Out now: Issue 209 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 209 of Passenger Transport

Issue 209 of Passenger Transport is published on May 17. Contents include:     LEAD STORY ‘We can get you there’ The Committee on Climate Change’s new advice for government is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. As the largest source of UK GHG emissions (23% of...
Global Public Transport Review 2019

Global Public Transport Review 2019

Welcome to the Global Public Transport Review 2019, a publication devoted to this vital sector. This publication from Passenger Transport, based in London, has been produced to co-incide with UITP’s Global Public Transport Summit in Stockholm on June 9-12 – the world’s biggest public transport event. It features contributions from a...
Destination net zero: ‘We can get you there’

Destination net zero: ‘We can get you there’

The Committee on Climate Change’s new advice for government is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. As the largest source of UK GHG emissions (23% of the total), transport will need to see major changes – and modal shift towards public transport must be part of the...
Uber to sell bus and rail tickets in Denver

Uber to sell bus and rail tickets in Denver

Ride-hailing app wants to become ‘one-stop shop’ for transport   Uber has added public transport routes, times and costs into its app   “Taking an Uber” could soon mean travelling by bus or train. The ride-hailing company has added public transport routes to its app, starting with Denver’s Regional Transportation...
Northern Ireland is getting ahead

Northern Ireland is getting ahead

  You may not have yet noticed, but it’s become the place to watch, with growing bus and rail demand and plans for unified ticketing   Glider: As a visitor to Belfast you can’t miss this striking new addition to Belfast’s city centre   Of the four main constituent parts...
We need bold and ambitious solutions

We need bold and ambitious solutions

Climate change is back on the political agenda and government must respond with radical new policies that achieve modal shift   Stagecoach operates nine BYD ADL zero emission electric buses in Guildford   We haven’t got long. The five warmest years on record have occurred in the last 10 years....
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Read our supplement: The ALBUM Report 2019

Read our supplement: The ALBUM Report 2019

Welcome to the ALBUM Report 2019, a publication from Passenger Transport devoted to Britain’s independent and municipal bus companies. Returning for a fifth consecutive year, this year’s report also incorporates the official Conference Workbook for the 2019 ALBUM Conference, hosted by Cardiff Bus at Cardiff City Hall on May 7-9. We hope you find it...
RDG sets out vision to end failed ‘quick fixes’

RDG sets out vision to end failed ‘quick fixes’

Rail Delivery Group chief Paul Plummer said the proposals to the Williams rail review are intended as ‘building blocks’ for fundamental reform   RDG chief executive Paul Plummer   The Rail Delivery Group has set out proposals for a new rail industry structure which would remove central government from day to day decision making, integrate...
We need to wake up to climate change

We need to wake up to climate change

  Our politicial leaders are under pressure to take action on climate change – and the public transport sector could also do much more Greta Thunberg’s recent travels around Europe have been by train   They say that fact is stranger than fiction. Who would have dared write a story in which leading politicians of...
‘Why can’t buses be as easy as ordering pizza?’

‘Why can’t buses be as easy as ordering pizza?’

Transport Focus research about young people and their experience of using buses reveals their frustration at ‘outdated and antiquated’ experience ‘Why can Domino’s or whoever it is do all of that?’   Young people want the bus user experience to be as easy as ordering pizza or booking cinema tickets on their phones. Focus group...
Stagecoach deal to buy Arriva ‘very difficult’

Stagecoach deal to buy Arriva ‘very difficult’

Perth-based group is reported to be interested in buying bus business from its DB-owned rival – but industry experts say there are too many hurdles   Germany’s Deutsche Bahn is looking to offload Arriva   Stagecoach is reported to be considering a bid for all or part of rival group Arriva. However, industry analysts say...
Pensions crisis ‘risks national rail strike’

Pensions crisis ‘risks national rail strike’

RDG urges DfT to act as a guarantor to pension scheme   Paul Plummer   The Rail Delivery Group has told the Department for Transport that a national rail strike and rail franchising chaos are likely unless the government agrees to act as a guarantor to the railway pension scheme. In a letter to transport...
What do we really feel about the bus?

What do we really feel about the bus?

  Do we fully understand how people respond to the experience of bus travel at a gut level? And how can we influence their emotions?   There are so many points in a bus journey where you can feel stressed and vulnerable   Most of the discourse on buses treats people as if they know...
A portal into the world of mobility

A portal into the world of mobility

  The smartphone experience is raising our expectations for comprehensive, yet targeted, regular information – and it’s influencing how we use transport   These issues will only intensify with the pending arrival of autonomous shuttles   Mobile phone penetration is currently at over 85% in the UK. Over 40% of UK adults look at their...
David Martin tipped to play role in Arriva deal

David Martin tipped to play role in Arriva deal

Following Deutsche Bahn’s decision to put Arriva up for sale, peers of the group’s former chief executive believe he could re-emerge on the scene   David Martin, a former chief executive of Arriva   Arriva’s former chief executive David Martin has been tipped to play a prominent part in a bid for the company he...
Yeowart plans first competition for GWR

Yeowart plans first competition for GWR

Grand Union would run non-stop service to Bristol Parkway     Open access entrepreneur Ian Yeowart is planning a new London-Cardiff service that would provide the first competition to Great Western Railway since privatisation 25 years ago. A notification to the Office of Rail and Road shows that Yeowart’s new open access company, Grand Union,...
Clouds loom over London’s transport

Clouds loom over London’s transport

  After years of sunshine a chill wind developed in the air and it has begun raining down on the mayor and Transport for London   Caroline Pidgeon’s solution is radical but in my view makes a lot of sense   Once upon a time, not very long ago, everything in the garden looked rosy....
Bus schedulers - our true rockstars

Bus schedulers – our true rockstars

They’re a vital cog in the UK’s public transport machine, and yet bus schedulers are rarely afforded the recognition they deserve     By Tom Quay: Timetables are utilitarian. They serve a purpose. They provide structure and process to the bus networks they chart and confidence to the customers who use them. And yet, despite...