Professor David Begg

Professor David Begg

Transport Policy Expert

Synopsis

David holds non-Executive board positions in bus and airport operators. He also advises national and local government on roads and rail, and lectures on transport policy. David accepts that HS2 and airport expansion are huge challenges, and adds Highways Agency reform: “The way in which we run our roads is like the last remnant of a Stalinist state. We ration demand by queuing, just as the former Soviet Union used to ration bread.”

Biography

Publisher and Chief Executive of Transport Times, the leading UK trade magazine, David Begg is widely known as a commentator on transport issues. He has advised on and worked with all types of public transport and its infrastructure and is a visiting Professor in sustainable transport at Plymouth University.

David is Non-Executive Director of First Group and of BAA, and the Chairman of the Business Infrastructure Commission. He has advised successive governments on HS1 & 2, and led the Heathrow Winter Resilience Enquiry. He was a Board Member of TfL for many years and NED at the Strategic Rail Authority, as well as running a variety of transport-related schemes with the Department of Transport.

In speeches David discusses the future of transport and infrastructure, drawing on examples from his time as Chairman of the Commission for Integrated Transport. He is a Non-Executive Board Member at Heathrow, Chairman of the Sustainability and Operational Risk Committee.




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