Over the past month transport systems around the world have been stripped of their most vital asset – passengers. Many operators are reporting ridership levels that are 80-90% down on the norm as people are being told not to travel unless absolutely necessary. This has had devastating and unexpected effects.
In the past couple of weeks our day-to-day lives have been turned upside down and inside out. We’ve been told to ‘stay at home, save lives’and gradually more strictly-enforced lockdowns mean that the vast majority are working from sofas or hastily-constructed home offices as the coronavirus pandemic has exploded worldwide – its RNA structure seemingly making it remarkably easy to catch but very difficult to kill.
With the UK now in the delay phase of its response to the Covid-19 outbreak, Mainspring has
taken the difficult decision to re-schedule this year’s UK Light Rail Conference – due to take
place on 19-20 May – to new dates of 8-9 September 2020.
It is unlikely that the result of the recent UK General Election will have come as a surprise to many. The 80-strong majority secured by the Conservative Party in the country’s third election in five years is clear evidence of a ‘push-back’ against years of bickering, broken promises and a willingness to break the deadlock on Brexit that has been seen as holding back decision-making and key investment the UK desperately needs.
‘Addressing the challenges of climate change offers a massive opportunity for light rail’, was the key theme at this year’s UK Light Rail Conference #UKLRC19, hosted in the trendy Media City area of Manchester from 23 – 24 July 2019. We hear from AssessTech’s Sally Brinkley on her key takeaways from the conference.
With cities continuing to grow and more powers being devolved from central government, the way that transport schemes are being developed is changing. This puts light rail in the driving seat.