Category: Jonathan Bray

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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Three global transport trends that should reshape our cities

Three global transport trends that should reshape our cities

Here are three global transport trends that should be reshaping urban policy in Britain. They already are in the world’s most dynamic cities in developed countries. They are transport trends – but they are about far more than that. Cities need to be smart to thrive. They need to be dynamic, enjoyable, attractive places where …

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The biggest bargain in transport policy?

The biggest bargain in transport policy?

Is the urban bus the biggest bargain in transport policy? There’s certainly a strong case to be made – as our new report (‘The Case for the Urban Bus – The Economic and Social Value of Bus Networks in the Metropolitan Areas’) shows. The key to the exceptional value for public money that the urban …

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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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When the buses were (nearly) free: Revisiting South Yorkshire’s ‘grand design’ for transport

When the buses were (nearly) free: Revisiting South Yorkshire’s ‘grand design’ for transport

It may not be available on Kindle anytime soon, but ‘South Yorkshire’s Transport 1974-1995’ by D Scott Hellewell is full of fascinating material about the story of the radical years of South Yorkshire’s ‘Grand Design’ for Transport in the Seventies and Eighties (roughly the period from the creation of the PTE and South Yorks County …

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The ‘Dockers’ Umbrella’ remembered

The ‘Dockers’ Umbrella’ remembered

When, near the turn of the last century, the riverfronts of Glasgow and Liverpool were a seething mass of industry and commerce, the resulting clogged streets led to some bold moves above and below ground to beat the jams. In Glasgow it led to the construction of what was then only the third underground railway …

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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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