Do you believe in Metro?

In January 2021 a headline appeared in the Western Mail[i], attributed to me,  “South Wales Metro hampered by public disbelief as expert claims 'even my mother doesn't believe it”.  As a part time advisor to Transport for Wales, I am sure the headline caused some consternation in TfW as well as Welsh Government. The very … Continue reading Do you believe in Metro?

Mark Barry, May 2022: Submission to Senedd Climate Change Committee

This is a version of my submission to the Senedd Climate Change, Environment and Infrastructure Committee, in May 2022 as part of their review of bus and rail transport in Wales . The transcript is here. To note: the views and opinions expressed in this paper are those of Mark Barry and no other person … Continue reading Mark Barry, May 2022: Submission to Senedd Climate Change Committee

Wales’ Metros – Update Feb 2022

A summary of this blog appeared in the Business Section of the Western Mail in March 2022 There has been some recent coverage in the media and some social media chatter about Wales’ Metro projects, their status and what they might deliver.  Given my involvement in all of them – Cardiff/South Wales  since 2010 and … Continue reading Wales’ Metros – Update Feb 2022

Wales, Transport Planning & Choices…

What mode is best......? Postscript April 2022 - I have made a small number of edits re WG Bus legislation and rail v bus In this blog, my first of 2022, I’d like to take on some transport questions that keep coming up in Wales and often generate answers, perhaps, that draw more upon sentiment … Continue reading Wales, Transport Planning & Choices…

South Wales Metro & Devolution

This is the full version of the article that appeared in the December 2021 edition of Rail Technology Magazine and the February 2022 edition of Rail Professional. As many will know, I have been involved in the South Wales Metro project in various roles  since my first report on the subject, “A Metro for Wales … Continue reading South Wales Metro & Devolution

Severnside – My 2012 Blog

I just found an old blog (see below), that was originally published by the IWA in 2012 on the subject of "Severnside", which I thought I should share unedited! Interesting to see how much, and how little, has changed since 2012. Especially the Climate Emergency, Brexit, the cancellation of GWML electrification to Swansea, a recognition … Continue reading Severnside – My 2012 Blog

Levelling Up, Working Together? A Transport Enhancement Programme for Wales

A challenge to UK & Welsh Governments... A summary of this article appeared in the Western Mail on 28th June 20201 PS some minor edits made in Sep 2022 Most of you will know that I have written and spoken at length over the last few years on Welsh rail, the lack of enhancement funding … Continue reading Levelling Up, Working Together? A Transport Enhancement Programme for Wales

Climate Change, Cars & Challenges

In the last three months I have presented at and/or been on panels to discuss transport, covid, the climate emergency and cars. Earlier in March 2021 the Rail Vision for the Cardiff Capital Region, which I helped prepare, was published; this follows Cardiff Council’s Transport White Paper in February 2020 (which I also helped prepare).  … Continue reading Climate Change, Cars & Challenges

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…

Transit Oriented Development in the Cardiff Capital Region #2

Last year I published a blog on Transit Oriented Development in the Cardiff Capital Region. This provoked a lot of discussion and some feedback from me in subsequent blogs. To bring some shape to the debate, the Design Commission for Wales working with me, Cardiff University, Tirion Homes, Community Housing Cymru, Cardiff Capital Region and … Continue reading Transit Oriented Development in the Cardiff Capital Region #2

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 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…