pteg gears up as Economist joins the team

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Pedro Abrantes

pteg has appointed Pedro Abrantes to the newly created post of Economist at the pteg Support Unit.

Pedro Abrantes joins pteg from the Institute for Transport Studies at Leeds University where he is currently Lecturer in Public Transport.

Chair of pteg, Neil Scales, said:

‘I am delighted that someone of Pedro Abrantes' background and calibre is joining pteg. Pedro’s expertise and enthusiasm will be of immense value to us as we respond to a range of complex challenges which are critical to the future of public transport in our areas. These include reforms of bus subsidy regimes, the Competition Commission inquiry into the bus industry, and making the case for continued investment in transport in the cities at a time of constrained public spending. Having an in-house Economist working for the six PTEs collectively will also save us all money by reducing the need for spending on separate and external advice.’

Pedro Abrantes said:

‘This is an exceptional opportunity to influence and support the development of sustainable and high quality transport systems in the metropolitan areas. Funding constraints and other obstacles to investment are now more than ever likely to threaten continued transport improvements. Yet high quality transport is critical in ensuring that large urban areas are enjoyable and successful places to be in. I look forward to joining pteg in addressing this testing yet rewarding challenge.’

Director of the Unit, Jonathan Bray, said:

‘We are very pleased that Pedro will be joining our small but highly effective team. When you are trying to achieve breakthroughs on policies that benefit public transport passengers outside London, it can be an uphill struggle. You need to be one hundred per cent on both your arguments and your tactics. Having Pedro on board as Economist will further raise our game.’


For more contact Jonathan Bray on 0113 251 7445 / 0781 804 1485

Notes for Editors


Pedro Abrantes joins pteg from the University of Leeds where he has been Lecturer in Public Transport since June 2007. In his academic role Pedro has been firmly committed to knowledge exchange and to research of direct relevance to policy-makers and practitioners. Soon after taking his lecturing post he organised the 1st Public Transport Conference at the University of Leeds and has recently led the successful proposal for an Academic Research Partnership with Transport for London.

Pedro’s research has ranged from the analysis of rail infrastructure pricing to the study of public transport demand and passenger behaviour, on which he has advised the DfT, EC and transport operators. Pedro recently took a leading role in the most comprehensive meta-analysis of UK values for the Department for Transport. His recent work has also focused on the identification of barriers to multi-modal travel, the analysis of bus reliability, the valuation of soft factors and the use of real time and smartcard data for the planning and optimisation of public transport systems.

Prior to joining ITS, Pedro worked at the University of Porto, in Portugal, where he led the development of the Portuguese National Transport Model and of public transport models for the cities of Lisbon and Porto. He also provided advice with respect to major redesigns of multi-modal public transport networks in both cities including the proposed expansion of the Porto light rail system. Pedro started his career at the MVA Consultancy in Manchester where he gained experience of strategic transport modelling and appraisal of large public transport schemes.