The International Transport Forum (ITF) returned to Leipzig, Germany in late May 2022 for its annual event, which was in person again this year. This was following a virtual event last year and a cancelled event the year before due to the pandemic.
Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest city and sits near the coast on the west side of the country south of Norway and north of Denmark. It is a, relatively, recent city and has a 400th anniversary in 2021.
As a prosperous wealthy country there have been persistent shortages of labor for many decades, and this remains the case today, which causes significant impacts on thinking about regional mobility.
Some semblance of a “normal” is returning, but what does this mean for rail travel in the UK and more widely in Europe in the late pandemic phase?
The conference was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but nevertheless, was a chance for the European, and wider world, to exchange best practices in sustainable mobility, observe the latest trends, and for the host cities to welcome guests from across the continent.
In the spring, the national Department for Transport announced an “Emergency Active Travel Fund” to support local councils in reallocating road space for significant increases in the numbers of cyclists and pedestrians through the pending spring and summer periods.
An aspect of every urban transport system is making interchange between modes work well. Interchanges are widely discussed across Europe, but the outcomes vary widely across the continent.
Exactly what operational model will operators, cities, and public health authorities adopt once the restrictions are eased and we get back to "normal?"
What happened with the author opted to travel via coach instead of train while on vacation in Germany?
Making public transport efficient, effective, and attractive is at core of public policy across most of Europe to meet sustainability challenges.
As a city, Leipzig is an excellent example of the German principals of transport planning and service as well as eastern Germany’s long history. The city has benefitted from large amounts of investment in infrastructure over the years since German reunification and most transport systems seem to be new or rebuilt, expanded and in a very good current state of repair. The most notable element in the transport mix is inevitably the enormous and historic main railway station, which is one of the largest, but certainly not busiest, in Europe.
London is one of the grand cities of the world and in the midst of the cycling revolution. Led by the city’s transport organization – Transport for London, but supported by more fundamental changes in the city’s society, economy and perceptions of lifestyle and mobility, cycling is “on a roll”!