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…. First let’s look at some facts…. Today, old pacer and other train stock operate … Continue reading Toilets on Tram-trains?

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?

Swansea Bay Metro & City Deal

This is the transcript of the speech I gave at a Policy Form Wales, Swansea Bay City Deal Conference in April 2019 Thank you, Suzy.    I spent about a week, preparing a brilliant presentation for you, really top quality, but it’s not working so you can’t see it! That’s just the way it goes, so … Continue reading Swansea Bay Metro & City Deal

Milgi, Cardiff…the end of an era

It's Sunday afternoon on 14th April 2019 and I have just got home and am a little bit sad.  Geraldine and I have just had our last ever Sunday lunch (and a few pints) at Milgi on City Rd.  Milgi has become an institution and a beacon for the independent food, music and art scene … Continue reading Milgi, Cardiff…the end of an era

Wales and the Williams Review

My article in the April 2019 edition of Rail Professional It explores the impact (or not) of Williams and sets out perhaps more important issues facing the Welsh Government in relation to rail policy and network development - particularly the long term underinvestment of the Welsh rail network.