Out now: Issue 215 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 215 of Passenger Transport

Issue 215 of Passenger Transport is published on August 23. Contents include:     LEAD STORY PM – I will transform buses Prime minister Boris Johnson declared his love for buses during a speech in Manchester and pledged to support delivery of ‘London style bus system’   NEWS Bus sector...
Boris Johnson - I will transform bus services

Boris Johnson – I will transform bus services

Prime minister Boris Johnson declared his love for buses during a speech in Manchester and pledged to support delivery of ‘London style bus system’     Prime minister Boris Johnson declared local bus services to be among his government’s domestic priorities in a speech in Manchester last month. Johnson told...
Group sets a target for female representation

Group sets a target for female representation

Go-Ahead plans to double the number of women working at its bus operations, backed by initiatives including a new ‘Women in Bus’ group   Initiatives aim to encourage women into bus sector   Go-Ahead has launched a new campaign that aims to encourage more women to apply for jobs in...
How Merseyrail dared to be different

How Merseyrail dared to be different

  Stability and local control has provided the basis for this unique city region railway operation to push on and create a success story   All Merseyrail stations are now being prepared for the biggest change to the network in years – new rolling stock   “Liverpool, surreal. Liverpool, sardonic. Liverpool...
How can we turn talk about buses into action?

How can we turn talk about buses into action?

  Decision makers are waking up to the important role that buses can play. We must make the most of this window of opportunity     Everyone is talking about buses. Could it be that we have a window of opportunity to do something transformative for our most essential mode...
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Boris Johnson has tricky transport to-do list

Boris Johnson has tricky transport to-do list

  Transport was put on ice during Theresa May’s tenure, but there are big decisions to make that won’t be easy for the new prime minister     So Boris Johnson is our new prime minister. I can hardly believe I am writing that, and my fingers are definitely meeting resistance from the keyboard. Are...
HS2 chief - ‘We’re used to being reviewed’

HS2 chief – ‘We’re used to being reviewed’

HS2’s chief executive officer, Mark Thurston, is ready to make the case to Boris Johnson’s team   Mark Thurston, CEO of HS2   Mark Thurston is not concerned by the prospect of the HS2 high speed rail link being reviewed by prime minister Boris Johnson’s incoming administration. Since joining HS2 as chief executive officer in...
Wrightbus reviews its options for the future

Wrightbus reviews its options for the future

Company appoints Deloitte to advise on investment options     Ballymena-based bus manufacturer Wrightbus has appointed financial advisors Deloitte to find potential investors. It is understood that this could also ultimately lead to a sale. A number of turnaround funds have been approached to canvas their interest in ploughing tens of millions of pounds into...
Via’s technology moves to autonomous vehicles

Via’s technology moves to autonomous vehicles

Firm partners with EasyMile to launch trial in Australia   The BusBot pilot will last for 22 weeks   Demand responsive technology firm Via has expanded its operations with the launch of its first autonomous vehicle. The company’s first autonomous vehicle trial, dubbed BusBot, is now fully operational, serving a community in New South Wales,...
Midlands - ‘We won’t take no for an answer’

Midlands – ‘We won’t take no for an answer’

Midlands Connect director Maria Machancoses told last week’s Midlands Transport Summit that this month marks a turning point for the region. ‘We’re here today to make ourselves heard,’ she said. ‘We’re not going to take no for an answer’   Maria Machancoses (right) with rail minister Andrew Jones (centre) at the launch of the Midlands...
Go-Ahead to spend £3m on Manchester operation

Go-Ahead to spend £3m on Manchester operation

Group sets out priorities for Go North West   David Cutts, left. David Brown, right   Go-Ahead has announced plans to invest £3m in its recently acquired bus operation in Greater Manchester. Formally launching the new Go North West operation at a special stakeholder event this week, group chief executive David Brown committed to the...
Virgin brands UK rail market ‘uninvestable’

Virgin brands UK rail market ‘uninvestable’

Group explores open access opportunities in Spanish rail market   Virgin is expected to hand back the keys to the West Coast franchise next year   Virgin Group says it intends to explore opportunities outside the UK following the collapse of its bid to operate the West Coast Partnership franchise with Stagecoach and SNCF. It...
We know the pledges - but what’s the plan?

We know the pledges – but what’s the plan?

  In signing up to climate change pledges politicians are also signing up to a seismic public policy shift – especially for the way we travel   Change is possible: The Netherlands was heading down our car dependent route until they made a big shift to the bike in the 1970s (Photo: Elisabeth Aardema /...
Innovations (Issue 43, Summer 2019)

Innovations (Issue 43, Summer 2019)

Innovations: Practical application of technology in passenger transport. Supporting Coach & Bus UK 2019 technology exhibitors   Click on the image below to view Innovations (Issue 43, Summer 2019).   If you are viewing the site on a mobile or tablet device, tap here to read the supplement.
FirstGroup coup fails, but chairman departs

FirstGroup coup fails, but chairman departs

Shareholders decline Coast Capital’s proposals, but Wolfhart Hauser leaves the group following ‘a very clear shot across the bows of the board’   Wolfhart Hauser   FirstGroup avoided an overhaul of its current board of directors after shareholders this week voted against proposals put forward by activist investor Coast Capital. All of the resolutions put...
Berlin - a working model of new mobility

Berlin – a working model of new mobility

  Berlin has for a number of years been one of the world’s leading cities for innovation and, in particular, mobility innovation   BVG has done a partnership deal with operator ViaVan to operate a joint service   I have visited Berlin a number of times over the years, but it was interesting to reflect...
Go-Ahead Group on road to zero emissions

Go-Ahead Group on road to zero emissions

  The transport group has been working on a number of initiatives that aim to boost the environmental credentials of bus travel   Go-Ahead will operate a fleet of 127 full electric buses in London by March 2020   Go-Ahead Group believes that it is doing more than any other UK bus operator in de-carbonising...