Neil Taylor BA (Hons)
Neil is an experienced consultant, who has applied his energetic approach to a large number of projects for UK government departments and agencies, regional and national bodies, Local Authorities and major private enterprises. He has expertise covering a range of topics, including: sustainable transport and the promotion of Smarter Travel Choices, accessible and inclusive transport for disabled and older people, local transport strategy development, market and social research techniques and central government research reviews.
A particular area of specialism includes designing and delivering market & social research projects to furnish private and public sector clients with detailed analyses of complex transport issues, and insights into the public attitudes and perceptions towards transport. Through his extensive involvement in this work-area, Neil has developed considerable knowledge of how to engage key stakeholders in relation to ongoing transport priorities, establish consensus on politically sensitive issues such as congestion charging, and identify opportunities for improving local transport services and delivery mechanisms. This experience has enabled Neil to make a telling contribution to local transport studies on behalf of numerous Local Authorities and has more recently led him into project management roles for major research studies covering the development of national good practice guidance for local authorities on Blue Badge Scheme administration and a review of mobility services for disabled and older people – both for the Department for Transport.
Neil regularly acts as an expert adviser to local authorities and private sector organisations on sustainable transport matters. Recent projects have included: sustainable transport advice for local development masterplans in Ely and Wokingham, matchday travel and traffic management plan support to Derby County and Nottingham Forest Football Clubs and developing and delivering workplace travel plans and Personal Travel Planning campaigns for a number of UK businesses – most notably at BT’s Adastral Park site near Ipswich, which employs 4,000 people.
At the centre of Neil’s transport philosophy is the recognition that there are usually no generic solutions to what are, often, local transport problems. As such he advocates focusing transport planning efforts on developing a better range of transport options, complemented by appropriate travel behaviour change interventions, that are designed to meet the specific needs of local people and businesses and accessible to all cohorts in society. In doing so, Neil believes that our general reliance on the private car for shorter trips has the potential to be revised, because it is no longer necessarily the cheapest and most convenient mode of travel for every journey we make.
Neil is an Associate Member of the Transport Planning Society and sits on specialist consultancy panels for Greater Nottingham and Transport for London, through which he provides expert advice to businesses seeking to establish Workplace Travel Plans.