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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, vice president of innovation at SYSTRA

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.

At the recent ACT TravelWise conference, Sian Fox (Principal Consultant, SYSTRA) and Orlagh Stoner (Thinktravel programme manager, Gloucestershire County Council) presented on the topic of 'Independence through Austerity: Travel Training for those most in need'.

Microsimulation is what many people (consultants, clients and stakeholders) now expect when they talk about traffic modelling.

Cityscape -shutterstock - catmanc

Mobility as a Service is as much of a buzz-phrase in the transport world as driverless cars. My colleague Martin Higgitt rightly notes that with the great opportunities of MaaS comes risk. It is not just transport authorities that need to understand how MaaS fits into their vision of the transport future; companies across all transport sectors risk their competitive advantage and customer relationships being disrupted by the power of technology offering customers whole mobility solutions.

Train in station

Although British rail services are statistically punctual, the day-to-day reality of passengers is quite different. Network Rail reports that the Public Performance Measure (PPM), which shows the percentage of trains which arrive at their terminating station on time, is 87.4%. However, there is a catch: the definition of punctuality is very lenient when compared to other countries.

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