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“You survived MIPIM” is all I have heard since returning from MIPIM2017, the world’s leading property market event held annually in Cannes, France.  As a first time attendee this statement captures the trepidation which I had on the run up to the event: what is SYSTRA Limited and what am I personally seeking to get from the event? and, with regard to survival, will I have the stamina to cope with the legendary gruelling round of meetings, events and parties?

Since London followed Paris into the world of Public Bike Share (PBS), the British capital has been attracting a huge amount of attention amongst those interested in promoting cycling as transport. Now there are more than a dozen PBS schemes across all of the UK. But is it the best solution for your town or city?

On Wednesday 1st March Kirsty Whittaker and Ciara Szyman attended the Freight in the City Spring Summit at Edgbaston Cricket Ground. The conference brought together representatives from local and national government along with some key private sector players.

Javier Abellan and Maria Jaen, two recent joiners to our London Office share some of their thoughts on life working for SYSTRA and the key challenges and opportunities for the transport sector.

A View of the Day

Young professionals from the transport and logistics sector across the UK descended on Edinburgh for the 15th annual CILT Young Professionals Conference.  With new advancements in the industry such as Uber, intelligent routeing, mobility as a service and further exciting changes on the horizon the conference highlighted the key messages arising in the sector.

Today is International Women’s Day and this year’s theme focuses on the need to #BeBoldForChange. This is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. As a global company, we wanted to speak to some of our female colleagues and find out how they have been bold for change throughout their careers and what International Women’s Day means to them.  

More risk can mean less danger. Without it, we are in danger of getting stuck in the wrong kind of loop says Pierre- Etienne Gautier

Innovation. It’s probably one of the most overused words in the business world. Who doesn’t want their company or products to be described as innovative? But every now and then, something comes along that really does deserve the term, something that threatens to be genuinely (to use another over-worked buzz word) groundbreaking.

On 9 February, the UK bus industry came together for its annual bus summit. Regulatory change is in the air as is industry consolidation; the Bus Services Bill, Brexit and the sale of Thamesdown Buses by Swindon Council to Go-Ahead are signs of a changing bus world.  Our key messages from the Summit included fundamental questions about where the industry is heading and how it meets the challenges of new facilitators of travel such as Uber, and new concepts in mass transit, including treating mobility as a service.

This Latest Thinking article is an abridged version of Neill Birch’s paper to the UK Bus Summit on 9 February.  For the first instalment, please visit

Brexit will raise some challenges for bus operators, but what about the upside – is there one?

This Latest Thinking article is an abridged version of Neill Birch’s paper to the UK Bus Summit on 9 February

What does Brexit mean for buses? Even asking the question makes my heart sink a little; we’ve become so used to the empty sound of ‘Brexit means Brexit’.  And let’s face it, the role of buses in the referendum was not an entirely honourable one; the promises painted on the Brexit Bus have come to epitomise the sort of post-truth politics that are adding a peculiar toxicity to the European debate.  The Prime Minister’s recent clarification of the Brexit strategy is helpful in providing more certainty, but it simply underlines the challenges that the public transport sector will face.

At the recent ACT TravelWise conference, Sian Fox (Principal Consultant, SYSTRA) and Orlagh Stoner (Thinktravel programme manager, Gloucestershire County Council) presented on the topic of 'Independence through Austerity: Travel Training for those most in need'.

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