Out now: Issue 310 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 310 of Passenger Transport

Issue 310 of Passenger Transport is published on April 5. Contents include:     LEAD STORY Metroline wins £422m Bee Network growth London subsidiary of Singapore-based ComfortDelGro has won four Tranche 3 bus franchises in Greater Manchester, boosting its size by 30%   NEWS Metroline cleans up in final franchise...
Metroline wins £422m Bee Network growth

Metroline wins £422m Bee Network growth

London subsidiary of Singapore-based ComfortDelGro has won four Tranche 3 bus franchises in Greater Manchester, boosting its size by 30%   Metroline’s contracts are worth £422m and comprise a total of 232 services, 420 buses and over 1,350 employees   Metroline has been revealed as the big winner in the...
Rail re-nationalisation is ‘tragedy’ - Whitehorn

Rail re-nationalisation is ‘tragedy’ – Whitehorn

Former Virgin executive Will Whitehorn tells Lunch with Leon podcast why he believes that Britain’s railway is ‘back in a mode of managed decline’ Whitehorn says there is no doubt that Virgin’s tenure of the West Coast route was a success Will Whitehorn, a close colleague of Sir Richard Branson...
Pigs don’t fly but taxis are taking off

Pigs don’t fly but taxis are taking off

  There’s nothing new about the concept of avoiding traffic by travelling overhead, but flying taxis could take this to another level   What impact will air taxis have?   Congestion: here is an issue to unite everyone from the extreme petrol heads through to the greenest environmentalist. Nobody benefits...
Survey shines light on customer views

Survey shines light on customer views

  The Your Bus Journey survey of bus users by Transport Focus provides insights and a league table we should all care about Levels of bus users satisfaction were high in East Yorkshire   Who was surprised by the Transport Focus ‘Your Bus Journey’ scores? I certainly wasn’t and felt...
Revolutionising suburban transport

Revolutionising suburban transport

  The Grand Paris Express is potentially the most important and transformational urban mobility project underway in Europe   The Grand Paris Express transport project   I was in Paris, France for the Autonomy Mobility World Expo conference late last month. As an addition to the conference I was able...
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The albatross and the elephant

The albatross and the elephant

The Scottish Government’s Fair Fares Review has grabbed headlines but it cannot address the biggest transport challenges   The launch of the £500m Bus Partnership Fund in 2019. It has now been paused   BY Paul White “Continued delays to the updated climate change plan and further slippage in promised climate policies mean that the...
Government u-turn on bus lane restrictions

Government u-turn on bus lane restrictions

The National Bus Strategy says bus lanes ‘should be full time’ but new guidance from DfT says they should ‘only operate when it makes sense’   The National Bus Strategy for England declared ‘bus lanes should be full-time’   In the week that marked the third anniversary of the publication of Bus Back Better, its...
SPT says franchising is the only game in town

SPT says franchising is the only game in town

A new report by the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport has concluded that bus franchising is the only option to stem long-term network decline     BY Andrew Garnett Strathclyde could become the first region in Scotland to franchise its bus network after Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) members approved plans for a consultation about the...
Poetry in motion - the Paris Metro

Poetry in motion – the Paris Metro

  Andrew Martin’s new book on the Paris Metro led me to reflect on the fascinating confluences and divergences with London     I used to take the view that Paris was an ugly city (quasi motorways alongside the Seine, the dreary Haussmann boulevards, the Eiffel Tower) but with a lot of beautiful details. As...
Why Andy Mellors is my low key hero

Why Andy Mellors is my low key hero

  I am not saying that problems don’t exist, but my experiences of Avanti West Coast have been good – and it’s going to get better Andy Mellors   Recently, I’ve heard a lot of folk suggest that the railway is in the worst shape ever. Even those who haven’t been on a train for...
What is the strategy for transport?

What is the strategy for transport?

  A pragmatic consensus on transport policy has been shattered by the return of ‘war on the motorist’ rhetoric. We must do better   Our current PM has boxed his government into being the motorist’s friend   I have been on a sabbatical for a few years and have been catching up on transport policy...
Go-Ahead sets stage for equality

Go-Ahead sets stage for equality

Go-Ahead Women campaign aims to recruit 1,500 new women bus drivers, with 50% goal by 2035   The Go-Ahead Women campaign was launched this week   The Go-Ahead Group has launched a campaign this month aimed at revolutionising the traditionally male-dominated landscape of the transport sector. Under the banner of ‘Go-Ahead Women’, the company is...
Women in Bus and Coach - Empowering diversity

Women in Bus and Coach – Empowering diversity

The Women in Bus and Coach initiative (pictured last year on a visit to parliament) has emerged as a powerful force. Here are seven compelling reasons behind the pressing need for such initiatives     BY Louise Cheeseman International Women’s Day is a really great opportunity to showcase the unique culture that women can offer...
Women in Transport - Driving forward diversity

Women in Transport – Driving forward diversity

The Women in Transport Diversity & Inclusion Bus Group can look back on five years of progress     BY Sonya Byers March is a significant month for Women in Transport, especially with International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. This year marks a special milestone as the Women in Transport Diversity & Inclusion (D&I)...
Diversity will drive improvements

Diversity will drive improvements

We’ve come a long way in recent years but there’s still more to do – and it matters, because true diversity brings better everything   We’ve got some fantastic women in our business   BY Lorna Murphy This International Women’s Day, I’ve been reflecting on how far we’ve come but also how much more there...
Speculation mounts over Tranche 3 winners

Speculation mounts over Tranche 3 winners

Stagecoach could face major upset in final franchising phase   Bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis is in the process of delivering 67 Enviro200 buses to Rotala subsidiary Diamond Bus for use on Tranche 1 and Tranche 2 services of Greater Manchester’s franchised Bee Network   As Greater Manchester’s franchised Bee Network prepares to launch its second...
Rolling stock has remained in sidings

Rolling stock has remained in sidings

  Rolling stock issues have been surprisingly neglected in debates about the future of the railway, but there are big problems to solve   SWR’s new Arterio trains are a rare example of new trains entering service   The recent George Bradshaw address ‘election special’ contained few surprises. Rail minister Huw Merriman confirmed that he...