What sort of Wales do we want?

A version of this article also appeared Nation Cymru in March 2020 What sort of Wales do we want? I have given myself a couple of months before putting pen to paper following the UK General Election in December 2019, but now I have committed a stream of consciousness to paper.  In doing so I … Continue reading What sort of Wales do we want?

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

Wales and HS2…

The issue of the long-term underfunding of rail infrastructure in Wales by UKGov & its approach to HS2 goes right to the heart of all that is wrong with the constitutional relationship between Cardiff Bay & Westminster So now we can look forward to the sunlit Brexit uplands and a UK Government committed to major … Continue reading Wales and HS2…

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... 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?

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

I watched the David Attenborough climate programme in April,  Climate Change the Facts[i], shortly followed by my reading of the heartfelt speech by the impressive Greta Thunberg to our politicians[ii].  I think it hit me, almost an epiphany, we have to make radical changes in almost every aspect of how we live, especially our economic … 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

Transit Oriented Development in the Cardiff Capital Region….

To note:  This is really a brain dump article (so happy to take challenges) that will be subject to ongoing refinement as I learn more and better arrange my thoughts... It also follows up my presentation on Transit Oriented Development (TOD) for Wales Week in London at the Royal Festival Hall in February 2019. There … Continue reading Transit Oriented Development in the Cardiff Capital Region….

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. Seems the link is broken...so here is … Continue reading Wales and the Williams Review

A Swansea Bay Parkway… …but where and why?

This is a more comprehensive version of the story that appeared in the Western Mail on 6th February There has been a lot discussion of late about a “Swansea Parkway”, perhaps at Felindre near the M4.  I’d like to shine some light on that question and perhaps set out briefly, some strategic considerations to help … Continue reading A Swansea Bay Parkway… …but where and why?

Wales’ Rail Network – The Case for Investment

This short article accompanies the publication of my "Case for Investment" work for Welsh Government in respect of Wales' rail network. It also appeared in the Western Mail on December 12th 2018 "Wales will be getting new trains, but they’ll operate on a “2ndGear Railway” In May this year the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and … Continue reading Wales’ Rail Network – The Case for Investment