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Amongst the usual substantial and varied mix of news and analysis, there are a number identifiable emerging themes addressed by several individual items in each case. These include steps towards more sustainable mobility and travel behaviour, new technologies that are influencing transport provision, and competition in the world of passenger transport. There are also a number of data analysis and modelling developments and legal matters affecting transport, which we examine.

In terms of changing travel behaviour, there is news of the major £7.8m new research project led by Leeds University ITS, seeking to offer real-world practical opportunities for people to live less car dependent lives. We also report results of a much smaller similar project in Oxfordshire and a study in the Lake District.

Regarding new technologies, we record the enactment of the Government’s Automated Vehicles Approval legislation and a major new investment in the related British AI company, Wayve, plus new support to AI development by the Connected Places Catapult.

On competition, we report on the new plans by Virgin to re-enter the rail market with an open access plan on the West Coast Mainline and an outbreak of a bus battle between Stagecoach and GoAhead on the South Coast.

On data and its interpretation and application, we look at the release of a new aviation modelling suite by the DfT, including both demand and carbon calculations, and regular contributor, John Siraut examines the impressive data capture and in-depth analysis undertaken by Transport for London to track new patterns of travel by day of week and time of day that have been emerging since the pandemic and with significant implications for service provision, both in the capital and elsewhere.

On the legal front, there is planned Government legislation to introduce a new offence of ‘dangerous cycling’, plus a well-supported Private Member’s Bill to impose restrictions on newly-qualified drivers through a graduated driving licence. There has also been a court judgement permitting a new challenge to the Government’s approval of the major A303 Stonehenge road improvement scheme and a legal case against Cambridgeshire Council over deaths on the guided busway in the county.

We also have further coverage of the emerging directions of transport policies in Scotland and Wales.
Our columnist’s commentary is by Professor David Metz, who compares the recent fundamental Welsh revision to Transport Appraisal Guidance with the position of the DfT in England, which he believes shows an entrenched resistance to change in anything but detailed technical matters. In his Editorial Opinion, Peter Stonham also looks at the way investment is assessed and in particular at the role of Cost-Benefit Analysis and how it has evolved from its original basis in welfare economic theory to more of a business planning process for promoters in pursuit of scheme approval.

These are the headlines of just some of the stories in this issue:

  • New ‘dangerous cycling’ offence to be added to Criminal Justice Bill

  • More Government support needed for local and inter-urban transport NIC review warns

  • AI company Wayve gets £1bn backing for self driving vehicles development

  • Speculation rises that Harper plans to halt building of bus stop bypasses

  • Cambridgeshire council summonsed over three deaths on guided busway

  • New mayor Parker sets out timetable for West Mids bus franchising plans

  • Waltham Forest builds on success of ten-year ‘Mini Holland’ programme

  • Stagecoach starts head-to-head competition with Brighton & Hove

  • TfL cancels Croydon tram services in rolling stock availability crisis

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