Category: Jonathan Bray

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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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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Ten years of the pteg Support Unit: Part three

Ten years of the pteg Support Unit: Part three

In the last of a series of three blog posts, pteg Support Unit Director Jonathan Bray concludes his look back over ten years of the pteg Support Unit. Ten years of pteg: the way we work and the way cities will work in the future Focus on what transport does for people, economies, cities, the …

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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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Treasures of the pteg YouTube archive

Treasures of the pteg YouTube archive

Many rainy lunchtimes in the making, we are proud to present the treasures of the pteg YouTube archive… YouTube is stuffed with archive train videos – there’s less out there on the buses, trams, ferries, trams and transit systems of our big regional cities. Well let me rephrase that – there’s less out there that’s …

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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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Ten years of the pteg Support Unit: Part two

Ten years of the pteg Support Unit: Part two

In the second of a series of three blog posts, pteg Support Unit Director Jonathan Bray continues his look back over ten years of the pteg Support Unit. Ten years of the pteg Support Unit: The unstoppable force of devolution Devolution has seen Merseyrail Electrics transform into one of the best performing rail networks in the …

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