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Early in 2017 the Department for Transport, as part of its roads investment plans, announced two new funding streams for local highway authorities in England. The National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) saw £185 million from this Fund allocated to local authorities in 2017/18 to help improve local road networks. Alongside this the new Safer Roads Fund, with total funding of £175m between 2017/18 and 2020/21, enabled eligible local highway authorities to submit proposals to improve the safety of 50 specific sections of local A’ roads, where the risk of fatal and serious collisions (based on the analysis by the Road Safety Foundation) is highest.

Now, government has announced an additional opportunity for local authorities to bid for a share of a further £490m from NPIF, enabling local authorities to improve their local road networks in support of economic growth plans. The competition runs until 30 June. SYSTRA is already supporting local authorities in bidding for the Safer Roads Fund, helping to make the case for much needed investment in making our road network safer, and are helping authorities prepare business cases supporting investment in bids for the latest NPIF package.

For further information on our work with local transport authorities, contact Martin Revill on 07921 373212, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A Peer Review on Fares Reform by Fitsum Teklu, Associate Director, SYSTRA.  A version of this article was first published in the April edition of Rail Review magazine.

The Reading Borough Council (RBC) Draft Local Plan was passed at the Strategic, Environment, Planning and Transport Committee on Tuesday 4th April 2017. It will now enter a six week consultation period, following which a revised Draft Local Plan will be submitted later in 2017, with the aim of the document being formally adopting in 2018.

“You survived MIPIM” is all I have heard since returning from MIPIM2017, the world’s leading property market event held annually in Cannes, France.  As a first time attendee this statement captures the trepidation which I had on the run up to the event: what is SYSTRA Limited and what am I personally seeking to get from the event? and, with regard to survival, will I have the stamina to cope with the legendary gruelling round of meetings, events and parties?

Since London followed Paris into the world of Public Bike Share (PBS), the British capital has been attracting a huge amount of attention amongst those interested in promoting cycling as transport. Now there are more than a dozen PBS schemes across all of the UK. But is it the best solution for your town or city?

On Wednesday 1st March Kirsty Whittaker and Ciara Szyman attended the Freight in the City Spring Summit at Edgbaston Cricket Ground. The conference brought together representatives from local and national government along with some key private sector players.

Javier Abellan and Maria Jaen, two recent joiners to our London Office share some of their thoughts on life working for SYSTRA and the key challenges and opportunities for the transport sector.

A View of the Day

Young professionals from the transport and logistics sector across the UK descended on Edinburgh for the 15th annual CILT Young Professionals Conference.  With new advancements in the industry such as Uber, intelligent routeing, mobility as a service and further exciting changes on the horizon the conference highlighted the key messages arising in the sector.

Today is International Women’s Day and this year’s theme focuses on the need to #BeBoldForChange. This is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. As a global company, we wanted to speak to some of our female colleagues and find out how they have been bold for change throughout their careers and what International Women’s Day means to them.  

More risk can mean less danger. Without it, we are in danger of getting stuck in the wrong kind of loop says Pierre- Etienne Gautier

Innovation. It’s probably one of the most overused words in the business world. Who doesn’t want their company or products to be described as innovative? But every now and then, something comes along that really does deserve the term, something that threatens to be genuinely (to use another over-worked buzz word) groundbreaking.

On 9 February, the UK bus industry came together for its annual bus summit. Regulatory change is in the air as is industry consolidation; the Bus Services Bill, Brexit and the sale of Thamesdown Buses by Swindon Council to Go-Ahead are signs of a changing bus world.  Our key messages from the Summit included fundamental questions about where the industry is heading and how it meets the challenges of new facilitators of travel such as Uber, and new concepts in mass transit, including treating mobility as a service.

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