Why fewer Londoners are taking the tube: a transport researcher explains

This guest blog was written by Nicole Badstuber, Researcher in Urban Transport Governance at the Centre for Transport Studies, UCL. For the first time since 2008, the number of people using the world-famous London Underground – locally known as “the tube” – has fallen. After over two decades of long-term growth, passenger numbers are down […]

Controlling the urban landscape: the pros and cons of putting public spaces in private hands

A 2007 report from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) described the growing private ownership and management of the public realm as a “quiet revolution in land ownership”. The study included a handful of early examples, such as the Excel Centre and Canary Wharf in London, and Liverpool’s Paradise Street development (later rebranded Liverpool […]

Delivering digital differently: how should we provide public services in the future?

  By Steven McGinty On April 21st, Socitm (the Society of Information Technology Management) will be having their annual spring conference. This year, the agenda reflects the challenges facing technology leaders, who are under increasing pressure to radically transform services and deliver financial savings. The event will open with a discussion on how digital technology […]

Rural transport: connecting communities

By Rebecca Jackson For many people the buses which run through rural towns and villages in the UK are a lifeline.  However, with councils under increasing pressure to reduce costs and deal with significant budget cuts, some communities are being cut off by the loss of local services. A cycle of low passenger numbers, rising costs […]

Support for the squeezed middle: could public subsidies tackle London’s housing crisis?

A new report from the Centre for London has highlighted the potential of intermediate housing in supporting Londoners on middle incomes. The report – Fair to Middling – argues that not only could publicly-subsidised housing help those on modest incomes in London find better places to live, but could play a vital role in ensuring […]

A tale of five cities: night time transport infrastructure in global cities

By Rebecca Jackson As London’s launch of its new night tube services is delayed, we compare night-time transport infrastructure in 5 cities and consider the importance of the night tube to allow London to maintain its status as one of the world’s great cities. London is viewed, like most modern-day cities, as a 24-hour hub of […]

How data and smart city infrastructure can support transport planning

By Morwen Johnson Efficient transport is vital to the smooth running of businesses and everyday life in a city. The emergence of new technologies is rapidly transforming both traffic management systems and the analysis of travel activity and transport modelling. At the Open Data Awards last week, the Greater London Authority won the Open Data […]

New Idox research – Data Mining to inform public policy

By Susan Lomax, Data Scientist, Knowledge Transfer Partnership placement The latest “new” thing in the world of data mining is using “Big Data” to inform public policy. Using data mining methods, we can aid evidence-based decision making by learning what the data can tell us and using this to write or implement policy. Idox are […]

Putting research at the heart of UK public policy

by Alex Addyman and James Carson At the heart of The Knowledge Exchange is a comprehensive database of hundreds of thousands of articles, research reports, and policy documents covering 40 years of UK public policy. The database is known as the Idox Information service and users include:

Cities on the edge: edge computing and the development of smart cities

From Barcelona to Glasgow, across the world, a trend towards making our cities “smart” has been accelerating in line with demands for cities to become more responsive to the needs of residents. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a newfound urgency to ensure that the places where we live are more resilient […]