Blogs - Campaigns
20 April 2017
The surprise announcement of a General Election on 8 June has risked sidelining the local elections already scheduled for 4 May – especially given our London-centric media.
Yet the polls for county councils, unitary authorities, Welsh local government and new ‘metro Mayors’ in city...
13 March 2017
Local roads bear the brunt of potholes, yet it is heavy goods vehicles, not cars, that are most to blame, argues Philippa Edmunds.
08 March 2017
Much has been made of the difference in style between Philip Hammond and his predecessor, George Osborne. Gone were the lists of massive new road projects the former Chancellor so enjoyed, but what kind of vision emerged in their place?
07 February 2017
The UK's climate projections for a medium carbon emission scenario include increased frequency and consequence of extreme weather events. While we can’t attribute any particular event only to climate change, we do know that we can expect more frequent and more intense winter storms causing...
19 January 2017
The London Assembly Transport Committee has published "London Stalling", the much-anticipated report following its inquiry into London's traffic congestion.
The report's bold recommendations for smart road pricing, more bus and cycle lanes, a clampdown on unnecessary deliveries and...
18 January 2017
Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager is there to meet the first ever freight train from China.
10 January 2017
It’s a mixture of small changes and big picture thinking that will make a difference.
Traffic in our towns and cities is always a good topic for debate, so it’s no surprise that the inquiry into urban congestion by the House of Commons Transport Committee has attracted around 80 written...
22 December 2016
Despite the fact that it has been a challenging year for rail freight with the steep decline in coal traffic, the two key sectors acknowledged to have real potential - consumer and construction - continue to show consistent growth. Furthermore, there is considerable suppressed demand for...
19 December 2016
Getting to friends and family on Christmas Day or Boxing Day can be difficult for non-drivers. So should public transport services run continually through the holidays? Bus and train user Rebecca Lack (pictured left) argues that they should, while ASLEF's General Secretary Mick Whelan holds a...
09 November 2016
Anniversaries are big news – the media like them because they offer 'pegs' for rehashing previous news stories and sometimes reflecting on the past. But recent weeks have seen a couple of 30-year anniversaries that the media have more or less ignored, but which had profound consequences for the...