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The article below was first published in Local Transport Today

Looking at this year’s Smarter Travel Live conference programme I suspect there will be much talk about the future of transport, intelligent mobility and smart cities. Five years ago the conference’s focus was on ‘Rebooting Smarter Travel’ and we were just getting to grips with the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. In those five years much has changed, we continue to make progress but we also have an eye on the future.  We wonder what cities of the future will look like and we wait for the innovators and disruptors to make their next move. There are visions of utopia and alternative visions of urban chaos.  In all this uncertainty what should transport planners be doing? To help answer this question, SYSTRA’s annual Local Authority Smarter Choices Survey gives us some insight from the last 10 years and help us to inform what our role is going forward.

The article below was first published in the September edition of Local Transport Today

SYSTRA’s Martin Higgitt tells Deniz Huseyin what steps should be taken to ensure emerging transport technologies put the customer first

They are the ordinary places thousands of us use every day. Most of us don’t give them a second thought. But without them we couldn’t get to work, visit family and friends, or be the first to get to the sales!

Walking is the universal transport mode. It is a mode of travel in its own right and a recreational activity; often both at the same time. Walking is also an essential component of many public transport and even car journeys, so even if the journeys we make are not purely ‘walking journeys’ walking is very much part of our everyday lives.

Whilst the private sector is often the driving force behind public transport and public realm investments such as Crossrail, the Northern Line extension and Granary Square, cycle infrastructure is still treated with scepticism by developers, who try to avoid building it, as they do not see any added value. Public support for cycling has also been mixed, with vociferous supporters and opponents.

The article below was first published in the 10 May edition of Rail Magazine

The article below was first published in the 5 July edition of Rail Magazine

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