Category: Social Inclusion

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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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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Transport accessibility – postcards from academia

Transport accessibility – postcards from academia

Academics want to let policy-makers know what they’ve been researching and what they’ve learnt. Policy-makers want to hear from academics, but don’t want to plough through impenetrable journal articles and research papers. Instead, they’d like the equivalent of the occasional postcard – keeping them up-to-date on what’s going on and summarising the information likely to …

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pteg visits…Dales Integrated Transport Alliance (DITA)

pteg visits…Dales Integrated Transport Alliance (DITA)

On the 7th August, the pteg team travelled from Leeds to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales to visit Dales Integrated Transport Alliance (DITA). DITA is a community-led group of individuals and organisations who want to get better transport in the rural area of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. DITA …

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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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Buses matter to young people – and young people should matter to us

Buses matter to young people – and young people should matter to us

Buses matter to young people. This past year, we have seen just how much. Nationwide polling by UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) of 65,000 young people in 2011, and 250,000 young people in 2012, identified ‘Public transport: Cheaper, better, accessible’ as a priority concern. Members of the UKYP at their annual sitting in the House of …

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