Resilience Interim Report

The interim report from the resilience workshop is now available to download. The workshop looked at four different areas:

  • Understanding the diversity of users on the network and their needs;
  • The role of information and communication in managing disruptions;
  • The effectiveness of actions to adapt transport and non-transport services; and
  • Understanding the social and economic impacts of such events.

Key findings were clustered into six main areas including coordination, information, behavioural insights and economic impacts.


Resilience Workshop

Following work with Transport Scotland on the impacts of the Forth Road Bridge Closure Disruption Project team members Greg Marsden, Jillian Anable, Iain Docherty and Jeremy Shires ran a workshop for 32 stakeholders in Glasgow on 15th November. As well as learning from the FRB closure the workshop included case studies from Calderdale, York and Cumbria and the flooding from Storms Desmond and Eva.

Resilience Workshop

Resilience Workshop

Participants putting together priority recommendations

Participants putting together priority recommendations

2015 MODEshift Convention

On 6th November ,the project team will be running a workshop on the ‘Fleximobility’ concept at the 2015 MODEshift convention in Birmingham.

Further details can be found here:

Modeshift is a not for profit membership organisation funded by the public, private and community sectors in the United Kingdom. They aim to secure increased levels of safe, active and sustainable travel in educational establishments, businesses and communities thereby engendering widespread travel behaviour change in the long term.

ESRC Sustainable Behaviour Seminar

On Monday 21st September, Tim will be giving a talk as part of the ESRC Seminar Series on Behaviour Change. This will be around the event topic “Approaches to Achieving Sustainable Behaviours” and will contain many references to the project’s ‘Fleximobility’ concept.

Further information on this event and the rest of the seminar series can be found here:

The series is organised by Bristol Social Marketing Centre at UWE, in conjunction with partners from Capita, City University London, National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), On Target Consulting, University College London, University of Bath, University of Exeter, and the University of Manchester.

Report on York City Council Office Reorganisation

This short report aims to highlight the most important findings to emerge from a survey conducted by the Disruption project into the impacts of the recent workplace reorganisation implemented by the City of York Council (CYC). As part of the reorganisation CYC consolidated its offices and workforce in 2013 from 17 sites to just 2 sites, West Offices and Hazel Court. In addition CYC also introduced new working practices that encouraged flexible working hours, ‘hot-desking’ and working from home. This was necessitated by a deliberate decision to reduce the desk space available at the two new sites compared to the previous 17 sites.

The two new initiatives had the potential to cause disruption, both positive and negative, to CYC employees in a number of ways. The consolidation of office space might lead to longer or shorter commuting journeys for employees, a potential change in routes, a potential change in modes and more/less complex trip chaining, (e.g. dropping children at school on the way to work). New working practices might be welcomed by some employees who enjoy the flexibility they can bring and less welcomed by others who prefer more structure and an office environment. They might lead to productivity gains at the individual and organisational level, or losses if employees are not able to connect and engage with colleagues at appropriate times.
WP3 – CYC_Reorganisation_Final Report June 2015
York CC

Transport Planning Society Regional Meetings

On 31st July Tim will be giving a presentation on the project’s ‘Fleximobility’ concept to the West Midlands region of the Transport Planning Society.

The event will be held at Mott McDonald’s offices in Birmingham. Further details can be found here:

It is anticipated that this will be the first of a number of presentations from the TPS regional groups. For more information on future events, please contact Tim:

Annual Transport Practitioners Meeting

The Disruption project will be arriving en masse at the Annual Transport Practitioners Meeting in London on 1st and 2nd July 2015.

The project will be giving four presentations covering different aspects of the project as well as running a workshop covering the overall ‘Fleximobility’ concept that we have generated from the project.

The presentations will be:

Responses and adaptability to disrupted travel patterns – a questionnaire study (Jillian Anable, Thomas Budd and Tim Chatterton)

Spatial, temporal and social factors in everyday mobility and modal choice – 3 years of ethnographic studies (Noel Cass and James Faulconbridge)

Disruption as it happens – a selection of responsive case studies (Greg Marsden and Jeremy Shires)

Defining and delivering sustainable transport: who has the power to change the way we travel? (David Williams)

Disruption and Fleximobility at the ECEEE Summer Study

In the first week of June, Jillian and Tim took the Disruption project to the European Council for and Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE) Summer Study in France.

Jillian gave a presentation on “Rethinking habitual travel patterns – what might ‘flexi-mobility’ mean for sustainable transport policies?”, prior to a well attended workshop session exploring the fleximobility concept in an international context with the mixed academic and practitioner paticipants.