Innovations (Issue 36, Spring 2017)

Innovations (Issue 36, Spring 2017)

Innovations: Practical application of technology in passenger transport. Supporting Coach & Bus 2017 technology exhibitors In partnership with Parkeon   Click on the image below to view Innovations (Issue 36, Spring 2017).     If you are viewing the site on a mobile or tablet device, tap here to read the...
Global Public Transport Review 2017

Global Public Transport Review 2017

Welcome to the Global Public Transport Review 2017, a new publication devoted to this vital sector. This publication from Passenger Transport, based in London, has been produced to co-incide with UITP’s Global Public Transport Summit in Montréal on May 15-17 – the world’s biggest public transport event. It features contributions from...
Out now: Issue 158 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 158 of Passenger Transport

Issue 158 of Passenger Transport is published on April 21 Contents include:       LEAD STORY Can Buses Bill become law before the election? England’s Bus Services Bill is close to becoming law, but time is running out following the prime minister’s decision to call a general election in June...
Can Buses Bill become law before the election?

Can Buses Bill become law before the election?

England’s Bus Services Bill is close to becoming law, but time is running out following the prime minister’s decision to call a general election in June     The Bus Services Bill faces a race against time after prime minister Theresa May’s decision to hold a snap general election on...
Hendy seeks outward-looking rail industry

Hendy seeks outward-looking rail industry

Network Rail chair endorses Independent Transport Commission report concluding railway development too important to be left to rail industry alone   Sir Peter Hendy   Network Rail chair Sir Peter Hendy has endorsed a report from the Independent Transport Commission calling for the industry to become more outward-looking in order...
Transdev extends touchless tickets trial

Transdev extends touchless tickets trial

A trial of touchless beacon-based m-ticketing technology has been judged to be such a success that it has been extended for a further three months   Over 1,200 trips have been made using the touchless technology on the space-themed Shuttle 662 route   The West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Transdev...
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Quality decisive factor in South Western swap

Quality decisive factor in South Western swap

First time a bidder offering lower premium payments but higher quality proposals has won a DfT rail franchise since new approach began in 2013   Stagecoach ordered a £210m fleet of new Class 707 trains for South Western, but First/MTR will phase them out   First/MTR has won the new South Western franchise despite offering...
TrawsCymru buses to be free at weekends

TrawsCymru buses to be free at weekends

Welsh first minister pledges 12-month trial ‘to strengthen bus services’, but bus operators raise concerns about the plan. Rhodri Clark reports   TrawsCymru   Carwyn Jones, first minister of Wales, has announced free weekend travel on TrawsCymru bus services, funded by the Welsh Government. The bus industry was not consulted before the announcement. At the...
Could British trains use free hydrogen fuel?

Could British trains use free hydrogen fuel?

Rolling stock leasing company director cites Alstom’s trial of a hydrogen fuel cell-powered train in Germany as a potential option for UK railways   Coradia iLint is Alstom’s new CO2-emission-free regional train and alternative to diesel power. It is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell   Hydrogen could provide free fuel for trains in the...
Plugging into the air quality agenda

Plugging into the air quality agenda

With dirty city air rising up the agenda, transport, energy and air quality policies need to plug in. Nottingham is showing the way   Nottingham has one of Europe’s largest electric bus fleets   ‘The Great Stink’ of 1858, where the Thames’ role as a sewer and industrial waste outlet culminated in an intolerable summer...
Kent - the garden of innovation?

Kent – the garden of innovation?

The county known as the ‘Garden of England’ is emerging as a testbed for bus groups to cultivate new approaches to bus service provision     Arriva and Stagecoach have each begun trials of new approaches to bus service provision in Kent this month, with a view to rolling them out across the country. Arriva...
Arriva joins the race to reinvent the bus

Arriva joins the race to reinvent the bus

The technology at our fingertips is changing how we live our lives and our expectations. A growing number of bus operators are now responding   ArrivaClick offers a new way to get to Kent Science Park   Those attending last month’s UK Bus Summit in London were asked whether they believe that the bus industry...
TV ad shows how 'Britain Runs On Rail'

TV ad shows how ‘Britain Runs On Rail’

Second phase for rail industry media campaign   TV advertisement highlights the industry’s value   The Rail Delivery Group has launched the second phase of its multi-media Britain Runs on Rail campaign which includes its first TV advertising spot. The advert, which is also running in cinemas, demonstrates the railway’s value by showing its importance...
Ideas to improve rail’s industrial relations

Ideas to improve rail’s industrial relations

Changes could include profit share and boardroom influence   The proposals reflect concern in the DfT that background industrial relations are partly responsible for recent strikes at Southern   The Department for Transport has set out initial ideas on how the rail industry could form a new approach to industrial relations to smooth the introduction...
Innovation is at the heart of our business

Innovation is at the heart of our business

Low emission buses, new app-based mobility solutions and driverless shuttles are just some of the innovations that RATP Dev is delivering   Commuters in Bristol can use the Slide app to book their ride   By Laurence Batlle CEO, RATP Dev As more of us crowd into our already crowded cities, it’s clear the way we...
‘I wouldn’t invest my own money in UK rail’

‘I wouldn’t invest my own money in UK rail’

National Express Group boss Dean Finch says slowdown in UK rail growth is likely to present significant financial challenges for many operators   NEG boss Dean Finch believes that rival companies have been competing over-aggressively for rail franchises   Dean Finch has emphasised his belief that transport companies are facing significant and growing financial risks...
£690m to ease congestion?

£690m to ease congestion?

BUDGET 2017   In 2010, Philip Hammond said the ‘war on the motorist’ had ended. Now he wants a war on congestion   By Robert Jack The launch of a £690m competition for local authorities across England to tackle urban congestion and “get local transport networks moving again” was a welcome surprise in chancellor Philip...
Burnham plans to ‘call time on deregulation’

Burnham plans to ‘call time on deregulation’

Manchester mayoral candidate backs bus franchising   Andy Burnham: ‘The public has been subsidising a poor service’   Andy Burnham, the Labour MP for Leigh and the contender considered to be the frontrunner to become Greater Manchester’s first metro mayor in May, has pledged to push ahead with the introduction of London-style bus franchising if...