Rising to the Challenge

Published on: 31st March 2021 by Claire Haigh.

This report by Claire Haigh examines what is needed to decarbonise our transport system. The climate crisis is already hitting worst case scenario levels that if left unchecked will lead to the collapse of entire ecosystems. Our thinking needs to change if we are to rise to the scale of the challenge. Transport is the…

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Transport decarbonisation – will the pandemic help us change course in time?

Published on: 2nd March 2021 by Claire Haigh.

Write-up of the seventh PTRC Fireside Chat examining the transport implications of the pandemic by Professor Glenn Lyons Over 250 people gathered together for the eighth PTRC Fireside Chat on 25 February 2021.  This was an opportunity to probe whether or not the adage ‘never let a good crisis go to waste’ would apply to the…

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Written evidence to the TSC Inquiry into Zero Emissions Vehicles and Road Pricing

Published on: 17th February 2021 by Claire Haigh.

Greener Transport Solutions welcomed the Transport Select Committee Inquiry into Zero Emissions Vehicles and Road Pricing for putting a spotlight on two key issues central to decarbonising transport: We need to accelerate the shift to zero emissions vehicles. At the same time, some form of road pricing will be essential.  Firstly, to replace receipts from…

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Claire Haigh’s Monthly Column 2020

Published on: 27th November 2020 by Claire Haigh.

Claire Haigh, Founder & CEO of Greener Transport Solutions, writes a monthly column for Passenger Transport magazine. You can read in this report 2020 issues, including: 27th November 2020: Electric Vehicles won’t be enough.  Simply swapping petrol and diesel cars for electric ones won’t hit our decarbonisation targets. Mode shift has a crucial role to…

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Maximising the benefits of local bus services

Published on: 28th July 2020

In February 2020 Department for Transport (DfT) announced £5 billion of new funding for bus services and cycling.  £2 billion has been allocated to active travel and £3 billion to bus travel.  Of the £3 billion of new funding for buses, DfT has suggested an initial allocation of funding £1 billion to support investment in…

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Funding Transport

Published on: 8th April 2020

David Bayliss, Stephen Glaister and Tony Travers address the problems of funding local transport infrastructure and transport services without making additional financial demands on central or local government. They propose the creation of regional, public interest transport funding bodies. Their income would be an allocation of the extra revenue from increasing the rate of road…

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Claire Haigh’s Monthly Column 2019

Published on: 13th December 2019 by Claire Haigh.

Claire Haigh, Founder & CEO of Greener Transport Solutions, writes a monthly column for Passenger Transport magazine. You can read in this report 2019 issues, including: 13th December 2019: We must see this as an opportunity.  Next year’s COP26 climate summit takes place in Glasgow. As the host nation we must keep our own house…

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Paying for road use

Published on: 1st July 2018 by Claire Haigh.

This paper by Professor David Begg discusses the challenges involved in implementing road pricing. The dilemma and the challenge we face in paying for roads is how to achieve the economic and environmental objective of ensuring that road users cover their external (social costs) while at the same time winning public and political acceptance. Economists believe…

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The Unintended Consequences Of Freezing Fuel Duty

Published on: 1st June 2018

This report by Professor David Begg and Claire Haigh examines the unintended consequences of freezing fuel duty. Increasing costs for road users is politically difficult. This is one of the reasons why we have had eleven years where fuel duty has been frozen at a time of historically low oil prices.  While the freeze has…

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Sustainable transport: The key to unlocking the benefits of new housing

Published on: 22nd May 2018

This report explores the relationship between sustainable transport and housing, and the corresponding impacts on the economy and society. This work was funded by Greener Journeys and the Department for Transport for the Transport Knowledge Hub, and independently undertaken by KPMG. We need to build approximately 300,000 new homes per year for the foreseeable future…

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