Bysus yng Nghymru 2017 / Buses in Wales 2017

Bysus yng Nghymru 2017 / Buses in Wales 2017

Croeso / Welcome Croeso i Bysus yng Nghymru 2017, cyhoeddiad am y prif ddull o drafnidiaeth gyhoeddus yng Nghymru. Cynhyrchwyd y cyhoeddiad hwn gan Passenger Transport i gyd-fynd ag Uwchgynhadledd Gwasanaethau Bws Llywodraeth Cymru yn Wrecsam ar Ionawr 23. Mae’r cyhoeddiad hwn yn cynnwys cyfraniadau gan amrywiaeth o sefydliadau sydd...
Out now: Issue 151 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 151 of Passenger Transport

Issue 151 of Passenger Transport is published on January 13 Contents include:     LEAD STORY DfT and TOCs to trial radical fares overhaul Trials represent breakthrough in persuading ministers to consider revising historic regulations which prevent better value, fairer and simpler tickets   NEWS National Express exits, Trenitalia enters UK...
DfT and TOCs to trial radical fares overhaul

DfT and TOCs to trial radical fares overhaul

Trials represent breakthrough in persuading ministers to consider revising historic regulations which prevent better value, fairer and simpler tickets   Paul Maynard   The Rail Delivery Group is intending to define a “a whole new territory” for rail fares in a series of pilot projects agreed with the government. Industry...
National Express exits, Trenitalia enters

National Express exits, Trenitalia enters

UK group agrees deal to sell c2c franchise to Italian state railway     National Express Group has agreed a £70m deal to sell its c2c franchise to Trenitalia, the Italian state railway company. The deal marks the departure of National Express from the UK passenger rail market. The group...
‘A diesel bus emits less NOx than a diesel car’

‘A diesel bus emits less NOx than a diesel car’

Study finds that buses and coaches are cleaner than cars   PEMS equipment fitted to the exhaust system of a bus   Research by the International Council on Clean Transportation has discovered that heavy duty vehicles such as buses and coaches that are powered by diesel engines are far cleaner...
What do customers really want?

What do customers really want?

Arriva has sought to answer this question through a programme of engagement, including an online survey and an event at our HQ   The customer-focused event in Doxford   By Gillian Singh, Arriva UK Bus All too often we see customer engagement by businesses take place to gain intelligence and...
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Southern strikes have cost DfT £65m - so far

Southern strikes have cost DfT £65m – so far

Franchise holder Go-Ahead has revealed figures that suggest £50m in lost revenue, in addition to £15m already set aside for ‘hardship’ compensation     The industrial dispute by guards and drivers on the Southern network is estimated to have cost the Department for Transport a total of £65m since June – and with no sign...
Bus Users blasts NHS chief’s bus pass plan

Bus Users blasts NHS chief’s bus pass plan

Simon Stevens suggests bus pass funding should move to care     Passenger lobby group Bus Users has hit out at suggestions made by the chief executive of NHS England that free buses should be phased out in favour of extra funding for social care. Simon Stevens told MPs on the communities and local government...
App aims to create crowdsourced buses

App aims to create crowdsourced buses

Transdev Blazefield is in the process of finalising its new VAMOOZ app that promises to bring the concept of crowdsourcing to the bus industry     Many businesses are turning to alternative means in order to finance business expansion with crowdsourcing amongst the most popular method, but could the trend be about to make its...
Is Maynard the man with the radical plan?

Is Maynard the man with the radical plan?

  Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT   You’ve got to admire our secretary of state’s bravado! He has told the RMT to stop playing politics with the railways over their strike action on Southern. Yet that’s exactly what Chris...
Brexit: ‘Economy is our main concern’

Brexit: ‘Economy is our main concern’

Bernard Tabary of Keolis and Manfred Rudhart of Arriva see no post-referendum threat to their continued involvement in UK passenger transport   Bernard Tabary (pictured left) and Manfred Rudhart (right)   Two of the world’s largest multi-national passenger transport groups see no hurdles to their future involvement in the UK in the wake of this...
Tyne & Wear Metro: urban rail unleashed

Tyne & Wear Metro: urban rail unleashed

The Metro is the bone structure of Tyne & Wear’s identity, economy and daily life – and it’s Britain’s innovation railway too     There’s two key elements to a successful urban rail network – best use of emerging technology and local decision makers who embody the spirit of civic entrepreneurialism. That is the capacity...
First urges bus users to swap cash for mTickets

First urges bus users to swap cash for mTickets

First Bus demonstrates 75% improvement in boarding times if customers switch from cash to mTickets, and seeks to raise awareness of tech options   mTickets are now used to pay for around one million First Bus passenger journeys a week   First Bus has launched one of its biggest ever marketing campaigns to show its...
Parkeon tackles the TVM challenge

Parkeon tackles the TVM challenge

Parkeon is working with rail industry stakeholders to improve the customer experience through innovative TVM technology   Parkeon’s SmartWall, which was developed for Northern Rail   As reported in Passenger Transport (PT141) the thorny issue of Ticket Vending Machines in the rail industry reared its head again over the summer after research by The Times...
The strike is legal and EU law does not apply

The strike is legal and EU law does not apply

The High Court made it clear that the ASLEF action is legal under UK law and that EU freedom of movement principles do not apply.     I was in the High Court for most of the hearing into GTR’s application for a temporary injunction to stop the ASLEF strikes on Southern pending a full...
UK Bus Awards: The Big Book of Big Winners

UK Bus Awards: The Big Book of Big Winners

November saw the 21st annual UK Bus Awards held at a ceremony in London, and you can read all about the winners and finalists in this official Souvenir Brochure. Click on the image below to view The Big Book of Big Winners 2016.   If you are viewing the site on a tablet or mobile...
‘Nothing ruled out’ as First’s bus profits slide

‘Nothing ruled out’ as First’s bus profits slide

Chief executive Tim O’Toole says profit margins at some of the group’s regional bus operations ‘are simply unsustainable’ and action is required   UK Bus operating profit margins have fallen to 3.2%   FirstGroup has instructed all its UK bus businesses to draw up and accelerate plans to cut costs and revise timetables in a...
ASLEF raises safety issues after tram crash

ASLEF raises safety issues after tram crash

Drivers’ union raises questions in wake of first tram crash in the UK causing passenger fatalities since 1959, as interim report is published by RAIB   ASLEF pointed out that the crash could not have occurred on the mainline railway   Train drivers’ union ASLEF and MPs have called for the investigation into the Croydon...