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Solving the ‘chicken and egg’problem of alternative fuels

16 October 2017

A phrase much used in the alternative fuels industry is the ‘chicken and egg problem’. Without demand for recharging and refuelling alternative-fuel vehicles there is no case for investment in infrastructure; but without infrastructure to recharge/refuel them, most people will not buy alternative fuelled vehicles. There is a solution to this problem, but it requires action from both the public and private sectors, new and innovative business models, and perhaps most importantly a long-term approach.

Disruption or decline, what’s next for the black cab?

15 May 2017

Steer Davies Gleave hosts yet another successful Movement Matters event in London focused on the future of the black cab.

The black cab is an iconic image of London, but recent technological advances and changes in the Taxi and Private Hire market have meant that it faces an uncertain future. As part of our Movement Matters series, we brought together three industry experts to debate whether the black cab faces decline, disruption or both.

Not all that glitters is gold

16 March 2017

Currently EVs account for around 0.2% of vehicles on UK roads , but their use is set to grow to around 1.6 million vehicles or 5% of licensed vehicles by 2020 . This is motivated by the fact that buying them is promoted through a favourable vehicle tax regime and government grants and planners are promoting the installation of infrastructure to support EVs in city centres. In response to the need to reduce carbon emission from transport, since 2001 the UK government has set vehicle tax rates based on CO2 emissions.

The disruptive nature of autonomous vehicles on traffic forecasting

08 December 2016

Delivering a reasonably accurate forecast is an important component to estimating the feasibility of a particular project or the viability of a comprehensive transport plan. In most cities, the benefits of the project or plan will depend upon an estimate of travel times on alternative modes, routes and modal shares. 

We have been doing this for many years (with variable accuracy) under a broad assumption of “business as usual”; that is travel trends, capacities and mode preferences (defined by the parameters in our models) will be retained into the future.

Road user charging – an equitable solution to budgetary constraints?

21 June 2016

Most countries find it difficult or even impossible to provide sufficient resources for the optimal maintenance and rehabilitation of their roads. Road infrastructure has a very long life if maintained properly, however rapid growth of traffic, and goods vehicles in particular, exert pressures on both the capacity and road pavement performance. 

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