Out now: Issue 116 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 116 of Passenger Transport

Issue 116 of Passenger Transport is published on August 28 Contents include:       LEAD STORY ‘Good news’ fare freeze fails to silence critics The DfT’s announcement of the lowest rail fare increase for six years has failed to prevent criticism in the media and from campaign groups  ...
‘Good news’ fare freeze fails to silence critics

‘Good news’ fare freeze fails to silence critics

The DfT’s announcement of the lowest rail fare increase for six years has failed to prevent criticism in the media and from campaign groups     The Conservatives’ election pledge to freeze fare increases at inflation will mean regulated fares rise by 1% in January. As well as being the...
A model for National Parks public transport

A model for National Parks public transport

With a lack of concessions, Go South Coast’s summertime New Forest Tour three-route network has proven both commercial and sustainable     VISITED: 3rd and 20th August 2015 SERVICE: The three-route New Forest Tour bus network offers “an open-top safari” through the New Forest National Park during the summer FARES:...
Arriva partners with BMW for car sharing

Arriva partners with BMW for car sharing

Copenhagen scheme ties together public transport and car club   Arriva has introduced 400 BMW I3 electric cars for the DriveNow scheme   Arriva has partnered with BMW to bring the German motor manufacturer’s DriveNow car sharing concept to the Danish capital of Copenhagen. To support the scheme, which is...
It’s time to move beyond open access

It’s time to move beyond open access

  Open access has introduced competition on long distance routes, but we must go much further to deliver a real choice to consumers   Head-to-head: Grand Central and East Coast trains at London Kings Cross station in November 2014   The Office of Rail and Road’s approval of Alliance Rail’s...
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New ORR test boosts open access prospects

New ORR test boosts open access prospects

New methods of assessing applications have significantly increased the prospect for further open access services on the East Coast Main Line   Alliance Rail wants to run new ‘GNER’ services on the ECML   The prospect of further open access services being approved on the East Coast Main Line appears to have increased significantly as...
Corbyn pledges public control of bus and rail

Corbyn pledges public control of bus and rail

Labour leadership rivals Jeremy Corbyn and Andy Burnham have both pledged to renationalise railways and bring buses back under public control     The two leading contenders to become the new leader of the Labour Party have both pledged to introduce a programme to renationalise the railways and regulate bus services. Frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn, as...
The badger is back in the West of England

The badger is back in the West of England

This month saw the return of a transport icon to the West of England – the giant badger!   First West of England has painted one of its buses in the Badgerline colour scheme to celebrate the company’s launch in 1985   Badgers were once a familiar sight in the West of England, roaming the...
Developing the next generation

Developing the next generation

Arriva has extended its graduate management training scheme to existing members of staff in a bid to find the leaders of tomorrow   Some of Arriva’s 2013 graduate induction   Much has been made about the missing generation of transport managers, particularly in the bus sector. The privatisation of the industry in the mid-1980s led...
Cornwall’s devo-deal surprises bus industry

Cornwall’s devo-deal surprises bus industry

Department for Transport appears out of the loop as Department for Communities and Local Government announces historic devolution deal   A First bus climbing up the hill out of Perranporth, Cornwall   The bus industry was caught by surprise by this month’s announcement that Cornwall will be given control of bus services as part of...
Dark night of the railway’s soul

Dark night of the railway’s soul

A journey on a sleeper train lingers in the memory, but what was once a coherent pan-European network is now being eroded   The classic Flanders and Swann song ‘The Slow Train’ mourned the loss of great swathes of the UK rail network in the 1960s through its incantation of evocative station names lost to...
Britain needs a fair deal for buses

Britain needs a fair deal for buses

It is imperative that funding for buses from central government is maintained. Failure to do so would have major knock-on effects   Buses are responsible for 1.4 billion shopping trips per year   Every day in Britain, millions of people depend upon buses to help them get where they need to be. They might be...
Should TOCs fight for customer relationships?

Should TOCs fight for customer relationships?

Abellio’s Mike Kean has called for the rail industry to consider whether to relinquish control over its relationship with customers to technology firms     Chancellor George Osborne announced that Transport for the North will be established as a statutory body in his summer budget last week, creating a new regional transport superpower. A leading...
Osborne unleashes new transport superpower

Osborne unleashes new transport superpower

Transport for the North will become a statutory body with funds of £30m, a new executive team and a remit that includes roll out of smart ticketing     Chancellor George Osborne announced that Transport for the North will be established as a statutory body in his summer budget last week, creating a new regional...
Another rail review. What can we expect?

Another rail review. What can we expect?

I see George Osborne, next March, handing a new transport secretary the job of setting up a Strategic Rail Authority   “It’s déjà vu all over again”. What else can I say. Problems on the railway followed by the secretary of state dragging in some bigwig, in this case Dame Colette Bowe, to study what...
Greater Manchester unveils vision for 2040

Greater Manchester unveils vision for 2040

Greater Manchester Combined Authority and TfGM are consulting on a new long term vision of how a successful transport system might evolve   Andrew Fender: ‘This is not just about huge infrastructure projects’   Residents, businesses and other interest groups are being asked by Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Transport for Greater Manchester for their...
Rail industry alarm at running out of tickets

Rail industry alarm at running out of tickets

Stocks ran down to one to two weeks’ worth of ticket issues   In short supply: A magstripe ticket   Train operators have been alarmed by a shortfall in supplies of paper magnetic stripe tickets since the end of June which created concern that they could run out of tickets to issue to customers. It...