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.
Getting the Message Out from the Commuting and Wellbeing Study
Kiron Chatterjee and Ben Clark have been presenting the findings from their ESRC Commuting and Wellbeing project to various organisations with the intention that it leads to action to improve the commuting experience of UK workers. They gave a lunchtime talk at Bristol County Council on 23 January 2018 to transport, planning and public health staff. Kiron presented the research to the UK Strategic Council for Wellbeing in Work (an initiative of the What Works Centre for Wellbeing) on 1 February. Kiron has offered advice to Happy City (based in Bristol) on how transport and commuting is incorporated in the Happy City Index that it is developing to monitor conditions for wellbeing at a city level across the UK.
CTS Study Reveals Reasons Behind Big Drop in Young People Driving
The report from a study led by Kiron Chatterjee for the Department for Transport which investigated the travel behaviour of young people was published on 23 January 2018 and generated widespread coverage in the national media. The study combined a review of literature with new analysis of data and sought to find out reasons for the decline in driving by young people in the UK since the 1990s and implications for the future. It found that sweeping changes to social-economic conditions and living circumstances are the main factors behind a marked drop in car ownership among young people over the past 25 years. In addition to Kiron, the study involved contributions from Ben Clark, Juliet Jain and Miriam Ricci (of the Centre for Transport & Society) and researchers at the University of Oxford.
Dr Juliet Jain presents new evidence on Wi-fi use on trains
Dr Juliet Jain presented evidence from the project
‘Continuously Connected Customer: WiFi on
Trains’ to an audience of 200 academics and rail industry professionals at the 6th RRUKA
CTS Winter Conference 2017
The Centre for Transport and Society’s 2017 Winter Conference
took place on Friday 15 December and featured presentations
from CTS researchers on varied aspects of the Centre's
Days Out by Train project wins 3rd prize at 2017 Community Rail Awards
Days Out by Train enabled over 2,000 people from disadvantaged communities (including refugees and asylum seekers, immigrant families at risk of social isolation and people on low incomes) to go on a day trip using the local rail services for free.
The project, designed and delivered by Dr Miriam Ricci at the Centre for Transport and Society in collaboration with the Severnside Community Rail Partnership and funded by Great Western Rail, has won 3rd prize in the 2017 Community Rail Awards in the “Including Diverse Groups” category.
International Cycling Conference in Mannheim, Germany
Parkin was a member of
the programme committee of the International
Cycling Conference, which took place in Mannheim in Germany
from 19 to 21 September 2017. The
conference celebrated the 200th anniversary of
the invention of the bicycle by Karl von Drais.
There were 300 delegates from 42 countries in attendance at the conference, which was very much about linking research to practice. John chaired a session, presented a paper on the opportunities and threats of autonomous vehicles to cycling, and awarded prizes for the best posters. He will also be a co-editor of a themed issue of Transportation Research Part A that will come out of conference papers.
Creating traffic-free spaces in Towns and Cities Conference
Councillors, planners and transport planners from around the country came to the Arnolfini on 15 September 2017 for a conference organised by the Centre for Transport and Society on Creating Traffic-free Space in Towns and Cities. The event attracted a lot of media attention and sold out three weeks in advance.
CTS, working with University College London, created Traffic Removal for professionals working on ‘traffic removal’ projects. It includes this short film, in which Dr Steve Melia interviews the Mayor of Leicester about the recent transformation of the city.
Commuting and Wellbeing SymposiumDr Kiron Chatterjee, Dr Ben Clark and Dr Adrian Davis from the Centre for Transport and Society hosted a one day symposium on commuting and wellbeing at UWE Bristol on 23 June 2017. The event drew together a group of international academics from the US, south-east Asia and continental Europe to discuss the latest evidence of the impacts of commuting on health and wellbeing. This included findings from our Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded commuting and wellbeing project. For further information about the day, including links to the presentations, visit the Changing Travel Behaviours website.
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 in December, the
January and the in
To find out more about why longer commutes are linked to lower life satisfaction (unless you commute by rail) have a look at the project website.
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
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.