It’s time to step out of our silos

Greener Journeys logo Published on: 11th August 2020 by Jenni Wiggle.

In ‘Decarbonising Transport: Setting the Challenge’, Government takes the welcome approach of viewing all modes of transport together. Ensuring that more trips can be made by foot is a crucial part of the solution – and the new cycling and walking plan for England ‘Gear Change’ is a step in the right direction too. But more needs to be done. The National Travel Survey for England shows that almost 80% of journeys under a mile…

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Zero emissions experiments

Greener Journeys logo Published on: 6th August 2020 by Dr Rachel Aldred.

I recently participated in the DfT roundtables on decarbonising transport. I recorded a short video as part of this, making the case for a radical policy experiment to trial a substantial shift away from car use. We need radical thinking about policy implementation, because we need to go much further and faster than current European…

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Accelerating modal shift to public and active transport

Greener Journeys logo Published on: 30th July 2020 by Claire Haigh.

  Rising demand for car and van travel one of the central reasons why transport emissions in the UK remain stubbornly high. Electrification has a part to play but it goes nowhere near far or fast enough. More fundamental changes in behaviour will be needed. It was encouraging, therefore, to see the prominence given to…

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Maximising the benefits of investing in local bus services

Transport Knowledge Hub logo Published on: 28th July 2020 by Gerard Whelan.

In February 2020, the Department for Transport announced £5 billion of new funding over the next five years for bus services and cycling. Of this total, £2 billion has been allocated to ‘active travel’ and £3 billion to buses. A key question for the Government is how to allocate the new funding for buses in…

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Continuing the Green Bus Revolution

Transport Knowledge Hub logo Published on: 28th July 2020 by Graham Vidler.

Buses are the cleanest vehicles on our roads and a new bus purchased today is already cleaner than the equivalent car. We can be rightly proud that our industry will have a central role in ensuring that the UK meets its ambitious goal of being net zero by 2050. This role is not new though.…

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Why we need to use our experience of Covid to prioritise living locally – instead of chasing transport fantasy

Transport Knowledge Hub logo Published on: 28th July 2020 by Xavier Brice.

For too long transport has been trying to engineer away the physical reality of human movement The Covid-19 pandemic has reminded us that our movement is inescapably physical. The virus was spread by a well-connected global transport system. For all the talk of smart transport, movement cannot be digitised. Transport is irreducibly rooted in time…

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Creating a more sustainable transport system post-Covid

Creating a more sustainable transport system post-Covid

Transport Knowledge Hub logo Published on: 28th July 2020 by Darren Shirley.

The effect of Covid-19 on transport has been seismic, but as the UK begins the process of recovery, the need for sustainable transport has only strengthened. The Government’s support during the crisis has sustained the sector so far, but the planning, design, scope, scale, funding and management of transport all need to be explored as…

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Community Transport: building back better and re-connecting our communities

Transport Knowledge Hub logo Published on: 28th July 2020 by Bill Freeman.

Community transport has played a vital role during the coronavirus pandemic and needs to be kept in good shape for reconnecting our communities and forging a more sustainable and inclusive transport future. Being about community as much as transport means it provides companionship, social interaction, health benefits both physical and mental, in a way that…

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Reshaping our streets for a better future

Transport Knowledge Hub logo Published on: 28th July 2020 by Stephen Edwards.

Many of us have come to value the respite offered by a daily walk since the pandemic unfolded. When lockdown began and we were only allowed one form of daily exercise, we got to know our local communities much more than we perhaps previously did. Many of us walked more to our local shops and…

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Time for a reset in road transport decarbonisation

Greener Journeys logo Published on: 6th July 2020 by Claire Haigh.

Will Covid-19 be the defining moment in the fight against climate change? This year we have had a glimpse of a world with clean air. The lockdown emptied the roads and cleared the skies. But as economies open up, global emissions have already bounced back to just 5% below pre-pandemic levels. We need a green…

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Build Back Better

Greener Journeys logo Published on: 26th June 2020 by Claire Haigh.

The Chancellor is due to publish a stimulus package next month. The fight against COVID-19 is far from over, but the first phase and economic measures that anchored it are coming to an end. Short-term measures will need to be replaced with a long-term strategy to rebuild the shattered economy. The OECD predicts that even…

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A green recovery must have public transport at its heart

Greener Journeys logo Published on: 17th June 2020 by Claire Haigh.

We have had a glimpse of a world with clean air, but it is fading fast. The lockdown emptied the roads, cleared the skies and precipitated a 60% drop in nitrogen dioxide levels. However, as economies restart, global emissions have already bounced back to just 5% below pre-pandemic daily levels. And now as Government urges…

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