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Have you ever wondered whether it’s possible to take out a lane of a busy urban dual-carriageway to give more space to buses and cyclists without causing horrific queues? Pondered whether the idea of floating bus stops works in practice? These are some of the measures implemented on Lewes Road, Brighton, which Robin Reed and Richard Hearle of Mott MacDonald will be discussing at this year’s TPM.  Mark Honey from TfL will be presenting the latest developments on Crossrail 2 – how this scheme will benefit the wider London rail network and what the next steps are for the project. For...
16 June 2014
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Three weeks to go to TPM!

Have you ever wondered whether it’s possible to take out a lane of a busy urban dual-carriageway to give more space to buses and cyclists without causing horrific queues? Pondered whether the idea of floating bus stops works in practice? These are some of the measures implemented on Lewes Road, Brighton, which Robin Reed and Richard Hearle of Mott MacDonald will be discussing at this year’s TPM.  Mark Honey from TfL will be presenting the latest developments on Crossrail 2 – how this scheme will benefit the wider London rail network and what the next steps are for the project. For...
16 June 2014
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Highways Issues in the Mainstream Media

May has seen much coverage of highways issues in the mainstream media, following the publication of the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA)’s annual ALARM report and the DfT’s announcement of a £168m fund for pothole repairs.  Setting aside any cynicism about the structure of the pothole fund in the context of an approaching general election, and the requirement for authorities to provide monthly progress reports to central government in a supposed era of decentralisation and red-tape reduction, there are a number of more general issues raised by this funding opportunity. The application...
15 May 2014
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Highways Issues in the Mainstream Media

May has seen much coverage of highways issues in the mainstream media, following the publication of the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA)’s annual ALARM report and the DfT’s announcement of a £168m fund for pothole repairs.  Setting aside any cynicism about the structure of the pothole fund in the context of an approaching general election, and the requirement for authorities to provide monthly progress reports to central government in a supposed era of decentralisation and red-tape reduction, there are a number of more general issues raised by this funding opportunity. The application...
15 May 2014
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Highways Issues in the Mainstream Media

May has seen much coverage of highways issues in the mainstream media, following the publication of the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA)’s annual ALARM report and the DfT’s announcement of a £168m fund for pothole repairs.  Setting aside any cynicism about the structure of the pothole fund in the context of an approaching general election, and the requirement for authorities to provide monthly progress reports to central government in a supposed era of decentralisation and red-tape reduction, there are a number of more general issues raised by this funding opportunity. The application...
15 May 2014
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Giving evidence to a Parliamentary Select Committee

I recently made the “mistake” of preparing a response to a Parliamentary Select Committee.  That it was a mistake became apparent when I was invited to appear at the House of Commons to give evidence; for a first-timer it turned out to be an unexpectedly nerve-wracking experience. It’s possible that the more outspoken your written reps are, the more likely the committee is to want to talk with you.  So if you actually want a trip to the Mother of Parliaments, don’t pull your punches.  A straight polemic is unlikely to win you any plaudits but an even-handed, well-evidenced critique that...
25 April 2014
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Giving evidence to a Parliamentary Select Committee

I recently made the “mistake” of preparing a response to a Parliamentary Select Committee.  That it was a mistake became apparent when I was invited to appear at the House of Commons to give evidence; for a first-timer it turned out to be an unexpectedly nerve-wracking experience. It’s possible that the more outspoken your written reps are, the more likely the committee is to want to talk with you.  So if you actually want a trip to the Mother of Parliaments, don’t pull your punches.  A straight polemic is unlikely to win you any plaudits but an even-handed, well-evidenced critique that...
25 April 2014
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Urban Transport Design Award – sent to Coventry

This week heralds the opening of the call for nominations for the 2014 Urban Transport Design Award (UTDA). Whilst the seven objectives of “By Design” may no longer form part of the formal planning framework, they are still relevant principles for good urban design, and feature strongly in the judging criteria for this award. It recognises good-looking, functional schemes that work for all users. Whilst not always perfect, successful schemes are invariably interesting, innovative, effective and attractive in some measure.  All three of the schemes shortlisted for last year’s UTDA –...
11 April 2014
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Urban Transport Design Award – sent to Coventry

This week heralds the opening of the call for nominations for the 2014 Urban Transport Design Award (UTDA). Whilst the seven objectives of “By Design” may no longer form part of the formal planning framework, they are still relevant principles for good urban design, and feature strongly in the judging criteria for this award. It recognises good-looking, functional schemes that work for all users. Whilst not always perfect, successful schemes are invariably interesting, innovative, effective and attractive in some measure.  All three of the schemes shortlisted for last year’s UTDA –...
11 April 2014
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What next for Transport Funding? A Sneak Preview of TPM 2014

“With the arrival of a new set of acronyms, LEPs, SEPs and LTBs, the transport planning map has been re-drawn, and the route to transport funding re-formulated. The new geographies of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are a significant feature of this changing landscape, and whilst some relate neatly to longstanding partnership areas and PTEs, many are entirely new entities. Against a back drop of challenging timescales imposed by Central Government, Local Transport Boards (LTBs) were charged with prioritising a number of major transport schemes. These were to be ‘shovel ready’, with...
31 March 2014
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