Transport infrastructure and public transport services are key enablers of economic activity and provide social services. Carefully selected investment is an important enabler of economic growth, especially when well matched to complementary development policies.
In addition to enabling economic activity and providing key services, transport has a major impact on the environment. Policy makers are seeking to encourage transport users and operators to reduce their environmental impact. This objective is set against rising demand for transport services and the needs of financing infrastructure.
Much transport infrastructure (and the public transport services using it) is not commercially viable, and so may require additional funding to secure their delivery. This transport infrastructure may often represent a natural monopoly, requiring further intervention to ensure it is managed in the society’s interests.
Transport operators, investors, funders, managers, regulators and consumer bodies in the air, rail, road, ports, ferries and urban transport sectors all come to CEPA for assistance and advice. We serve clients around the world to help with issues such as finance and funding, managing the environmental impact, performance, regulation and efficiency, stakeholder engagement and customer protection, fares policy, demand analysis and other strategic issues.
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Transport News & insights
Vacancy for a Senior Consultant: financial economics / regulatory finance
CEPA is seeking an exceptional individual to join its London office as a Senior Consultant, supporting the firm's work in financial economics and regulatory finance.
Transformational impacts of transport investment
We are pleased to have helped our client understand how and why transport schemes achieve transformational impacts and how contextual factors can work with a new transport investment.
Reputation acknowledged by ranking recognition
CEPA thanks those clients, industry leaders, associates and future economists for the feedback they provided to Consultancy.uk, resulting in the firm’s high-level, 2023 ranking as one of the “Top Economics consulting firms in the UK”.
Dr Darryl Biggar appointed to bolster CEPA Australia’s practice
CEPA is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Darryl Biggar as a senior advisor in its Australian practice.
LSE students present findings about biodiversity policy
We are pleased to have supported another cohort of students undertaking the Capstone Course at the London School of Economics (LSE).
CEPA has again been recognised as one of the UK’s leading management consultants
We are grateful for the continued positive feedback from the market, which has led to CEPA retaining its position in the Financial Times' ratings.
Vacancy for an economic consultant: water and transport
CEPA is looking for an outstanding person to join our London office as a Consultant or Senior Consultant to support our work in water and transport.
CEPA recognised as one of the UK’s leading management consultants
Following another year of providing high-quality advice to our clients across our core sectors, we are grateful for the positive feedback from the market, which has led to CEPA’s inclusion in the Financial Times’ independent ratings report.
Appraising options for mitigating aviation noise
EU Regulation 598/2014 (“EU598”), requires that a “Balanced Approach” be taken to managing aviation noise, with operating restrictions only being introduced once other measures have been fully considered.
Decarbonisation & sector integration
Consumers, policy makers and private businesses are focusing on decarbonising economic activity to limit the impact of climate change and to secure an environmentally sustainable future.
How to incentivise the uptake of electric vehicles
We explore some of the questions on incentivising electric vehicle uptake and how to further consumer interest in zero carbon vehicles – a key question in recent policy discussions in the UK.
Considerations for UK regulators setting the value of debt beta
UK Regulators Network publish a CEPA report on approaches to debt beta estimation and the link between debt beta and gearing levels.
CEPA in the media as Air Quality News reports
“City leaders call for £1.5bn funding to support national Clean Air Zone network”.
Civil Aviation Authority issues decision on the price control review of UK air traffic control operator
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued its decision on the 2020-24 price control review (RP3) of the UK air traffic control operator NATS.
Increasing government spending to tackle air pollution
CEPA analysis - commissioned by UK100 - shows that increasing government spending to tackle air pollution will lead to significant wider economic benefits.
Highways - Efficiency review for the Office of Rail and Road
CEPA commissioned to support review of Highways England’s proposed efficiencies and to perform a high-level analysis of the deliverability of the proposed enhancement programme.
Highways benchmarking: pavement condition
CEPA, alongside TRL, have twice been commissioned by the Office of Rail and Road to assess how pavement condition is measured.
Emission controls on trucks in Britain
Ivan Viehoff's briefing note about emission controls, including decarbonisation, of freight transport in Britain over the next 30 years.
Setting Highways England’s Performance Specification
CEPA has been advising the Department for Transport about how to set the performance regime which is used to monitor and assess the performance of Highways England.
Efficiency assessment for Crossrail 2
Transport for London commissioned CEPA to examine the levels of efficiency that might be delivered in designing and constructing Crossrail 2.
Efficiency incentives to apply to the economic regulation of Heathrow
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has published a report by CEPA alongside its policy update and consultation on the economic regulation of capacity expansion at Heathrow Airport (CAP 1782).
Publication of an issues paper on public transport fares in Sydney
The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) has published an issues paper as part of a major review of public transport fares in Sydney and surrounding areas.
Reducing the environmental impact of freight in the UK
The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) published their final report "Better Delivery: the challenge for freight" on 17 April 2019.
Airport capacity strategy
CEPA’s contribution to this study on delivering the future airport capacity requirements in Ireland for the Irish Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport set out the decisions Ireland has to make - and the timing - to come to a good decision on the future capacity requirements of Dublin Airport.