Out now: Issue 109 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 109 of Passenger Transport

Issue 109 of Passenger Transport is published on May 22 Contents include:       LEAD STORY Souter: transport must become a ‘tech stock’ Stagecoach chairman Sir Brian Souter believes a tech-led proposition could soon emerge for passenger transport, and he wants the industry to lead it   NEWS ‘Agree...
Souter: transport must become a ‘tech stock’

Souter: transport must become a ‘tech stock’

Stagecoach chairman Sir Brian Souter believes a tech-led proposition could soon emerge for passenger transport, and he wants the industry to lead it   Sir Brian Souter addressing last week’s ALBUM conference   The passenger transport sector must embrace technology or it will risk being sidelined by a new ‘tech...
‘Agree to a mayor and get powers over buses’

‘Agree to a mayor and get powers over buses’

George Osborne has restated his commitment to give Manchester control over local bus services, and has opened the door for other cities to follow   George Osborne and a visualisation of a TfGM-liveried bus   Chancellor George Osborne has opened the door for cities in England to get greater powers...
NEG tipped for biggest German rail contract

NEG tipped for biggest German rail contract

British group is said to be ahead of Deutsche Bahn in race to win contracts to run revamped Rhine-Ruhr Express services, worth more than £1.4bn   Visualisation of an RRX Desiro double deck train at Cologne Central Station   National Express Group is being tipped in Germany to win the...
Stelios was offered Megabus partnership

Stelios was offered Megabus partnership

Stagecoach chairman Sir Brian Souter has revealed that he sought to team up with EasyGroup’s Stelios Haji-Ioannou before launching Megabus   Brian Souter promoting Stagecoach’s new Megabus venture in 2013   From the freeways of North America to Germany’s Autobahn, Stagecoach’s blue and yellow Megabus-branded coaches have become an increasingly...
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Read our supplement: The ALBUM Report 2015

Read our supplement: The ALBUM Report 2015

Welcome to The ALBUM Report 2015, a publication devoted to Britain’s independent and municipal bus companies from Passenger Transport. We know the vital role that ALBUM members and their respective employers play in providing high quality passenger transport services throughout the country – creating the links that enable communities to function. This publication seeks to highlight...
The face of UK politics has changed dramatically

The face of UK politics has changed dramatically

  Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT   I write this at just past 5.30am on May 8 on what can only be described as one of the most extraordinary election nights in living memory. The face of UK politics...
Transport policy: what the Tories pledged

Transport policy: what the Tories pledged

With the Tories seemingly on course to win a majority in the general election, we look back at what they pledged in relation to key areas of transport policy     FARES Freeze commuter rail fares in real terms for five years. No flexibility for train operators to raise some fares above the cap if...
TfL’s Hendy accused of cynical rail power grab

TfL’s Hendy accused of cynical rail power grab

Transport for London commissioner apologises after saying that suburban rail users ‘hate’ the service and that Southeastern is ‘like the Wild West’   Sir Peter Hendy (pictured) made remarks in an interview last month   Transport for London commissioner Peter Hendy has been accused of a “cynical attempt to drag [further] commuter rail services into...
‘Compensate small bus firms, if you regulate’

‘Compensate small bus firms, if you regulate’

Ahead of ALBUM’s annual conference next week, the association’s chair has called on the next government to offer reassurance to smaller operators   ALBUM chairman Ben Colson (pictured)   The next government should work with the bus industry to find a way of “managing out” operators who find themselves unable to work under a regulated...
Are digital disrupters heading for transport?

Are digital disrupters heading for transport?

The city of San Francisco is rapidly becoming a hotbed for new forms of public transport that threaten to disrupt traditional forms of the mode   Leap Transit –  a bus, but not as we know it   Earlier this year Leon Daniels, Transport for London’s managing director of surface transport, warned delegates attending the UK...
Milan event to profile the latest innovations

Milan event to profile the latest innovations

Covering all modes, the world’s biggest public transport event will take place next month in Milan. Cutting edge innovation will take centre stage     More than 270 exhibitors from around the world will offer an unmissable glimpse at the defining trends shaping the future of public transport at the biennial UITP World Congress &...
Parties promise action on rail value for money

Parties promise action on rail value for money

Labour and Conservative manifestos outline new consumer protection policies and pledge fares freezes to make rail travel more affordable     New measures to improve passengers’ perceptions of the value for money of rail travel are set to be introduced by the new government with both the Labour and Conservative parties pledging reforms in addition...
Lib Dems make bus fare pledge to young people

Lib Dems make bus fare pledge to young people

Party’s manifesto promises to work towards two-thirds discount for those aged 16-21   Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg pictured in June 2013 with teenagers on board a bus in London   The Liberal Democrats would work to introduce a new Young Person’s Discount Card, offering young people aged 16-21 a two-thirds discount on bus travel....
We need experience, not culture change

We need experience, not culture change

Forget culture change, look for underlying causes. Lack of rail experience at the top is a serious handicap for Network Rail   It is no surprise, I suppose, that faced with the problems Mark Carne has at Network Rail and being at a loss at to what to do about them, he should decide to...
Arriva expands UK bus apprenticeship scheme

Arriva expands UK bus apprenticeship scheme

Arriva has significantly expanded its UK bus apprenticeship scheme to train tomorrow’s engineers   In 2014 Arriva employed 26 engineering apprentices across its UK bus division The general election campaign has seen all of the major political parties pledge to support, encourage and grow the number of apprenticeships available to young people. Indeed, prime minister...
Operators’ opinion of Network Rail plummets

Operators’ opinion of Network Rail plummets

Train operators’ opinion of Network Rail has fallen sharply in its latest customer survey, with less than half saying they are satisfied with the company     A huge fall in train operators’ satisfaction with Network Rail has been set out in the company’s latest annual customer survey. The survey, carried out in autumn 2014,...