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OUR TOP CURRENT DISCUSSIONS

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Round Table Discussions

Second successful ‘Transport Thinking Forum’ Round Table event in association with TAPAS tackles ‘changing travel behaviour’

We are very pleased to record our holding of the second successful ‘Transport Thinking Forum’ Round Table event in association with TAPAS, which addressed the theme of achieving behaviour change in transport. You can read several articles on this topic on TAPAS.

Latest issues under discussion amongst transport professionals

Beyond Carrots & Sticks – why it’s time to replace this unhelpful transport policy metaphor

It is said that language can drive us apart, and that’s the case with the concept of deploying carrots and sticks, widely, but mistakenly, adopted by the transport planning and policy fraternity, believes Pete Dyson co-author of ‘Transport for Humans’, doctoral researcher at University of Bath and former behavioural scientist at Department for Transport. He points to its unwanted messaging implications in presenting the case for change to decision-makers and transport users, and proposes there are better ways to discuss travel behaviour change

Rowing Backwards: The New Politics of Decarbonisation

There has been a substantial reaction to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s policy changes to the Government’s approach to achieving Net Zero, most specifically the commitment to end fossil fuel car sales in 2030, extending the deadline to 2035. But he also sought to present a different way of thinking about the broader policies on the trajectory to the 2050 Net Zero deadline. TAPAS asked Professor Greg Marsden to comment on the implications.

The journey to Net Zero: examining the assumptions and expected outcomes from policy aspirations and interventions

The last few months have seen hightened discussion of the contribution of transport to addressing global warming and climate change, and which measures will be the most effective to achieve genuine reductions in carbon emissions and progress towards Net Zero. TAPAS presents here a series of articles exploring the recent political commitments and projections in this field, and their strengths and weaknesses, with potential wider application in transport policy and planning.

Lessons from the Elizabeth Line: what can we learn from the emerging evidence?

An exceptional level of high-quality monitoring has been undertaken by Transport for London as the passenger responses to the opening of the new Elizabeth Line emerge. TAPAS presents here a series of articles exploring the significant behavioural and system development implications, including the elasticities of demand relating to major journey time and service quality changes, with potential wider application in transport policy and planning.

Replacing bus services in low demand areas: Can Demand Responsive Transit (DRT) play a worthwhile and cost-effective role?

With continuing financial pressures on the provision of conventional public transport in rural and low density suburban areas, Demand Responsive Transit systems, providing services by small vehicles running to dynamically determined schedules based on specific customer journey requests, have been advicated as a suitable alternative. Considerable public money has been made available for their intruduction, but how successful have they been, and is this a cost-effective solution? TAPAS presents some contrubutions on this issue, and welcomes further submissions.

Visions require validation: new approaches for deciding and testing which policies will deliver

It has been widely accepted that better approaches are needed to developing and defining local transport strategies beyond the old ‘predict and provide’ thinking. But that will require new frameworks for creating the agreed visions, and ensuring that proposed policy measures are robust and effective, says Professor Peter Jones. Here he explains the concept of ‘vision and validate’ and what it means for the way transport planning practitioners work.

From black and white to shades of grey – the flawed world of expert knowledge dissemination in transport

How should creative thinking and research about the challenges facing transport best be presented, and is the traditional ‘academic publication’ model fit for purpose in the new world of exploding information provision? Professor Phil Goodwin has strong concerns that what has grown up as academic protocol is deeply flawed, and has been marginalising some of the most important content coming from beyond the universities. He’d like to see a better and more accessible framework.

Previous Round Table Discussions

First successful ‘Transport Thinking Forum’ Round Table event in association with TAPAS

We are very pleased to record our holding of the first successful ‘Transport Thinking Forum’ Round Table event in association with TAPAS, which addressed the theme of achieving a sustainable future for UK transport.

Featured TAPAS Collection

Road Plan Assessment and Appraisal

With both economic and environmental issues to the fore, TAPAS contributors, Phil Goodwin, Greg Marsden, Derek Halden, David Metz and others explored the basis on which major road investment schemes can be justified or not.

See the articles and join the discussion.

The route to Net Zero: DfT assumptions look well off course

The Welsh Government Roads Review

The 2022 DfT National Road Traffic Projections: unanswered questions and required conversations

More Work is Needed on the Interactions between Appraisal and Investment - and explaining where the costs and benefits go

When the facts change, we should change our thinking – and that’s the case with planning our future transport now

Appraisal

When the facts change, we should change our thinking – and that’s the case with planning our future transport now

Lower Thames Crossing – Is this Tunnel a Bridge too Far?

It’s time to re-appraise appraisal, and Wales shows the way

Road investment framework is based on objectives and values from the past

Decarbonisation/Net Zero

No Safe Space for Decarbonisation: why we all need to know the tough changes transport must make

The Boiling Point. What’s missing if it isn’t the experience?

Growing, Growing - Gone? Time to re-think our future

Let’s let citizens take control - local empowerment on traffic can be the key to rapid modal switch

Managing Roadspace

Designing streets is one thing, managing them is another: we need to get much better at it ASAP

Street Space – a public asset from which we urgently need to get much greater value, for all

How best to use Road Space:
a problem we can’t ignore, but it’s a multi-dimensional and complex one

Transport and Society

Confronting Transport-Related Social Exclusion: refining the Methodology and addressing the Challenges

Why travel? Rethinking our need for movement in an age of crises

A turning point for the UK’s demographics – and transport planning too?

Data and Travel Behaviour

Who drives, and how well? A look at the numbers and their variation by gender and age

Working from home - a changing pattern

How sandwich sales have added new insights about current transport and travel trends

Professional Practice

Plenty of Professors now – but is our radar properly tuned to what we really need to know and understand?

Q is for Queen. But also for Queueing – an overlooked area of transport expertise

The transport planner as an agent of democracy: a difficult task but one worth doing well

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