Category: Rail

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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A critical moment for regional rail

A critical moment for regional rail

pteg has recently published ‘Options for Regional Rail – a review of ways to improve Britain’s regional rail services’ by Transport for Quality of Life (TQL). The report aims to  widen the scope of debate about regional rail by considering whether alternatives to conventional franchising of regional rail services might offer greater benefits and whether these benefits are …

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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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Freight in the City Regions: A Sustainable Vision for 2030

Freight in the City Regions: A Sustainable Vision for 2030

In this special guest post, Chris Rowland, Director at MDS Transmodal (MDST), outlines some of the key findings of MDST’s recent report for pteg, ‘Freight in the City Regions’. You can read the report, and find out more about freight in the city regions on our Freight Hub. ‘Sustainable distribution’ seeks a balance between economic efficiency and …

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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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