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Greener Journeys: The case for the bus pass

Greener Journeys: The case for the bus pass

Greener Journeys’ campaign to safeguard the older persons bus pass continues to gain momentum   Pictured: Baroness Kramer (far left) at the Lib Dem fringe   Over recent years, there has been much debate in the media and across the political spectrum about whether older and disabled people should be entitled...
Out now: Issue 94 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 94 of Passenger Transport

Issue 94 of Passenger Transport is published on October 17. Contents include:       LEAD STORY ScotRail franchise win ‘a huge day for Abellio’ Contract win makes Dutch group the UK’s second largest train operator as it emerges that quality played a significant part in the franchise award   NEWS...
ScotRail franchise win ‘a huge day for Abellio’

ScotRail franchise win ‘a huge day for Abellio’

Contract win makes Dutch group the UK’s second largest train operator as it emerges that quality played a significant part in the franchise award     Abellio has won the new ScotRail franchise in a tight contest ahead of National Express and FirstGroup. MTR and Arriva were the other two bidders....
Go-Ahead in the race for Singapore contract

Go-Ahead in the race for Singapore contract

City state launches search for operators as part of bus shake up     Go-Ahead Group is eyeing expansion into Singapore where the government has just put its first bus contract out to tender using a model based largely on methods used in London. The Singapore Land Transport Authority has...
Hull Trains pioneers 4G Wi-Fi introduction

Hull Trains pioneers 4G Wi-Fi introduction

Open access train operator unveils UK and world firsts in connectivity, infotainment and sign up     Hull Trains has upgraded its on-train Wi-Fi internet service, offering passengers a series of UK transport industry first benefits through its mobile app. The free service is the first 4G-enabled Wi-Fi application to...
Best of the best: awards shortlist is revealed

Best of the best: awards shortlist is revealed

Almost 100 finalists have made the shortlist for this year’s prestigious UK Bus Awards, with the final winners set to be revealed on November 18     Arriva and FirstGroup have set the pace for this year’s prestigious UK Bus Awards by gaining the most shortlisted entries. The two groups have...
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Creagh’s ‘full support’ for Quality Contracts

Creagh’s ‘full support’ for Quality Contracts

Shadow transport secretary pays tribute to efforts to re-regulate buses in Tyne & Wear and West Yorkshire. ‘I wish them luck,’ she tells conference     Plans to use Quality Contracts to re-regulate buses in Tyne & Wear and West Yorkshire have been boosted by unequivocal support from shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh last week....
Class 700 Thameslink train on show in Berlin

Class 700 Thameslink train on show in Berlin

Three fully-assembled cars for the new Class 700 train were among 145 rail vehicles exhibited at last week’s InnoTrans show in the German capital     Siemens exhibited the new Thameslink Class 700 train for the first time at the InnoTrans show in Berlin last week, with a launch event led by transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin....
First is back on track in the West of England

First is back on track in the West of England

It’s been a big year for First’s West of England bus business and managing director Paul Matthews     The fortunes of First’s bus operation in Bristol, and the wider West of England region, have largely mirrored that of its parent company’s UK bus division as a whole and have suffered in recent years from...
DfT pulls the plug on journey planning site

DfT pulls the plug on journey planning site

Transport Direct is switched off but transport campaigners argue that private sector alternatives don’t offer a fully comprehensive solution     The Department for Transport this week switched off Transport Direct, the government’s pioneering online journey planning service, just over 10 years after its controversial launch. A nationwide journey planning website was first conceived by...
Driving Growth: The Sheffield Bus Partnership

Driving Growth: The Sheffield Bus Partnership

The Sheffield Bus Partnership, which unites South Yorkshire PTE, Sheffield City Council and bus operators First and Stagecoach, will reach its second anniversary in October. Ahead of this landmark, Passenger Transport has produced a special supplement about the agreement, sponsored by First and Stagecoach. It contains a foreword from transport minister Baroness Kramer, in which...
Whatever the result, devolution has won

Whatever the result, devolution has won

Scottish referendum has let the devolution genie out of the bottle, and the implications will be huge     The passenger transport sector is wrestling with the broad implications of this week’s Scottish independence referendum. As Passenger Transport went to press the result of the ballot was not yet known, but whether or not Scots...
National Express exits German coach business

National Express exits German coach business

25-vehicle city2city operation faced ferocious competition     National Express Group is to close its German city2city coach business in October, 18 months after it started, due to ferocious competition from five rival operators. The company had grown steadily to run 25 vehicles on routes connecting Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne and Hamburg. However, a final attempt...
Northern franchise will reflect ‘angry’ feedback

Northern franchise will reflect ‘angry’ feedback

DfT franchising director Peter Wilkinson stands by franchise consultation. ‘We asked tough questions and yes they will get some people angry,’ he says     The Department for Transport has pledged that it will design the next Northern Rail franchise around the responses to its contentious consultation which included suggestions for ‘trade-offs’ to help modernise the...
On-bus audio visual is ‘pitiful’ outside London

On-bus audio visual is ‘pitiful’ outside London

Guide Dogs chief criticises lack of action by operators     The chief executive of Guide Dogs has praised the audio visual equipment on buses in London as “amazing”, but has slammed the “pitiful” provision elsewhere. “We have some horrific statistics of the number of people with sight loss who have been left on a...
Creagh: Network Rail will be ‘guiding mind’

Creagh: Network Rail will be ‘guiding mind’

If Labour wins next year’s general election, the infrastructure controller will compete with ROSCOs and take over tasks from train operators     Network Rail rather than train operators will have lead responsibility for planning train services, and provide competition to the rolling stock leasing companies if Labour wins next year’s election. The new responsibilities form...
Centro ponders jumbo artics for Sprint scheme

Centro ponders jumbo artics for Sprint scheme

PTE seeks derogation for the operation of bi-articulated buses     Centro, the West Midlands PTE, is seeking a special dispensation from the Department for Transport that would allow it to introduce Britain’s longest buses on its proposed Sprint-branded Bus Rapid Transit corridors. Bus operators in the UK are currently limited to a maximum vehicle length...
Wilkinson heads Office of Rail Passenger Services

Wilkinson heads Office of Rail Passenger Services

New Office of Rail Passenger Services announced     The Department for Transport’s franchising director Peter Wilkinson has been appointed as managing director of the government’s new Office of Rail Passenger Services. ORPS will be formally launched on November 1 as a distinct section of the DfT’s rail executive with responsibility for awarding and managing...