Out now: Issue 204 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 204 of Passenger Transport

Issue 204 of Passenger Transport is published on March 8. Contents include:     LEAD STORY NXWM feels benefits of faster journey times Measures put in place during 2018 have enabled the company to ‘change the tide’ with speeds improving by 1% – and revenue per mile is up 4%...
NXWM feels benefits of faster journey times

NXWM feels benefits of faster journey times

Measures put in place during 2018 have enabled the company to ‘change the tide’ with speeds improving by 1% – and revenue per mile is up 4%   Buses in Birmingham   National Express Group’s West Midlands bus business has improved bus speeds for the first time in more than...
Ambition essential to get a bus strategy

Ambition essential to get a bus strategy

  It’s easy to talk about a national bus strategy, but it won’t be easy to get different government departments and stakeholders on board   Buses minister Nus Ghani came in for some criticism for saying she was in favour of a national bus strategy “at the right point” but...
This won’t be ‘some hipster bus service’

This won’t be ‘some hipster bus service’

Transport for London says that non-financial objectives will guide its trial of demand-responsive minibus technology in the south London suburbs   Last month TfL announced plans for a year-long trial of a demand responsive minibus network in Sutton   Transport for London says that the success of its demand responsive...
Haines vows ‘honest’ choices on punctuality

Haines vows ‘honest’ choices on punctuality

Industry needs to accept ‘greater realism’ on rail performance   Andrew Haines: Network Rail chief executive   Network Rail chief executive Andrew Haines has set out plans to provide government and passenger groups with “more honest and sophisticated” choices on how to restore punctuality to an acceptable level. Reflecting on seven...
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A crisis in small vehicle transport?

A crisis in small vehicle transport?

  Global cities like London, which possess a wide array of transport options, are not the only places in need of new types of mobility   No doubt Ford has learned a lot in the various markets around the world in which Chariot operated, including London   In January of this year Ford announced that...
Industry takes initiative on rail reform agenda

Industry takes initiative on rail reform agenda

RDG proposes reforming fares regulation to offer more flexible, better value fares while Network Rail boss sets out plans to restructure company   RDG anticipates that its proposed reforms would be self-financing   Network Rail and the Rail Delivery Group have taken the initiative in setting the ground for changes to the way the rail...
Buses - it isn’t all about congestion

Buses – it isn’t all about congestion

  Bus operators claim that their services can’t prosper unless traffic congestion is tackled, but the evidence suggests otherwise   Bournemouth is the UK’s eighth most congested area according to a recent survey – but it hasn’t stopped bus use from growing   I agree with Brian Souter. When he said at last year’s Scottish...
TfL announces plans for Sutton DRT trial

TfL announces plans for Sutton DRT trial

Go-Ahead London and ViaVan have been awarded a contract to deliver a year-long trial of a demand-responsive minibus service in south London   Go-Ahead has partnered with ViaVan on the new service   Transport for London has announced plans to launch a year-long trial of a demand-responsive minibus network in Sutton, south London  from May....
Go-Ahead moves into Greater Manchester

Go-Ahead moves into Greater Manchester

Group to pay £11.17m to acquire First’s Queen’s Road depot     After weeks of intense speculation about the future of FirstGroup’s Manchester bus operation, it was confirmed this week that Go-Ahead has agreed terms to acquire First Manchester’s Queen’s Road depot in Cheetham Hill. The sale will take Go-Ahead into Greater Manchester, Britain’s second-largest...
40 under 40: Transport leaders for the 2020s

40 under 40: Transport leaders for the 2020s

Who are the rising stars in UK public transport? Passenger Transport has teamed up with Flash Forward Consulting, the executive search, selection and interim management specialists, to identify 40 dynamic passenger transport professionals under the age of 40     Alex Warner writes – It’s been a great privilege to present this feature and showcase...
First poised to sell off Manchester business

First poised to sell off Manchester business

Loss-making operation expected to be broken up and sold to three buyers as poll finds three-quarters are in favour of re-regulating the region’s buses   The Manchester business has been part of First for 22 years   FirstGroup is understood to be close to completing the sale of its loss-making bus operations in Greater Manchester....
Trams are back, and a good thing too

Trams are back, and a good thing too

Light rail networks have returned to some of our cities, and the prospects for expansion are good. It’s something to celebrate   The Manchester Metrolink system provides an exemplary case study in how to grow a network incrementally and sustainably   Anyone walking through Sale on the morning of December 4 may well have caught...
Haines aims to restore status of rail operation

Haines aims to restore status of rail operation

New chief executive aims to return reliable operation to the heart of Network Rail strategy and raise the status of the railway as a profession Andrew Haines   Network Rail’s new chief executive, Andrew Haines, has set out an agenda to position operating the railway reliably as his company’s core activity, replacing lost operating skills...
A new generation of talent in the spotlight

A new generation of talent in the spotlight

Together with Passenger Transport and a panel of judges, I have compiled a list of 40 dynamic passenger transport professionals under the age of 40     In the next issue of this quite remarkable magazine, Flash Forward Consulting (of which I am the founder and owner, I’ll have you know) is co-producing an exciting...
£100m bid to see off GM franchising plans

£100m bid to see off GM franchising plans

Greater Manchester’s Onebus consortium of bus operators has offered a blueprint for improving bus services – without the need for re-regulation The blueprint pledges 450 new buses for Greater Manchester   Greater Manchester’s bus operators this week launched a £100m partnership blueprint to revolutionise the bus network and deliver on the region’s ambitions. Andy Burnham,...
Let’s talk about women and buses

Let’s talk about women and buses

No one really talks openly and honestly about women and their role within the bus industry, and it’s about time that we did   We need more men and women in the bus industry speaking openly about the gender diversity challenges   Women and buses is a subject that the industry believes it is tackling....