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Our editorial board comprises a specialist group of leading industry figures who, in conjunction with the Urban Transport Agenda editorial team, identify the main drivers of the industry helping to produce regular, thought-provoking opinion pieces on the latest issues, challenges and developments.

Latest Urban Transport Agenda Feature

The hot ticket – keeping the London Underground cool
12 September, 2016
Over 100 miles of the London Underground network runs through tunnels,...
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Ticket in a tap – the rise of contactless ticketing 12 September, 2016 Contactless ticketing has become widespread among the world’s rapid transit systems, but what’s next for fare management, and what will it mean for operators and passenger...

Ride out the storms – TfL’s flood prevention strategy 12 September, 2016 As global warming exerts a palpable influence on the UK’s climate, Transport for London is looking to safeguard its warren of stations and tunnels from an increased risk of flooding....

The great upgrade – modernising the UK’s railway tunnels 12 September, 2016 Even infrastructure ‘built to last’ can’t truly last forever; eventually there comes a time when elements need upgrading and replacing. Colin Sims, principal engineer at Network...

Playing the slots – revolutionising road intersections 12 September, 2016 Slot-based intersections in concert with self-driving cars could make cities more liveable by doubling road capacity, reducing emissions and improving safety. Elly Earls asks Carlo...

On the buses - Europe’s Zero Emission Urban Bus System project 12 September, 2016 Europe’s Zero Emission Urban Bus System project hopes to reduce emissions, improve air quality and lower noise levels across the continent by bringing electric bus systems to the heart...

The smartest city - free Wi-Fi on the Dubai Metro 12 September, 2016 These days, we can’t bear to be away from our phones for very long, particularly when commuting to and from work. The implementation of free Wi-Fi on board the Dubai Metro has set a...

An electrifying ride – a sustainable mass transportation network 08 February, 2016 Technology is evolving and the possibility of a fully electrified mass transportation network is getting closer. Politics, rather than innovation, are required to make it a...

Future perfect – tram technology in Europe 02 October, 2014 Barry Mansfield questions UKTram general manager James Hammett about what’s in store for tram technology in Europe and beyond to discover what lessons might be learned from the...

Clear and present danger? – protecting underground users from fire 30 September, 2014 Underground rail travel is safer than ever, but the risk of fire still lurks in even the most modern infrastructures. Mosen’s managing director Dr Fathi Tarada explains what must be...

Action plan - the EU’s Seventh Research Framework Programme 15 September, 2014 Barry Mansfield looks at the successes and shortcomings of the EU’s Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7), and lessons that can be learned for Horizon 2020.

Track in business – South America’s transport network 15 September, 2014 Road and railway construction is booming in South America to keep the continent’s rising population on the move. Timetric reports on the latest trends in the industries building...

A smarter way to travel – the evolution of ticketing technology 15 September, 2014 Barry Mansfield looks at the prospects for smart ticketing technology and turns to Grant Klein, director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, for his thoughts on how and why it should...

The road to growth – infrastructure investment in the Middle East 15 July, 2014 Many countries in the Middle East are seeing rapid economic growth, population expansion and urbanisation. As Timetric reports, governments in the region are investing heavily...

Pull out of the fire – Oscar Martos 15 July, 2014 Fire safety is a critical aspect of railway line and vehicle design. Oscar Martos of the European Railway Agency explains recent regulatory developments.

The rub of the green – Vancouver’s Evergreen Line 15 July, 2014 Construction of Vancouver’s Evergreen Line is on course for a mid-2016 opening. Barry Mansfield talks with Ian Jarvis, CEO of TransLink, Greater Vancouver’s transit authority, about...

Towards integration – Siim Kallas 15 July, 2014 Urban Transport Agenda speaks to European Commission vice-president for transport Siim Kallas about the importance of the ‘Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area’.

Pearls of wisdom – how technology informs public transport 15 July, 2014 Evolution in technology is seemingly a matter of everyday life and is helping business to develop at pace. Shashi Verma, director of customer experience at Transport for London, looks...

On the buses – the rise of rapid transit travel 15 July, 2014 Bus rapid transit travel is an increasingly viable option for cities looking for a sustainable mass transit system. Dr Darío Hidalgo, director of research and practice at EMBARQ,...

Capital gains: digging into Crossrail 22 October, 2013 It’s the construction project that’s set to drastically reduce journey times across London and the south-east of the UK, but behind Crossrail’s vast publicity lies a meticulous...


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