First abstract in for the research section of the conference

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.

Jonathan’s abstract:
“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).




About Free Public Transport Research Group

My name is Bob Jeffery I am a doctoral researcher at the University of Salford exploring the links between mobility and inequality in deprived neighbourhoods. Transport is only one aspect of my research and I am also interested in themes of residential mobility and migration. I have further interests in social research methods (qualitative and quantitative) and urban studies and social theory more generally. My research profile can be found at:
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3 Responses to First abstract in for the research section of the conference

  1. free transit says:

    Bob — don’t get awed by credentials… people get them by not offending the fossil fuel industry — your paper is better. btw – it would be nice if you could post the links to the documents on the right…

    • Don’t worry – I’m not! But I do think it is helpful in letting delegates to the conference know people’s background and experience. In fact more than that, credentials are no bad thing when it comes to making these arguments to a wider audience (public bodies and politicians for instance). Finally, I don’t think you will find any of the academic contributors are flag-wavers for the fossil-fuel industry – I’m not sure what they would be contributing to a dialogue around free public transport if they were!

      Best wishes,


  2. Sorry, in answer to your question – we don’t have papers or ppt versions of papers as yet, but I will be asking presenters if they would like to submit something. Watch this space!

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