Public Transport 2.0 - the future of travel

Public Transport 2.0 – the future of travel

Public Transport 2.0 – the future of travel This publication focuses on how public transport is evolving to meet our mobility needs, harnessing new technologies and commercial models. We hope you find it an interesting read and we welcome all feedback. Click on the image above to view the supplement....
Out now: Issue 225 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 225 of Passenger Transport

Issue 225 of Passenger Transport is published on January 24. Contents include:     LEAD STORY DfT could terminate ‘unsustainable’ SWR Transport secretary Grant Shapps says Department for Transport will now consider options, which include calling upon the Operator of Last Resort   NEWS: Stagecoach blasts DfT for franchising crisis...
DfT could terminate ‘unsustainable’ SWR

DfT could terminate ‘unsustainable’ SWR

Transport secretary Grant Shapps says Department for Transport will now consider options, which include calling upon the Operator of Last Resort   First and MTR Corporation have operated SWR since August 201   The Department for Transport may decide to terminate the current South Western Railway franchise, replacing it with...
Metrobus users face ‘appalling disruption’

Metrobus users face ‘appalling disruption’

Bristol bus boss warns that flagship service risks being ‘entirely discredited’ if services are bogged down in ‘areas of increasingly chronic congestion’   The northern section of the m1 route   It is marketed as “a modern public transport system for the greater Bristol area”, but users of the flagship...
Stagecoach blasts DfT for franchising crisis

Stagecoach blasts DfT for franchising crisis

Transport group claims rail franchising regime is in crisis as High Court trial gets under way probing government’s decision to disqualify group from bids   Virgin and SNCF have joined Stagecoach in its action   Lawyers for Stagecoach blasted the Railway Pensions Scheme as a “basket case” and claimed rail...
Six tests for PM’s London-style vision

Six tests for PM’s London-style vision

  The Prime Minister wants other UK cities to enjoy the kind of integrated transport system that London has. Can he deliver it?   New Merseyrail trains and bus reform could give Liverpool city region a single, modern and fully integrated network   Boris Johnson wants transport in the rest...
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Minister: buses will see  ‘transformational year’

Minister: buses will see ‘transformational year’

Ahead of next month’s UK Bus Summit in London, buses minister Baroness Vere says that ‘fantastic opportunities’ have been created to grow bus use   Baroness Vere: ‘2020 will prove to be an exciting year for buses’   2020 will be “a transformational year for the bus network”, says buses minister Baroness Vere. In the...
UK Bus Summit Review 2020

UK Bus Summit Review 2020

UK Bus Summit Review 2020, 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 sixth annual UK Bus Summit. This event will be held in London at the QEII Conference Centre, Westminster, on February 6...
Stakeholders blast Berkeley’s HS2 report

Stakeholders blast Berkeley’s HS2 report

Critics claim peer shows ‘disgraceful ignorance’ of project Lord Berkeley has published an alternative to the Oakervee review into HS2 Lord Berkeley has published a new report into the troubled HS2 high speed rail project that suggests it is “the wrong and expensive solution” to improving connectivity in the Midlands and North of England. In...
So what does 2020 herald for transport?

So what does 2020 herald for transport?

  The New Year will bring change for Britain’s railways, a green light for HS2 and a greater focus on transport in the North of England The Labour government under Tony Blair had progressed a tram system for Leeds, only to cancel it   The good people at Passenger Transport have once again asked me...
The Joe Wood Scheduler of the Year Award

The Joe Wood Scheduler of the Year Award

  The Joe Wood Scheduler of the Year Award, sponsored by CitySwift Schedulers play a vital role in the UK bus industry, but they rarely get the recognition they deserve. That’s why Passenger Transport has teamed up with CitySwift, the data-driven bus scheduling and business intelligence platform, to launch a new award for 2020 –...
Turning declarations into decisive actions

Turning declarations into decisive actions

  The climate crisis moved up the agenda in 2019 and ambitious new targets were set – 2020 will be about how we achieve them   Electrification of a larger bus network looks eminently doable even on the cliff edge timescales demanded by the climate modellers   On and on we hurtle deeper into the...
‘Let’s go!’ - Avanti may prove doubters wrong

‘Let’s go!’ – Avanti may prove doubters wrong

The launch of the new West Coast franchise operator lacked the pizzazz of its attention-seeking predecessor, but I have feeling that they will deliver – writes Alex Warner   The Avanti logo, a bright orange triangle, is intended to symbolise the geography of this 400-mile route   I trotted furtively away from the bright lights...
New decade, new era - Souter steps down

New decade, new era – Souter steps down

Sir Brian Souter will give up his role as chairman at the end of this year   Sir Brian Souter   After four decades at the heart of Stagecoach, Sir Brian Souter will step down from his role as chairman on December 31. He will become a non executive director of the company he co-founded...
Opening up space for positive change

Opening up space for positive change

  The changing needs of residential parking in UK towns and cities are opening up opportunities for new sustainable mobility   Suburban London residential street with parked cars   Across the UK millions of people live on residential streets laid out in the Victorian era. These rows of low rise terraced housing are icons of...
UK Bus Awards 2019 'Big Book of Big Winners'

UK Bus Awards 2019 ‘Big Book of Big Winners’

November saw the 24th annual UK Bus Awards held at a ceremony in London, and you can read all about the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in this official Souvenir Brochure. Click on the image below to view The Big Book of Big Winners 2019.   If you are viewing the site on a tablet...
Virgin’s journey ends as the age of Avanti begins

Virgin’s journey ends as the age of Avanti begins

New owners FirstGroup and Trenitalia this week unveiled the brand for the new Intercity West Coast franchise, ending Virgin’s 22-year tenure   A visualisation of a Pendolino with the new Avanti West Coast brand   Avanti West Coast was this week unveiled as the brand for the new Intercity West Coast rail franchise, which begins...
Parties set out their transport policies

Parties set out their transport policies

  It’s encouraging that for most parties, the policies being advanced are set in the context of tackling climate change and air pollution   What’s the collective noun for manifestos? An aspiration? An imagination? A deception? In any case, it’s election time so we are awash with them. Every party has to produce one, it...