Exploring the interfaces of transport infrastructure and its environment


if you’re going underground,...why bother with geography?

Henry (Harry) Beck, quoted in Ackroyd, P., 2012. pp.131-132.

Historical geography is a sub-discipline of human geography concerned with the geographies of the past and with the influence of the past in shaping the geographies of the present and the future”.

Heffernan, M., 2008.

if historical geography is about understanding how the past shapes the 'geographies of the present and the future', it must be used to advise and guide those managing and planning the urban environment, and its transport infrastructure, now and in the future”.

Darroch, N., 2018.


[Below] Simplified diagram showing the presence and property interfaces of urban transport infrastructure. This example is taken from a real scenario North of Farringdon London Underground station, London, UK.


Welcome to the exploring the interfaces of transport infrastructure and its environment, website. In this site you will find slides from some of the lectures and conference presentations I have given over the years (available on the presentations page).

There are also some pages about my ongoing academic research in to the presence, property, and protection interfaces of transport infrastructure and its environment.  (Available on the AIR research project page).

Additionally, there are presented examples of the interfaces of transport infrastructure and its environment, emonstarting why having a standardised process of analysis and data sharing between interfacing infrastructure owning/managing stakeholders is essential for the present and the future.

The presentations and articles on this website highlight the importance of comprehending the interconnected and interdependent nature of transport infrastructure and its environment (the places within which transport infrastructure is located).

This is important, because transport infrastructure and its environment do not exist in isolation. They have multi-disciplinary considerations, including but not limited to: 

  • statute and contract law;

  • history;

  • geography;

  • civil engineering;

  • asset management;

  • policy making;

  • socio-economics;

  • urban and transport planning;

  • urban and transport infrastructure management; and

  • transport operations.

While most focus of the content in this website is on urban underground metro infrastructure (UUMI), currently, the issues raised are applicable to all transport infrastructure and its environment, internationally.  (Examples are presented on the interfaces of other infrastructure page). The focus on UUMI is primarily due to my academic research predominantly focusing on this form of transport infrastructure.

I do however have practitioner experience of managing the interfaces of other forms of transport infrastructure in London, which is also applicable internationally (About me page). Hopefully one day I shall be able to broaden that academic research to explain the interfaces of non-UUMI and its environment, in future!

I also hope to provide some blogs, below, discussing my research interests and findings from that research. 

The images below present some examples of the interfaces of transport infrastructure and its environment. click on an image to find out more about it.


September 16, 2020

Having been quiet for a while, I have two new updates on the University of AIR research project.

First is the publication of the new UoA AIR web page, which gives a bit of authority to the project, which describes the aims, objectives and outputs of the research. This i...

July 4, 2020

On 25th June 2020, a wall adjacent to the eastbound District line of London Underground, collapsed on to the railway, causing disruption to service for two days. Having looked at the video and photographs of the wall, it appears to be a party boundary wall between Lond...

June 27, 2020

Given the nature of this website about the need to identify and clarify the interfaces of transport infrastructure and its environment, I have added a number of references and links in the Bibliography pages to:

   1. a BBC news article about a sewer collapse, under mai...

June 25, 2020

I was asked some great questions about the AIR research project recently, so I thought I would share my responses, to those questions.

Through application of AIR, the benefits are short to long-term. Through the standardised approaches to gathering and sharing of eviden...

June 17, 2020

Welcome to my first proper blog on the newly revamped website. This blog is a brief explanation of why I developed my website about the interfaces of transport infrastructure and its environment.

Transport infrastructure does not exist in isolation. It is part of a larg...

June 17, 2020

So having spent a little time updating the website, it is now new and improved.

Provided are:

     - an introduction to the site on the home page;

     - my lecture and presentation slides;

     - an overview of my ongoing research project AIR;...

June 16, 2020

As part of the redevelopment of my website I have tidied up the "MORE" menu.

Where until recently you could access case studies directly from the "MORE" menu, I thought it looked a little untidy.

As such, the case studies are now only available through the main home page...

June 12, 2020

One more thing, while I am here!!

I have added a sign up function which allows people to read and comment on blogs and have discussions about the site content, should you wish to do so!

It would be really great to have some discussions on transport infrastructure and its...

In my previous post I mentioned that my website is under reconstruction. It si not quite finished yet, so please do come back if something is incomplete. It will be finished soon, with more material added in future.

What I would ask is, if you notice anything astray (sp...

For those returning to the website, welcome back!

For those visiting for the first time, welcome!

As I completed my PhD research in November 2019, after 13 years of almost continuous study (not just the PhD!!!), I now have chance to re-organise the website and provide so...

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