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Reg Harman has worked professionally in transport policy and practice since 1966, occupying positions over 30 years in British Rail, consultancy, university research and local government. From 1995 to 2000 he served as Director, Transport Policies of the Chartered Institute of Transport (now CILT). He has worked as a freelance consultant since 2000. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (FCILT), the Institution of Highways & Transportation (FIHT) and the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), and a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI).

Reg has wide ranging professional interests and experience. Fields in which he has worked include:

  • Development and appraisal of strategies for railways, especially related to urban and regional development.
  • Planning and implementing public transport strategies at sub-region and local level.
  • Local transport planning, especially focused on social factors and sustainability.
  • Regional and sub-regional spatial planning.
  • Comparative studies of European transport policy and practice, especially as an input to developing UK policies and practice.

He was a member of the expert panel advising the Hungarian government on national transport policy in 1996 and has served on the experts group for two European Union research projects, LIBERTIN in 2003-2004 and TRANSFORUM in 2005-2006.

He has acted as expert witness at major inquiries, written many papers and articles on transport topics, and given lectures and seminars. In recent years he has developed a few Internet based distance learning modules.

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