Out now: Issue 178 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 178 of Passenger Transport

Issue 178 of Passenger Transport is published on February 16. Contents include:     LEAD STORY A compelling case – but is it being heard? Last week’s UK Bus Summit underlined the strong case for supporting local bus services, but there is growing frustration that policy-makers are still not getting the...
A compelling case - but is it being heard?

A compelling case – but is it being heard?

Last week’s UK Bus Summit underlined the strong case for supporting local bus services, but there is growing frustration that policy-makers are still not getting the message   Claire Haigh, chief executive of Greener Journeys   The case for backing buses is perhaps stronger than ever – boosted by the...
Martin Griffiths blasts ‘point scoring’ politicians

Martin Griffiths blasts ‘point scoring’ politicians

‘Government rigorously tested our plans’   Martin Griffiths: I was personally told at the time that it was the highest quality bid they had ever seen   Stagecoach chief executive Martin Griffiths has hit out at politicians for “point scoring” and misleading the public over the imminent collapse of the...
How should cities respond to CAVs?

How should cities respond to CAVs?

Five things I learnt during a visit to the UK’s Cape Canaveral for autonomous vehicle research, at the University of Warwick   How do we join up the Connected and Autonomous Vehicles agenda with the healthy streets/better places agenda?   Money is no object for research and development on one...
Brexit is on the ALBUM Conference agenda

Brexit is on the ALBUM Conference agenda

‘It will affect your industry’ Stephen Hammond warns     Although his year-long presidency of the Confederation of Passenger Transport will see the UK reshape its future relationship with the European Union, Martin Dean had very little to say about Brexit in this address to the trade body’s annual dinner...
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Young people ditch the car - and won’t go back

Young people ditch the car – and won’t go back

New Department for Transport-commissioned research investigates why young adults are driving less, and concludes that trend is unlikely to reverse     New research has confirmed that young people in Great Britain and other countries are driving less now than young people did in the early 1990s. The University of the West of England’s Centre...
Car ownership is dying,  and MaaS is the future

Car ownership is dying, and MaaS is the future

Mobility as a Service has the potential to transform our society by changing the way we travel. There’s some way to go, but the revolution has started     By JOHAN HERRLIN, Ito World We’re on the verge of a huge shift in the way we live and travel. Ownership was long considered the pinnacle of...
Cold water on the driverless car hype

Cold water on the driverless car hype

In a new book Christian Wolmar argues that issues are being glossed over and full automation may never be possible     We do not agree about everything, Christian Wolmar and I, but on driverless cars we do. Myself, I have long been a driverless cars sceptic and have earned many patronising putdowns from people...
Search is on for Europe’s best and brightest

Search is on for Europe’s best and brightest

The search is on to find the best in the business with the launch of the Talent in Mobility Awards     The search has begun to find Europe’s best and brightest people working within the public transport sector with the launch of this year’s Talent in Mobility competition. Nominations are now being accepted in...
UK Bus Summit Review 2018

UK Bus Summit Review 2018

UK Bus Summit Review 2018, 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 8...
‘Buses are part of the solution’

‘Buses are part of the solution’

Ahead of next month’s UK Bus Summit in London, prominent voices in the UK bus industry are calling on central and local government to recognise that buses are an ally in the battle for cleaner air rather than the enemy     Buses must be seen as an integral part of the solution to address...
‘Labour unlikely to nationalise rail rapidly’

‘Labour unlikely to nationalise rail rapidly’

ASLEF boss says transport unlikely to be top priority     A future Labour government would be unlikely to start taking train operators back under public control rapidly, Mick Whelan, a member of the party’s national executive committee and general secretary of ASLEF, has predicted. Giving his personal views, Whelan said he did not expect...
Small town blues and sponge cities

Small town blues and sponge cities

What can transport do to help the towns that orbit our big cities? And what will making cities ‘spongier’ mean for public transport?   Deansgate Castlefield tram stop Manchester. The wall on the stairway access has been planted creating a living wall   Big cities are cool these days – but smaller cities and towns...
Uber and ‘new players’ join UITP subsection

Uber and ‘new players’ join UITP subsection

Brussels-based association welcomes new members     UITP, the international association of public transport, has welcomed a number of ‘new players’ as members. Ride-hailing taxi app provider Uber is among the new members of the Brussels-based association, along with Door2Door, Citymapper, Moovel, Via, Grab, Ola, Yandex, 99 and Upstream. UITP has created a new membership...
Mobility as a Service is not a ‘magic bullet’

Mobility as a Service is not a ‘magic bullet’

ITS (UK) responds to parliamentary inquiry     ITS (UK)’s ‘Mobility as a Service’ Interest Group has responded to the Transport Select Committee’s MaaS inquiry agreeing that there is significant global and UK interest in the concept, but warning that, unless done right, it could actually risk moving people from public transport to on-demand cars....
Souter partners with Flixbus in Poland

Souter partners with Flixbus in Poland

PolskiBus network sold to growing German rival     Stagecoach chairman and co-founder Sir Brian Souter has sold the retail platform and network of PolskiBus, his low cost intercity coach operation in Poland, to expansive German competitor FlixBus for an undisclosed sum. Souter Investments, Souter’s investment vehicle, says the move will see the PolskiBus operational...
Can you crack our Christmas quiz?

Can you crack our Christmas quiz?

Do you have the skill and knowledge to be our quiz champion? Christmas comes but once a year, but let’s face it – by December 28 we’ve eaten far too much and there’s nothing to do but watch the television and bicker with relatives. So why not distract yourself with the first ever Passenger Transport...