There is an evident need to balance politics and practice in the great electric car conversion that will set a behavioural template likely to be a reality for decades to come.
The last few years have seen considerable discussion about the possibility that long-established trends in car ownership and use are changing, and that we may even have reached the point of ‘Peak Car’ - at least in developed economies like the UK.
From its beginnings in the early days of the last decade, Uber was clear about its plans for long-term disruption to the transport system - and of a willingness for self-disruption too.
If the past is not always a good guide to what will be happening in the future, the present is not an awful lot better.
With local elections about to take place, it would be nice to think that relevant transport issues affecting particular places and council areas would be suitably under the spotlight; and forming at least a part of citizens’ considerations for whom they should cast their vote.
Another report from the experts, another apparent shrug of the shoulders from most of those who might usefully really take its worrying message on board.
'Public utility or private enterprise' is an issue of both very philosophical and practical dimensions.
The war in Ukraine has already shaken the world order to its foundations, and we still don’t know just how far further the consequences may go.
There’s quite a head of steam building up for a long hard look at how transport investment fits into the UK’s wider economic, social and sustainability strategy.
It is easy to look at the idea of ‘Levelling Up’ through either cynical or simplistic eyes.
Air transport is a clear target for Climate Change and sustainability campaigners. But might there be a better flight path ahead - and could air travel potentially out-green the surface modes of road, and even rail, in some domestic situations?
How will the economy adapt as work is increasingly done by machines?
Planning how we cater for future personal transport needs, and in particular for the future of the private car.
History tells us that we very often just cannot see what is going to change our world, and our lives.
Although this declaration is not legally binding, it opens up an important new dimension in the political and business sectors’ agenda in talking about tackling climate change.
We should expect more elements of the transport landscape to be fought over as either ‘right or wrong’ for the future of the planet.
Who else is out there in the potential talent pool for the challenging new roles that securing the nation’s best transport future in a changing world is regularly throwing up.
Whilst challenging the Government’s funding distribution model - the NIC has not been quite bold enough
A transport taxation and distribution re-think is surely now also very much due, with the expected pending diminution of the established fuel tax revenue model.
As we re-appear in a new format, after a summer break, the obvious need for a carefully curated and structured fortnightly take on UK transport has been clearer than ever.