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Carriages in Station

It is almost exactly a year ago that the Urban Transport Group (formerly the Passenger Transport Executive Group, pteg), launched a report by (JMP) SYSTRA about regional railways in Britain.

family on a train

A couple of weeks ago, when the Ashley Madison data hack was revealed, I felt cold shivers of fear run down my spine, although not for the reasons you may be thinking. 

Perhaps I should remind some of you that Ashley Madison is the world’s largest online site for adultery. Or at least it was until hackers managed to breach the company’s digital security and obtain the names and addresses of all the people who held accounts there and proceeded to publish them on the shadowy ‘Dark Web’.

Red Bus

Having spent a gloriously warm sunny September day travelling around on rural bus services in Powys and Monmouthshire, I was reminded what a wonderful way it is to appreciate the beauty of the countryside. I was also reminded how much I was in a minority of actually paying a fare, surrounded by many older people enjoying the benefits of free travel. I hope the facility is still around when I reach that age!

Tesla electric car charging

Sales of EVs (full-electric and plug-in hybrids) are growing rapidly. In the UK there are now more than 80,000 plug-in electric cars and vans on the UK’s roads, with an increasing number of people prepared to make the change. Policy agendas to fully decarbonise transport by 2050, together with ongoing focus on climate change and air quality, continue to drive forward research, innovation and investment in the development and uptake of these new vehicle technologies.


If we are to truly optimise the economic benefits of HS2, we must plan for bold new housing and commercial developments, argues SYSTRA Director Toby Cuthbertson.

When plans for HS2 were first unveiled, the public and media focus was very much on ‘high speed’: 49 minutes from London to Birmingham. This news was exciting to some and infuriating to others. 


ITSO continues to evolve and improve, with coverage of the UK growing

This article appeared in Transport Times, June 2015

Last century - well, 1999 to be exact – two northern passenger transport executives realised that public procurement rules could result in adjacent transport authorities being forced to acquire ticketing equipment on buses that would not interoperate across their boundaries with neighbouring areas. This would benefit neither operators nor passengers.

Bordeaux tram

This article appeared in the July edition of Rail Professional, 2016

Developments in alternative power systems will mean that tomorrow’s tramways can be sympathetic to both aesthetics and the environment. 

It was the mayor of Bordeaux’s ambition to see his city designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site that pushed wire-free trams from aspiration to reality. The beauty of the po

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