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Out now: Issue 101 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 101 of Passenger Transport

Issue 101 of Passenger Transport is published on January 30 Contents include:       LEAD STORY DfT review to examine role for bus franchising Department for Transport asks KPMG to consider when franchising might be an appropriate model for buses, and whether candidate locations exist   NEWS Scottish Labour...
DfT review to examine role for bus franchising

DfT review to examine role for bus franchising

Department for Transport asks KPMG to consider if franchising might be an appropriate model for buses, and whether candidate locations exist   Nexus is seeking to take control of bus services in the North East   The government is seeking to enhance its understanding of bus market dynamics in response...
Your transport ticket on your smartwatch?

Your transport ticket on your smartwatch?

German technology firm examines smartwatches   HaCon illustrations of smartwatch app   Sales of smartwatches are expected to increase rapidly this year and German transport technology firm HaCon has announced that it is developing applications for them. Passengers might be able to use the devices to plan journeys and buy...
‘National rail ticketing holds back innovation’

‘National rail ticketing holds back innovation’

Arriva calls for Department for Transport  to review anachronistic regulations and outlines potential option for radical ticketing reform   A magnetic stripe ticket   Arriva has called for the Department for Transport to revise “anachronistic” requirements for all train operators to provide a common national ticketing technology and sell tickets...
FirstGroup predicts further UK bus growth

FirstGroup predicts further UK bus growth

UK bus business is in ‘unprecedented territory’   A First bus in Sheffield   Patronage has continued to grow strongly at FirstGroup’s UK bus division, despite some of its companies raising fares in line with inflation, following large price cuts the previous year. The bus business has now achieved 19...
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Department in dock over GTR failure

Department in dock over GTR failure

Driver shortages have caused widespread service cancellations at Govia Thameslink Railway, placing the Department for Transport under scrutiny   Commuters make their way past a Thameslink train on the platform at Blackfriars Station, London, in the morning rush hour   The quality of the Department for Transport’s franchise management, aspects of its franchising process and...
West Yorkshire plans second trolleybus route

West Yorkshire plans second trolleybus route

Combined Authority plans second NGT route for 2025 delivery   An artist’s impression of an NGT trolleybus in Leeds   The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has announced plans for a second New Generation Transport trolleybus route in West Yorkshire, despite the government not yet approving the planned first controversial route. The plans for the new...
Stagecoach beat East Coast rivals on quality

Stagecoach beat East Coast rivals on quality

Quality rating was ahead of rivals First and Keolis/Eurostar   An artist’s impression of an IEP train in Virgin branding   Stagecoach/Virgin trounced its rivals for the new East Coast franchise, with a bid that was a clear winner on quality as well as price. Information released to Passenger Transport by the Department for Transport...
New app boasts range of personalised features

New app boasts range of personalised features

A new app launched by Merseyrail offers more personalised features than similar platforms and aims to prove especially useful during disruption   The app’s Your Train feature gives the location of a user’s train with expected arrival times   Up-to-the-minute information on how services are running, live departure times, as well as customised travel alerts...
Why did Lesley Hinds stand by Ian Craig?

Why did Lesley Hinds stand by Ian Craig?

As details emerge of the complaints levelled against Lothian Buses boss Ian Craig, Edinburgh transport convenor Lesley Hinds is under growing pressure to explain why the council blocked a move to dismiss him   Lesley Hinds (left) and Ian Craig, pictured on an Edinburgh tram earlier this year   Staff at council-owned Lothian Buses are calling for...
Abellio won ScotRail on quality, not price

Abellio won ScotRail on quality, not price

Runner-up National Express submitted a bid that required less subsidy but received the lowest quality score, allowing Dutch group to win contract   Abellio plans to acquire the first Hitachi AT200 trains for ScotRail (artist’s illustration)   Abellio won the new ScotRail franchise with a bid that required £29m more subsidy than second placed National...
State-owned bus and rail operator for Wales?

State-owned bus and rail operator for Wales?

First steps towards non-profit Wales & Borders franchise   Pictured: Heart of Wales line   The Welsh Government is making the first moves towards the possible creation of a not-for-dividend rail company, potentially the first long term publicly-owned train operating company on the National Rail network. Last month, prime minister David Cameron said the Wales and...
Arriva aims to boost its staff engagement

Arriva aims to boost its staff engagement

German-owned group is coming up with new HR strategies to boost engagement amongst its members of staff in the UK     Employee engagement is a buzzword that many industries have adopted over the last decade or so and it would seem that the transport sector has taken its time to catch up. Arriva is aiming...
Stagecoach bid £900m more for East Coast

Stagecoach bid £900m more for East Coast

Winning bid from Stagecoach/Virgin includes far more ambitious schedule of premium payments to Department for Transport than offered by rivals   Artist’s impression of an IEP train in Virgin branding   Stagecoach/Virgin has won the new intercity East Coast rail franchise with a commitment to pay the Department for Transport £3.3bn in premium payments over...
Howarth finds buyers for limping Greyhound

Howarth finds buyers for limping Greyhound

Weeks of speculation about the future of Cornish independent operator Western Greyhound have ended with the news the business has been sold   Western Greyhound’s Mark Howarth is pictured with a Plymouth Citybus vehicle in Liskeard   Weeks of speculation about the future of Cornish independent operator Western Greyhound have ended with the announcement of...
Rapid transit for Wales by 2020 - bus or rail?

Rapid transit for Wales by 2020 – bus or rail?

The Welsh Government expects to implement a 13-mile ‘rapid transit link’ by 2020, but is undecided on the transport mode. Rhodri Clark reports   Cardiff’s City Line provides a right of way through the inner suburb of Canton but its use for light rail might require tram-train technology, since the City Line is earmarked for...
Arriva website aims to reach out to partners

Arriva website aims to reach out to partners

As part of its mission to become the ‘partner of choice for local authorities and PTEs, Arriva UK Bus has created a new website for local stakeholders     In 2010, Arriva announced a new strategy designed to position its UK bus business as the “partner of choice” for local authorities and PTEs. A survey...