Jonathan Tyler of Passenger Transport Networks
He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport, a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Transport Studies in the University of Leeds and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute of Railway Studies and Transport History in the University of York.
“Public transport will be increasingly important as we face climate change, growing resource scarcity and social pressures. It must however be of excellent quality if the transition away from the car (and the plane) is to be politically acceptable and if lifestyles are to be satisfying as well as sustainable train, bus and taxi services in Britain are presently of very variable quality: in consequence some have high market shares while many have trivial shares. There is little sense of a national network with established standards, and public transport is not generally the mode of first choice. Government policy is confused, fares are too high, and the influence of a small number of powerful corporations is often malign. The paper will argue that we need a comprehensive new vision, in which limited free services are just one element alongside national planning, integrated timetables, more rational pricing and coherent branding. Experience in mainland Europe will be touched on – including evidence that too good a policy can cause its own problems – while the whole will be set in the context that the trend to ever-increasing mobility will have to be reversed.”
We are also pleased to announce that Lynsey Hanley (Guardian journalist and author of ‘Estates: An Intimate History) will be giving a talk at the conference about the impact transport can make on quality of life (more details to follow).