Tag Archives: transportation

London’s Transportation Investment is not the Problem

There has been a lot of comment in recent months and years about the imbalance of transport investment between London and the rest of the English cities and regions and undoubtedly it is fair comment – investment is hugely imbalanced as the following graphic from the recent IPPR North report Still on the Wrong Track (May […]

Closure of the A38 tunnels; the City coped well – so lets think longer term

I don’t avidly look at reports produced by Birmingham City Council but what are interesting sometimes are the reports presented to the Overview and Scrutiny panels. I came across an interesting one today; a report on how well the city’s transportation system had coped with the closure in the summer of the A38 tunnels. Now […]

Birmingham’s Mobility Action Plan – Wow what a Game Changer!

I have waited quite a time for this plan but the wait has been worthwhile. It is perhaps the most fundamental change in thinking this city has proposed in the last 30 years – ever since the city centre regeneration work got under way.  So what is so radical about it.  Well for once it […]

Air pollution: the hidden and neglected killer!

Now this is not my area of expertise but I thought I ought to raise at least the issue of air pollution in our cities, particularly outside of London. I have been following recently the impact of the EU Air Quality directives on the UK and the fact that at many sites in the UK […]

Transport in Cities of the Future – Yes we may be car less!

Now this is interesting stuff. Don’t read the LEP strategy or even any current Birmingham City Council strategies if you want to know what this might look like. Just listen to Julia King in the video opposite to see what we need to do and then come along to see  Professor Miles Tight. His lecture […]

Transportation in Birmingham: The need for a radical rethink?

My thesis in this blog post is that the main thing that is holding back this city is lack of resources, across a number of investment agendas, and the city needs to take the initiative. Does the city and the LEP lack imagination, possibly in part, they have not got triple helix approaches to innovation […]

Congestion Charging

This is a really good TEDx talk about how about Stockholm persuaded its citizens to vote for congestion charging. We may need to revisit such schemes in the future in the UK given the lack of funding for transport improvements in cities and given the step change that is needed in the way we travel. […]

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