public transport

HS2 must be combined with regional regeneration and improve connectivity to peripheral areas to be of real value

A planning expert has urged the Government to learn from France and integrate the delivery of high-speed rail with regional regeneration programmes and investments in local transport. Professor Peter Hall of University College London praised the French approach to high-speed rail

Walking trips plummet as active travel message fails to hit home

The number of walking trips made by Britons has fallen by more than a quarter since the mid-1990s, according to the new National Travel Survey. Cycling trips are down too, as are trips by car and bus. In fact, the only mode to buck the downward trend is rail.

Re-booting Smarter Travel: recognising the business case for ‘smarter choice’ interventions

Hundreds of delegates attended the DfT-supported ‘Re-booting Smarter Travel’ conference in Bristol earlier this month to share experiences about delivering their Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) projects.

The audience was eager to hear success stories but began by listening to Phil Goodwin, professor of transport policy at the University of the West of England, who said councils needed certainty beyond 2015 when the current LSTF programme expires

Smarter choices: current measures do not explore the impact of interventions to change behaviour

The Department for Transport has accepted that its draft guidance on appraising ‘smarter choices’ measures does not sufficiently mention the evidence of the impact of interventions to change behaviour. Sustainable transport campaigners are so concerned by this draft guidance that they are developing their own guidance. Campaign for Better Transport’s chief executive Stephen Joseph says: 'The DfT draft guidance omits or downplays key evidence, such as from car clubs and cycling towns. It downplays the effect of smarter choices packages and combinations of packages and hard infrastructure. He also that the difficulties in attaching an economic value to ‘smarter choices’ measures need to be addressed