Out now: Issue 148 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 148 of Passenger Transport

Issue 148 of Passenger Transport is published on November 25 Contents include:     LEAD STORY ‘Nothing ruled out’ as First’s bus profits slide Chief executive Tim O’Toole says profit margins at some of the group’s regional bus operations ‘are simply unsustainable’ and action is required   NEWS FirstGroup lures...
‘Nothing ruled out’ as First’s bus profits slide

‘Nothing ruled out’ as First’s bus profits slide

Chief executive Tim O’Toole says profit margins at some of the group’s regional bus operations ‘are simply unsustainable’ and action is required   UK Bus operating profit margins have fallen to 3.2%   FirstGroup has instructed all its UK bus businesses to draw up and accelerate plans to cut costs...
ASLEF raises safety issues after tram crash

ASLEF raises safety issues after tram crash

Drivers’ union raises questions in wake of first tram crash in the UK causing passenger fatalities since 1959, as interim report is published by RAIB   ASLEF pointed out that the crash could not have occurred on the mainline railway   Train drivers’ union ASLEF and MPs have called for...
NCT crowned bus operator of the year

NCT crowned bus operator of the year

Local authority-owned company wins top prize just two years since it last won the coveted title in a competition dominated by ALBUM members   The Nottingham City Transport team at this week’s UK Bus Awards   Nottingham City Transport was crowned Operator of the Year at this week’s UK Bus...
Make passengers aware of rights, urges DfT

Make passengers aware of rights, urges DfT

Train operators will be required to highlight compensation rights     The Department for Transport has announced that it will require train operators to raise passengers’ awareness of their right to claim compensation when trains are delayed. The move follows research by Transport Focus which showed that only 35% of...
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Options explored for renationalised ScotRail

Options explored for renationalised ScotRail

CalMac model said to be among the options that Scottish Government is investigating for returning Scotland’s railway to public ownership   Humza Yousaf (centre) pictured earlier this month with Phil Verster, MD of ScotRail Alliance (left), to mark Living Wage Week 2016   Scottish Government ministers are said to be “preparing the ground” for introducing...
Taking a ride on Slide - a new option

Taking a ride on Slide – a new option

RATP Dev’s pioneering app-based ‘Slide Bristol’ travel solution is an attractive new option   A The Slide app is very easy to use   By Robert Jack Is this public transport’s answer to Uber? August saw the launch in Bristol of ‘Slide’, a new app-based shared ride service developed by French group RATP Dev. It...
Hayes' nightmare vision of transport beauty

Hayes’ nightmare vision of transport beauty

John Hayes’ views on attractive transport infrastructure are incoherent and a prejudiced example of Modernism-bashing   Hoenheim-Nord tram terminus   By Daniel Wright The UK government has decided that transport infrastructure should look nice as well as working well, enhancing the built environment rather than detracting from it, as transport minister John Hayes explained in...
Awards recognise cycle-rail revolution

Awards recognise cycle-rail revolution

2016 National Cycle-Rail Awards show how work by the rail industry and its partners is oiling the wheels of a cycle-rail boom across Britain   East Midlands Trains won two awards   Better bike facilities at stations and on trains are helping to fuel a rapid rise in the number of people combining cycle and...
Brexit currency slump will increase bus prices

Brexit currency slump will increase bus prices

Volvo and Alexander Dennis bosses warn operators that price increases are inevitable following post-referendum decline in the value of Sterling   A £1.3m fleet of eight brand new ADL Enviro200 buses entered service with First Potteries in October   Bus manufacturers have warned that the slump in value of Sterling that followed June’s vote to...
Welsh franchise to emulate NHS ethos

Welsh franchise to emulate NHS ethos

Emphasis will ensure that rail services embody the principles of fairness, cooperation and value that underpin other public services, like the NHS   Cardiff Queen Street station and the rest of the core Valley Lines will transfer from Network Rail to the Operator and Development Partner for electrification and other enhancements   The Welsh Government...
‘Improving bus services helps poorest people’

‘Improving bus services helps poorest people’

Report shows impact of buses on reducing social deprivation     Improving local bus services boosts employment and improves income, helping to reduce social deprivation, according to a new report published this week by Greener Journeys, the sustainable transport lobby group. The report responds to the changing political agenda in the wake of last June’s...
Developing talent the Arriva way

Developing talent the Arriva way

Arriva aims to create an environment that brings the skills of its 30,000 UK employees to the fore   Arriva has over 30,000 members of staff in the UK   People are at the heart of any transport business and so identifying and developing the potential and talent of people is essential. That emphasis is...
Innovations (Issue 35, Autumn 2016)

Innovations (Issue 35, Autumn 2016)

Innovations: Practical application of technology in passenger transport. Supporting Euro Bus Expo 2016 technology exhibitors In partnership with Parkeon   Click on the image below to view Innovations (Issue 35, Autumn 2016).   If you are viewing the site on a mobile or tablet device, tap here to read the supplement.
Grayling: ‘We need HS2 more than ever’

Grayling: ‘We need HS2 more than ever’

Transport secretary warns of approaching ‘crunch-point’ and says new line will deliver essential extra capacity, adding ‘the case is stronger than ever’     Chris Grayling made a firm commitment to HS2 this week. Speaking at a conference in London, the transport secretary said: “We need HS2 more than ever, for the capacity it will...
Brexit is reframing the transport debate

Brexit is reframing the transport debate

The party conference season offered an opportunity to survey the changing political landscape – and Brexit looms over everything     With the party conference season over we are now getting some clearer signals of what the priorities for the new government are and to what extent they dovetail with the transport priorities of the...
Such union hostility is poisonous

Such union hostility is poisonous

When Southern’s long running dispute with guards is over, it will be important to heal the wounds and get people pulling together   Heaven knows what the RMT is up to. Apparently, though I have not seen the letter, they have advised Southern guards to accept the ‘on board supervisor’ role when it begins in...