Category: Governance

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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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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Status quo is risky, not bus franchising

Status quo is risky, not bus franchising

Plans to introduce a Quality Contract Scheme in Tyne & Wear should excite anyone who wants to see better public transport. Not surprisingly those who are making monopoly profits from bus deregulation are currently active (directly and via proxies) in denigrating both the motives and the competence of Nexus in triggering the formal process for …

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Ten years of the pteg Support Unit: Part one

Ten years of the pteg Support Unit: Part one

pteg has been going for far longer than ten years, but it was a decade ago when the PTEs decided that to work more effectively as a network, and to punch their weight in Whitehall they needed a Support Unit to bring greater focus. I have been there throughout (first as Assistant Director and then …

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Wales – time for a leap forward on transport?

Wales – time for a leap forward on transport?

comprehensive deal on transport powers as part of devolution and has forged ahead with some confidence – particularly on rail. The state of play on devolution of transport powers in Wales is less clear cut and remains complex and unresolved. Small countries can do great things on transport (the Netherlands and Switzerland are among the …

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The Spending Review: Everything to play for

The Spending Review: Everything to play for

The last spending review gave local transport spending outside London a good hiding. It lacked the political clout and built-in funding commitments that applied to London and national rail – the evidence base for the benefits of local transport spending also had too many gaps. Worse for the big regional conurbations was that by accident …

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Party conferences 2012 – round-up

Party conferences 2012 – round-up

Autumn Party conferences can be a bit of a blur – mini-political Glastonburys for politicians and the travelling roadshow of journalists and lobbyists. A bubble of meetings, speeches and talk. But when you finally get on the train back to the real world you do leave with a clearer impression of where each party is …

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