Public Transport

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Every village, every hour: a comprehensive bus network for rural England

This report for the Campaign to Protect Rural England shows that for less expenditure than the government's road-building programme, England could have a world-leading rural bus network matching Swiss standards that guarantee every village of more than three hundred people at least an hourly bus service from 6am to midnight, 7 days a week.

Hinchliff C and Taylor I (2021) Every village, every hour: a comprehensive bus network for rural England

Download: Every village, every hour: a comprehensive bus network for rural England [6Mb, 40pages]

Download:  Comprehensive bus network for rural England: costed model [7Mb, Excel spreadsheet, available on an equivalent basis to the Creative Commons ‘Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs’ licence, meaning that users are welcome to download the model, run it and share it, so long as Transport for Quality of Life and CPRE are credited, but it cannot be changed or used commercially]

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What scope for boosting bus use?

This report for the Urban Transport Group explores why bus use is higher in some places than in others. It identifies six factors that can predict 85% of the variation in bus use between local authorities.

Sloman L and Cairns S (2019) What scope for boosting bus use? An analysis of the Intrinsic Bus Potential of local authority areas in England

Download: What scope for boosting bus use? [1.6Mb, 51pages]





Building a World-Class Bus System for Britain

This research by TfQL Community Interest Company shows all the austerity budget cuts to bus services could be reversed with savings from re-regulating Britain’s bus system to cut excess profits. A switch to running buses under not-for-dividend municipal ownership - the norm in other European countries - would save even more money and allow expansion of bus services.

Commissioned by Foundation for Integrated Transport and Unite (2016)

Download: Full Report [7Mb, 125pages]

Download: Extended Summary Report [2Mb, 24pages]

Download: Parliamentary Briefing - slide set on recommendations from report for Bus Services Bill [1Mb]



Options for Regional Rail

This report shows that Britain's regional rail networks could achieve major gains by reforms to cut out profit leakage and fragmentation. The report quantifies the benefits, suggests alternative structures, and draws lessons from other rail systems in Europe.  The report presents options for regional transport authorities that run from those currently available or likely to become available with limited reform right through to options under a fully-integrated 'GB Rail' model, as developed in the Rebuilding Rail report below. It shows that British regions and devolved nations stand to gain most from radical rather than incremental change.

Commissioned by Urban Transport Group, formerly pteg (2013)

Download: Options for Regional Rail report [1.7 Mb]



Rebuilding Rail

This project examines ways to reduce the fragmentation and leakage of public money that characterise the UK's privatised railways.  The report  outlines a recipe for radical reform in order to benefit both passengers and taxpayers.  It calculates that over one billion pounds of taxpayers' money could be saved annually if railways were reunited under public ownership.  These funds could be used to deliver substantial fare reductions or invested in the railways to achieve wider environmental, economic and social gains.

Commissioned by ASLEF, RMT, TSSA, UNITE. (2012)

Download: Rebuilding Rail report [1.7 Mb]