Supplement: Singapore - A global showcase

Supplement: Singapore – A global showcase

Welcome to Singapore: A global showcase, a publication from Passenger Transport. A small island with a population of 5.5 million people and a highly developed economy, Singapore has long been a pioneer in the sphere of urban transport, implementing the world’s first congestion pricing scheme in 1975. It continues to...
Out now: Issue 143 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 143 of Passenger Transport

Issue 143 of Passenger Transport is published on September 16 Contents include:     LEAD STORY Bus speeds in decline as road congestion rises Report by David Begg warns that congestion could ‘destroy’ bus sector and calls for Bus Services Bill to respond with targets for average bus speeds  ...
Bus speeds in decline as road congestion rises

Bus speeds in decline as road congestion rises

Report by David Begg warns that congestion could ‘destroy’ bus sector and calls for Bus Services Bill to respond with targets for average bus speeds   The report was commissioned by industry campaign group Greener Journeys   Buses are under threat from a growing congestion crisis on Britain’s roads as...
The geeks are taking over - and it’s a good thing

The geeks are taking over – and it’s a good thing

It’s OK to be a geek, even a transport geek. So how can we make the most of this love that increasingly dares to speak its name?   Tim Dunn, the breakthrough star of Trainspotting Live, possesses a disarming and destigmatising form of transport geekery   Being described as a...
Ellman ‘appalled’ by DfT at GTR hearing

Ellman ‘appalled’ by DfT at GTR hearing

Select committee chair demands performance answers   Louise Ellman   The chair of the parliamentary transport select committee Louise Ellman has criticised the government for its management of the Govia Thameslink Railway franchise and for not making key information available to her committee. In a letter to rail minister Paul...
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Keolis starts driverless minibus trial in Lyon

Keolis starts driverless minibus trial in Lyon

Multinational group teams up with Navya to launch one-year trial of automated shuttle service in growth area of France’s third largest city   Sans chauffeur: A Navya vehicle in Confluence, Lyon   Driverless vehicles reached  a new milestone this week when French transport group Keolis launched a one-year trial of automated electric minibuses in Confluence,...
A new breed of public transport campaigner?

A new breed of public transport campaigner?

Young professionals are harnessing the power of social media to put pressure on transport operators and policy-makers   A demonstration by Southern passengers   Rail operators will have to deal in future with a new type of passenger lobby group organised by young professionals who are adept at using social media, the Campaign for Better...
What did you do in #traingate, Daddy?

What did you do in #traingate, Daddy?

Jeremy Corbyn claims that renationalisation would fix problems like crowding on East Coast Main Line services. I don’t agree   New IEP trains will help deliver extra capacity. Nationalisation would not   Once the fuss around Jeremy Corbyn’s #traingate has died down, what should we make of it? In some ways this was a massive...
Rejuvenation for Arriva in Leicester

Rejuvenation for Arriva in Leicester

A series of improvements to Arriva’s Leicester network have now been completed. It aims to provide a firm basis for the future   Simon Mathieson (fifth from left) with Arriva’s Leicester team   Arriva’s Midlands bus business has been working hard over the last year to revamp and relaunch its product in the city of...
Automation to solve ‘last mile problem’

Automation to solve ‘last mile problem’

Davide Brizzolara and Andrea Toth consider the impact that self-driving vehicles could have on cities and passenger transport   A demonstration by Southern passengers   A growing urban population is creating unprecedented challenges in Europe’s cities: pollution, congestion, housing, loss of space and rising energy consumption among the many. One of the most apparent side-effects...
Abellio to pay ‘heroic’ £3.7bn Anglia premium

Abellio to pay ‘heroic’ £3.7bn Anglia premium

Dutch group named as preferred bidder for the new East Anglia franchise – but nine-year deal requires it to pay the government a £3.7bn premium   383 electric and bi-mode vehicles will be supplied by Switzerland’s Stadler   Abellio has committed to a £3.7bn premium and a 93% performance target in its winning bid for...
Now another Welsh bus operator folds

Now another Welsh bus operator folds

Financial concerns lead another Welsh operator to shut down   Lewis Coaches of Llanrhystud, south of Aberystwyth, had operated for more than 35 years   Ceredigion-based Lewis Coaches ceased to trade on Friday last week, becoming the third bus operator in Wales to close this summer. Lewis Coaches of Llanrhystud, south of Aberystwyth, had operated...
Passengers face a dreadful September

Passengers face a dreadful September

This is building up to an almighty tussle: three unions against the government. Let us hope Southern has a plan going forward?     I wrote in the last issue (PT140) that Brighton would freeze over before transport secretary Chris Grayling would cave in to the RMT union. Plans to extend driver-only operation on Southern...
Innovations (Issue 34, Summer 2016)

Innovations (Issue 34, Summer 2016)

Innovations: Practical application of technology in passenger transport. Supporting Euro Bus Expo 2016 technology exhibitors In partnership with Parkeon   Click on the image below to view Innovations (Issue 34, Summer 2016).     If you are viewing the site on a mobile or tablet device, tap here to read the supplement.
RATP launches shared ride-to-work service

RATP launches shared ride-to-work service

‘Slide’, an app-based travel solution developed by RATP Dev, launched exclusively in Bristol this week and is the first service of its kind in the UK   Slide Bristol fares ‘only cost a little more than taking the bus’   RATP Dev has ventured into the world of app-based personal mobility with the launch of...
Southern discomfort  - Grayling must act

Southern discomfort – Grayling must act

We are told the dispute is about the narrow issue of DOO, but it goes deeper than that. The transport secretary must get involved   Credit: Andy Davey   The Southern train cancellation game is a new online feature, developed by a couple of passengers, that has already attracted tens of thousands of players, many...
Lothian is on-track for East Coast launch

Lothian is on-track for East Coast launch

Council-owned firm announces details of East Lothian network   East Coast Buses will launch on August 14   Lothian Buses has announced timetable and fare details of its new East Coast Buses subsidiary which will launch on August 14. The new operation has been created to take on the Musselburgh and North Berwick depots of...