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The TAS Partnership: 25 years of progress

The TAS Partnership: 25 years of progress

2014 is a momentous year for passenger transport specialists The TAS Partnership Limited – with September marking 25 years since its founding by the late Peter Huntley. In those 25 years, TAS has made a powerful and unparalleled contribution to the advancement of passenger transport in the UK, from the...
Out now: Issue 96 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 96 of Passenger Transport

Issue 96 of Passenger Transport is published on November 14. Contents include:     LEAD STORY Big guns back bus regulation On visits to Manchester (pictured), chancellor George Osborne agrees bus franchising powers for new mayor and opposition leader Ed Miliband backs adoption of London-style regulation   NEWS UK rail...
Big guns back bus regulation

Big guns back bus regulation

On visits to Manchester, chancellor George Osborne agrees bus franchising powers for new mayor and opposition leader Ed Miliband backs adoption of London-style regulation   Pictured: George Osborne during his visit to Greater Manchester last week   The Conservative and Labour parties have each issued strong statements of support for...
‘The Big Mo’ is now with bus regulation

‘The Big Mo’ is now with bus regulation

  Recent moves by the most senior political figures in the land have put large scale momentum behind devolution and bus regulation What a difference a week makes. It’s not clear yet whether this is quite a Berlin Wall moment on buses and devolution – but at the very least...
Technology at forefront  of c2c franchise launch

Technology at forefront of c2c franchise launch

Contactless payment via wristbands, a ‘c2c live’ app, high-speed Wi-Fi on trains and enhanced smartcard ticketing are promised by National Express   Pictured: Rail minister Claire Perry tries the contactless c2c bPay band at Fenchurch Street station   National Express Group has marked the start of its new c2c franchise by...
Carne vision to deliver ETCS 30 years early

Carne vision to deliver ETCS 30 years early

Network Rail boss is challenging his colleagues to implement the digital European Train Control System nationwide much earlier than planned   Pictured: Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne   Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne has set out an aspiration for signalling across the British railway network to be replaced...
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Arriva’s website places information to the fore

Arriva’s website places information to the fore

Arriva has relaunched its UK bus website with a new look that aims to make it easier and simpler for customers to find the information they need     The internet is a growing means of not only providing transport users with information, but also sales activity and this summer Arriva has relaunched its UK...
Project efficiencies fund station innovation

Project efficiencies fund station innovation

Network Rail and Merseyrail partnered to find savings   Pictured: A visualisation of the planned platform at Hamilton Square station   Network Rail is including new approaches to improve customer experience in the £4m refurbishment of Hamilton Square station, funded by project efficiencies agreed with train operator Merseyrail. The funding has been freed up by Merseyrail...
Greener Journeys: The case for the bus pass

Greener Journeys: The case for the bus pass

Greener Journeys’ campaign to safeguard the older persons bus pass continues to gain momentum   Pictured: Baroness Kramer (far left) at the Lib Dem fringe   Over recent years, there has been much debate in the media and across the political spectrum about whether older and disabled people should be entitled to free bus travel. In...
ScotRail franchise win ‘a huge day for Abellio’

ScotRail franchise win ‘a huge day for Abellio’

Contract win makes Dutch group the UK’s second largest train operator as it emerges that quality played a significant part in the franchise award     Abellio has won the new ScotRail franchise in a tight contest ahead of National Express and FirstGroup. MTR and Arriva were the other two bidders. The 10-year contract awarded by...
Go-Ahead in the race for Singapore contract

Go-Ahead in the race for Singapore contract

City state launches search for operators as part of bus shake up     Go-Ahead Group is eyeing expansion into Singapore where the government has just put its first bus contract out to tender using a model based largely on methods used in London. The Singapore Land Transport Authority has highlighted an expectation of strong...
Hull Trains pioneers 4G Wi-Fi introduction

Hull Trains pioneers 4G Wi-Fi introduction

Open access train operator unveils UK and world firsts in connectivity, infotainment and sign up     Hull Trains has upgraded its on-train Wi-Fi internet service, offering passengers a series of UK transport industry first benefits through its mobile app. The free service is the first 4G-enabled Wi-Fi application to be launched by a UK...
Best of the best: awards shortlist is revealed

Best of the best: awards shortlist is revealed

Almost 100 finalists have made the shortlist for this year’s prestigious UK Bus Awards, with the final winners set to be revealed on November 18     Arriva and FirstGroup have set the pace for this year’s prestigious UK Bus Awards by gaining the most shortlisted entries. The two groups have tied to achieve the most...
Creagh’s ‘full support’ for Quality Contracts

Creagh’s ‘full support’ for Quality Contracts

Shadow transport secretary pays tribute to efforts to re-regulate buses in Tyne & Wear and West Yorkshire. ‘I wish them luck,’ she tells conference     Plans to use Quality Contracts to re-regulate buses in Tyne & Wear and West Yorkshire have been boosted by unequivocal support from shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh last week....
Class 700 Thameslink train on show in Berlin

Class 700 Thameslink train on show in Berlin

Three fully-assembled cars for the new Class 700 train were among 145 rail vehicles exhibited at last week’s InnoTrans show in the German capital     Siemens exhibited the new Thameslink Class 700 train for the first time at the InnoTrans show in Berlin last week, with a launch event led by transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin....
First is back on track in the West of England

First is back on track in the West of England

It’s been a big year for First’s West of England bus business and managing director Paul Matthews     The fortunes of First’s bus operation in Bristol, and the wider West of England region, have largely mirrored that of its parent company’s UK bus division as a whole and have suffered in recent years from...
DfT pulls the plug on journey planning site

DfT pulls the plug on journey planning site

Transport Direct is switched off but transport campaigners argue that private sector alternatives don’t offer a fully comprehensive solution     The Department for Transport this week switched off Transport Direct, the government’s pioneering online journey planning service, just over 10 years after its controversial launch. A nationwide journey planning website was first conceived by...
Driving Growth: The Sheffield Bus Partnership

Driving Growth: The Sheffield Bus Partnership

The Sheffield Bus Partnership, which unites South Yorkshire PTE, Sheffield City Council and bus operators First and Stagecoach, will reach its second anniversary in October. Ahead of this landmark, Passenger Transport has produced a special supplement about the agreement, sponsored by First and Stagecoach. It contains a foreword from transport minister Baroness Kramer, in which...