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CILT Event – Community Rail Lancashire, Accrington, May 2022

Thanks to CILT (UK) and CMAC Group for the recent community rail event at Accrington and Blackburn. We learnt about the good work of Community Rail Lancashire, involving local schoolchildren and artists to brighten up Blackburn station and Accrington station. Artwork really does help to make an environment far more welcoming. A further example...
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Young Rail Professionals, Manchester, April 2022

It was great to have been invited to Young Rail Professionals dinner as a guest of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) table in Manchester last Thursday. It was the first time that this event has been held since before COVID-19. There were therefore 3 years of celebrations to...

UITP MENA, Dubai, Feb 2022

Thanks to  UITP MENA and RTA for hosting a fabulous 3 day conference in Dubai. Highlights for me were: Speaking about electric bus procurement as part of a sustainability session. Some photos are below of my presentation which focussed on the good, the bad and the ugly of electric bus procurement. With electric bus being classed...
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Travelling on an Electric Bus, Dubai, Feb 2022

While in Dubai for UITP MENA 2022 Congress, I took the opportunity to try out RTA's new electric bus which travels between La Mer South to Al Sufouh tram station. It's currently free and indeed there are no ticket validators on the bus. So if you are in Dubai and...
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MENA Transport Congress, Dubai, Feb 2022

February is going to be a busy month as I am also going to be speaking at MENA Transport Congress on procurement of electric buses. After almost 2 years of the pandemic, it will be great to attend an actual conference talking about all things public transport. Check out

UITP’s Integration of urban planning and public transport Course in Singapore, Feb 2022

Looking forward to delivering a talk on parking policy for UITP's course on Integration of Urban Planning and Public Transport in Singapore in February 2022. For more information about the course and to sign up please use this link:
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12 bays of Christmas, Jersey, Jan 2022

Another year another, cold water swimming challenge! Being an avid fan of swimming, on a recent trip on Christmas and New Year to the Channel island of Jersey, my mum and I took part in the 12 bays of Jersey challenge which involved swimming in 12 bays of Jersey in...

Expo 2020 Recommendations

After visiting Expo in Milan in 2015, I was intrigued to visit Expo in Dubai which is running between October 2021 and March 2022 and loved it. After two years of a global pandemic, it's great to see such a fascinating global exhibition. Read on for my recommendations to get...
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Fellowship of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

I was delighted to be awarded fellowship of the Chartered Logistics and Transport in September and celebrated by taking a photo of my certificate on a Chiltern train (as you do). Look forward to attending the events including the annual dinner at the end of November and getting involved in...
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East West Main Line Conference, Oxford – September 2021

It was great to attend Peleton's conference about the progress on East West Main Line today at Oxford Town Hall. This was my second in person event in the same month, what a novelty post pandemic! Meeting people face to face is so much better than Teams. See below for...
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Hiring a car at Arnold Clark – A great customer experience!

I recently experienced excellent customer experience at Arnold Clark on a recent trip to the UK. I was very impressed (which I admit is not easy!), Here is how it was done: Waiting - Offered free tea and coffee, charge points. kid's play area, lots of magazines for the older...
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French impose a 135 euro fine on electric scooters

"Ahead of national legislation on electric scooters expected this year, the French capital’s council voted to impose a 135 euro ($155) fine for riding on the sidewalk and a 35 euro fine for blocking the sidewalk with parked scooters, the city said on its website. The city will also remove...
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Five Highlights from World Future Energy Summit in UAE

My 5 highlights from World Future Energy Summit held in Abu Dhabi last week #WFES2019Recap#sustainability#electriccars#scooters#publictransport