Out now: Issue 222 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 222 of Passenger Transport

Issue 222 of Passenger Transport is published on November 29. Contents include:     LEAD STORY Virgin’s journey ends as the age of Avanti begins New owners FirstGroup and Trenitalia this week unveiled the brand for the new Intercity West Coast franchise, ending Virgin’s 22-year tenure   NEWS: ‘Profits must...
UK Bus Awards 2019 'Big Book of Big Winners'

UK Bus Awards 2019 ‘Big Book of Big Winners’

November saw the 24th annual UK Bus Awards held at a ceremony in London, and you can read all about the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in this official Souvenir Brochure. Click on the image below to view The Big Book of Big Winners 2019.   If you are viewing...
Virgin’s journey ends as the age of Avanti begins

Virgin’s journey ends as the age of Avanti begins

New owners FirstGroup and Trenitalia this week unveiled the brand for the new Intercity West Coast franchise, ending Virgin’s 22-year tenure   A visualisation of a Pendolino with the new Avanti West Coast brand   Avanti West Coast was this week unveiled as the brand for the new Intercity West...
Parties set out their transport policies

Parties set out their transport policies

  It’s encouraging that for most parties, the policies being advanced are set in the context of tackling climate change and air pollution   What’s the collective noun for manifestos? An aspiration? An imagination? A deception? In any case, it’s election time so we are awash with them. Every party...
‘We want our people with us on this journey’

‘We want our people with us on this journey’

This month’s CAVScotland heard about trials of automated transport by Stagecoach and Addison Lee who both agree that they still need people   Scotland’s transport secretary, Michael Matheson, viewed the full size autonomous Enviro200 bus at CAVScotland   The hype surrounding automated vehicles peaked in 2017. We’re now in the...
Farewell Virgin Trains, I enjoyed the journey

Farewell Virgin Trains, I enjoyed the journey

It began on March 9, 1997, and it will end on December 7, 2019 – but how will we remember Virgin’s tenure of the Intercity West Coast franchise?   Virgin Trains joins Barry Evans and Mr Blobby in our cultural memory   VISITED: Since Virgin took on the Intercity West...
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‘Immigration reform risks labour shortage’

‘Immigration reform risks labour shortage’

Existing plans would require future migrants to show that their job pays more than £30k – shutting off opportunities to work in the bus industry     Plans to introduce a £30,000 annual salary threshold as part of a future immigration system risk a shortage of workers across the bus and coach industry, the Confederation...
Another green transport world

Another green transport world

  If we can join the dots on climate then public transport can thrive. It’s about doing all the right things, and all at the same time   Swiss railways are part of a wider ‘Exemplary in Energy’ initiative   The weather is losing some of its British reserve. Changing from introversion to extroversion. Records...
The railway should cherish its enthusiasts

The railway should cherish its enthusiasts

For a long time the railway shunted enthusiasts like myself into the sidings, but the revival of the Rail Riders Club shows that times have changed   Railway accessory and clothing supplier Bufferbeam, obtained Trademark protection on all of the Rail Riders’ logos   Back in 1993, I was interviewed for the last ever British...
Wrightbus delivers buses under new ownership

Wrightbus delivers buses under new ownership

The first 36 units of a 55 bus order have been delivered to FirstGroup   Left to right: Buta Atwal, chief executive at Wrightbus; Jo Bamford, executive chairman at Wrightbus; Jon Harman, head of fleet at FirstGroup UK Bus and John McLeister, sales and business development director at Wrightbus   Wrightbus has completed its first...
Read our supplement: Scotland’s Buses 2019

Read our supplement: Scotland’s Buses 2019

Welcome to Scotland’s Buses 2019, a publication devoted to Scotland’s main mode of public transport. Buses make an enormous contribution to Scotland, carrying 388 million passenger journeys annually, providing the vital links that enable communities to function. This publication from Passenger Transport puts the spotlight on Scotland’s bus industry and its partners, celebrates their achievements...
Electric cars in bus lanes? N0 TH4NK5

Electric cars in bus lanes? N0 TH4NK5

Dismay at Department for Transport’s suggestion that electric vehicles with green number plates could get cheap parking and access to bus lanes     Access to bus lanes and cheaper parking could be offered to motorists to encourage uptake of zero emission electric vehicles. This suggestion was put forward by the Department for Transport last...
The price is right, the time is right

The price is right, the time is right

  The £28bn a year that the Treasury collects from fuel duty will disappear as electric vehicles roll out. Road pricing is coming   Road toll revolution: On December 23, 2017, The Times reported that Britain’s first national pay-per-mile road charging system was being considered by the Department for Transport. I noted no explosion of...
Will LRT ever have traction in the UK?

Will LRT ever have traction in the UK?

  The slow expansion of light rail in the UK does not seem to fit well with the need to address the challenge of climate crisis   Midland Metro   The UN Climate Action Summit in New York City at the end of September highlighted the need for urgent and comprehensive activity to address the...
Bamford on brink of deal to save Wrightbus

Bamford on brink of deal to save Wrightbus

Following a breakthough in talks last week, a team has been resident in the bus manufacturer’s factory in Ballymena, preparing to restart production   Frozen in time: A glimpse inside the dormant Wrightbus factory   At the time of writing the last stage in lifting Wrightbus more or less intact out of administration was awaiting...
Mr Williams, I urge you to read this book

Mr Williams, I urge you to read this book

My friend John Nelson has drawn on his 50 years of experience to write an insider’s story of Britain’s railway through privatisation to the present day     Hold the front page, Keith Williams, don’t press ‘Send’ on your review just yet. There’s a new book in town, Losing Track, written by one of the...
What is the scope for boosting bus use?

What is the scope for boosting bus use?

  Our analysis of the ‘Intrinsic Bus Potential’ of local authority areas in England shows why we need a new deal for the bus     “How much have we as an industry put into research and development in the last five years? We’re getting worse, not better, and we have to change that.” These...
What’s the strategy for Go North West?

What’s the strategy for Go North West?

It’s the question everyone is asking. So we asked Nigel Featham, the new boss of Go-Ahead Group’s Greater Manchester operation   Nigel Featham joined Go North West a month ago after 10 years with Arriva   Eyebrows were raised when it was confirmed in February that the Go-Ahead Group had agreed terms to acquire First...