Peter White, Professor of Public Transport Systems, Transport Speaker, Transport Studies Group, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Westminster, Peter White, Professor of Public Transport Systems, Transport Studies Group, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Westminster

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Professor of Public Transport Systems, Transport Studies Group, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Westminster

Membership of Professional Organisations and Bodies:

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, 1982 (FCILT), and a member of its Transport Planning Forum Committee
Member of the Transport Economists’ Group since 1973 (Chairman 1983-2001)
Member of the World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS)
Member of the Transport Planning Society (TPS)
Academic member of International Union of Public Transport (UITP)
Associate Member of the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT)
Member of the editorial board of ‘Transport Reviews’ from September 1996

Areas of Expertise

Academic Experience:

1971-1976 Lecturer in Public Transport Systems, Polytechnic of Central London (now University of Westminster)
1976-1992 Senior Lecturer in Public Transport Systems
1992 - Professor of Public Transport Systems, University of Westminster

Extensive experience in supervision of MSc dissertations, and M Phil/PhD students at the University of Westminster

External Examiner, MSc Transport Engineering, University of Southampton 1992-95

Acted as external examiner for PhD theses at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, Cardiff, Plymouth, Central England; University College London; and (by correspondence) Andhra University in India, and the University of New South Wales in Australia.

Other activities
Specialist Adviser, House of Commons Select Committee on Nationalised Industries 1976-78, re enquiries into British Rail (1977), and the National Bus Company (1978)

Submitted evidence to subsequent enquires by Select Committee on Transport.

Specialist Adviser to Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions in respect on its enquiry into the bus industry during 2002

Specialist Adviser to the Education and Skills Committee in respect of its inquiry into School Transport 2004

Member of advisory board for IPPR Bus Subsidies Study 1998-2000

Member of Bus Statistics Review Board, Department for Transport, 2002

Current and recent research and consultancy

2003 Scoping study for a national travel survey in Ireland

2003 Provision of inputs to a consultancy study for study of coach services in South East England

2001 Adviser to study by a consultancy for CfIT ‘European Best Practice in the Delivery of Integrated Transport’

2001-2004 Responsible for University of Westminster input to joint study updating the ‘Demand for Public Transport’ handbook (joint with Universities of Leeds, Oxford, UCL and with TRL) : this analyses all factors relevant to local bus and rail demand, including fares, service level, service quality etc. Published by TRL in March 2004 (see below)

2000 Advised Industrial Society study commissioned by the Mayor of London into the Public Private Partnership proposal for the Underground, being directly responsible for part of the final report

Recent Selected Publications and Conference Presentations

‘Light Rail and the London Underground’ Chapter 6 (written jointly with Richard Knowles of Salford University) in J.Shaw & I.Docherty (editors)

‘A new deal for Transport? (Blackwell, Oxford, September 2003)

Fourth edition of my textbook ‘Public Transport: its Planning, Management and Operation’ published December 2001 by Spon, London (covering urban, long distance and rural sectors)

‘Use of Public Transport Smart Card data for Understanding Travel Behaviour’ European Transport Conference, Strasbourg, 8-10 October 2003, Seminar on Local Transport., Session 12 (arising from PhD research by Dr Bagchi for which Peter was Director of Studies). Led a workshop group on smartcard data analysis at the IQPC Transport Ticketing Conference, London, May 2004

Smart card data from bus systems - a replacement for existing data sources?
Chapter 6 ‘Road Passenger Transport’ in John Preston (ed) ‘The Regulation of Transport in the European Union’ (Ashgate, forthcoming, 2004) – a review of deregulation in the coach industry, arising from the ‘SORT-IT’ Framework IV study.

‘Integration versus Competition?’ Public Transport International (UITP) issue 2, 2003 pp 32-35 (also in French, Spanish and German versions)

‘Globalisation in public transport’ Public Transport International (UITP) issue 1, 2002, pp 4-7 (also published in French and German versions)

‘An independent review of rail privatisation in Britain’ Paper at Seventh International Conference on Competition and Ownership in Land Passenger Transport, Molde, Norway, June 2001 (revised version as invited contribution to journal ‘Trasporti Europei’, forming a joint paper with John Ball entitled ‘Experience of National Railways Privatisation, and of Vertical Separation in Metro Systems’, August 2002, pp 76-88).

‘Local bus industry profitability and the role of longer-distance services’ Chapter 9 in Tony Grayling (ed)

‘Any more fares? Delivering better bus services’ Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) London, February 2001

'Regular Interurban Coach Services in Europe' Paper for ECMT 114th Round Table on Transport Economics, Paris March 1999 (published 2001), pp 77-110 [also in French]

Co-author with R. Mackett and H.Titheridge (UCL), J.Preston (Oxford), M.Wardman and J.Shires (Leeds) and R.Balcombe and N.Paulley (TRL) of the report ‘The Demand for Public Transport : a Practical Guide’ (TRL report 593, April 2004), and of papers based on this report presented at the World Conference on Transport Research, Istanbul (July 2004) and the AET Conference, Strasbourg (October 2004).

‘What passenger expectations most affect Ridership? (with E.Salida and J.Zhou) Landor London Rail Conference, May 2004.

Work related to developing countries

Responsible for teaching on a postgraduate course (Diploma and Masters) in Transport & Development which PCL/University of Westminster offered from the late 1970s to 1994.

Responsible for the development of the academic link between the University of Westminster and the Egyptian National Institute of Transport, Cairo (funded by ODA), which operated 1995-2000

Together with staff of ENIT authored a report and conference papers on use of the Cairo metro, including characteristics of users in low-income areas, price elasticity, access modes to stations, etc. (funded by DfID).

Public Transport Adviser, Zimbabwe National Transport Study (SWECO of Sweden), 1984, responsible for analysis and recommendations regarding rural and long-distance bus services. Report Published 1986. Acted in similar role for Zimbabwe Rural Passenger Transport Study (Brian Colquhoun, Hugh O’Donnell & Partners), 1994.

Responsible for the Higher Education Link between the University of Westminster and Central Institute of Road Transport, Pune, India, funded by the British Council, visiting India in January 1997 and Feburary 1999, and responsible for subsequent visits by CIRT teaching staff to the U.K.

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