Out now: Issue 202 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 202 of Passenger Transport

Issue 202 of Passenger Transport is published on February 8. Contents include:     LEAD STORY First poised to sell off Manchester business Loss-making operation expected to be broken up and sold to three buyers as poll finds three-quarters are in favour of re-regulating the region’s buses   NEWS Rail...
40 under 40: Transport leaders for the 2020s

40 under 40: Transport leaders for the 2020s

Who are the rising stars in UK public transport? Passenger Transport has teamed up with Flash Forward Consulting, the executive search, selection and interim management specialists, to identify 40 dynamic passenger transport professionals under the age of 40     Alex Warner writes – It’s been a great privilege to...
First poised to sell off Manchester business

First poised to sell off Manchester business

Loss-making operation expected to be broken up and sold to three buyers as poll finds three-quarters are in favour of re-regulating the region’s buses   The Manchester business has been part of First for 22 years   FirstGroup is understood to be close to completing the sale of its loss-making...
Trams are back, and a good thing too

Trams are back, and a good thing too

Light rail networks have returned to some of our cities, and the prospects for expansion are good. It’s something to celebrate   The Manchester Metrolink system provides an exemplary case study in how to grow a network incrementally and sustainably   Anyone walking through Sale on the morning of December...
Haines aims to restore status of rail operation

Haines aims to restore status of rail operation

New chief executive aims to return reliable operation to the heart of Network Rail strategy and raise the status of the railway as a profession Andrew Haines   Network Rail’s new chief executive, Andrew Haines, has set out an agenda to position operating the railway reliably as his company’s core...
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A new generation of talent in the spotlight

A new generation of talent in the spotlight

Together with Passenger Transport and a panel of judges, I have compiled a list of 40 dynamic passenger transport professionals under the age of 40     In the next issue of this quite remarkable magazine, Flash Forward Consulting (of which I am the founder and owner, I’ll have you know) is co-producing an exciting...
£100m bid to see off GM franchising plans

£100m bid to see off GM franchising plans

Greater Manchester’s Onebus consortium of bus operators has offered a blueprint for improving bus services – without the need for re-regulation The blueprint pledges 450 new buses for Greater Manchester   Greater Manchester’s bus operators this week launched a £100m partnership blueprint to revolutionise the bus network and deliver on the region’s ambitions. Andy Burnham,...
Let’s talk about women and buses

Let’s talk about women and buses

No one really talks openly and honestly about women and their role within the bus industry, and it’s about time that we did   We need more men and women in the bus industry speaking openly about the gender diversity challenges   Women and buses is a subject that the industry believes it is tackling....
I build therefore I sprawl

I build therefore I sprawl

Will where future Britons live rely on, or ignore, public transport? We should study examples of transit oriented development   IJburg is reverential to its big skies and calm waters   Tens of thousands of homes lying empty whilst people sleep on the streets, not enough homes of the right type in the right places,...
Don’t leave rail users in dark over closures

Don’t leave rail users in dark over closures

The rail industry is not making sufficient effort to clearly explain to customers how an engineering closure has improved the service   Engineering closures are often essential but they are inconvient for train users   Part of the UK’s Christmas and New Year traditions is the annual closure of the national rail network on Christmas...
UK Bus Summit Review 2019

UK Bus Summit Review 2019

UK Bus Summit Review 2019, a publication devoted to the UK’s main mode of public transport. This publication has been produced by Passenger Transport, in association with Transport Times Events, to co-incide with the fourth annual UK Bus Summit. This event will be held in London at the QEII Conference Centre, Westminster, on February 6, 2019,...
‘Bus use decline can be reversed’

‘Bus use decline can be reversed’

Ahead of next month’s UK Bus Summit in London, senior bus industry figures have argued that a sustained decline in bus use across Great Britain is not inevitable. But the industry needs a long-term investment strategy and help with congestion   The decline in bus use across the United Kingdom can be halted if the...
Ring out the old, ring in the new

Ring out the old, ring in the new

In many ways, 2018 was an extremely challenging year for the transport sector. But buckle up, because 2019 will be a bumpy ride   In 2018, we saw the great train timetable fiasco, which Chris Grayling attempted to blame on everyone else   A new year is a time for optimism, to put behind us...
Design concept for UK hydrogen trains

Design concept for UK hydrogen trains

UK’s first hydrogen-powered trains could operate from 2021   Eversholt’s ‘Breeze’ hydrogen multiple units   Train manufacturer Alstom and rolling stock leasing company Eversholt have announced that they expect the UK’s first hydrogen-powered trains to be operating in 2021. It follows the completion of an engineering study and design concept for the conversion of Eversholt’s...
UK Bus Awards 2018 Souvenir Brochure

UK Bus Awards 2018 Souvenir Brochure

November saw the 23rd annual UK Bus Awards held at a ceremony in London, and you can read all about the winners and finalists in this official Souvenir Brochure. Click on the image below to view The Big Book of Big Winners 2018.   If you are viewing the site on a tablet or mobile...
Stagecoach considers US coach business sale

Stagecoach considers US coach business sale

Increasing competition sees Stagecoach write down the value of North American assets and consider whether to exit the US market or adapt   There’s a new kid in town: Flixbus began operating in the US in May   Stagecoach has started discussions with a potential buyer of its North American coach business. The option of...
Reaching behind the rhetoric on rail fares

Reaching behind the rhetoric on rail fares

The responses to this year’s annual rail fares increase were all too predictable. The industry should consider some different tactics   Rail passengers have faced years of above inflation fare increases   Another January, another in the relentless sequence of fare rises on our trains. And another set of all too predictable responses. So first...