David SpavenRail and Sustainable Transport Consultant

David Spaven
areas of expertise
  • Rail freight
  • Feasibility studies and market research
  • Rail enhancement and development
  • Rail marketing

David Spaven has an extensive track record of transport feasibility studies and market research work. He has spent his working life in and around the rail industry, with a particular emphasis on freight modal switch, but also more recently on the development of rural and regional railways for both passengers and freight.

David has an unusual breadth of transport experience, over more than 40 years as a campaigner and practitioner. His work as a multi-modal consultant, rail marketing manager, sustainable transport advocate, rail passenger watchdog member, and now as a specialist railway author, has given him many special insights from both a policy and practical perspective.

As a non car-owner who gets around by bus, foot and train, David has a strong user perspective and a particular eye for detail and for qualitative issues. He has a wide range of communication skills, from authoritative report writing to assured public speaking and persuasive radio and television appearances.

contact details

5 Rose Street
Edinburgh, EH2 2PR

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