Centre for Transport and Society news

The Centre for Transport and Society (CTS) is regularly involved in policy shaping research and important events.

This section presents an archive of stories that date back to the activity of the precursor to CTS, the Unit for Transport and Society, in 2002.


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Days Out by Train final project seminar

Days Out by Train final project seminar and networking reception was held on 24 May 2017 at the Engine Shed, Bristol. The event featured presentations by Great Western Railways, funder of the Days Out project, the Severnside Community Rail Partnership and Dr Miriam Ricci of the Centre for Transport and Society (CTS).

The project enabled over 2,000 individuals from socially disadvantaged communities to enjoy a free day out on the GWR services around the West of England. All the presentations slides and final report will be available via Severnside Community Rail Partnership in the near future.

Presentation of research on how commuting influences personal wellbeing

Ben Clark and Kiron Chatterjee from the CTS presented their research on how commuting influences personal wellbeing at various conferences over recent months, including the Centre for Transport and Society winter conference in December, the US Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in January and the UK Sustainable Transport and Health Summit 2017 in February 2017.

To find out more about why longer commutes are linked to lower life satisfaction (unless you commute by rail) have a look at Travel Behaviour.

Transport strategy for mass pilgrims visiting Iraqi holy cities

Thamir Alqatrani joined CTS from 1 April 2017 to study a PhD concerning the management of pilgrimage movements in the Iraqi holy city of Karbila. Thamir is sponsored by the Iraqi government and one of just 25 applicants across the country who was awarded the prestigious bursary since 2015.

Thamir is supervised by Dr Steve Melia, Professor John Parkin and Adam Sheppard. The religious events in Karbila are considered as the largest gatherings in the world, with over 20 million people at certain times of year.

A search for more efficient transport planning to deal with the huge crowds in the historical and religious city is the main issue of the project. The tension between heritage conservation and modern transport planning is another important theme of the research.

Boosting Cycling Activity and Improving Safety conference

Dr Steve Melia delivered a presentation at the conference Boosting Cycling Activity and Improving Safety on 16 March 2017 in London. The conference was organised by Public Policy Exchange.

Best performing student presents his dissertation at event

Jonathan Flower won the prize for the best performing student in the 2015/16 academic year. The prize is awarded each year by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation. Jonathan gave a talk on his dissertation, titled ‘Just the ticket? Ticketing, a barrier or enabler to people using public transport for local journeys’ at an event on 8 March 2017.

Richard Mintern, Chairman of JMC Group, also gave a talk on his perspectives on business management in the airline industry.


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