The Transport Decarbonisation Plan is finally here

By Imogen Shaw Today marks the long-awaited publication of the Government’s landmark Transport Decarbonisation Plan for England. The oft-delayed plan outlines the Government’s targets, timelines and approach for decarbonising the UK’s highest-emitting sector. In his statement to the Commons earlier, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps highlighted that the measures announced today include linking local infrastructure funding…

Going green? Time to buy a Private Jet…

By Andrew Adie Elon Musk jetted into Luton a few weeks ago, reportedly on a two-day lightning visit to view potential sites for an EV factory. His mode of transport was his PJ (Private Jet) – convenient but not exactly green. On a similar vein, this week will see a host of world leaders arriving…

These streets are made for walking

By Emma Goodwin After the last year, who’d have thought we’d still want to talk about walking?  I’ve pounded the pavements of south-east London more times in the last 16 months than I care to remember and quite frankly, I’m sick to death of those pavements. Yet here we are again, still talking about walking. …

World Bike Day: The battle for London’s streets

By Simon Gentry Today is World Bike Day. It’s also Bike Week in the UK. It is perhaps unfortunate then that in the past few days, the argument over how we use the streets in London has turned violent.  Specifically on the night of 31 May, 20 traffic counting meters located in Chiswick, west London,…

Big changes in train for Britain’s railway

By Christine Quigley This morning, the Department for Transport finally released its long-awaited Rail White Paper, first planned for publication before the pandemic. The snappily-titled “Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail” is intended to be the biggest shakeup of Britain’s railway since privatisation in the 1990s. The name itself demonstrates that the Government has taken the thinking of…

Flying taxis: ready for take off?

By Nick Jessup In the world of decarbonising transport, there are lots of exciting ideas flying around. From hydrogen-powered trains to overhead electric cables being installed on motorways, innovators in the sector are already drawing up a number of ambitious plans that seek to change the way that we travel in the future. From an…

On the buses

By Christine Quigley The Prime Minister has never been shy about his love of buses. In 2019, he hit the headlines by admitting that he likes to relax by making models of buses out of wine crates, while as Mayor of London he was frequently snapped in the driver’s seat of one of the 1,000 New Routemasters he commissioned….

Electric vehicle adoption is a confidence game

By Ian Morris, Corporate The Department for Transport and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles have jointly published a new report today: Driving and accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles in the UK. Coinciding with the very first World EV Day, the report sets out a range of policy measures to address the main barriers to…