Innovations (Issue 37, Summer 2017)

Innovations (Issue 37, Summer 2017)

Innovations: Practical application of technology in passenger transport. Supporting Coach & Bus 2017 technology exhibitors In partnership with Parkeon   Click on the image below to view Innovations (Issue 37, Summer 2017).   If you are viewing the site on a mobile or tablet device, tap here to read the supplement....
Out now: Issue 164 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 164 of Passenger Transport

Issue 164 of Passenger Transport is published on July 14 Contents include:     LEAD STORY Bus sector could face ‘perfect storm’ – ADL Colin Robertson, chief executive of bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis, has warned that the bus industry faces a multitude of serious challenges   NEWS GTR shuns RMT’s ‘accessibility...
Bus sector could face ‘perfect storm’ - ADL

Bus sector could face ‘perfect storm’ – ADL

Colin Robertson, chief executive of bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis, has warned that the bus industry faces a multitude of serious challenges     The chief executive of Britain’s largest bus builder has warned that the industry faces “much, much tougher things ahead”. Speaking in Scarborough last week, Colin Robertson, who...
CAF to build trains in South Wales

CAF to build trains in South Wales

Spanish rolling stock manufacturer plans to create 300 jobs at facility near Newport   CAF is building trains for Northern Rail   Spanish manufacturer CAF has announced that it is to start building trains at a new factory in South Wales. The company plans to create 300 jobs at the...
Minister backs bus campaign

Minister backs bus campaign

Jesse Norman helps Greener Journeys to launch the fifth annual Catch the Bus Week initiative   Jesse Norman and Claire Haigh launched last week’s Catch the Bus Week event at Brixton bus garage in south London   Incoming transport minister Jesse Norman lent his support to the fifth annual Catch...
First partners to launch autonomous pod trials

First partners to launch autonomous pod trials

Group partners with California’s GoMentum Station   First has been investigating autonomous vehicles since late last year   FirstGroup has signed an agreement with GoMentum Station, a California-based proving ground, to carry out research into shared autonomous vehicles. GoMentum Station in Concord, California, is a 2,000-hectare test facility where the...
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East Coast rail upgrade in disarray

East Coast rail upgrade in disarray

Infrastructure works deferred; No date for Super Express delivery; Virgin Trains East Coast making losses     Stagecoach has warned that its Virgin Trains East Coast franchise no longer expects to provide planned extra services, faster journey times and new routes in 2019. Network Rail has told the company that infrastructure upgrades to support the new...
Sn-ap seeks shake-up of intercity travel

Sn-ap seeks shake-up of intercity travel

Sn-ap chief executive Thomas Ableman is aiming to transform the perception of coaches by creating an Airbnb of intercity travel   Sn-ap launched services between Nottingham and London last October   By Andrew Garnett Two years ago former National Express and then Chiltern Railways executive Thomas Ableman had an idea over dinner. It was an epiphany...
Adonis - rail must end ‘profiteering’ image

Adonis – rail must end ‘profiteering’ image

Former transport secretary has blunt message for rail bosses – the public doesn’t like you, you’re paid too much and it’s time to ‘eat humble pie’   Lord Adonis: pictured here during his time as secretary of state for transport   A former secretary of state for transport, Lord Adonis, has urged the rail industry...
See the light - #SaveOurWindows

See the light – #SaveOurWindows

If you’re putting indiscriminate, shouty messages over the windows of buses and trains, our Twitter campaign will call you out   Advertise here: Please don’t   Social media can be a powerful weapon when it comes to campaigning, depending on who you follow and who follows you. With fantastic support, from and belief by, a good...
Profit plunge threatens First bus investment

Profit plunge threatens First bus investment

FirstGroup’s 2016/17 financial results show that the operating profit margin for the UK bus business has dropped to just 3%, after restructuring costs   Uphill struggle: First’s flagging profits threaten investment in the fleet. Pictured are two recent additions to the fleet at the Millbrook test track   FirstGroup’s UK bus division has reported a...
West Midlands aims to become MaaS testbed

West Midlands aims to become MaaS testbed

A trial of the revolutionary ‘Mobility as a Service’ concept will begin in the West Midlands in a few weeks, with the region seeking to become a leader     By Robert Jack Mobility as a Service, MaaS, is heralded as a concept that will propel transport into a new era – and later this...
Virgin targets drivers with ‘disruptive’ ads

Virgin targets drivers with ‘disruptive’ ads

Assertive campaign highlights car’s disadvantages   Ad portrays rail as stress-free alternative to driving   Virgin Trains has launched a high profile marketing campaign designed around a new, more assertive approach to promoting the benefits of choosing rail over car travel. The stated aim is to “disrupt” the market in favour of public transport. It...
What’s the outcome for public transport?

What’s the outcome for public transport?

Theresa May’s gamble has backfired spectacularly, but what are the implications of the 2017 general election for public transport?     Remember the name Victoria Borwick. The final result of the election may well be one of the most significant. The Tories’ least business-friendly campaign in living memory has backfired catastrophically. The UKIP vote, it...
Transport sector on alert in wake of attack

Transport sector on alert in wake of attack

Increased threat level saw specially trained firearms officers patrol on board trains nationwide for the first time in effort to reassure the public   Manchester Victoria station has now reopened   The UK’s passenger transport sector is on a heightened state of alert following last month’s terror attack in Manchester. The bomb that detonated in...
Sharing ideas in an age of uncertainty

Sharing ideas in an age of uncertainty

Last month’s UITP gathering in Montréal considered bewildering change, and convergence on transit’s role in making better places   Montréal is a city not afraid to be imaginative in the way it does public transport   A vast trade fair in both ideas and equipment, UITP’s bi-annual global public transport get-together in Montréal last month...
A new bus for Switzerland

A new bus for Switzerland

  The first two of 19 Alexander Dennis Enviro500 buses will soon enter service with Swiss operator PostBus in the east of the country. They are the first British-built vehicles to enter service with PostBus and the first UK double deckers in Switzerland. With a total passenger capacity of 133 (80 of them seated) the...
Rail growth at lowest level since recession

Rail growth at lowest level since recession

Season ticket market share drops below 40% for first time   Overall, patronage increased 0.8% during the year   Patronage growth on Britain’s railways in 2016/17 fell to its lowest level since the recession seven years ago, figures released by the Office of Rail and Road show. Overall, patronage increased 0.8% during the year. On...