Liberate us from the London-based elite

Liberate us from the London-based elite

Every time the London-based policy elite are taken out of decision-making on local transport, local transport gets better. First of all a spoiler alert – this isn’t going to be a London bashing article or a piece about the different levels of spending between London and the regions. But it is about the relationship between …

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Nine things I learnt at our ‘Urban Freight: The Last Mile Challenge for Cities’ conference

Nine things I learnt at our ‘Urban Freight: The Last Mile Challenge for Cities’ conference

On Friday 26th September 2014, pteg​, together with Landor Links and Transport for London, held a conference on ‘Urban Freight: The Last Mile Challenge for Cities’. The event was attended by over 60 UK and international delegates and speakers from transport authorities, freight operators, retailers, campaign groups, charities, consultancies and research bodies. The ‘last mile’ of …

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Around the world of school travel

Around the world of school travel

In this special guest post, school transport expert Sian Thornthwaite looks at the challenges of the school journey around the world and finds an increasing amount of common ground. Sian is the founder of specialist school transport consultancy STC and co-founder of Interchangeability, an international school transport conference taking place 15-18th June 2014, near London. Anyone …

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It’s time to rethink bus punctuality

It’s time to rethink bus punctuality

As far as I know the vast treasure house of world literature only contains one novel where the characters lives revolve entirely around the monitoring and regulation of bus punctuality. That novel is ‘The Maintenance of Headway’ by Magnus Mills (a former bus driver himself) and it’s the story of how London bus drivers try …

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What a way to cost a railway

What a way to cost a railway

The railway’s cost allocation system is dumping costs on the sector least able to afford them – regional rail. It must be changed. And so it came to pass that the Office of Rail Regulation issued the subsidy figures  for the different parts of the railway which were engraved on tablets of stone. And a …

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pteg Summary of the Autumn Statement 2013

pteg Summary of the Autumn Statement 2013

We thought we would share with you our summary of the key 2013 Autumn Statement announcements of relevance to transport and the PTEs. Transport and local government budgets For 2014-15, the majority of Whitehall departmental budgets will be cut by 1.1%. Local government is excluded from this reduction, to help local authorities to freeze council …

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Bus Stop to Better Health

Bus Stop to Better Health

In this special guest post, Nick Bosanquet, Emeritus Professor of Health Policy at Imperial College sets out ways in which transport support could be used to connect people to work and therefore to better health. The great health divide There is a huge hidden problem of economic loss and wasted potential in the UK. At …

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Are we ready for the baby boomers?

Are we ready for the baby boomers?

Members of the baby boomer generation are beginning to enter, or plan for, retirement. A generation whose adult lives have been centred around the car and the freedom and status it afforded. According to Department for Transport statistics, in 2012 some 86% of the baby boomer generation lived in households with a car or van. …

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How well did transport really do in the Spending Review? The fine print analysed

How well did transport really do in the Spending Review? The fine print analysed

The 2013 Spending Round (commonly referred to as the ‘Spending Review’) announced a step change in infrastructure investment , backed by an impressive array of specific commitments . But although the key transport capital budgets have emerged as obvious winners, the picture is less clear when it comes to some of Department for Transport’s (DfT) …

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