This supplement to Passenger Transport magazine marks the transition from pteg to the Urban Transport Group. It includes interviews with our Chair, Jon Lamonte, our Director, Jonathan Bray, TfL's Richard de Cani on joining the network as a full member, and a retrospective on 50 years since the Act that created the PTEs.
This report aims to provide decision makers with a guide to the implications for urban transport of transformative social and technological change and how they can best respond.
The report (which was produced in collaboration with Arup Foresight) identifies four key overarching trends:
- Changes in demographics and lifestyles and the rise of the sharing economy alter mobility choices
- Urbanisation, climate change and the need to improve air quality put pressure on transport systems
- Advances in technology and increased digital connectivity make transport infrastructure smarter and more efficient
- More powers are devolved to cities and city regions which results in more innovation and leadership in responding to urban challenges in locally appropriate ways
This report to pteg by Atkins focuses on the most important recent and forthcoming changes to highways policy and the implications of these for Metropolitan areas, including in respect of air quality, carbon emissions, technology, the Strategic Road Network, road maintenance, road safety, planning, freight, management of road space and parking policy.
Step in the right direction on linking land use and transport planning
David Brown, who leads on bus issues for pteg, said:
Transport authorities unite to defend use of bus regulation powers
Bristol is now part of the pteg network after the West of England Authorities joined the group together as an Associate Member.
Geoff Inskip, chief executive of Centro, has been appointed as the new Chair of pteg, taking over the role from Neil Scales.
Leicester City Council has joined pteg as an associate member.
Leicester will join pteg’s existing associate members – Nottingham City Council, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and Transport for London.
Chair of Merseytravel, Cllr Mark Dowd, is the new Chair of the Integrated Transport Authorities Special Interest Group. The group brings together leading Councillors from the six English Integrated Transport Authorities.
Cllr Dowd said:
Nottingham City Council has joined pteg as an associate member.
Nottingham will join pteg’s existing associate members – Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and Transport for London.
Chair of pteg Neil Scales said:
First batch of new powers from Local Transport Act kick in
Local Transport Act hailed as biggest opportunity in a generation for transport in the city regions
pteg today welcomed the Local Transport Act (which received Royal Assent today) as a historic opportunity for the city regions on transport.