Transport Focus

Orange roadwork signs

You may well have seen them somewhere. The new orange roadwork signs that are sprouting up on a few major roads. What do you think? I experienced them this summer driving on the M3 – I think they are a big step in the right direction. They’re part of a trial by Highways England aimed […]

Decked out decks

How do we encourage people to start taking the bus? Reading Buses boss Martijn Gilbert is hoping to tempt Reading Uni students onto the 21a route by introducing four refurbished buses. They’re not the usual revamps though. Students can expect to find a ‘plush lounge area’ on the upper deck complete with all sorts of […]

Tolling along the M6

Visited the team running the M6 toll road in the West Midlands. While this stretch of road is not in our new remit for users of the Strategic Road Network, it was interesting to see for a number of reasons. We wanted to understand what the signs are like which flag up the toll road. […]

Bath line closure

So, two weeks on from the end of the six-week line closure to the east of Bath in preparation for electrification. Relief all round as the biggest project on the Great Western route in forty years was successfully completed largely without incident and on time, not least amongst passengers who had experienced a summer of […]

This somewhat provocative title has prompted around 50 user groups, government officials and people working in the transport industry to gather in Edinburgh this Thursday. The aim is to probe how public transport can really offer a choice to those who have a choice. Before our conference, the Transport Focus Board meets in public. It […]

The new London Bridge emerges

Yesterday I went around the building site that is London Bridge station with a number of MPs from the South East to see the how the major rebuild is progressing. The London Bridge rebuilding scheme has undoubtedly caused problems. That’s why we’re now working with train companies and Network Rail to try and minimise the […]

We have done a lot of research into what passengers want to see from new and refurbished trains: see some of our recent work, including work on potential HS2 trains: High Speed Two: Putting the passenger at the heart of design Future Merseyrail rolling stock – what passengers want We have no ambitions of becoming […]

Passengers tell us that value for money is one of their biggest priorities. We also know that, for many, there is a gap between the broadly positive satisfaction scores for individual journeys, and the sense of trust in the train operator as a whole. Yesterday we heard that one company appeared to have confirmed its […]

As part of getting to understand what it is like to use the major roads in England that make up the Strategic Road Network we have been doing some driving and meeting Highways England folk that make all this happen. Having been both ways round the Birmingham ‘box’ of motorways and up and down the […]