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12 APR 2021 (MON) | 19:00-20:00 (Hong Kong Time) / 12:00-13:00 (London Time)

Aspirations, Buses, Covid: a strategy for the future


Professor Nick TYLER

Chadwick Chair of Civil Engineering

Director, UCL Centre for Transport Studies Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering Faculty of Engineering Science

University College London


12 April 2021 (Monday)


19:00 – 20:00 (Hong Kong Time) / 12:00 – 13:00 (London Time)

This Distinguished Transport Lecture will be held on ZOOM only.


Institute of Transport Studies, The University of Hong Kong


The arrival of Covid-19 had a fundamental impact on the public transport system in London. It reduced demand to 15% of the pre-Covid levels, and, tragically, it affected bus drivers particularly badly. This talk provides some insights into those effects, but also considers what the long term effects of Covid will be on the public transport system. Should we have a return to the pre-Covid normal, or could we use this hiatus to create a better, more appropriate and civilised public mobility offer, that could enable people to meet their aspirations and have a higher quality of life? What should such changes be, and how might we achieve them?


Professor Nick Tyler CBE FREng is the Chadwick Professor of Civil Engineering at UCL and the Director of the UCL Centre for Transport Studies. He is working extensively with bodies such as Transport for London, national and local governments, and civil society, currently in the UK, EU, Latin America, Japan, China and Lebanon, to help create an accessible, adaptive and sustainable urban realm which is responsive to all people and their needs. He has recently been working with Transport for London on the effects of Covid for bus and metro systems, including the impacts on the design for a new ‘post-pandemic’ bus.

He has recently created PEARL (People-Environment-Activity Research Laboratory), a £50M massive (40,000m3) multiscale multisensorial laboratory for studying the interactions of environments, people and their activities at life-scale, which is currently under construction, and will replace PAMELA, his current laboratory, which has been in operation for over 12 years. PEARL is the part of the UK national research facility for infrastructure and cities. He is a co-investigator of the UCL Ecological Brain Doctoral Training Programme. Nick combines highly diverse fields in his research, from civil/transport engineering and architecture to neuroscience, psychology, physiology, ophthalmology, audiology, orthopaedics, lighting, sound and acoustics.


Please register by email to Confirmation emails with ZOOM link will be sent to participants.

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