Out now: Issue 172 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 172 of Passenger Transport

Issue 172 of Passenger Transport is published on November 17 Contents include:     LEAD STORY First carries out threat to slash bus investment Low UK bus profitability means investment cannot be sustained unless councils take steps to help the company grow revenue, says chief executive   NEWS New cross-Manchester services...
First carries out threat to slash bus investment

First carries out threat to slash bus investment

Low UK bus profitability means investment cannot be sustained unless councils take steps to help the company grow revenue, says chief executive   FirstGroup will take delivery of 100 fewer new buses in 2018   FirstGroup has carried out its threat to stop buying new buses in towns and cities...
New cross-Manchester services next month

New cross-Manchester services next month

Completion of the Ordsall Chord bridge will enable new through services and journey opportunities in Greater Manchester and across the North   The £85m Ordsall Chord bridge was built in two years   The first trains are expected to start running between Manchester’s two main railway stations, Victoria and Piccadilly,...
Ex-offenders become bus drivers with HCT

Ex-offenders become bus drivers with HCT

Hackney-based social enterprise has so far recruited 20 ex-offenders to drive buses in London, working in partnership with specialist Blue Sky   HCT Group was so far recruited 20 ex-offenders   Ex-offenders have been successfully recruited as drivers for bus services in London as a result of an innovative trial...
'Stop comparing yourselves to the railway'

‘Stop comparing yourselves to the railway’

Comparisons said to betray silo mentality   Ross Martin: ‘The comparison between bus and rail is pretty meaningless’   Bus operators were advised to stop comparing the level of funding received by their industry to the railway, at last week’s CPT Conference in Ayrshire. On the first day of the...
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Read our supplement: Scotland’s Buses 2017

Read our supplement: Scotland’s Buses 2017

Welcome to Scotland’s Buses 2017, a publication devoted to Scotland’s main mode of public transport. Buses make an enormous contribution to Scotland, carrying 400 million passenger journeys annually, providing the vital links that enable communities to function. This publication from passenger transport puts the spotlight on Scotland’s bus industry and its stakeholder partners, celebrates their...
'Glider' at Busworld show. Next stop, Belfast

‘Glider’ at Busworld show. Next stop, Belfast

Tram-style vehicle for city’s new £90m Bus Rapid Transit route was among the exhibits at the biggest ever Busworld Europe show in Belgium last week     The new Belfast Rapid Transit ‘Glider’ vehicle was unveiled at the Busworld Europe exhibition in Kortrijk, Belgium, last week. The new £90m Glider service will begin in September...
Arriva drops out of Wales & Borders race

Arriva drops out of Wales & Borders race

Deutsche Bahn-owned group will surrender rail franchise it has operated since 2003 after withdrawing from the competition for a new contract   Arriva has operated the Welsh rail franchise for almost 14 years   Incumbent operator Arriva has withdrawn from the competition for the next Wales and Borders rail franchise. This leaves three bidders in...
TfL suspends graduate scheme

TfL suspends graduate scheme

Transport for London has denied claims that it has suspended graduate recruitment due to cuts Transport for London has denied claims that it has suspended its prestigious graduate management training scheme as a result of budget cuts made in order to help fund London mayor Sadiq Khan’s fares freeze. The Evening Standard this week reported...
DfT backs £10bn rise in Network Rail spending

DfT backs £10bn rise in Network Rail spending

Announced by transport secretary Chris Grayling last week, the 2019-24 funding settlement provides for the company to spend up to £47.9bn   The funding is intended to allow Network Rail to carry out plans to increase infrastructure maintenance and renewals to improve train service performance   The government has announced a significant boost in funding...
Taxis - a bridge to the future

Taxis – a bridge to the future

Taxis are the bridgehead for the TNCs in their mission to reshape global transport – how should urban transport authorites respond?   A man hails a taxi at a busy intersection in Manhattan, but many are using their smartphone to hail a ride   Taxis are the bridge between how urban transport is now and...
Carne plans female recruitment drive

Carne plans female recruitment drive

Only 16% of Network Rail’s 40,000 staff are women, and boss Mark Carne has concluded that ‘it is clear that equality of opportunity is not enough’   Network Rail, Thameslink Programme and contractors celebrating Women in Engineering Day in 2015   Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne has told senior managers throughout the company to...
Arriva leads record UK Bus Awards list

Arriva leads record UK Bus Awards list

108 shortlisted entries for the 2017 UK Bus Awards were revealed at a live ceremony at the Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester, last week   This year’s finalists pictured at last week’s event at the Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester   Arriva received the highest number of shortlisted entries for this year’s prestigious UK Bus Awards....
Burnham undecided on bus franchising

Burnham undecided on bus franchising

Mayor of Greater Manchester blames deregulation for decline in bus use, but says that he is ‘open minded’ about how to improve service provision   Andy Burnham (right) was speaking at the launch of an electric bus   The 2017 Bus Services Act was conceived in response to a pledge to give the mayor of...
Siemens/Alstom deal to ‘boost competitiveness’

Siemens/Alstom deal to ‘boost competitiveness’

Train manufacturing giants plan to merge their rail and mobility services operations in a bid to drive away competition from Far East newcomers   Siemens president Joe Kaeser (left) and Alstom’s chairman and CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge revealed the merger plans   Siemens and Alstom, Europe’s largest train manufacturers, have agreed a merger of their rail...
Merseyside partners celebrate Bus Alliance

Merseyside partners celebrate Bus Alliance

Patronage is rising, but franchising remains an option   Partners marked the Alliance at an event in September   The number of bus journeys young people are making in the Liverpool City Region has risen by 142% in the last three years. The figure was revealed on September 22 at an event to mark 12...
A look at the high tech ticketing of tomorrow

A look at the high tech ticketing of tomorrow

Cubic’s Innovation Centre in central London is the testbed for new technologies that could transform the public transport journey experience   60 people per minute: a visualisation of a ‘gateless gateline’   Identifying yourself by the vein structure in your hand and having cameras track your every move through a railway station – to some...