Sn-ap seeks shake-up of intercity travel

Sn-ap seeks shake-up of intercity travel

Sn-ap chief executive Thomas Ableman is aiming to transform the perception of coaches by creating an Airbnb of intercity travel   Sn-ap launched services between Nottingham and London last October   By Andrew Garnett Two years ago former National Express and then Chiltern Railways executive Thomas Ableman had an idea over...
Adonis - rail must end ‘profiteering’ image

Adonis – rail must end ‘profiteering’ image

Former transport secretary has blunt message for rail bosses – the public doesn’t like you, you’re paid too much and it’s time to ‘eat humble pie’   Lord Adonis: pictured here during his time as secretary of state for transport   A former secretary of state for transport, Lord Adonis,...
See the light - #saveourwindows

See the light – #saveourwindows

If you’re putting indiscriminate, shouty messages over the windows of buses and trains, our Twitter campaign will call you out   Advertise here: Please don’t   Social media can be a powerful weapon when it comes to campaigning, depending on who you follow and who follows you. With fantastic support, from...
Out now: Issue 162 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 162 of Passenger Transport

Issue 162 of Passenger Transport is published on June 16 Contents include:   LEAD STORY Profit plunge threatens First bus investment FirstGroup’s 2016/17 financial results show that the operating profit margin for the UK bus business has dropped to just 3%, after restructuring costs   NEWS O’Toole – ‘Break-up is not...
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Profit plunge threatens First bus investment

Profit plunge threatens First bus investment

FirstGroup’s 2016/17 financial results show that the operating profit margin for the UK bus business has dropped to just 3%, after restructuring costs   Uphill struggle: First’s flagging profits threaten investment in the fleet. Pictured are two recent additions to the fleet at the Millbrook test track   FirstGroup’s UK bus division has reported a...
West Midlands aims to become MaaS testbed

West Midlands aims to become MaaS testbed

A trial of the revolutionary ‘Mobility as a Service’ concept will begin in the West Midlands in a few weeks, with the region seeking to become a leader     By Robert Jack Mobility as a Service, MaaS, is heralded as a concept that will propel transport into a new era – and later this...
Virgin targets drivers with ‘disruptive’ ads

Virgin targets drivers with ‘disruptive’ ads

Assertive campaign highlights car’s disadvantages   Ad portrays rail as stress-free alternative to driving   Virgin Trains has launched a high profile marketing campaign designed around a new, more assertive approach to promoting the benefits of choosing rail over car travel. The stated aim is to “disrupt” the market in favour of public transport. It...
What’s the outcome for public transport?

What’s the outcome for public transport?

Theresa May’s gamble has backfired spectacularly, but what are the implications of the 2017 general election for public transport?     Remember the name Victoria Borwick. The final result of the election may well be one of the most significant. The Tories’ least business-friendly campaign in living memory has backfired catastrophically. The UKIP vote, it...
Transport sector on alert in wake of attack

Transport sector on alert in wake of attack

Increased threat level saw specially trained firearms officers patrol on board trains nationwide for the first time in effort to reassure the public   Manchester Victoria station has now reopened   The UK’s passenger transport sector is on a heightened state of alert following last month’s terror attack in Manchester. The bomb that detonated in...
Sharing ideas in an age of uncertainty

Sharing ideas in an age of uncertainty

Last month’s UITP gathering in Montréal considered bewildering change, and convergence on transit’s role in making better places   Montréal is a city not afraid to be imaginative in the way it does public transport   A vast trade fair in both ideas and equipment, UITP’s bi-annual global public transport get-together in Montréal last month...
A new bus for Switzerland

A new bus for Switzerland

  The first two of 19 Alexander Dennis Enviro500 buses will soon enter service with Swiss operator PostBus in the east of the country. They are the first British-built vehicles to enter service with PostBus and the first UK double deckers in Switzerland. With a total passenger capacity of 133 (80 of them seated) the...
Rail growth at lowest level since recession

Rail growth at lowest level since recession

Season ticket market share drops below 40% for first time   Overall, patronage increased 0.8% during the year   Patronage growth on Britain’s railways in 2016/17 fell to its lowest level since the recession seven years ago, figures released by the Office of Rail and Road show. Overall, patronage increased 0.8% during the year. On...
'Metro mayors' elected: Are they game changers?

‘Metro mayors’ elected: Are they game changers?

This month’s election of six new ‘metro mayor’s in England has been hailed as ‘a new era for politics’, with massive implications for urban transport     England has elected its first six ‘metro mayors’, with all promising far-reaching change to transport. West Midlands mayor Andy Street, previously MD of John Lewis, and Greater Manchester’s...
Public transport sector ‘entering a new era’

Public transport sector ‘entering a new era’

The biggest event in public transport returned this week, in Montréal, and discussion centred on rapid evolution in the sphere of urban mobility   The opening ceremony of UITP’s Global Public Transport Summit in Montréal   The global public transport community gathered in Montréal this week for UITP’s Global Public Transport Summit. And the secretary...
Citymapper launches ‘Smartbus’ trial route

Citymapper launches ‘Smartbus’ trial route

The journey planning app unleashed three Mercedes-Benz minibuses onto the streets of London last week for a two-day “pop-up” bus service trial   Three new Mercedes-Benz minibuses bristling with the latest software were used for the “pop-up” trial   By Andrew Garnett It was at the ALBUM Conference in 2015 were Stagecoach chairman Sir Brian...
The bus industry and the diversity challenge

The bus industry and the diversity challenge

A visit to last week’s ALBUM Conference in Blackpool left me pondering the lack of diversity among the senior ranks of the bus industry, and what should be done about it   More fool Blackpool Transport boss, Jane Cole for inviting me to present at the ALBUM Conference in Blackpool last week. I had a...