the town hall drive for better transport
By Helen Holland

My first taste of transport as a local politician was in the mid-1990s. At that time a round of local government reorganisation gave transport... continue

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Offering transport advice in an ever changing world

Offering transport advice in an ever changing world
By Andy Southern

Twenty years ago transport planning consultancy in... continue

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New bodies and new IT but how different is the task?

New bodies and new IT but how different is the task?
By Steve Atkins

Well of course I was there. In the proverbial... continue

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Time to be more grown up about tackling congestion

Time to be more grown up about tackling congestion
By Douglas Reid

Twenty years ago the building blocks of modern traffic signals had well proven themselves and were ready to proliferate. 'SCOOT' network control developed by the Department of Transport and TRL was... continue

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From planning new systems to managing what we have

From planning new systems to managing what we have
By Bill Wyley

Transport planning effectively came into being in the 1960s, as a subset of civil engineering and town planning, because of the need to identify infrastructure programmes to complement urban... continue

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Accessibility for all

Accessibility for all
By Fran Garthwaite

Essex was one of the first local authorities to offer grants... continue

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So what are we waiting for?

So what are we waiting for?
By Colin Brader

When LTT was launched in April 1989 the car was king – Roads for... continue

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Travel planners are ready to move centre stage

Travel planners are ready to move centre stage
By James Noakes

Twenty years ago I wanted to be Kenny Dalglish. If you would have told me that I would be involved in sustainable travel I would have... continue

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Reviving integrated Transport planning

Reviving integrated Transport planning

Integration was quite literally a dirty word in the business of transport policy in 1989. Three years earlier the Conservatives had scrapped... continue

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Road building defeated in London

Road building defeated in London

The scrapping of the Greater London Council in 1986 gave the Department of Transport the chance to exert more control over... continue

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Meanwhile, across the Channel...

Meanwhile, across the Channel...
By Reg Harman

There is a popular conception that transport is better across the Channel: trains meet buses,... continue

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January The Government creates the Motorists' Forum amid growing criticism that ministers aren't listening to motorists. May The Croydon tramlink opens. July Ken Livingstone becomes London's first directly elected mayor and pledges to introduce a central London congestion charge. Transport for... continue

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January The Government creates the Motorists' Forum amid growing criticism that ministers aren't listening to motorists. May The Croydon tramlink opens. July Ken Livingstone becomes London's first directly elected mayor and pledges to introduce a central London congestion charge. Transport for... continue

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How should we ration capacity now that we don’t predict and provide?

How should we ration capacity now that we don’t predict and provide?

‘Predict and provide’ went out for roads in the 1980s. But it still seems to be the Government’s policy for airports and air travel, although more and more people are becoming very sceptical, given the heavier carbon footprint of air travel and the... continue

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Not a single new... continue

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March New research led by the Government’s transport advisor Phil Goodwin suggests that cutting road capacity for general traffic can lead to a significant amount of traffic “disappearing”. “The studies show that the congestion that may be caused by introducing... continue

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Stonham wonders whether TPS remains true to its original ideals

As the movement towards establishing a new transport planning and policy agenda gathered pace in the early 1990s, it became apparent that the industry’s established qualifications and framework for continuing professional development were inadequate. This issue was continually raised during... continue

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Fletcher develops LTT’s online strategy

It is a paradox of the internet that the more information is made available on line, the harder it can be to find what you are looking for. In the three years since Rod Fletcher launched LTTXtra, the online version of the magazine, that thought has been one of the guiding principles in the way he... continue

7 Oct 2008Local Transport Today Supplements

Huntley among the UK’s top transport consultants

After two years as founding editor of LTT, Peter Huntley left to work full time at his own consultancy, TAS Partnership. At that time one of TAS’s major pieces of work was providing administrative services for the magazine. From those humble beginnings it has grown into a leading transport... continue

7 Oct 2008Local Transport Today Supplements
Roads for Prosperity praised by papers of the left and right

Roads for Prosperity praised by papers of the left and right
By Rik Thomas

“The outcry from frustrated businessmen and the road... continue

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From roads for prosperity to the car of tomorrow

From roads for prosperity to the car of tomorrow

Back in 1988, after seeking fame and fortune in Hollywood, I came back to the UK and thought I had better try to get a proper job. Having spotted a job for a campaigns manager at the British... continue

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Transport’s clash of  civilisations

Transport’s clash of civilisations

If transport policy was reflected on the ground, the last 20 years would have seen really profound changes in travel, for there have been... continue

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Breaking down barriers to put transport in its place

Breaking down barriers to put transport in its place

Twenty years ago my former colleague and friend, Brian Oldridge, was director of transportation in Cambridgeshire and, in the early nineties, he became president of the County Surveyors’ Society (CSS).... continue

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When all is said and done it’s about the cost of travel

When all is said and done it’s about the cost of travel

I can still vividly recall working on the first issue of Local Transport Today in April 1989, almost 20 years ago, huddled over early types of Apple computers and using an early and distinctly flaky desk top publishing... continue

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