£56m plan to bring 105 e-buses to Manchester

£56m plan to bring 105 e-buses to Manchester

Stagecoach planning £21.5m bid for support from the government’s £48m Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme for fleet of full electric double-deckers   Alexander Dennis has already won orders for bettery-powered Enviro400 EV City vehicles from Metroline   Stagecoach is seeking government funding for a ambitious £56m plan to deliver Europe’s largest...
A new chapter for Welsh rail

A new chapter for Welsh rail

Rhodri Clark spoke to Colin Lea, mobilisation director at Transport for Wales Rail Services   The entire fleet used by ATW will be replaced between 2019 and 2024, mostly with 148 new trains   The months and years ahead will be ones of major change at Wales and Borders, for...
Orange revolution held at red signal

Orange revolution held at red signal

London mayor Sadiq Khan’s desire to extend the Overground is matched by transport secretary Chris Grayling’s desire to stop him   Investment: new Overground trains at Bombardier’s Derby site     It was no surprise to see the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, recently renew his calls for more suburban...
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Grayling - ‘He’s King Midas In Reverse’

Grayling – ‘He’s King Midas In Reverse’

Chris Grayling has shamelessly blamed others and he is always reacting to events, not leading them. It’s time he was moved on   Chris Grayling was made transport secretary in July 2016     I have always liked that old 1967 Hollies song, King Midas In Reverse. Here’s a couple of verses: It’s plain to...
Public transport can’t be complacent

Public transport can’t be complacent

A trip to San Francisco, a global showcase of mobility innovation, demonstrated that ‘classic’ public transport needs to raise its game   San Francisco seems to be at the epicentre of every new transport innovation being discussed on a global scale     Disruption continues in the world of mobility. Opportunities are leading to new...
In celebration of celebrating diversity

In celebration of celebrating diversity

It’s amazing that public transport providers openly support gay events in their localities. Love is all around. But it wasn’t always   It’s a credit to our industry that public transport providers openly support gay events in their localities   Quite rightly, we hear an awful lot about diversity and celebrating diversity in public transport....
ITS community to gather in Copenhagen

ITS community to gather in Copenhagen

Next month the global Intelligent Transport Systems community will gather in the Danish capital for the four-day 2018 ITS World Congress     Copenhagen, with its long history as a vibrant Baltic maritime hub, is set to play host to the 25th Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress. With ‘ITS – Quality of Life’ as...
70% NXWM trips on digital tickets in 2018

70% NXWM trips on digital tickets in 2018

National Express Group continues strong growth at bus business after introduction of contactless bankcard ticketing and daily price capping   West Midlands mayor Andy Street and NXWM boss Tom Stables marking the launch of contactless ticketing   National Express Group is forecasting that 70% of journeys on its West Midlands bus services will be made...
No more conventional EC deals - Grayling

No more conventional EC deals – Grayling

Transport secretary outlines the new public-private partnership models which could be applied to the East Coast franchise in two years’ time   Transport secretary Chris Grayling appeared before MPs last week   Transport secretary Chris Grayling has indicated that he will not let the next East Coast rail franchise under a conventional private sector franchising...
Corbyn wrong to cry ‘Take back control!’

Corbyn wrong to cry ‘Take back control!’

The grievances of rail users may be well grounded, but the Labour leader’s leap to renationalisation is not. It is a knee-jerk reaction   The world has moved on, but Jeremy Corbyn has not   Goodbye Lenin was a wonderfully endearing and funny film. Released in 2003, it tells the story of a staunch supporter...
Stormy weather looms over transport

Stormy weather looms over transport

Big shifts are going on – crises for bus and rail, ‘big tech’ reined in and an active travel revolution underway in Greater Manchester     Whilst the summer weather has been day after day of serene blue skies, politics has been anything but. The arcane detail of rival concepts of Brexit (or no Brexit...
Innovations (Issue 40, Summer 2018)

Innovations (Issue 40, Summer 2018)

Innovations: Practical application of technology in passenger transport. Supporting Euro Bus Expo 2018 technology exhibitors   Click on the image below to view Innovations (Issue 40, Summer 2018).   If you are viewing the site on a mobile or tablet device, tap here to read the supplement.
London and West Mids to share best practice

London and West Mids to share best practice

Memorandum of Understanding is first time two devolved local authorities have committed to share knowledge and work towards common goals   Sadiq Khan (left) and Andy Street at London’s Traffic Control Centre   A knowledge-sharing agreement between London and the West Midlands will enable the two to learn from each other to improve not only...
Liverpool City Region’s ‘big bus conversation’

Liverpool City Region’s ‘big bus conversation’

While acknowledging the success of the Bus Alliance with bus operators, LCR’s metro mayor wants to take greater control. Rhodri Clark reports   Steve Rotheram, metro mayor for Liverpool City Region   Steve Rotheram, metro mayor for the Liverpool City Region, said last week that the city region will take greater control of local bus...
Give Mark a break, rail managers need support

Give Mark a break, rail managers need support

GTR manager Mark Boon didn’t deserve the vilification he received for turfing Standard Class ticket holders out of First. He and others need help. Alex Warner offers his view   The tweet that exposed Mark Boon   Beleaguered boss Charles Horton has departed troubled franchise GTR, so now it seems that humble middle manager Mark...