We want your views on transport

We want your views on transport

The State of UK Public Transport 2024 survey will access the mood within the sector     As the UK approaches a pivotal general election on July 4, it’s important to gauge the mood within the passenger transport sector. The time is right for Passenger Transport to conduct its third...
Out now: Issue 315 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 315 of Passenger Transport

Issue 315 of Passenger Transport is published on June 14. Contents include:     LEAD STORY ‘Set modal shift target for public transport’ Campaign for Better Transport this week published its General Election Manifesto which contains its transport asks for the next government   NEWS First hails progress despite slide...
CBT sets its manifesto for next government

CBT sets its manifesto for next government

Rail reforms and a minimum service level for buses are key asks     The Campaign for Better Transport has published its general election manifesto, outlining its transport asks for the next government.   The manifesto calls for prioritising investment in public transport, walking, and cycling over road building. It...
Begg - Edinburgh must future-proof its buses

Begg – Edinburgh must future-proof its buses

Professor David Begg has warned his home city to respond to an increase in bus journey times by extending bus lane hours and vociferous campaigning   David Begg (right) with Edinburgh Bus Users Group chair Harald Tobermann and his dog Buster   It’s a warning that could be applied to...
The good, the less good and the ugly

The good, the less good and the ugly

  It’s that time of year, six months in, for my customary half-term report on how the public transport sector has been performing   The good… Keeping it affordable and simple Let’s be honest, if we cannot get folk to travel by bus when the fares are only £2 then...
Bus franchising: one size does not fit all

Bus franchising: one size does not fit all

SYSTRA’s Richard Jeremy and Maqbool Alibhai explain how the future of the UK’s buses will be built on a variety of approaches   There’s a buzz in the bus world about Greater Manchester’s Bee Network   In the recent Westminster Hall debate on transport in the West Midlands, shadow public...
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Begg - transport policy has gone backwards

Begg – transport policy has gone backwards

Former government advisor laments direction of travel over last 20 years and warns that Labour’s policies won’t deliver transformational change   Professor David Begg urged Labour to build HS2 to Crewe   Former government transport advisor Professor David Begg says the UK is lacking a vision for transforming transport in a way that will deliver...
What will July 4 mean for transport?

What will July 4 mean for transport?

  Rishi Sunak surprised everyone – including many in his own party – by calling an election which will most likely end his time in office   Things can only get wetter: Rishi Sunak’s Downing Street announcement   There have, Heinz-style, been 57 varieties of prime minister since the post was established with Sir Robert...
Sharp thinking to get bums on buses

Sharp thinking to get bums on buses

  Driven by its head of marketing, Laura Sharp, Go North East’s ‘Get your bum on board’ campaign aims to boost the bottom line   Go North East’s ‘Get your bum on board’ campaign   I’ll be honest, the bum has always fascinated me. It imbues trust, a reliable protective part of the body that...
Labour’s bus plans - no more tinkering?

Labour’s bus plans – no more tinkering?

  Bus franchising looks set to be rolled out in new areas, but time and due process could yet prove to be the enemy of radical reform   The election of Richard Parker (centre) as the new mayor of the West Midlands means that all the combined authorities in England’s conurbations are committed to bus...
BYD aiming to make inroads into UK market

BYD aiming to make inroads into UK market

BYD has launched the ‘viable’ BD11 double decker in a move that will see the Chinese manufacturer launch a full-scale assault on the UK market   London is the first target market for the BYD BD11   BY Andrew Garnett Every now and then, a new vehicle will be introduced to the industry that ostensibly...
Metro mayors plan bus franchising revolution

Metro mayors plan bus franchising revolution

If metro mayors deliver on their manifesto pledges, almost three-quarters of bus journeys in England will be on publicly-controlled bus networks   From left: Pete Bond, TfWM director of integrated transport services, West Midlands Mayor Richard Parker and Cllr Stephen Simpkins, leader of City of Wolverhampton Council and WMCA Board member   This autumn it...
Go-Ahead swoops as Arriva announces cuts

Go-Ahead swoops as Arriva announces cuts

Group plots return to High Wycombe 24 years after sale   Go-Ahead’s Carousel Buses operation will step in on most of the routes Arriva is proposing to withdraw   Go-Ahead looks set to benefit from a rival operator’s retrenchment following the news that Arriva is consulting on proposals to close its depots in Aylesbury and...
The look and feel  of public transport

The look and feel of public transport

  It’s time for bold and fresh thinking about how we design public transport to best serve a changed market in changing times   There is nothing ‘off the shelf’ about the interiors of the new Danish IC5 trains   A draining Covid epidemic and the ungainly pirouettes of government policy on public transport from...
Revenue raising ruses to rescue rail

Revenue raising ruses to rescue rail

  We keep hearing that the railway is short of money, but have we made the most of the commercial opportunities in front of us?   Are we making the most of our amazing station infrastructure?   I’m getting a little tired of hearing that the UK rail industry has big financial issues, particularly post...
Private TOCs on borrowed time

Private TOCs on borrowed time

Labour’s plan for Britain’s railways confirms intention to bring all franchised operations in-house   Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and shadow transport secretary Louise Haigh, pictured on a visit to Hitachi   When the new South West Trains and Great Western franchises commenced on February 4, 1996, they became the first private sector-operated rail franchises...
Partnership at heart  of new era for industry

Partnership at heart of new era for industry

Headwinds see bus industry entering a defining new phase   Martin Dean   According to Martin Dean, Go-Ahead’s managing director of UK regional bus, Britain’s bus networks are moving into a new and potentially unsettling era. Speaking at last week’s ALBUM Conference in Cheshire, Dean hypothesised that bus deregulation had gone through three phases since...
The plan arriving at platform one…

The plan arriving at platform one…

  Labour has hailed its new plan for Britain’s railway as ‘the biggest overhaul to our railways in a generation’ – but can it deliver?   Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and shadow transport secretary Louise Haigh   You wait ages for a transport policy from Labour then two come along at once. Hard on...