Out now: Issue 170 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 170 of Passenger Transport

Issue 170 of Passenger Transport is published on October 20 Contents include:     LEAD STORY DfT backs £10bn rise in Network Rail spending Announced by transport secretary Chris Grayling last week, the 2019-24 funding settlement provides for the company to spend up to £47.9bn   NEWS West Mids partners renew...
DfT backs £10bn rise in Network Rail spending

DfT backs £10bn rise in Network Rail spending

Announced by transport secretary Chris Grayling last week, the 2019-24 funding settlement provides for the company to spend up to £47.9bn   The funding is intended to allow Network Rail to carry out plans to increase infrastructure maintenance and renewals to improve train service performance   The government has announced...
Taxis - a bridge to the future

Taxis – a bridge to the future

Taxis are the bridgehead for the TNCs in their mission to reshape global transport – how should urban transport authorites respond?   A man hails a taxi at a busy intersection in Manhattan, but many are using their smartphone to hail a ride   Taxis are the bridge between how...
Carne plans female recruitment drive

Carne plans female recruitment drive

Only 16% of Network Rail’s 40,000 staff are women, and boss Mark Carne has concluded that ‘it is clear that equality of opportunity is not enough’   Network Rail, Thameslink Programme and contractors celebrating Women in Engineering Day in 2015   Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne has told senior...
Arriva leads record UK Bus Awards list

Arriva leads record UK Bus Awards list

108 shortlisted entries for the 2017 UK Bus Awards were revealed at a live ceremony at the Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester, last week   This year’s finalists pictured at last week’s event at the Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester   Arriva received the highest number of shortlisted entries for this...
Out now: Issue 169 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 169 of Passenger Transport

Issue 169 of Passenger Transport is published on October 6 Contents include:     LEAD STORY Burnham undecided on bus franchising Mayor of Greater Manchester blames deregulation for decline in bus use, but says that he is ‘open minded’ about how to improve service provision   NEWS Siemens/Alstom deal to ‘boost...
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Burnham undecided on bus franchising

Burnham undecided on bus franchising

Mayor of Greater Manchester blames deregulation for decline in bus use, but says that he is ‘open minded’ about how to improve service provision   Andy Burnham (right) was speaking at the launch of an electric bus   The 2017 Bus Services Act was conceived in response to a pledge to give the mayor of...
Siemens/Alstom deal to ‘boost competitiveness’

Siemens/Alstom deal to ‘boost competitiveness’

Train manufacturing giants plan to merge their rail and mobility services operations in a bid to drive away competition from Far East newcomers   Siemens president Joe Kaeser (left) and Alstom’s chairman and CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge revealed the merger plans   Siemens and Alstom, Europe’s largest train manufacturers, have agreed a merger of their rail...
Merseyside partners celebrate Bus Alliance

Merseyside partners celebrate Bus Alliance

Patronage is rising, but franchising remains an option   Partners marked the Alliance at an event in September   The number of bus journeys young people are making in the Liverpool City Region has risen by 142% in the last three years. The figure was revealed on September 22 at an event to mark 12...
A look at the high tech ticketing of tomorrow

A look at the high tech ticketing of tomorrow

Cubic’s Innovation Centre in central London is the testbed for new technologies that could transform the public transport journey experience   60 people per minute: a visualisation of a ‘gateless gateline’   Identifying yourself by the vein structure in your hand and having cameras track your every move through a railway station – to some...
Rail risks ‘disastrous’ loss of five-year deals

Rail risks ‘disastrous’ loss of five-year deals

Office of Rail & Road’s Stephen Glaister warns UK Rail Summit that continuation of current ‘HLOS/SoFA’ process cannot be taken for granted   Stephen Glaister: ‘a real risk’   The chair of the railway’s regulator has warned that there is “a real risk” that the government will ditch the current process of five-year funding settlements...
Bus use drops across Great Britain

Bus use drops across Great Britain

Fall continues in Spring quarter, with 2.4% decline in England outside of London   Bus journeys: April-June 2017 versus April-June 2016 Source: Department for Transport   The number of people travelling by bus continues to decline across Great Britain, according to the latest statistics from the Department for Transport. Figures for April-June 2017 show year-on-year decreases in England...
Hendy: ‘Metroisation’ is the future for the railway

Hendy: ‘Metroisation’ is the future for the railway

‘Big railway’ must become more like the Underground   Hendy: ‘Obviously a good thing to do’   Sir Peter Hendy says that the ‘Digital Railway’ is the only way that the railway will be able to cope with the growing demands for capacity. Addressing the UK Rail Summit in London last week, the Network Rail...
International Bus Review 2017

International Bus Review 2017

Welcome to the International Bus Review 2017, a new publication devoted to this vital sector. This publication from Passenger Transport, based in London, has been produced to co-incide with in the Busworld Europe show in Kortrijk, Belgium, on October 20-25 and the accompanying UITP-Busworld International Bus Conference. It features contributions from a variety of organisations involved in...
TOCs seek to counter escalating RMT strikes

TOCs seek to counter escalating RMT strikes

Abellio Greater Anglia has trained 160 managers to cover for conductors, while South Western Railway is said to be well equipped to face action   South Western Railway faces a ballot on industrial action   Abellio Greater Anglia has told conductors and the RMT union that striking over its plans to introduce driver controlled operation...
Tributes paid to father of minibus revolution

Tributes paid to father of minibus revolution

Harry Blundred OBE was the owner of Transit Holdings and he was credited with spearheading the minibus revolution of the 1980s   Harry Blundred with one of the original Devon General minibuses at a bus rally in 2013   The family of bus industry entrepreneur Harry Blundred OBE has announced that he passed away in...
Virgin claims ‘historic shift’ from air to rail

Virgin claims ‘historic shift’ from air to rail

London-Edinburgh market share was 37% in June   A Virgin Trains East Coast train at Edinburgh Waverley   Virgin has achieved its highest air/rail market share on its Scottish routes, with the company’s East and West Coast services carrying a third of London-Scotland passengers in June. The company said it was indicative of a “historic...
The Scandi approach to public transport

The Scandi approach to public transport

Devolution, franchising and innovation are getting results for the ‘nearly perfect people’ of Scandinavia. What lessons can we learn?     Scandinavia has some of the richest, most successful societies on Earth, with exceptionally high levels of education, health care, and safety. The world goes to Scandinavia to see what countries that think big on...