Out now: Issue 182 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 182 of Passenger Transport

Issue 182 of Passenger Transport is published on April 13. Contents include:     LEAD STORY Is this the home of the mobility revolution? The West Midlands is hosting the UK’s first trial of ‘Mobility as a Service’, launched this month with help from a creative three-storey marketing ploy   NEWS...
Is this the home of the mobility revolution?

Is this the home of the mobility revolution?

The West Midlands is hosting the UK’s first trial of ‘Mobility as a Service’, launched this month with help from a creative three-storey marketing ploy   The Nordic micro-house in Brindleyplace is the size of a parking space   “The birthplace of the industrial revolution is now the birthplace of...
Government must face up to congestion

Government must face up to congestion

Ministers and their shadows pretend not to notice a problem that is choking off buses, because they’re afraid of upsetting motorists   One bus can replace well over 70 cars. There is no downside   The latest figures show a continuing and concerning decline in the number of bus passenger...
TOCs want action to limit reputational risk

TOCs want action to limit reputational risk

Concerns follow furore over the collapse of the East Coast franchise, which saw Stagecoach/Virgin ‘unfairly’ accused of receiving a taxpayer ‘bail out’   The issue was raised during the furore over the forthcoming collapse of the East Coast franchise   Train operators have asked the Department for Transport to review...
West Midlands reaps the devolution dividend

West Midlands reaps the devolution dividend

A new ‘metro mayor’, growing commuter rail use, light rail expansion projects, HS2… this is a region that’s going places   A visualisation of the Midland Metro terminius at Edgbaston   I was born in Coventry and although my parents moved back to Yorkshire shortly afterwards, they still talk about...
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Where have the passengers gone?

Where have the passengers gone?

Just a blip, or the start of a trend? We look at what’s causing bus and rail patronage to decline     The number of people travelling by public transport in Great Britain is declining, with patronage falling on both bus and train services in 2017. The trend is by no means universal, with some...
Gilbert - ‘congestion is a national issue’

Gilbert – ‘congestion is a national issue’

Reading Buses boss urges government to support councils   Martijn Gilbert: ‘[Congestion] is the single biggest driver of dissatisfaction, and we need to crack it’   Reading Buses chief executive officer Martijn Gilbert has called upon central government to take a greater role in addressing traffic congestion. Speaking at the publication of the Autumn 2017 Bus...
Full vertical integration among HS2 options

Full vertical integration among HS2 options

Transport secretary Chris Grayling says that a range of operating models will be explored for the forthcoming West Coast Partnership contract   “An integrated railway operation, in charge of both its infrastructure and its services, akin to some Japanese high-speed lines”   Transport secretary Chris Grayling has indicated that full vertical integration will be among...
TfL could trial demand responsive bus service

TfL could trial demand responsive bus service

Businesses are being asked to express interest in trialling a new TfL service that would operate flexibly in an area in need of improved public transport     Transport for London announced last week that it is exploring the potential of using a new ‘demand responsive’ TfL bus service to enhance London’s public transport network,...
Survey shows challenge of increasing diversity

Survey shows challenge of increasing diversity

Published for International Women’s Day, a survey for RDG has found that four-fifths of women in Britain have never considered a career in rail   Staff at train operator Greater Anglia have formed a group to focus on gender equality issues, with over 100 colleagues joining up   A survey for the Rail Delivery Group...
Patronage slumps on Britain’s bus networks

Patronage slumps on Britain’s bus networks

DfT finds England’s buses lost 79 million passengers during 2017   Tobyn Hughes: ‘We are working together to pool research and evidence’   Bus demand across Great Britain has continued to decline according to the latest patronage statistics published this week by the Department for Transport. The figures reveal that for the full year ending...
Is it time to embrace our inner hipster?

Is it time to embrace our inner hipster?

Should urban transport policy begin to reflect the ‘new economy’, with interesting places accessible by active travel and mass transit?   The rise of the ‘Flat White economy’ has implications for transport   Something is happening to our bland, branded up High Streets in the same way that something fundamental is happening to our urban...
Bus drivers still key, say bus passengers

Bus drivers still key, say bus passengers

Survey shows that Stagecoach and Go-Ahead continue to set the pace in terms of bus user satisfaction, with FirstGroup still struggling to keep up   A full report appeared in the latest edition of Passenger Transport   Passenger watchdog Transport Focus chose to emphasise the importance of bus drivers when launching its eighth annual Bus...
First will lead UK’s first driverless bus project

First will lead UK’s first driverless bus project

Transport group will lead goverment-backed ‘MultiCAV’ project, offering autonomous pods for journeys to and from high-tech hub near Didcot   FirstGroup has already trialled CAVs in the US   FirstGroup will lead the first mainstream use of fully connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) in the UK. The government announced its approval for the scheme last...
Go-Ahead cites impact of changing behaviour

Go-Ahead cites impact of changing behaviour

Changes in lifestyle and working patterns are suppressing travel   David Brown: ‘There is a whole range of issues’   Go Ahead-Group has highlighted the impact of changing travel patterns across the UK on transport companies’ finances in its half-year results. Despite patronage falls at the group’s regional bus division and Southeastern rail franchise, half-year...
TfGM spends £11.5m on franchising probe

TfGM spends £11.5m on franchising probe

Devolution agreement funds used to explore bus franchising options   Burnham to decide on franchising   Transport for Greater Manchester is pressing ahead with plans to introduce bus franchising in the Greater Manchester region with £11.5m set aside for 2018/19 to progress the plans. It says that the funding will be utilised in order to...
Are you ready for the new data protection rules?

Are you ready for the new data protection rules?

Rules on the protection of personal data will be tightened next month, with fines of up to 4% of annual global turnover or €20m for any organisation which fails to comply. Rhodri Clark reports   Oyster didn’t exist when the Data Protection Act was passed   This article may seem to be yet another one...