public transport

Car use and car ownership: are those with cars determined to use them whatever the alternative options?

By Deniz Huseyin

Car ownership at residential developments does not have a significant impact on peak hour car use, according to a new study. Though many residents own cars they do not use them during peak hours and will instead walk, cycle or use public transport, suggests research carried out for urban regeneration developer Berkeley Group. Meanwhile, a separate survey in three West Midlands towns has found no evidence that car ownership is lower in areas close to public transport facilities or town centres. So how do we best support non car modes of travel where possible?

Destination stations: rail stations are becoming multi-functional hubs and key gateways to towns and cities

Dr Paul Salveson played a leading role in the formation in the late 1990s of the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP). In 2005, he joined Northern Rail as head of government and community strategies and in 2008 he was awarded an MBE for his services to the rail industry. He has since worked at Grand Central as external relations manager, and is now an independent advisor.

Large, small and medium sized stations can be redeveloped to the benefit of their town centres, by providing the focus for high quality, mixed use shopping, leisure and business facilities, and a welcoming and convenient connection to high streets, says Paul Salveson

Filling in the last mile: complementary mobility options that support whole public transport journeys

Car sharing, car clubs, and shared taxis can reach where public transport can't, and help commuters and travellers to complete the last mile of the journey home. Creating good conditions for walking and cycling also helps to fill the 'last mile' gap