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Martin Higginson. BA, PhD, FCILT
Martin Higginson Transport Research & Consultancy
5 The Avenue, Clifton, YORK, YO30 6AS
Tel: 0044 (0) 1904 636 704/ Fax: -----/ Mobile: 0044 (0) 7980 874 12
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Website: http://www.martinhigginson.co.uk
Martin Higginson Dr Martin Higginson is a renowned national and international expert in public transport and proprietor of the independent business Martin Higginson Transport Research & Consultancy, which provides analysis and advice on policy development, strategy, planning, operations, technology; integration, economics, finance and investment for the bus, light rail and rail industries. He has a unique combination of practical experience in industry, academic knowledge and exposure to the commercial discipline of consultancy. He holds visiting research fellowships at the universities of Newcastle [Transport Operations Research Group] and York [Institute of Railway Studies & Transport History].

Services Provided

  • Policy development
    • Bus, coach, heavy and light rail and multi-modal strategy and scheme development for central and local government and the transport industry
  • Economic and efficiency evaluation
    • Guidance on methods of economic analysis,
    • interchange planning, park & ride design and implementation, bus priorities and financing regimes for national and international policy-makers
  • Efficiency analysis
    • Benchmarking and best practice identification
  • Competition, tendering and franchising
    • Scheme design and strategy development
  • Market intelligence
    • Advice to investors and franchise bidders
  • Strategies, planning, integration and operation
    • Bus-rail integration: route design, station accessibility, access planning for operators and authorities
  • Regional transport strategy preparation for authorities and operators
  • Planning for railway station, route and service enhancement and re-opening
  • Planning, management and operation of road and rail services
  • Operational and technological analysis
    • Optimisation of efficiency and effectiveness
    • Planning for and implementation of innovative technologies
    • International regulatory harmonisation
  • Community involvement
    • Community rail and station adoption schemes:
    • Identification and evaluation of best practice in station adoption schemes
    • Member of Heritage Line Community Rail Partnership steering group, County Durham
  • Rural transport
    • Evaluation of the transport needs of an ageing rural population
    • Rail service optimisation for market towns and rural communities
  • Historical development of transport
    • University and museum research into economic and social aspects: for full details see web page

  • International perspectives and comparisons
    • Preparation of policy guidance with UITP Transport Economics Commission
    • International comparative analysis
  • Foreign languages
    • German and French: good spoken, written and comprehension skills

Selected Achievements

  • International Public Transport Association (UITP): Member, Transport Economics Commission
    • Policy documents on public transport and metro finances and funding
    • Training course presentation
    • Articles in Public Transport International on public transport financing and taxation
  • German language assignments
    • Die Londoner Mautgebόhr: Fluch oder Segen: Der Nahverkehr
    German language adviser to fuel trading business
    • City-Maut London – Erfahrungen mit einem umstrittenen Mittel der Verkehrslenkung: Zentrum fόr Integrierte Verkehrssysteme (ZIV), Darmstadt
  • European Commission Projects
    • Estimation and assessment of the marginal costs of the use of transport in Europe
    • Fiscus: cost evaluation and financing schemes for urban transport systems
    • Voyager: High Quality Public Transport for 2020
    • Interreg 111B (North Sea Region): HiTrans Public transport for medium-sized cities
    • Best Practice Guidance
    • The impact of possible technical harmonisation initiatives addressing the urban rail sector
    • STaR City of the Future
  • International consultancy
    • Australia
    The future provision of Brisbane’s bus services
    Review of the Myki smart card ticketing project, Victoria

    • Germany
    German language article and conference presentation on London Congestion Charging Scheme

    • Irish Republic
    Kildare Route Study: public transport integration and station access

    • Poland
    Transport Integration Opportunities in the Katowice Region

    • Portugal
    Toll bridge traffic demand into and out of Lisbon

    • Russia
    St.Petersburg: operational and regulatory options for the expansion of commercial bus services

    • Sierra Leone
    Development of links between Sierra Leonian and UK National Railway Museums

    Switzerland
    Joint organiser and rapporteur, Swiss Embassy Anglo-Swiss Railway Workshops
  • Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport
    • Chartered Fellow [FCILT]
    • Past Chairman, Metropolitan Section, London
    • Chairman, North East England Transport Policy Committee
    • Winner of Henry Spurrier Travelling Scholarships
    • Policies and practices for tourist coaches in major European cities
    • Bus regulation in the far east and Australia

  • Roads & Road Transport History Association
    • Editor "The Companion to Public Road Transport History in Great Britain & Ireland", forthcoming
  • Honorary Research Fellowships
    • Transport Operations Research Group, Department of Civil Engineering & Geosciences, Newcastle University
    • Institute of Railway Studies & Transport History, Department of History, University of York, in association with the National Railway Museum

Recent Projects

  • Morpeth-Bedlington Rail Service Feasibility - view
  • Advisor to Translink - view
Morpeth-Bedlington Rail Service Feasibility
Examination of the feasibility of introducing a passenger service on a freight-only railway
Advisor to Translink
Advisor on managerial aspects as required
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