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Out now: Issue 105 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 105 of Passenger Transport

Issue 105 of Passenger Transport is published on March 27 Contents include:     LEAD STORY National Express leads way on Living Wage Commitment will benefit 700 staff at group’s bus, coach and rail business in the UK and ‘lays down a marker’ for others in transport sector to follow...
National Express leads way on Living Wage

National Express leads way on Living Wage

Commitment will benefit 700 staff at group’s bus, coach and rail business in the UK and ‘lays down a marker’ for others in transport sector to follow     National Express has become the first private sector UK transport group to commit to paying all employees the Living Wage. The...
SWT deal will enable £50m of improvements

SWT deal will enable £50m of improvements

The Department for Transport and South West Trains have agreed a major package of customer service improvements under amended franchise deal   Tim Shoveller, chief executive of the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance, and rail minister Claire Perry mark the deal   South West Trains and the Department for Transport...
First swoops as limping Greyhound shuts down

First swoops as limping Greyhound shuts down

Insurance-related financial  issues see Western Greyhound collapse as FirstGroup makes a grab for the bulk of the operator’s network in Cornwall   First has leased former Western Greyhound vehicles (Picture: Dave Godley)   FirstGroup has swooped on the network of Western Greyhound, just days after the Cornish independent bus operator...
ScotRail alliance sees Verster join as MD

ScotRail alliance sees Verster join as MD

Abellio and Network Rail have announced plans to enter into an alliance and revealed Phil Verster as the train operator’s new managing director     ScotRail managing director Steve Montgomery is to leave the train operator in May, just a week after Abellio announced he would remain in the post...
Mayors to debate transport issues

Mayors to debate transport issues

30 mayors from around the world invited to attend UITP World Congress     UITP secretary general Alain Flausch met with the mayor of Milan, Giuliano Pisapia, last week to announce a joint initiative to invite 30 mayors from some of the world’s largest cities to attend the upcoming UITP...
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Towards a Northern Powerhouse

Towards a Northern Powerhouse

“There is a growing feeling in Greater Manchester that we are on the cusp of a new ear,” writes Councillor Andrew Fender, chair of Transport Greater Manchester Committee, in our special supplement – ‘A new era for travel in Greater Manchester: Towards a Northern Powerhouse’. In the foreword, Fender continues: “What happens in the next...
First challenges airlines and Virgin East Coast

First challenges airlines and Virgin East Coast

Group says open access London-Edinburgh service would offer travellers ‘significantly lower’ fares than Virgin Trains East Coast, Easyjet and Ryanair   First’s existing open access operator, First Hull Trains   FirstGroup has applied to run 10 new open access services per day from London to Edinburgh on the East Coast Main Line. The proposal is...
What I learnt at the DfT: small is beautiful

What I learnt at the DfT: small is beautiful

Small interventions in transport often make the biggest difference but the talk has once again drifted back to big macho schemes     In July 2011, I visited York, one of 37 local authorities that shared £155m of funding as part of the first allocation from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund   If there is...
Can new app offer low cost alternative to AV?

Can new app offer low cost alternative to AV?

Bus stop announcement app for blind and visually impaired passengers is launched, but charity says it’s no substitute for audio-visual announcements   The BUSFORUS app launch in Leeds last week   First and Arriva, in partnership with the Confederation of Passenger Transport, launched a new next stop announcement smartphone app last week. They claim that it...
Carne makes case for a more diverse workforce

Carne makes case for a more diverse workforce

Network Rail  must recruit more women and ethnic minorities   Network Rail apprentices. Pictured in 2011   Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne has called on the rail industry to target significant improvements in workforce safety and the recruitment of more women and ethnic minorities as part of a major culture change programme. He said...
Labour turns up the heat on private sector

Labour turns up the heat on private sector

Shadow transport secretary says Labour will ‘bin’ rail franchising system and calls Stagecoach executives ‘boneheads’ for stance on bus regulation     The Labour Party has indicated that it would begin the process of reforming bus and rail industry legislation to provide options for greater public sector control immediately “on Day 1” if elected to...
Brown: Ability to adapt is key to our survival

Brown: Ability to adapt is key to our survival

Go-Ahead points to record in helping local authorities to deliver their objectives at low cost in making the case for voluntary bus partnerships     Go-Ahead has predicted that the ability to adapt services to meet local authority policies along with building strong reputations in local communities will define whether bus companies survive. At the...
Facebook is a useful tool, but there are risks

Facebook is a useful tool, but there are risks

Are you on Facebook? In the UK, 24 million people log on every day and some transport operators are making better use of this forum than others writes Alex Warner     Do you flip? Do you toss? Do you squeeze? How would you respond to this Pancake Day-related question on TrentBarton’s Facebook page? Ahh,...
‘How do we keep control of our future?’

‘How do we keep control of our future?’

UITP chief executive Alain Flausch says the organisation’s World Congress in Milan later this year will provide an opportunity to consider some transformational changes facing public transport     It was a cold, gloomy day last month when I met with Alain Flausch, secretary general of UITP, the international union of public transport, in his office...
Osborne floats devolved Rail South West agenda

Osborne floats devolved Rail South West agenda

Chancellor George Osborne has challenged councils in the south west of England to come together and create new body to oversee local transport     Chancellor George Osborne has announced that the government is exploring the case for creating a “dedicated Devon and Cornwall rail franchise for the south west of England”. The announcement came...
Great questions for Greater Manchester

Great questions for Greater Manchester

  The new powers for Greater Manchester promised by chancellor George Osborne require careful consideration. Much is at stake   Will all the buses be the same colour? Anyone for Metrolink yellow? (Artist’s impression)   Following the views expressed by others in the previous issue, I am adding my thoughts on the most significant issue...
Transport ticketing innovations recognised

Transport ticketing innovations recognised

TfL’s bank-card ticketing and ticket vending machines which offer real time information were among the winners at the Transport Ticketing Awards     Organisations which have achieved exceptional success and driven forward the development of transport ticketing and passenger information have gained global recognition for their work at a major international event in London last...