Out now: Issue 156 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 156 of Passenger Transport

Issue 156 of Passenger Transport is published on March 24 Contents include:       LEAD STORY Kent – the garden of innovation? The county known as the ‘Garden of England’ is emerging as a testbed for bus groups to cultivate new approaches to bus service provision   NEWS TfGM bids...
Kent - the garden of innovation?

Kent – the garden of innovation?

The county known as the ‘Garden of England’ is emerging as a testbed for bus groups to cultivate new approaches to bus service provision     Arriva and Stagecoach have each begun trials of new approaches to bus service provision in Kent this month, with a view to rolling them...
Arriva joins the race to reinvent the bus

Arriva joins the race to reinvent the bus

The technology at our fingertips is changing how we live our lives and our expectations. A growing number of bus operators are now responding   ArrivaClick offers a new way to get to Kent Science Park   Those attending last month’s UK Bus Summit in London were asked whether they...
TV ad shows how 'Britain Runs On Rail'

TV ad shows how ‘Britain Runs On Rail’

Second phase for rail industry media campaign   TV advertisement highlights the industry’s value   The Rail Delivery Group has launched the second phase of its multi-media Britain Runs on Rail campaign which includes its first TV advertising spot. The advert, which is also running in cinemas, demonstrates the railway’s...
Ideas to improve rail’s industrial relations

Ideas to improve rail’s industrial relations

Changes could include profit share and boardroom influence   The proposals reflect concern in the DfT that background industrial relations are partly responsible for recent strikes at Southern   The Department for Transport has set out initial ideas on how the rail industry could form a new approach to industrial...
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Innovation is at the heart of our business

Innovation is at the heart of our business

Low emission buses, new app-based mobility solutions and driverless shuttles are just some of the innovations that RATP Dev is delivering   Commuters in Bristol can use the Slide app to book their ride   By Laurence Batlle CEO, RATP Dev As more of us crowd into our already crowded cities, it’s clear the way we...
‘I wouldn’t invest my own money in UK rail’

‘I wouldn’t invest my own money in UK rail’

National Express Group boss Dean Finch says slowdown in UK rail growth is likely to present significant financial challenges for many operators   NEG boss Dean Finch believes that rival companies have been competing over-aggressively for rail franchises   Dean Finch has emphasised his belief that transport companies are facing significant and growing financial risks...
£690m to ease congestion?

£690m to ease congestion?

BUDGET 2017   In 2010, Philip Hammond said the ‘war on the motorist’ had ended. Now he wants a war on congestion   By Robert Jack The launch of a £690m competition for local authorities across England to tackle urban congestion and “get local transport networks moving again” was a welcome surprise in chancellor Philip...
Burnham plans to ‘call time on deregulation’

Burnham plans to ‘call time on deregulation’

Manchester mayoral candidate backs bus franchising   Andy Burnham: ‘The public has been subsidising a poor service’   Andy Burnham, the Labour MP for Leigh and the contender considered to be the frontrunner to become Greater Manchester’s first metro mayor in May, has pledged to push ahead with the introduction of London-style bus franchising if...
US cities are getting smart on growth

US cities are getting smart on growth

Experience in America has shown that smart growth can benefit public transport – but the trick is to help make great places   71% of voters backed LA’s ‘Measure M’   Regrettably the word ‘smart’ may not automatically be the first word that springs to all readers’ minds in relation to the United States at...
UK Bus Summit: ‘You’re on your own’

UK Bus Summit: ‘You’re on your own’

Transport minister Andrew Jones told this month’s ‘UK Bus Summit’ that the bus sector must end its reliance on public funding   Andrew Jones: ‘An industry which requires public subsidy is not an industry which has a healthy, robust, sustainable future’   The government will not provide extra funding to prevent the further erosion of...
The damage is matched only by the futility

The damage is matched only by the futility

After a long period of relative calm, we are seeing again a labour dispute as bitter and futile as the ones fought out in the 1980s   Coverage of the 1982 train drivers’ dispute in the The Standard   Disputes over changes to working practices seem to generate extraordinary levels of intransigence quite unjustified by...
‘We have to work much smarter’

‘We have to work much smarter’

Arriva is using a data-led approach to identify what bus users and non-users want, and then deliver it   Arriva is rolling out its own smartcard, Arriva Connect, in the North West   In the competitive world of transportation there is a greater need than ever before to embrace digital technology to make the customer’s...
Hull Trains leads the way on gender equality

Hull Trains leads the way on gender equality

In contrast to the rail industry norm, where only 16% of roles are filled by women, 50% of employees at FirstGroup-owned Hull Trains are female   Claire Sonley   Hull Trains has reiterated its total commitment to equality in the wake of the Department for Transport’s calls for more women in transport. The FirstGroup-owned open...
Treasury eyes raid on NR property sales

Treasury eyes raid on NR property sales

It is unclear at present whether Network Rail will be allowed to retain ‘some, all or none’ of the £1.8bn it plans to raise from property sales   Redeveloped: A restaurant in a railway arch in Vauxhall, London   Network Rail’s plans to raise £1.8bn from property sales to help offset cost increases in infrastructure enhancement...
Failure is the route to innovation

Failure is the route to innovation

The bus industry must innovate or die. We just need someone to stop making excuses, take a chance and be prepared to fail   Some companies are offering a glimmer of hope with bold new innovations, like Slide from RATP Dev   By Mike Fletcher, mhd partnership In the previous edition of Passenger Transit (PT152), there...
At what point does a safe job become unsafe?

At what point does a safe job become unsafe?

James Dark took a trip out on the network with a train driver to learn more about DOO. Here’s what he found   The dispute at Southern has put DOO in the spotlight. But is anyone any the wiser?   The long running industrial relations dispute over the extension of driver only operation on the...