How we can achieve a joined-up public transport system

18 March, 2019

What follows is an outline of how we can achieve a joined-up public transport system:

  • bringing the hidden treasure of the nation’s interurban bus network in from the cold
  • delivering a solution to the most intractable problem facing the rail network today: its incoherent fares system
  • from the outset, adopting an access for all strategy.

Here we take ‘public transport’ to centre on bus and rail, but also include other modes including cycling and personal transport: the sustainable transport family.

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Creating a joined up public transport network

18 March, 2019

We can have a joined up national public transport network tomorrow. All that’s needed is to take down some artificial barriers, and we can do this using new digital information systems. Getting the bus and rail networks to ‘talk to each other’ for the benefit of passengers requires recognition that together they can provide the nation with a resource of great value and a source of national pride.

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SW England regional seminar

20 February, 2019

Our 2018 report Beyond HS2 set out a long-term plan for Britain’s railways. It provided a strategic blueprint to connect the South West better with the rest of Britain.  It took as its central theme the role that the rail network could take in achieving national economic objectives (in particular, improving productivity) and looked at places ‘left behind’ as well as the main drivers of rail demand, the large cities.

But rail isn’t always the answer and in 2019 we are focusing on the challenge of creating an easy-to-use joined-up national transport network that doesn’t rely on private car use. Our series of regional seminars bring together key stakeholders to consider how to create such a network; Creating a joined up public transport network in the SW  supports the session in Plymouth.


Campaign to Protect Rural England new interactive maps

15 January, 2016

With more official data available to them, the Campaign to Protect Rural England has developed a series of interactive maps to help people understand the countryside better. Covering elements such as road noise and specific countryside protections, these maps also cover the maintenance and operational aspects of HS2, including the land requirements for Phase 1 and 2, and, for example, how the proposed planting will reduce the visual impact of the line over time.  You can access the interactive maps here:  http://maps.cpre.org.uk/


Greengauge 21 response to National Infrastructure Commission call for evidence

6 January, 2016

The new National Infrastructure Commission intends, before next year’s Budget,  to publish on three national challenges:

  1. Improving connectivity between cities in the north of England
  2. Large-scale transport infrastructure improvements in London
  3. Improving how electricity demand and supply are balanced

As part of a process of engagement with government (both local and national), regulators, infrastructure owners and operators, and the wider transport and energy industries, the Commission has put out a call for evidence, which sets out the key questions for each of the three reports. Further details on the consultation can be found here.

Greengauge 21 welcomes the opportunity to respond to the National Infrastructure Commission call for evidence. Our responses are available below:

Greengauge 21 National Infrastructure Commission submission on Northern City Connectivity

Greengauge 21 National Infrastructure Commission submission on London’s Transport Infrastructure


Stepping Stones to a re-balanced Britain

26 January, 2015

There is widespread agreement that rail needs to improve to help bridge the north south divide. The refranchising of Northern Rail and TransPennine Express is key in this.  An important stage has now been reached with the Department for Transport about to publish an Invitation to Tender (ITT). The ITT must set the tone for service improvement and reject the ‘minimum cost’ approach to Northern Rail taken in the past. This report, commissioned by Campaign for Better Transport, aims to define the ‘stepping stones’  needed between now and the 2020s – when major new rail investment comes on stream –  steps that should form an integral part of the new Northern franchise. Read the full report here: Stepping Stones to a re balanced Britain