Supplement: Bringing the North together

Supplement: Bringing the North together

Welcome to A transport vision for the North of England: Bringing the North together, a publication from Passenger Transport. Transport is at the heart of the government’s ambitions to transform the economy of the North of England. Linking up towns and cities in the North with a world class transport...
Out now: Issue 135 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 135 of Passenger Transport

Issue 135 of Passenger Transport is published on May 27 Contents include:     LEAD STORY New routes for buses England’s Bus Services Bill promises to deliver greater choice, greater flexibility and greater growth   NEWS Wilkinson plans more emphasis on quality DfT’s managing director passenger services says customers are...
New routes for buses: the Bus Services Bill

New routes for buses: the Bus Services Bill

England’s Bus Services Bill promises to deliver greater choice, greater flexibility and greater growth   MHD Partnership’s vision of what a franchised bus service could look like in Greater Manchester could become a reality as soon as 2018   Orange buses look set to return to Greater Manchester following the...
Devolution is where the action is

Devolution is where the action is

This month’s elections demonstrated how society and politics are changing as Westminister cedes more powers to more places   London’s new major. Sadiq Khan   Not so long ago when the national media covered local elections, the only possibly interesting thing about it they could think of was to extrapolate...
Full competition inquiry into Northern franchise

Full competition inquiry into Northern franchise

Watchdog concerned by bus and rail overlaps   Visualisation of a new Northern Rail train   The Competition and Markets Authority has called a full ‘Phase 2’ inquiry into the reduced competition between public transport services resulting from Arriva’s takeover of the Northern rail franchise in April. It means Arriva...
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Khan faces clash over TfL ‘trading arm’ plan

Khan faces clash over TfL ‘trading arm’ plan

New mayor wants to set up a Transport for London commercial arm with the ability to operate local transport services in London, the UK and abroad   Sadiq Khan arrives at London Bridge Tube station on his first day at City Hall (Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images)   London’s newly elected mayor, Sadiq Khan,...
Why Britain has no transport policy

Why Britain has no transport policy

If you want to know why Britain’s transport policy is a mess and how to put it right, you have to study history and learn from it   One of my favourite tricks during my 20 years or so as a transport journalist has been to ask newly appointed ministers and shadow ministers a very...
‘Sorry’ has become  an over-used word

‘Sorry’ has become an over-used word

We used to be an industry that struggled to say ‘sorry’ for failing customers, now it’s a word that is used so often that at times it has become noise, writes Alex Warner     Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word by Blue featuring Elton John is my favourite song of all time –...
Shaping the future of transport in Glasgow

Shaping the future of transport in Glasgow

Next month the global Intelligent Transport Systems community gathers in Scotland’s largest city for the four-day ITS European Congress   In less than a month ITS will take over the vibrant city of Glasgow for a brief week to celebrate the annual get together of all who are shaping the future of transport today. From...
Read our supplement: The ALBUM Report 2016

Read our supplement: The ALBUM Report 2016

Welcome to the ALBUM Report 2016, a publication from Passenger Transport devoted to Britain’s independent and municipal bus companies.   Bigger and better than last year’s inaugural publication, this year’s report also incorporates the official Conference Workbook for the 2016 ALBUM Conference, hosted by isle of man transport on May 10-11. We hope you find...
‘Small operators could gain from franchising’

‘Small operators could gain from franchising’

ALBUM chairman predicts large groups will be forced to withdraw from less profitable areas, opening up expansion opportunities for smaller rivals   Midland Classic is in talks to take over Arriva’s operation in Burton-on-Trent   With powers contained in the forthcoming Buses Bill enabling the introduction of bus franchising in England’s city regions, large groups...
CILT members vote to remain in EU

CILT members vote to remain in EU

Survey finds that 64% say that as individuals they think the UK should remain in union     Almost two-thirds of members of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport believe that the UK should remain in the EU. A recent survey asked members whether they thought as an individual the UK should remain in...
Groups sought powers to hold NR to account

Groups sought powers to hold NR to account

Arriva, Go-Ahead and National Express denied punitive powers, including the right to withhold payments, in final Shaw review recommendations   Go-Ahead said concentrating on enhancements left a ‘capability drain’ in core areas   The Shaw review’s proposals to create a more effective working relationship between train operators and Network Rail fell short of providing operators...
Spotlight on innovation at Transports Publics

Spotlight on innovation at Transports Publics

Transports Publics 2016, the European Mobility Exhibition, will be take place in Paris in June, attracting over 100,000 visitors from across Europe   The 7th edition of Transports Publics, the European Mobility Exhibition, will be taking place in Paris on June 14-16. This not-to-be-missed event brings together key players in public transport, with over 10,000...
Innovations (Issue 33, Spring 2016)

Innovations (Issue 33, Spring 2016)

Innovations: Practical application of technology in passenger transport. Supporting Euro Bus Expo 2016 technology exhibitors In partnership with Parkeon   Click on the image below to view Innovations (Issue 33, Spring 2016).  
‘Flabby’ TfL can fund my fare freeze - Khan

‘Flabby’ TfL can fund my fare freeze – Khan

Favourite to win mayoral election says he would fund fares freeze by cutting waste at Transport for London, and by taking bus contracts in-house   Labour candidate for London mayor Sadiq Khan speaking at a debate in London this week   Sadiq Khan, Labour’s candidate for the London mayoral election, has set out plans for...
Reading seeks greater bus design innovation

Reading seeks greater bus design innovation

Council-owned operator sets out a demanding specification that aims to stimulate new innovations from manufacturers and evolve vehicle design   Reading Buses has ordered Wrightbus StreetDecks for its 2016 vehicle intake   Council-owned bus operator Reading Buses has revealed how it intends to challenge the bus manufacturing community over the next three years with a...