Flooding after storm Dennis

What future do we want?

Greener Journeys logo Published on: 21st February 2020 by Claire Haigh.

We were told decades ago to expect this. Ciara, and in quick succession Dennis, have wreaked havoc and devastation to thousands of homes and livelihoods. Tragically the death toll from these extreme weather events continues to rise, and we are warned it’s not over yet. Storm Ellen is on the way. A changing climate is…

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Begin with the end in mind

Transport Knowledge Hub logo Published on: 20th January 2020 by Claire Haigh.

There is a lot riding on COP26. The last decade was the hottest on record. Global greenhouse gas emissions need to fall by 7.6% every year to 2030, but there is no sign even of emissions peaking in the next few years. As host nation UK is under heightened pressure to demonstrate credible and consistent…

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Decarbonising Transport

Transport Knowledge Hub logo Published on: 8th November 2019 by Claire Haigh.

Pressure to deliver a credible plan for net zero will weigh heavily on whoever is in Number 10 on the 13th December. Heightened levels of public concern about climate change will be in even sharper focus next year when the UK hosts COP26. Let’s start by acknowledging the scale of the challenge. If we are…

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Why Government must honour its pledge to increase fuel duty in line with inflation

Greener Journeys logo Published on: 1st June 2018 by Claire Haigh Professor David Beg.

Increasing costs for road users is politically difficult.  This is one of the reasons why we have had seven years and eight consecutive budgets where fuel duty has been frozen at a time of historically low oil prices and austerity. The result of seven years of fuel duty freezes is that the price of fuel…

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UK BUS SUMMIT, 8th February 2018 QEII Conference Centre, Westminster

UK BUS SUMMIT, 8th February 2018 QEII Conference Centre, Westminster

Greener Journeys logo Published on: 10th February 2018 by Claire Haigh.

Session 1: The role of bus in reducing emissions Claire Haigh, Chief Executive Greener Journeys We are facing a public health emergency.  It may be too early to quantify just how serious our air quality crisis is, but we already know that it’s causing 50,000 early deaths a year.  Whilst not as visible as the…

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Greener Journeys responds to Leeds City Council Clean Air Zone announcement

Greener Journeys logo Published on: 6th December 2017

Leeds City Council have announced plans to introduce a proposed charging Clean Air Zone (CAZ). A report will be presented to the council’s executive board on Wednesday 13 December outlining a consultation plan on a proposed charging Clean Air Zone (CAZ) all roads within the outer ring road, with the motorways acting as the southern…

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A Step Change for Air Quality

A Step Change for Air Quality

Greener Journeys logo Published on: 27th October 2017 by Claire Haigh.

This week the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, took the biggest step towards improving London’s air quality since the introduction of the congestion charge 14 years ago. The capital’s air quality has frequently breached EU limits in recent years but the Mayor’s courageous decision to introduce the toxicity charge shows that he is serious about…

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Tackling Pollution and Congestion

Published on: 15th June 2017

This report examines the Government’s plans to tackle poor air quality. The key conclusion is that while it is essential to clean up diesel vehicles, it is also crucial that congestion and the continual decline in urban traffic speeds across the UK is tackled. Congestion is not just a drag on the economy, it kills.…

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Improving Air Quality in Towns and Cities

Published on: 21st April 2017

The Government will announce its new clean air strategy imminently. In response to the successful High Court challenge it will be tougher and geographically more comprehensive than previous policies. This is justified. The evidence is compelling about the harm to people’s health and premature deaths from NOx emissions. There is an optimistic and a pessimistic…

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A Green Bus For Every Journey

Published on: 10th November 2016

A wide range of technology solutions are revolutionising the operation of buses across the UK. With almost 4,000 ‘green’, low emission buses currently in operation, no single technology will fit every route and nor will a specific route fit every technology, but with the unrivalled number of clean bus options now available to the UK…

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The Impact of Congestion on Bus Passengers – New extended version

Published on: 14th September 2016

Traffic congestion is a disease which if left unchecked will destroy the bus sector. This is a dire and sensational prediction, but the evidence uncovered in this research leads to no other conclusion. On historical, current and future trends it’s a question of when, not if. There is a distinct trend across our most congested urban conurbations in…

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