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Stockholm, November 2023

Stockholm Impresses with Sustainable Transportation Efforts On a recent trip to Stockholm, I was thoroughly impressed by the city's commitment to sustainable transportation. From the moment I arrived at Arlanda Airport, I was struck by the precision and clarity of the customer information screens for the Arlanda Express train. This...
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Celebrating 10 years of Surbon Consulting

It was fantastic to celebrate a decade of Surbon Consulting at an event in London last week for selected clients and colleagues. Thank you to everyone who came along to enjoy drinks, canapés and wine tasting from a sommelier. Here's to the next ten years! Celebrating a decade with cake...
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Supporting UITP Training in UAE and UK, Autumn 2023

It has been a pleasure to support UITP with their training across Middle East and UK. This training has helped public transport authorities, operators, and other stakeholders make informed decisions about electric bus procurement, financing, and operations. UITP Electric Bus Training in the Middle East UITP has been actively delivering...
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Supporting Stagecoach Manchester Tranche 2 bid, August 2023

Delighted to have helped Stagecoach win Tranche 2 bus contracts from Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM). The Tranche 2 contracts, which will begin on 24 March 2024 and run for a period of five years with a option to extend for 2 years. The Tranche 2 contracts will see Stagecoach...
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UITP Conference, Barcelona June 2023

I had a fantastic time at UITP 2023 conference, after a 4 year hiatus due to COVID-19 pandemic. Held in the lovely city of Barcelona under the theme of Bright Lights of the City, it was 4 days of intense discussions surrounding the future of public transport. I learnt a...
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Transit Orientated Development (TOD) – UITP/LTA training, April 2023

It was great to have delivered a talk on transit orientated development virtually in Singapore to a mix of attendees hosted by UITP and Land Transport Agency in Singapore. I covered case studies in UK and Middle East with a brief summary of "good" transit orientated development case studies below....
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Presenting at UITP Public Transport Fundamentals Course, Feb 2023

As a member of UITP for over 8 years, it's great to be able to give back and present a session on funding and financing of public transport last week. With over 30 participants across the globe ranging from Nepal to Portugal, it was a lively and interactive session covering...
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Speaking at Clean Buses in MENA, Feb 2023

I really enjoyed speaking at the Clean Buses in MENA conference in Dubai on 7th and 8th February 2023 which was organised by Global Mass Transit. It was an insightful conference with a variety of views on the future of clean buses. For me there were 3 key takeaways. Net...
Speaking on electric buses in Dubai, February 2023

Speaking on electric buses in Dubai, February 2023

Very much looking forward to speaking on electric bus procurement in Dubai in February 2023 at Shangri La Hotel, Dubai. More information and registration here: https://web.cvent.com/event/626b546e-46ca-4021-b8b6-7f5c5b122596/summary. Hope to see you there!
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Updated Social Value Playbook, November 2022

Having worked on over 10 projects with social value requirements from 2012 onwards I thought after 10 years it would be good idea to briefly summarise social value in a simple playbook (please see downloads section). Social value as a topic is a one which is undergoing a lot of...