Out now: Issue 127 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 127 of Passenger Transport

Issue 127 of Passenger Transport is published on February 5 Contents include:       LEAD STORY Minister tells industry: ‘We believe in buses’ Buses minister Andrew Jones has sought to reassure the industry about the forthcoming Buses Bill, claiming that objective is ‘a healthier industry’   NEWS Buses Bill is...
Minister tells industry: ‘We believe in buses’

Minister tells industry: ‘We believe in buses’

Buses minister Andrew Jones has sought to reassure the industry about the forthcoming Buses Bill, claiming that objective is ‘a healthier industry’   Andrew Jones (right) at last month’s launch of Transdev Blazefield’s  revamped Route 36   Addressing an audience of bus operators in London last week, buses minister Andrew...
End the witch-hunt and get some perspective

End the witch-hunt and get some perspective

The boss of South Eastern Trains faced a barrage of criticism in recent weeks, but the complex range of issues he faces are not being discussed, writes Alex Warner   David Statham has been managing director since September 2014   All this hullaballoo in the media last week about South...
RSG launches strategy on skills shortages

RSG launches strategy on skills shortages

Patrick McLoughin: ‘We estimate we need 10,000 new engineers’   Left to right: Rail Supply Group chair Terence Watson, skills secretary Sajid Javid, and transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin   The UK’s rail industry supply sector has launched a strategy to address existing skills shortages and create the expertise required to...
Lacklustre high street hits First’s bus business

Lacklustre high street hits First’s bus business

UK bus revenue was flat in the final quarter of 2015     FirstGroup has warned that its full year 2015/16 profits will be hit by lower than expected patronage at its UK bus division and further cost increases at its US school bus business. In a trading update covering...
Cubic’s multi-modal ‘Check in Be Out’ trial

Cubic’s multi-modal ‘Check in Be Out’ trial

System offers account-based ticketing with reduced infrastructure     Cubic is preparing to begin an extended, multi-modal trial of its mobile ‘Check in Be Out’ ticketing system in Germany following a smaller pilot last year in Soest, a city in North Rhine-Westphalia. The new trial will take place initially on...
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Stagecoach to face only one rival in SWT race

Stagecoach to face only one rival in SWT race

It is understood that only one rival bidder has expressed interest in competing for the new South West Trains franchise, due to start next year     Stagecoach is set to face very limited competition to retain its South West Trains franchise. It is understood only one other bidder has submitted an expression of interest...
McGill’s conductors aim to beat congestion

McGill’s conductors aim to beat congestion

Trial aims to assess viability of conductors to tackle congestion     Greenock-based bus operator McGill’s has taken the unusual step of introducing conductors at peak hours on one of its routes linking Paisley with central Glasgow for a trial period. The operator says that it has made the move as a result of the...
Rail North-style body needed for South East?

Rail North-style body needed for South East?

A new think tank report has concluded that a Rail North-style body for the south east of England may be required to manage future rail demand     A Rail North-style body to manage the south east network may be required to ensure future demand for rail travel in south London can be met, a...
Ten tips to take  you to the top

Ten tips to take you to the top

A meeting in London last week saw Northern Rail boss Alex Hynes offer advice to young rail professionals about how to get their careers on the right track     Just days after it was confirmed that he will continue in his role as managing director of the new Northern Rail franchise – despite the...
Read our supplement: A new era for urban transport

Read our supplement: A new era for urban transport

pteg has become the Urban Transport Group. To mark this evolution, we have produced a special supplement – ‘A new era for urban transport’. Contents include a foreword by Andrew Jones, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport at the Department for Transport. He writes: “I have no doubt that under its new name and...
Khan: ‘I’ll let TfL bid for transport contracts’

Khan: ‘I’ll let TfL bid for transport contracts’

Labour’s London mayoral candidate, Sadiq Khan, would allow Transport for London to bid for bus and rail contracts in the UK and abroad     Could Transport for London soon be bidding to operate buses in Greater Manchester and other cities, in the UK and abroad? Sadiq Khan, Labour’s candidate in this year’s London mayoral...
ScotRail sets out £475m train fleet programme

ScotRail sets out £475m train fleet programme

Two-thirds of fleet will be refurbished by the end of 2018     Abellio ScotRail has set out full details of its plans to expand and refurbish its train fleet, which will see the fleet size increased by more than 20% and £475m spent on new and refurbished trains. The programme covers three quarters of...
Bill Bryson takes a bus trip with Stagecoach

Bill Bryson takes a bus trip with Stagecoach

Coastliner disappoints but Gold makes up for it     Travel author and adopted Brit Bill Bryson recently published The Road to Little Dribbling, the sequel to his 1995 best seller Notes from a Small Island. In it he travels the length of breadth of Britain once again, providing a commentary, sometimes caustic and sarcastic,...
21st Century embraces a new route for 2016

21st Century embraces a new route for 2016

Transport technology firm 21st Century is expanding its reach with a new strategy that sees it move towards providing integrated on-vehicle solutions     2016 sees technology company 21st Century adopting a new strategy that extends the range and reach of the solutions that it provides to the transport sector. The move aims to capitalise...
PTEG and TfL unite as Urban Transport Group

PTEG and TfL unite as Urban Transport Group

City region transport body PTEG will rebrand next month with Transport for London as a full member, becoming ‘the voice of UK urban transport’     City region transport group PTEG will rebrand as the Urban Transport Group next month, with Transport for London as a full member, offering a single, authoritive voice for UK...
Digital disruption tool wins HackTrain event

Digital disruption tool wins HackTrain event

A tool that is designed to provide rail users with better information during times of disruption won funding of £25,000 at this year’s HackTrain event   Digital developers at work on the HackTrain   More than 120 digital developers from around the world took part in this year’s HackTrain event which brought together the rail...
Cubic opens innovation centre in London

Cubic opens innovation centre in London

Facility will provide collaborate space to explore new solutions     Cubic Transportation Systems this week opened its Cubic Innovation Centre in London. The new facility is intended to drive mobility innovation and solutions that address the future’s global transport needs. The company, which is a business unit of San Diego-based Cubic Corporation, is famous...