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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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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Budget 2013

Budget 2013

Here’s our quick summary of the main points from today’s Budget 2013 announcement, focusing on those of relevance to transport and the PTEs. Departmental spending Reduction in Resource Departmental Expenditure Limits equivalent to a 1% reduction for most departments. Schools and health budgets remain protected. Individual departmental budgets will be published in the 2015/16 Spending …

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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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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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pteg Summary of the Autumn Statement 2012

pteg Summary of the Autumn Statement 2012

We thought we would share with you our summary of the key 2012 Autumn Statement announcements of relevance to transport and the PTEs. Transport announcements – a focus on roads £1.5 billion will be spent on improving the road network, of which £1bn will be invested in the current spending review period. General transport spending: …

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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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