Out now: Issue 114 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 114 of Passenger Transport

Issue 114 of Passenger Transport is published on July 31 Contents include:     LEAD STORY Cornwall’s devo-deal surprises bus industry Department for Transport appears out of the loop as Department for Communities and Local Government announces historic devolution deal   NEWS Spending cuts threat to DfT competence The Department...
Cornwall’s devo-deal surprises bus industry

Cornwall’s devo-deal surprises bus industry

Department for Transport appears out of the loop as Department for Communities and Local Government announces historic devolution deal   A First bus climbing up the hill out of Perranporth, Cornwall   The bus industry was caught by surprise by this month’s announcement that Cornwall will be given control of...
Dark night of the railway’s soul

Dark night of the railway’s soul

A journey on a sleeper train lingers in the memory, but what was once a coherent pan-European network is now being eroded   The classic Flanders and Swann song ‘The Slow Train’ mourned the loss of great swathes of the UK rail network in the 1960s through its incantation of...
Britain needs a fair deal for buses

Britain needs a fair deal for buses

It is imperative that funding for buses from central government is maintained. Failure to do so would have major knock-on effects   Buses are responsible for 1.4 billion shopping trips per year   Every day in Britain, millions of people depend upon buses to help them get where they need...
Should TOCs fight for customer relationships?

Should TOCs fight for customer relationships?

Abellio’s Mike Kean has called for the rail industry to consider whether to relinquish control over its relationship with customers to technology firms     Chancellor George Osborne announced that Transport for the North will be established as a statutory body in his summer budget last week, creating a new...
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Osborne unleashes new transport superpower

Osborne unleashes new transport superpower

Transport for the North will become a statutory body with funds of £30m, a new executive team and a remit that includes roll out of smart ticketing     Chancellor George Osborne announced that Transport for the North will be established as a statutory body in his summer budget last week, creating a new regional...
Another rail review. What can we expect?

Another rail review. What can we expect?

I see George Osborne, next March, handing a new transport secretary the job of setting up a Strategic Rail Authority   “It’s déjà vu all over again”. What else can I say. Problems on the railway followed by the secretary of state dragging in some bigwig, in this case Dame Colette Bowe, to study what...
Greater Manchester unveils vision for 2040

Greater Manchester unveils vision for 2040

Greater Manchester Combined Authority and TfGM are consulting on a new long term vision of how a successful transport system might evolve   Andrew Fender: ‘This is not just about huge infrastructure projects’   Residents, businesses and other interest groups are being asked by Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Transport for Greater Manchester for their...
Rail industry alarm at running out of tickets

Rail industry alarm at running out of tickets

Stocks ran down to one to two weeks’ worth of ticket issues   In short supply: A magstripe ticket   Train operators have been alarmed by a shortfall in supplies of paper magnetic stripe tickets since the end of June which created concern that they could run out of tickets to issue to customers. It...
TOCs look to Hendy to lead NR back to basics

TOCs look to Hendy to lead NR back to basics

Rail industry welcomes the appointment of Sir Peter Hendy as chairman of Network Rail, hoping firm will ‘rediscover the art of the rail operator’   Sir Peter Hendy is known for successfully leading improvements to both underground and heavy rail operations in London   The Department for Transport has moved to remedy longstanding weaknesses on...
First withdraws with series of depot closures

First withdraws with series of depot closures

Group consults staff over close plans for three bus depots   Giles Fearnley: ‘we have been unable to make the progress we were seeking’   FirstGroup has announced a restructuring exercise at some of its underperforming UK bus operations that are likely to see the group close three depots later this year. Subject to staff consultation,...
PTEG calls for action on Oyster-style tickets

PTEG calls for action on Oyster-style tickets

The Passenger Transport Executive Group has produced a new plan that aims to make smart ticketing more like London’s Oyster in city regions   PTEG’s plan highlights some city region smart successes   The Passenger Transport Executive Group has set out a new action plan that aims to support the delivery of Oyster-style smart ticketing in the city regions....
Transport won’t ever be the same again

Transport won’t ever be the same again

Technology is enabling new businesses with new ideas to deliver new transport products and services that customers prefer, writes Alex Burrows   Bridj is an app-based, dynamic bus service for commuters in Boston   A number of recent statements and articles have discussed potential changes entering the transport sector, that disruptive technologies and services might alter...
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 represents. Transport for London’s commissioner...
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, acknowledge ambitious and innovative mobility...
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 more. The sector-wide initiative sees...
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 timetable with adequate resources in...