Out now: Issue 111 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 111 of Passenger Transport

Issue 111 of Passenger Transport is published on June 19 Contents include:       LEAD STORY Eyes of the world on London As president of UITP, Transport for London’s Sir Peter Hendy opened the organisation’s World Congress in Milan this month, where London’s achievements were very much in the...
Eyes of the world on London at UITP 2015

Eyes of the world on London at UITP 2015

As president of UITP, Transport for London’s Sir Peter Hendy opened the organisation’s World Congress in Milan this month, where London’s achievements were very much in the spotlight   Sir Peter Hendy took centre stage at this month’s UITP World Congress in Milan, and so did London, the city he...
Global transport innovations recognised

Global transport innovations recognised

TfL was among the winners of the 2015 Global Public Transport Awards, which were announced at UITP’s World Congress in Milan last week   Polish bus builder Solaris received the design award for its new Urbino bus   The Global Public Transport Awards from UITP, the international association of public transport,...
Catch the bus...  and tell everyone

Catch the bus… and tell everyone

Over 160 bus operators, local authorities and transport groups are signed up for the third sector-wide Catch the Bus Week   Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, showed his support in 2014   By CLAIRE HAIGH, Greener Journeys This summer, Catch the Bus Week is hitting the road once...
Arriva’s route towards a digital future

Arriva’s route towards a digital future

Arriva has had much success with its apps, but the group is looking towards other new technologies   It’s now six years since Arriva introduced its m-ticketing service   Not that long ago to be a bus operator simply meant putting vehicles out on the road and running to a...
Latest entries
Cycle-Rail Awards 2015 - now open for entries!

Cycle-Rail Awards 2015 – now open for entries!

Awards recognise the hard work going into providing better facilities and benefits for cyclists on Britain’s railways     Rail users and organisations are invited to nominate cycle-friendly initiatives that help train travellers take advantage of pedal power. ATOC’s annual National Cycle Rail Awards, sponsored by Cyclepods, showcases the best examples of projects and people...
Uber ‘nuclear bomb’ is heading for transport

Uber ‘nuclear bomb’ is heading for transport

Having witnessed the impact of Uber on London’s taxi market, Transdev’s Nigel Stevens believes the entire public transport sector faces a shake-up   Uber has shaken up the London taxi market A “nuclear bomb” is heading for the public transport sector, the CEO of Transdev in the UK and Ireland has warned. Over the past two...
Abellio and Stagecoach partner for East Anglia

Abellio and Stagecoach partner for East Anglia

Dutch-owned group teams up with Stagecoach for East Anglia franchise competition. FirstGroup and National Express are also on DfT’s shortlist   Bidders will be expected to implement the recommendations of the Great Eastern Main Line Taskforce   The government has announced that three bidders have been shortlisted for the forthcoming East Anglia train operating franchise...
New Routemaster users are more satisfied

New Routemaster users are more satisfied

Survey reveals that users of the new buses are more satisfied   There are now 450 New Routemasters in service   London’s expanding fleet of New Routemaster buses has pushed up user satisfaction on the routes where they have been introduced, Transport for London claims. London’s 450-strong fleet of New Routemasters currently operate on 13...
Souter: transport must become a ‘tech stock’

Souter: transport must become a ‘tech stock’

Stagecoach chairman Sir Brian Souter believes a tech-led proposition could soon emerge for passenger transport, and he wants the industry to lead it   Sir Brian Souter addressing last week’s ALBUM conference   The passenger transport sector must embrace technology or it will risk being sidelined by a new ‘tech stock’ entrant to the market,...
‘Agree to a mayor and get powers over buses’

‘Agree to a mayor and get powers over buses’

George Osborne has restated his commitment to give Manchester control over local bus services, and has opened the door for other cities to follow   George Osborne and a visualisation of a TfGM-liveried bus   Chancellor George Osborne has opened the door for cities in England to get greater powers over local transport – if...
NEG tipped for biggest German rail contract

NEG tipped for biggest German rail contract

British group is said to be ahead of Deutsche Bahn in race to win contracts to run revamped Rhine-Ruhr Express services, worth more than £1.4bn   Visualisation of an RRX Desiro double deck train at Cologne Central Station   National Express Group is being tipped in Germany to win the largest set of train operating...
Stelios was offered Megabus partnership

Stelios was offered Megabus partnership

Stagecoach chairman Sir Brian Souter has revealed that he sought to team up with EasyGroup’s Stelios Haji-Ioannou before launching Megabus   Brian Souter promoting Stagecoach’s new Megabus venture in 2013   From the freeways of North America to Germany’s Autobahn, Stagecoach’s blue and yellow Megabus-branded coaches have become an increasingly familiar sight over the past...
Read our supplement: The ALBUM Report 2015

Read our supplement: The ALBUM Report 2015

Welcome to The ALBUM Report 2015, a publication devoted to Britain’s independent and municipal bus companies from Passenger Transport. We know the vital role that ALBUM members and their respective employers play in providing high quality passenger transport services throughout the country – creating the links that enable communities to function. This publication seeks to highlight...
The face of UK politics has changed dramatically

The face of UK politics has changed dramatically

  Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT   I write this at just past 5.30am on May 8 on what can only be described as one of the most extraordinary election nights in living memory. The face of UK politics...
Transport policy: what the Tories pledged

Transport policy: what the Tories pledged

With the Tories seemingly on course to win a majority in the general election, we look back at what they pledged in relation to key areas of transport policy     FARES Freeze commuter rail fares in real terms for five years. No flexibility for train operators to raise some fares above the cap if...
TfL’s Hendy accused of cynical rail power grab

TfL’s Hendy accused of cynical rail power grab

Transport for London commissioner apologises after saying that suburban rail users ‘hate’ the service and that Southeastern is ‘like the Wild West’   Sir Peter Hendy (pictured) made remarks in an interview last month   Transport for London commissioner Peter Hendy has been accused of a “cynical attempt to drag [further] commuter rail services into...