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Mr Charles King
The Bartlett School of Planning
Central House, 14 Upper Woburn Place
  • Honorary Senior Research Associate
  • The Bartlett School of Planning
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
I joined the Bartlett in September 2009 after a five-year career as a transport planner with consultant Faber Maunsell (latterly AECOM). My original interest in transport began as a student of French, German and Linguistics when I spent a year abroad in Germany working for national rail operator Deutsche Bahn and in town and transport planning consultancy. This experience highlighted the centrality of transport to that country's status as an exporting and transit nation at the heart of Europe; nationally, regionally and locally, transport is also intrinsic to local planning debates.
Research Summary

I am currently working on Sintropher, a €23m EU-funded cooperation project looking at enhancing local and regional transport provision in North-West Europe.

The focus is on the assessment and promotion of new or better tram- or rail-based systems as a way of improving connectivity to, from and within those regions which are disadvantaged by reason of being geographically peripheral within the North-West European context.

We are seeking out sustainable, cost-effective solutions which make best use of existing transport infrastructure by applying innovative technologies - an important consideration in regions where the cost of major new transport schemes may be a significant barrier.

We are particularly interested in tram-train systems which allow local trams to run onto national rail networks, as well as in high-quality interchanges at key rail or air hubs.

UCL is the Lead Partner of a partnership with 14 other partners in the UK, France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany. Part-financed through the EU's INTERREG IVB programme, the project involves a series of 36 feasibility studies, pilot investment and demonstration projects, as well as comparative analysis of EU best practice. 'Sintropher' stands for 'Sustainable Tram-based Transport Systems for Peripheral European Regions'.

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