New in April 2020, an article looking in depth at the tax breaks and other incentives introduced by the UK Government to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles.
Testing the Tesla Model S in the Real World
The PHEV Factbook
￼HS2 The Stoke Route: the Smart Way to the North
Published by Stoke-on-Trent City Council. Authored by Alan James, who served as Project Director for the Stoke Route HS2 programme. This publication is also available in PDF format here.
In March 2015, the Department for Transport confirmed that HS2 trains would serve the city of Stoke-on-Trent when the line opens in 2026.
UK Ultraspeed Factbook
PDF, this publication is the business case for the proposed 500 km/h (311 mph) maglev strategic transport network for Britain.
Alan James served as CEO of UK Ultraspeed, the company established to develop the proposal to deploy the Transrapid magnetic levitation system in Britain. This document provides the detail behind the strategic business, policy and financial case Alan and his team put to the Prime Minister and others.
UK Ultraspeed Business Case
London – Birmingham – Leeds – Manchester – Liverpool
Both the UK Ultraspeed publications explain the strategic business, policy and economic case Alan and the UK Ultraspeed team developed for a radically new 500 km/h transport system.
The key objectives were not only to transform travel, for instance with a London to Birmingham trip time of under 30 minutes, but also to create a super-regional economy across the North to act as a genuine counterweight to London and the South East. Had maglev been adopted, UK Ultraspeed would have linked more cities, with significantly faster journey times, and delivered greater economic benefit, at around half the capital cost of the conventional rail HS2 scheme.
The North Tyne Bike Ride Guide
In his leisure time, Alan is a keen cyclist. He wrote this comprehensive guide to Northern England’s cycling paradise on the rural backroads either side of Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland.
The book includes fully detailed route descriptions and gradient profiles derived from metre-by-metre GPS traces, plus fully interactive mapping and Google Earth and Streetview integration.
You can read a sample chapter here.