A Transport Consultant specialising in the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, improved energy efficiency, enhanced safety and reduced public health impacts (principally air quality but also noise). I have worked as a ”framework” consultant with the Energy Saving Trust since 2001 in England, Scotland and Wales. Other projects include Car Club feasibility studies for Carplus and Transport Scotland in remote, rural, urban and deprived areas of Scotland. For a short period in 2011/12 I delivered all the EST Transport Reviews in Wales until a new WG withdrew all funding for EST Transport advice in Wales. I am an enthusiastic advocate of EVs, an EV owner and, living in Shrewsbury, one frustrated by the lack of charging infrastructure to the west of my home!
I have a track record of delivering informed, fact based, independent sustainable transport advice and have worked with groups and organisations to deliver appropriate solutions to meet local transport needs. I believe it is important that solutions are based on real data and that wherever possible the impact of a project in terms of carbon emissions and energy use is accurately determined and compared with alternatives. For example, it is not always the case that “local” is either low carbon or energy efficient.
I am particularly interested in the issue of “transport poverty” and the impact of poor public transport infrastructure on people’s life choices. I think this issue is particularly acute at either ends of the age spectrum: school leavers and the elderly and some of the emerging technology – including autonomous vehicles – may finally offer some solutions but it will be some time before the technology can cope with the complex environment of rural roads. In the interim the type of community led solution that has proved sustainable at Moray Carshare may be a solution for other very rural areas of the UK.