Urban Transport Next
Urban Transport Next 03: The Tyne and Wear Metro at 40

Urban Transport Next 03: The Tyne and Wear Metro at 40

February 25, 2021

In this episode, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Tyne and Wear Metro by delving into its past, present and future. The wide-ranging discussion took in the history of Metro, hearing how devolution was key in realising the initial vision and how the system has, and continues to be, a key part of the North East’s identity. The conversation also focused on how Metro has responded to the COVID-19 crisis and what its future will look like post-pandemic, with its new fleet of trains and potential extensions to the network.     

Our guests were Tobyn Hughes, Managing Director, Transport North East and Director General of Nexus, and Huw Lewis, Customer Services Director at Nexus. They were interviewed by Mike Parker, the former Director General of Nexus.

Urban Transport Next 02: All on board?

Urban Transport Next 02: All on board?

February 1, 2021

In this episode, we discussed how to bring about a more diverse transport industry - one that better reflects the people and places it serves. The conversation touched upon how to attract women, children and Millennials to transport careers; how transport employers can promote diversity and retain talent; and the impact of Black Lives Matter on the sector. 

Our guests were Staynton Brown, Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Talent at Transport for London and Joanna Ward, Women in Transport; Associate Transport Planner, Elliott Wood; Board Member, Transport Planning Society. They were interviewed by Dr Clare Linton, Policy and Research Advisor at the Urban Transport Group. 

Urban Transport Next 01: The revolution will not be motorised…

Urban Transport Next 01: The revolution will not be motorised…

December 3, 2020

In this episode we took a look at the future of active travel in our metro areas, what needs to change, and how we can bring about a real revolution in the way we move around our cities.

Our guests were Dame Sarah Storey, Sheffield City Region Active Travel Commissioner, Ben Still, Managing Director of West Yorkshire Combined Authority and the Urban Transport Group’s active travel lead, and Xavier Brice, CEO of Sustrans (interviewer).

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