Transport Economists’ Group

Formed in 1973, the Group provides a forum for people involved in transport economics to meet regularly and discuss matters of mutual interest. Membership is open to both economists working in transport and all others whose work is connected with transport economics. The aim of the Group is to improve the quality of transport management, planning and decision making by promoting lectures, discussions and publications related to the economics of transport and of the environment within which the industry functions.

Next meeting Wednesday 28 September

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 28 September and will be a face to face meeting at 18:00 at Arup.

Peter White, Emeritus Professor of Public Transport Systems, University of Westminster, will speak on “Recent developments in local bus services, the taxi/PHV market, and the role of smaller vehicles”.

Following Peter’s presentation on local bus services in February 2021, he will outline recent developments in this sector, notably the National Bus Strategy for England, development of Bus Service Improvement Plans (BSIPs), Enhanced Partnerships, franchising, and the extent of ridership recovery post-COVID. The taxi and PHV (Private Hire Vehicle) market displayed very strong growth in driver and vehicle numbers prior to COVID, but broadly stable ridership, leading to possible oversupply and poor utilisation. Numbers have since reduced, notably in London. Comparisons will also be made with developments in this sector in other countries, and their possible relevance to Britain. The talk will conclude by examining the roles of smaller vehicles in public passenger transport, notably the use of minibuses for high frequency operations, and the role of demand responsive services, suggesting optimal roles that each might play in future.


We aim to begin the speaker’s presentation promptly at 18:00.

For face to face meetings, we will send you details of how to find the meeting room, which will normally open around 17:30 for 18:00.

For online meetings, we will send you a meeting link approximately 24 hours in advance. The online meeting room will normally open after 17:45 for 18:00.

Attendance is open to anyone but, to enable us to send you a link with instructions on how to join the meeting, please click on the link below and send us an email.

I wish to attend the September face to face TEG meeting

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We will send you a link and joining instructions approximately 24 hours before the meeting.

We aim to begin the speaker’s presentation promptly at 18:00. For online meetings, the meeting room will normally open around 17:45.


All with an interest in the subject are welcome to attend our regular TEG meetings, whether a member or not.

Since September 2005, Arup has generously hosted TEG’s meetings at their offices in central London. From March 2020, the physical meetings programme has been paused, due to the restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, and all meetings are currently being held online. When physical meetings resume, details of location(s) will appear here. At physical meetings, non-members are asked to make a small contribution to expenses.