WG National Development Framework – some quick reflections…

In August this year, Welsh Government (WG) published its National Development Framework[i] (NDF) for consultation (which is designed to complement and provide more spatial priorities for Planning Policy  Wales PPW published in 2018[ii]).  There is much to applaud – especially the emphasis on Transit Oriented Development (see Policy 1 - Sustainable Urban Growth) and the … Continue reading WG National Development Framework – some quick reflections…

Toilets on Tram-trains?

There has been quite a bit of debate this last week as regards the provision of toilets on the new tram-trains planned on the South Wales Metro for the services through Pontypridd to Cardiff.  I thought I’d add to the conversation…. (I have also added a note at the end on journey time and stats!) … Continue reading Toilets on Tram-trains?

E-Shopping: thoughts from 1999

As an antidote to the current dismal news feed can I share an article I wrote in 1999 whilst working with PA Consulting. Its about my then, perhaps, slightly naïve views of internet shopping, home delivery and the high street. Some of my predictions have come to pass, some not! I cant believe its 20 … Continue reading E-Shopping: thoughts from 1999

Brexit, “just get on with it”…

....Or "give people the brexit they voted for", "the people have spoken", etc The air waves are filled with such meaningless and undeliverable rhetoric. The stark reality is that its not that easy ( I wish it was)....it was always going to be very hard, if not impossible to come up with an "exit deal”  … Continue reading Brexit, “just get on with it”…

A Metro in North West Wales…?

In June 2018, after a lengthy and innovative procurement process, Transport for Wales (TfW) awarded the Wales & Borders franchise for 2018-2033 to Keolis Amey.  Much is promised – not least the South Wales Metro - and across Wales we can expect to see new trains, additional services, upgraded stations and a significant increase in … Continue reading A Metro in North West Wales…?

A Cardiff Crossrail…

Cardiff Council have just announced a key component in their developing transport vision - A Cardiff Crossrail. This is part of a wider rapid transit network for the city (using Bus Rapid Transit and Tram-train) Figure 1 and which builds upon the improvements and leverages the capabilities, to be delivered as part of the next … Continue reading A Cardiff Crossrail…

Welsh Paradores and Sourdough Bread

Growing the foundational economy across the South Wales Valleys... Wales’ City Regions are still in nascent form and grappling with how to address long term and structural socio-economic challenges with limited resources and evolving governance arrangements.  The challenges are many and cover:  connectivity, housing, skills, the economy, poverty and inequality. In some cases, programmes are … Continue reading Welsh Paradores and Sourdough Bread

No new M4…so what instead?

A quick brain dump of some ideas (which is a follow up to my earlier piece on why I agree with the WG decision in respect of the M4)..….nothing new under the sun! I have also made a few tweaks and updated the map in response to some comments/suggestions... You can download a PDF of … Continue reading No new M4…so what instead?

New M4 – Yes or No?

So next week, Welsh Government and Mark Drakeford the First Minister, will make a decision on whether to proceed with the new M4 around Newport. I guess its time for me to come clean as well.  So just a few words to set out where I am on this matter today, June 1st, 2019. Unlike … Continue reading New M4 – Yes or No?

How big is that number?

As an antidote to the current national fixation and frustration related to Brexit can I offer a brief antidote.  In doing so I hope it can expose how poor we are as humans at assessing certain facets of the world around us and that our intuitive response may not always be best relied on and … Continue reading How big is that number?