Time to Stop Minding the Gap and Fix It

People have long thought that transport is male dominated because the people working in the sector have predominantly male interests like train-spotting and cars. Perhaps we have been looking at cause and effect the wrong way round. We know that girls are much more interested in social relationships from an early age and the new research suggests that it is these skills are particularly weak in transport. For the sector to become more social and inclusive major change is needed.

Transport is one of the country’s biggest employers with as many roles in people orientated customer centric functions as analytical and technical roles. Transport is used by all of society and needs all of society to help make it better.

In this new paper George Eckton seeks to stimulate debate by offering a personal perspective on what needs to change. He calls for a more collaborative approach within which poor practice is challenged.

The report is published on International Womens Day to provoke debate about what we need to do. Tell us in the comments below how you celebrate women’s achievements. This could be as simple as a donation to women’s aid Scotland here

Read the report here


  • This EU project may be of interest: DIAMOND – To address gender-specific needs in Europe’s current and future transport systems
    https://diamond-project.eu/ .
    It looks at Public transport, employment in transport, autonomous vehicles and bike sharing.
    Involved are Catalonia Railways, Spain, and Warsaw Public Transport etc.
    In Scotland: Ron McQuaid and Yvonne Hail at Stirling University and Wafaa Saleh and Augustus Ababio-Donkar from TRI, Edinburgh Napier University.
    It would be helpful if people completed a survey at: https://cutt.ly/DIAMONDsurvey (espeically the one on employment in trransport).

  • The UK Parliamentary Group Women in Transport set up the Scotland hub in early 2021 with sponsorship from Network rail, Transport Scot land and Momentum Transport Consultancy. The virtual launch event in March welcomed almost 100 people . The group plans to
    run at least four events and grow the members base to 45 people in our first year. The group has a strong team of 6 volunteers but more support is always welcome. Further details here: https://www.womenintransport.com/scotland

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