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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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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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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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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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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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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