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].

Martin Higginson. BA, PhD, FCILT
Martin Higginson Transport Research & Consultancy
5 The Avenue, Clifton, YORK, YO30 6AS
Tel: 0044 (0) 1904 636 704 / Mobile: 0044 (0) 7980 874 12

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 Mautgebühr: Fluch oder Segen: Der Nahverkehr
German language adviser to fuel trading business
• City-Maut London – Erfahrungen mit einem umstrittenen Mittel der Verkehrslenkung: Zentrum für 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

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
  • Advisor to Translink