Out now: Issue 168 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 168 of Passenger Transport

Issue 168 of Passenger Transport is published on September 22 Contents include:     LEAD STORY Rail risks ‘disastrous’ loss of five-year deals Office of Rail & Road’s Stephen Glaister warns UK Rail Summit that continuation of current ‘HLOS/SoFA’ process cannot be taken for granted Bus use drops across Great Britain...
Rail risks ‘disastrous’ loss of five-year deals

Rail risks ‘disastrous’ loss of five-year deals

Office of Rail & Road’s Stephen Glaister warns UK Rail Summit that continuation of current ‘HLOS/SoFA’ process cannot be taken for granted   Stephen Glaister: ‘a real risk’   The chair of the railway’s regulator has warned that there is “a real risk” that the government will ditch the current...
Bus use drops across Great Britain

Bus use drops across Great Britain

Fall continues in Spring quarter, with 2.4% decline in England outside of London   Bus journeys: April-June 2017 versus April-June 2016 Source: Department for Transport   The number of people travelling by bus continues to decline across Great Britain, according to the latest statistics from the Department for Transport. Figures for April-June 2017...
Hendy: ‘Metroisation’ is the future for the railway

Hendy: ‘Metroisation’ is the future for the railway

‘Big railway’ must become more like the Underground   Hendy: ‘Obviously a good thing to do’   Sir Peter Hendy says that the ‘Digital Railway’ is the only way that the railway will be able to cope with the growing demands for capacity. Addressing the UK Rail Summit in London...
International Bus Review 2017

International Bus Review 2017

Welcome to the International Bus 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 in the Busworld Europe show in Kortrijk, Belgium, on October 20-25 and the accompanying UITP-Busworld International Bus Conference. It features contributions from a...
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TOCs seek to counter escalating RMT strikes

TOCs seek to counter escalating RMT strikes

Abellio Greater Anglia has trained 160 managers to cover for conductors, while South Western Railway is said to be well equipped to face action   South Western Railway faces a ballot on industrial action   Abellio Greater Anglia has told conductors and the RMT union that striking over its plans to introduce driver controlled operation...
Tributes paid to father of minibus revolution

Tributes paid to father of minibus revolution

Harry Blundred OBE was the owner of Transit Holdings and he was credited with spearheading the minibus revolution of the 1980s   Harry Blundred with one of the original Devon General minibuses at a bus rally in 2013   The family of bus industry entrepreneur Harry Blundred OBE has announced that he passed away in...
Virgin claims ‘historic shift’ from air to rail

Virgin claims ‘historic shift’ from air to rail

London-Edinburgh market share was 37% in June   A Virgin Trains East Coast train at Edinburgh Waverley   Virgin has achieved its highest air/rail market share on its Scottish routes, with the company’s East and West Coast services carrying a third of London-Scotland passengers in June. The company said it was indicative of a “historic...
The Scandi approach to public transport

The Scandi approach to public transport

Devolution, franchising and innovation are getting results for the ‘nearly perfect people’ of Scandinavia. What lessons can we learn?     Scandinavia has some of the richest, most successful societies on Earth, with exceptionally high levels of education, health care, and safety. The world goes to Scandinavia to see what countries that think big on...
Innovations (Issue 38, Autumn 2017)

Innovations (Issue 38, Autumn 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 38, Autumn 2017).   If you are viewing the site on a mobile or tablet device, tap here to read the supplement.
Street launches traffic congestion action plan

Street launches traffic congestion action plan

West Midlands mayor says modal shift from cars to public transport is the long-term answer, but in the short-term he promises better co-ordination   Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street and newly appointed director of network resilience, Anne Shaw   West Midlands mayor Andy Street has launched an action plan aimed at combatting congestion....
Huge change in travel plans during upgrade

Huge change in travel plans during upgrade

Commuters are heeding warnings to avoid Waterloo   Upgrade work at Waterloo station this month   Effective year-long campaigns to publicise disruption that will be caused by the Waterloo station upgrade throughout August has seen nearly half of South West Trains’ regular passengers make alternative travel and working arrangements. A survey by Transport Focus, published...
CILT - Air Quality Plan is ‘weak and timid’

CILT – Air Quality Plan is ‘weak and timid’

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport says government’s plan should have supported the introduction of charges for polluting vehicles   Traffic in London   The government could do better than its “weak and timid” plan to tackle poor air quality, particularly given the urgency of public health risks, according to The Chartered Institute of...
Entries open for National Cycle-Rail Awards

Entries open for National Cycle-Rail Awards

Recognising those who encourage integrated cycle-rail travel     Now in its 13th year, the Cycle-Rail Awards recognise the progress made by the rail industry and associated organisations towards encouraging integrated cycle-rail travel. The Rail Delivery Group has a clear aim to encourage the greater use of cycles to access the railway. RDG’s annual National...
Air quality plan avoids main issue - congestion

Air quality plan avoids main issue – congestion

Greener Journeys says government plan won’t address public health crisis because it fails to back the introduction of charges for polluting vehicles   The plan will see sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans banned by 2040   The government’s Air Quality Plan will fail to address public health concerns because it fails...
Rail user satisfaction recovery is ‘fragile’

Rail user satisfaction recovery is ‘fragile’

Overall satisfaction hits 83% after period of stable performance   There has been a significant increase in overall satisfaction with railway journeys   Rail passengers in London and the South East are more satisfied with their journeys after a long period of patchy performance. The result has been a significant increase in overall satisfaction with railway...
VAMOOZ rolls out with Reading Buses

VAMOOZ rolls out with Reading Buses

Transdev Blazefield is expanding its VAMOOZ crowd-sources buses brand to the south with a launch of a new licensing deal with Reading Buses   Alex Hornby and Martijn Gilbert alongside the first VAMOOZ-branded vehicle for the Reading Buses fleet   Transdev Blazefield has announced an expansion of VAMOOZ, its crowd-sourced bus service brand, with a...