Out now: Issue 137 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 137 of Passenger Transport

Issue 137 of Passenger Transport is published on June 24 Contents include:     LEAD STORY First eyes further cost cuts as growth slows UK bus revenue growth in first half of group’s financial year was almost completely wiped out in the second half. Rail also experienced slowdown   NEWS...
First eyes further cost cuts as growth slows

First eyes further cost cuts as growth slows

UK bus revenue growth in first half of group’s financial year was almost completely wiped out in the second half. Rail also experienced slowdown   FirstGroup is considering the closure of one of its six Manchester depots   FirstGroup will consider closing one of its Manchester depots in a new...
ScotRail faces summer of industrial action

ScotRail faces summer of industrial action

Conductors’ strikes over extension of driver controlled operation spread to ScotRail in echo of dispute between RMT and Govia Thameslink Railway   Visualisation of ScotRail’s new AT200 trains ScotRail is facing a summer of industrial action after the RMT union called conductors’ strikes on seven days from June 21 to July...
Giving Jersey Liberty from the car

Giving Jersey Liberty from the car

Franchising is giving Jersey a simple and straightforward bus network that works and makes being car-free a realistic option   Jersey’s bus network   When you get up close to the issue of  national identity it can get complicated – particularly in the British Isles. Within its more than 6,000...
Transports Publics 2016: A glimpse of the future

Transports Publics 2016: A glimpse of the future

Driverless vehicles and electric buses were at the fore at last week’s Transports Publics show   Irizar’s i2e   There’s no UK equivalent for the biennial Transports Publics show in Paris. Attended by more than 10,000 people, the show unites the world of public transport under one roof – private...
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HackTrain: The force is with them

HackTrain: The force is with them

Infectious enthusiasm and bright ideas were on display at last week’s HackTrain Conference. But there were also some difficult questions for the rail industry     This was a transport conference like no other. The presentations were positive and pacey, and many of the speakers held lightsabres as they addressed an audience of 250 in...
Congestion is a ‘disease’ that could kill buses

Congestion is a ‘disease’ that could kill buses

Author of new report on the impact of congestion on bus passengers says Bus Services Bill should encourage setting of targets for average bus speeds   Buses in rush hour in Manchester city centre   “Traffic congestion is a disease which if left unchecked will destroy the bus sector,” warns Professor David Begg in a...
‘Remove travel passes from rail managers’

‘Remove travel passes from rail managers’

FirstGroup CIO says managers don’t see the problems users face   FirstGroup chief information officer Dave Lynch at last week’s HackTrain Conference   FirstGroup chief information officer Dave Lynch is planning to push for rail passes to be removed from managers at the group’s train operating companies so that they can experience the frustrations passengers...
Arriva shines a light on its UK bus stars

Arriva shines a light on its UK bus stars

Arriva’s annual internal awards scheme recently celebrated the best in the business, with females dominating the list of winners   Arriva engineer Pamela Chapman was one of six female winners in this year’s M.A.D. Awards scheme   There are plenty of award schemes that recognise transport industry faces and initiatives, but what about recognising those...
Supplement: Bringing the North together

Supplement: Bringing the North together

Welcome to A transport vision for the North of England: Bringing the North together, a publication from Passenger Transport. Transport is at the heart of the government’s ambitions to transform the economy of the North of England. Linking up towns and cities in the North with a world class transport system will allow them to...
New routes for buses: the Bus Services Bill

New routes for buses: the Bus Services Bill

England’s Bus Services Bill promises to deliver greater choice, greater flexibility and greater growth   MHD Partnership’s vision of what a franchised bus service could look like in Greater Manchester could become a reality as soon as 2018   Orange buses look set to return to Greater Manchester following the publication of the Bus Services...
Devolution is where the action is

Devolution is where the action is

This month’s elections demonstrated how society and politics are changing as Westminister cedes more powers to more places   London’s new major. Sadiq Khan   Not so long ago when the national media covered local elections, the only possibly interesting thing about it they could think of was to extrapolate the results into what it...
Full competition inquiry into Northern franchise

Full competition inquiry into Northern franchise

Watchdog concerned by bus and rail overlaps   Visualisation of a new Northern Rail train   The Competition and Markets Authority has called a full ‘Phase 2’ inquiry into the reduced competition between public transport services resulting from Arriva’s takeover of the Northern rail franchise in April. It means Arriva faces an in-depth route-by-route investigation...
Khan faces clash over TfL ‘trading arm’ plan

Khan faces clash over TfL ‘trading arm’ plan

New mayor wants to set up a Transport for London commercial arm with the ability to operate local transport services in London, the UK and abroad   Sadiq Khan arrives at London Bridge Tube station on his first day at City Hall (Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images)   London’s newly elected mayor, Sadiq Khan,...
Why Britain has no transport policy

Why Britain has no transport policy

If you want to know why Britain’s transport policy is a mess and how to put it right, you have to study history and learn from it   One of my favourite tricks during my 20 years or so as a transport journalist has been to ask newly appointed ministers and shadow ministers a very...
‘Sorry’ has become  an over-used word

‘Sorry’ has become an over-used word

We used to be an industry that struggled to say ‘sorry’ for failing customers, now it’s a word that is used so often that at times it has become noise, writes Alex Warner     Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word by Blue featuring Elton John is my favourite song of all time –...
Shaping the future of transport in Glasgow

Shaping the future of transport in Glasgow

Next month the global Intelligent Transport Systems community gathers in Scotland’s largest city for the four-day ITS European Congress   In less than a month ITS will take over the vibrant city of Glasgow for a brief week to celebrate the annual get together of all who are shaping the future of transport today. From...