Out now: Issue 187 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 187 of Passenger Transport

Issue 187 of Passenger Transport is published on June 22. Contents include:     LEAD STORY The best job in public transport? Phillip A. Washington of LA Metro outlines ambitious ‘28 by 2028’ vision at Transports Publics show   NEWS Ambition on display at Paris transport show ‘Guest of Honour’...
The best job in public transport?

The best job in public transport?

Phillip A. Washington of LA Metro outlines ambitious ‘28 by 2028’ vision at Transports Publics show   Phillip A. Washington at Transports Publics 2018   With an ambitious plan to implement 28 “mega-projects” by 2028 and an open-ended $860m a year funding pot to back it up, Phillip A. Washington...
Our Brexit journey will be a rough ride

Our Brexit journey will be a rough ride

Two years on from the Brexit referendum, where have we got to? I revisit my eight initial predictions and offer some new ones     There have been plenty of transport metaphors to be found in the articles on Brexit that are now a regular feature of our daily newspapers,...
Glasgow’s transport in need of ‘rewiring’

Glasgow’s transport in need of ‘rewiring’

The Glasgow Connectivity Commission, chaired by Professor David Begg, hears the city’s current transport system is presenting a barrier to growth   24% of land in Glasgow city centre is taken up by roads   A “significant rewiring” of Glasgow’s transport system is required if the city is to keep...
Safer transport and automation

Safer transport and automation

‘Safety & Security’ was the theme of last month’s International Transport Forum Summit in Leipzig. I was one of 1,200 visitors   A panel session during the International Transport Forum’s 2018 Summit     The Paris-based International Transport Forum, which is an associated agency of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation...
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So what’s this franchising for?

So what’s this franchising for?

Franchising is a ‘half-way house’ model that combines the public and private sector. But roles and risks must be carefully considered   The East Coast franchise tells us that the infinite suppressed demand actually isn’t there   It was the high-watermark of the Thatcher government that brought deregulation and privatisation into common usage – terms...
Grayling hunts scalps over timetable fiasco

Grayling hunts scalps over timetable fiasco

Facing the wrath of MPs in Parliament, transport secretary Chris Grayling this week launched an investigation and vowed to punish negligent parties   Chris Grayling speaking in the Commons on June 4   Transport secretary Chris Grayling has warned Govia Thameslink Railway that it faces losing its contract in the wake of plummeting train service...
Fuel duty freeze cut public transport usage

Fuel duty freeze cut public transport usage

Seven-year fuel duty freeze has resulted in more pollution and congestion and fewer journeys by public transport, says Greener Journeys report   The seven-year fuel duty freeze ‘has resulted in a 4% increase in traffic since 2011’   When the Tory-led coalition government took power in 2010, transport secretary Philip Hammond pledged to “end the...
In the silence of my lonely room

In the silence of my lonely room

The government wants to tackle loneliness. Is this an opportunity for public transport to be part of the solution to another problem?   Gothenburg’s Vasttrafik makes its point, and says: ‘Thank you for travelling together!’   Follow social media and you follow corporations and government departments beating an infographic-rich path towards a series of worthwhile...
10 questions that must be answered

10 questions that must be answered

Stephen Glaister’s inquiry into the timetable fiasco at Northern and Thameslink must be genuine, with nothing off limits   In a move I have never seen before, 25 newspaper titles in the north have come together to demand the government “get a grip”   Back in 1985, following a short spell with British Rail, I...
VTEC hits buffers - who’s next?

VTEC hits buffers – who’s next?

On June 23, Stagecoach/Virgin’s three-year tenure of the East Coast franchise will come to an end and the state will take over. Former transport minister Norman Baker predicts more trouble ahead     In less than a month’s time, the government will take direct control of the East Coast intercity franchise – renationalising the flagship...
Robertson - exports  are vital to our survival

Robertson – exports are vital to our survival

Alexander Dennis Limited chief executive tells ALBUM Conference that internationalisation has kept up revenues during uncertain times at home   Alexander Dennis has exported double deckers to Mexico City   The future of UK bus manufacturing cannot be taken for granted, Colin Robertson warned a gathering of bus operators in Glasgow last week. Addressing the...
The Holy Grail looks as far away as ever

The Holy Grail looks as far away as ever

The problems with the East Coast franchise go right to the heart of the franchising model. I predict more trouble ahead   LNER: Starting June 23, 2018   There was a pithy letter in The Guardian this week from one Bob Ward in Leeds. He wrote: “I’m concerned that the trains on the east coast...
The impact of an ageing society

The impact of an ageing society

Society is getting older and this will bring new expectations. What will it mean for the mobility industry and are we ready?     In a changing world where almost all businesses are facing multiple disruptions, new local, regional and even global competitors and the need to justify their continued role to public authorities, stakeholders,...
‘It’s the congestion, stupid’

‘It’s the congestion, stupid’

Managers at Britain’s municipal and independent bus operators were asked to identify the main challenge facing the bus sector… 40% said ‘congestion’       What is the main challenge facing the bus sector? ‘Congestion’ is the most likely response from managers at Britain’s municipal and independent bus companies. Two-fifths (40%) gave this answer in...
Read our supplement: The ALBUM Report 2018

Read our supplement: The ALBUM Report 2018

Welcome to the ALBUM Report 2018, a publication from Passenger Transport devoted to Britain’s independent and municipal bus companies. Returning for a fourth consecutive year, this year’s report also incorporates the official Conference Workbook for the 2018 album Conference, hosted by McGill’s at the Marriott Hotel, Glasgow, on May 14-16. We hope you find it...
Euro 6 buses are the best value, says Dowie

Euro 6 buses are the best value, says Dowie

Buses with Euro 6 diesel engines are the best way of tackling air pollution in Britain’s cities, says First’s John Dowie. Rhodri Clark reports   Low emission vehicles on show at last week’s Welsh Bus Summit   Buses with Euro 6 diesel engines offer the best bang for the buck for authorities requiring rapid improvements...