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Investment in safe clean transport needed to reduce road crash deaths, says World Bank

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in All news, Asia, Bicycle, Bus, Children, Disabled, Elderly, Employment, Europe, Funding, Informal Economy, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East and north Africa, North America, Occupational health and safety, Pedal, Pedestrian, Precarious work, Safety, Services, Social inclusion, Sub-Saharan Africa, Sustainability, Urban planning |

A new report from the World Bank states there is a “a strong financial case for increasing investments in safe and clean road transport”. Transport for Health, published jointly with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, shows that deaths caused by motorised road transport globally now exceed those from HIV, TB or malaria, with crashes accounting for more than 90 per cent of them. In addition, injuries and illness are undermining economic...

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New global agreement to promote good jobs in public transport

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Accessibility, All news, Asia, Bus, Disabled, Elderly, Employment, Europe, Informal Economy, Latin America and Caribbean, Management, Middle East and north Africa, New Technology, Occupational health and safety, Oceania, Precarious work, Safety, Security, Services, Social inclusion, Sub-Saharan Africa, Sustainability, Systems, Urban planning |

The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) have agreed to work together to promote the development and expansion of public transport. The organisations represent global employers and workers in public transport respectively, and share the view that public transport is “a motor for sustainable growth and the creation of green jobs, as well as environmental protection in reducing congestion and pollution”. They...

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24-hour services with 750 fewer jobs: will London Underground be safe?

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in Accessibility, All news, Disabled, Elderly, Employment, New Technology, Rail, Safety, Security, Services, Social inclusion |

London Underground has announced plans to run services through the night at weekends but to close all ticket offices, with a net loss of 750 jobs. Staff unions have promised to fight the ticket office closure plans, which they say will compromise safety, especially for the most vulnerable passengers. There are also concerns about how maintenance will be carried out in a system that — unlike New York City’s Subway and the Copenhagen metro — was not designed for round-the-clock...

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Road deaths are a global epidemic. Quality Public Transport is one of the cures.

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in All news, Asia, Bus, Children, Disabled, Elderly, Employment, Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East and north Africa, North America, Occupational health and safety, Pedestrian, Safety, Services, Sub-Saharan Africa, Sustainability, Systems, Urban planning |

Quality public transport systems and services are vital not only to make cities of the future more liveable and sustainable, and to enable the poorest as well as the richest citizens to access the jobs, markets and services they need.  There is growing awareness that quality public transport is also literally a matter of life and death. As an article published today in The Guardian reminds us, 1.2 million people die and up to 50 million are injured in traffic accidents annually, nearly half...

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New drive for quality 28 years after English bus deregulation

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in All news, Bus, Children, Disabled, Elderly, Europe, PPP, Services, Social inclusion, Systems |

www.nationalrail.co.ukTyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority (ITA) is planning to hold the private operators that run bus services in and around the English city of Newcastle to higher standards as set out in proposed quality contracts. It is the first initiative of its kind in Britain since local bus services became one of the first examples of privatisation and deregulation introduced by Margaret Thatcher’s government in 1985. But the private bus companies are bitterly opposed,...

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Quality public transport starts with pedestrians!

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in Accessibility, All news, Asia, Bicycle, Bus, Children, Disabled, Elderly, Pedal, Pedestrian, Safety, Social inclusion, Sustainability, Systems, Urban planning |

Quality transport services need to be part of quality public transport systems if they are to provide for the needs of all. And a quality transport system starts from the fact that every journey begins on foot (or the equivalent, in the case of people with walking disabilities). So it’s great news that a city as closely identified with motorised transport as Mumbai is including Road Safety Audits in its transport planning. The Sustainable Cities Collective website reports: “As part...

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