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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

People crossing a road

How much walking have you done today? A mile? Five miles? A bit more or less? If you are a typical adult who doesn’t count every step or heartbeat with a hi-tech wearable fitness monitor, it’s a safe bet that your answer will be some version of ‘I haven’t a clue’.

cyclist on a cycle lane

This article appeared in Local Transport Today magazine, 13th May 2016

The UK is out of shape. According to a recent study by the University of Washington, almost two-thirds of English adults are either obese or overweight. In western Europe, only Malta and Iceland beat us when it comes to obesity. This trend is forcing the Government to pay attention, not least because of the gigantic costs it inflicts on the NHS.

Easter Bush

For decades, work meant that part of the day from 9 to 5 spent in an office, industry, school, or any other place. Bottomline, it was those hours when people needed to be somewhere to perform their job, usually at the same time. And because of that, trips to and from work were slow and long on congested roads and crowded buses and trains.

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

An innovative concession model is driving new ideas on France’s South East Atlantic high-speed line. Are there lessons for the UK here, asks Steve Higham, SYSTRA UK’s engineering business director.

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