Better rail services for NE Wales

I have not written or blogged specifically on north east Wales.  So, let me make up for that oversight and address some real issues and opportunities, especially given the commitment to extend HS2 to Crewe as part of phase 2a. A relativity small capital investment of £200-300M will enable significant economic and environmental benefits through … Continue reading Better rail services for NE Wales

Welsh Rail Infrastructure Investment

My written submission to the Welsh Affairs Select Committees review of Rail Infrastructure Investment in Wales Since appearing to present oral evidence in January I have also prepared an addendum re HS2 (below) and the failings of the current constitutional arrangement re rail investment in Wales that expands on that set out in my HS2 … Continue reading Welsh Rail Infrastructure Investment

A Public Transport Grid for the M4 Corridor…

In March 2020, I submitted a paper to the South East Wales Transport Commission to consider in their deliberations over the M4.  This essentially is that paper (with a few minor updates and reflections) which draws much from my blog “No new M4… so what instead” [i]  from Summer 2019. There is nothing in here … Continue reading A Public Transport Grid for the M4 Corridor…

Corona Virus, Homeworking and Transport

Written in April 2020....at the start of the first lockdown Given recent events associated with Corona Virus, not least a complete transformation in travel patterns, I wanted to offer some thoughts on mobility and working from home, or not… But firstly, a nod of appreciation to all those working in our health services, essential workers, … Continue reading Corona Virus, Homeworking and Transport

Cardiff Transport White Paper

As a guide, its only 20~30% of traffic at peak times that causes 100% of congestion. So, we need to direct capital investment to provide sufficiently attractive public transport and active travel options to encourage 20~30% less car journeys - not building more roads to induce more car use. In doing so, we also need … Continue reading Cardiff Transport White Paper

Wales and HS2…

The issue of the long-term underfunding of rail infrastructure in Wales by UK Government & its approach to HS2 goes right to the heart of all that is wrong with the constitutional relationship between Cardiff Bay & Westminster Postscript August 2020....and updated Nov 2020.. Another post script. Trying to work out out what has been … Continue reading Wales and HS2…

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?

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

Post Script. The Welsh Government Five Year Tourism Plan published early in 2020 now includes a commitment to develop a "Welsh Paradore". See Page 17! 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 … 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... ....I also penned an article in … 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?

Climate Change, Brexit and The Economy (…and Wales)

I originally wrote this piece in May 2019...so yes events (esp #brexit) have moved on, but I still stand by the substance of my assertions and analysis. If anything the #climateemergency is even more pressing....but given the vacuum of principled political leadership, seemingly less likely to be addressed! I have also covered some of the … Continue reading Climate Change, Brexit and The Economy (…and Wales)

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