Out now: Issue 160 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 160 of Passenger Transport

Issue 160 of Passenger Transport is published on May 19 Contents include:       LEAD STORY Game changers? This month’s election of six new ‘metro mayor’s in England has been hailed as ‘a new era for politics’, with massive implications for urban transport   UITP 2017 Public transport sector ‘entering...
'Metro mayors' elected: Are they game changers?

‘Metro mayors’ elected: Are they game changers?

This month’s election of six new ‘metro mayor’s in England has been hailed as ‘a new era for politics’, with massive implications for urban transport     England has elected its first six ‘metro mayors’, with all promising far-reaching change to transport. West Midlands mayor Andy Street, previously MD of...
Public transport sector ‘entering a new era’

Public transport sector ‘entering a new era’

The biggest event in public transport returned this week, in Montréal, and discussion centred on rapid evolution in the sphere of urban mobility   The opening ceremony of UITP’s Global Public Transport Summit in Montréal   The global public transport community gathered in Montréal this week for UITP’s Global Public...
Citymapper launches ‘Smartbus’ trial route

Citymapper launches ‘Smartbus’ trial route

The journey planning app unleashed three Mercedes-Benz minibuses onto the streets of London last week for a two-day “pop-up” bus service trial   Three new Mercedes-Benz minibuses bristling with the latest software were used for the “pop-up” trial   By Andrew Garnett It was at the ALBUM Conference in 2015...
The bus industry and the diversity challenge

The bus industry and the diversity challenge

A visit to last week’s ALBUM Conference in Blackpool left me pondering the lack of diversity among the senior ranks of the bus industry, and what should be done about it   More fool Blackpool Transport boss, Jane Cole for inviting me to present at the ALBUM Conference in Blackpool...
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Read our supplement: The ALBUM Report 2017

Read our supplement: The ALBUM Report 2017

Welcome to the ALBUM Report 2017, a publication from Passenger Transport devoted to Britain’s independent and municipal bus companies. Bigger and better than last year’s inaugural publication, this year’s report also incorporates the official Conference Workbook for the 2017 ALBUM Conference, hosted by Blackpool Transport on May 9-10. We hope you find it an interesting...
Stagecoach and SNCF team up for West Coast

Stagecoach and SNCF team up for West Coast

Stagecoach and long time partners Virgin had been negotiating with Renfe, the Spanish state operator, but instead gave French operator a 30% stake   SNCF operates 700 high speed services per day in France   Stagecoach and Virgin have chosen French state train operator SNCF as their specialist high speed partner for their bid for...
Bus Services Bill passes the final hurdle

Bus Services Bill passes the final hurdle

Bus industry lobbying saw new independent auditor requirement     The Bus Services Bill finally received Royal Assent last week, ending fears that prime minister Theresa May’s decision to hold a snap general election on June 8 could have stalled this important legislation that has won broad cross-industry support. In the event the Bill was...
Southern take their eye off the ball at Selhurst

Southern take their eye off the ball at Selhurst

I know it’s fashionable to criticise Southern, but a recent display at Selhurst reminds us that its a long way from being a Premier League operator – writes Alex Warner   Southern: troubled   VISITED: 26th April 2017 SERVICE: Southern is the brand name used by Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) on the Southern routes of...
Global Public Transport Review 2017

Global Public Transport Review 2017

Welcome to the Global Public Transport Review 2017, a new publication devoted to this vital sector. This publication from Passenger Transport, based in London, has been produced to co-incide with UITP’s Global Public Transport Summit in Montréal on May 15-17 – the world’s biggest public transport event. It features contributions from a variety of organisations involved...
Innovations (Issue 36, Spring 2017)

Innovations (Issue 36, Spring 2017)

Innovations: Practical application of technology in passenger transport. Supporting Coach & Bus 2017 technology exhibitors In partnership with Parkeon   Click on the image below to view Innovations (Issue 36, Spring 2017).   If you are viewing the site on a mobile or tablet device, tap here to read the supplement.
Can Buses Bill become law before the election?

Can Buses Bill become law before the election?

England’s Bus Services Bill is close to becoming law, but time is running out following the prime minister’s decision to call a general election in June     The Bus Services Bill faces a race against time after prime minister Theresa May’s decision to hold a snap general election on June 8. The Bill, which...
Hendy seeks outward-looking rail industry

Hendy seeks outward-looking rail industry

Network Rail chair endorses Independent Transport Commission report concluding railway development too important to be left to rail industry alone   Sir Peter Hendy   Network Rail chair Sir Peter Hendy has endorsed a report from the Independent Transport Commission calling for the industry to become more outward-looking in order to attract local private and...
Transdev extends touchless tickets trial

Transdev extends touchless tickets trial

A trial of touchless beacon-based m-ticketing technology has been judged to be such a success that it has been extended for a further three months   Over 1,200 trips have been made using the touchless technology on the space-themed Shuttle 662 route   The West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Transdev subsidiary The Keighley Bus Company...
Quality decisive factor in South Western swap

Quality decisive factor in South Western swap

First time a bidder offering lower premium payments but higher quality proposals has won a DfT rail franchise since new approach began in 2013   Stagecoach ordered a £210m fleet of new Class 707 trains for South Western, but First/MTR will phase them out   First/MTR has won the new South Western franchise despite offering...
TrawsCymru buses to be free at weekends

TrawsCymru buses to be free at weekends

Welsh first minister pledges 12-month trial ‘to strengthen bus services’, but bus operators raise concerns about the plan. Rhodri Clark reports   TrawsCymru   Carwyn Jones, first minister of Wales, has announced free weekend travel on TrawsCymru bus services, funded by the Welsh Government. The bus industry was not consulted before the announcement. At the...
Could British trains use free hydrogen fuel?

Could British trains use free hydrogen fuel?

Rolling stock leasing company director cites Alstom’s trial of a hydrogen fuel cell-powered train in Germany as a potential option for UK railways   Coradia iLint is Alstom’s new CO2-emission-free regional train and alternative to diesel power. It is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell   Hydrogen could provide free fuel for trains in the...