Public Transport Policy

Policy can be defined as a combination of high-level actions designed to achieve strategic goals or objectives that have been previously defined. In the case of transport policy, the five objectives defined by the UK government are typical of those worldwide, although exact definitions and priorities may differ. They are –

  • Safeguarding the Evironment, or Sustainability,
  • Supporting Economic Activity and Growth,
  • Safety, of users and non-users,
  • Social Inclusion and Accessibility, and
  • Integration, both with other policies and between travel modes.

Alan has recently provided specialist input to a Policy and Regulation study for the Abu Dhabi Department of Transport, as a sub-consultant to MVA. This comprised a complete review of the existing legal framework concerning public transport, including issues such as operator and route regulation, ownership structures and franchising, safety, the environment, monitoring and compliance.

Also recently, while with Atkins, he worked on production of the National Transport Plan and White Paper  for the UAE National Transport Authority. He provided general and specialist input to this major study, in which public transport plays a key role.

In the UK he has worked on the Gloucester Transport Strategy, where he provided specialist input to the project aimed at identifying necessary transport interventions over the next 20 years. He also assisted Portsmouth City Council in setting a strategic direction for improved partnership working with bus companies.

Alan spent five years working with the Saudi Public Transport Company (SAPTCO), during which period he helped the company define policy in a number of areas, including teh future of urban bus services in the Kingdom.

He then spent another two years with Dubai Municipality’s Public Transport Department, where he again assisted with strategic and policy advice.