A collective approach to tackling public transport challenges
Stephen Edwards, Executive Director of South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), was recently named the new Chair of the Urban Transport Group (UTG). Here, we quiz him on the areas he’ll be focusing on in his new role, connecting transport services, working as a collective with other group members, and more.
What’s at the top of your agenda as the new Chair of the Urban Transport Group?
There are five things that are of particular importance to me that largely overlap with UTG’s priorities. Firstly, the bus network and its sustainability – in particular the issue of patronage decline. The two things are symbiotic. As patronage falls, the economic viability of the network reduces, often leading to reductions in service provision which in turn make the network less attractive. This is a trend we are seeing across the UK.
The next thing is long-term sustainable investment in transport. Infrastructure investment involves complex projects with long delivery times. Having certainty over future funding availability allows decision makers to plan and implement the right projects rather than fitting work to the funding available.
Issue 1 2019
South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), Urban Transport Group (UTG)