Out now: Issue 211 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 211 of Passenger Transport

Issue 211 of Passenger Transport is published on June 14. Contents include:     LEAD STORY A glimpse of the future Scania’s futuristic NXT concept was on show at the Global Public Transport Summit in Stockholm this week, where public transport was hailed as ‘the art of the future’  ...
Summit offers a glimpse of the future

Summit offers a glimpse of the future

Scania’s futuristic NXT concept was on show at the Global Public Transport Summit in Stockholm this week, where public transport was hailed as ‘the art of the future’   Scania’s NXT   More than 15,000 public transport professionals from around the world were offered a glimpse of the future in...
First Bus for sale, but group faces showdown

First Bus for sale, but group faces showdown

Activist investor Coast Capital will attempt to unseat FirstGroup’s board at meeting in London later this month, as group plots sale of UK bus business     FirstGroup’s board faces a showdown with activist investor Coast Capital at an extraordinary general meeting in London later this month. The gathering at...
How can we support towns like Batley?

How can we support towns like Batley?

  Towns can help themselves – but they need big institutions, including the transport sector, to think carefully to back them up     There are so many policy reports on transport and cities you could stack them up as high as the Beetham Tower. However, the pile of reports...
Uncertainty is weighing heavily on our people

Uncertainty is weighing heavily on our people

Tens of thousands of passenger transport workers are wondering who they will be working for – and the Williams Review is adding to this instability, writes Alex Warner.     Business psychologists would have a field day with the current state of Britain’s rail industry right now. They’d be alarmed...
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£320m sale of ADL will ‘boost global growth’

£320m sale of ADL will ‘boost global growth’

Alexander Dennis Limited has been sold to a North American bus builder, but boss Colin Robertson is staying on to lead new international expansion   Colin Robertson (left), pictured in Edinburgh with Paul Soubry, NFI’s President and CEO   The UK’s largest bus builder, Alexander Dennis Limited, claims that its sale to Canada-based NFI Group...
MPs urge government to develop bus strategy

MPs urge government to develop bus strategy

Transport Select Committee seeks action to end decline     MPs have called on the government to develop and adopt a bus strategy for England by the end of next year. Members of the House of Commons Transport Select Committee concluded that such a bus strategy was neccessary in their report, Bus Services in England...
Habits are changing - so must transport

Habits are changing – so must transport

  The internet is reducing the need to travel for a range of activities. How should the public transport world react to this trend?   In London the number of trips made per person per day began to fall from 2006   Build a new road and cars will use it, and in plentiful numbers....
TfL to use Wi-Fi data to improve Tube journeys

TfL to use Wi-Fi data to improve Tube journeys

Secure, privacy-protected data collection will begin in July, and is expected to improve information about delays and congestion within stations   Tube users at Hammersmith   Depersonalised Wi-Fi connection data will soon be used to help Transport for London improve the information it provides to its customers on London Underground. The depersonalised data collection, which...
Global Public Transport Review 2019

Global Public Transport Review 2019

Welcome to the Global Public Transport Review 2019, a 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 Stockholm on June 9-12 – the world’s biggest public transport event. It features contributions from a variety of organisations involved in...
Destination net zero: ‘We can get you there’

Destination net zero: ‘We can get you there’

The Committee on Climate Change’s new advice for government is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. As the largest source of UK GHG emissions (23% of the total), transport will need to see major changes – and modal shift towards public transport must be part of the solution The Committee on Climate...
Uber to sell bus and rail tickets in Denver

Uber to sell bus and rail tickets in Denver

Ride-hailing app wants to become ‘one-stop shop’ for transport Uber has added public transport routes, times and costs into its app   “Taking an Uber” could soon mean travelling by bus or train. The ride-hailing company has added public transport routes to its app, starting with Denver’s Regional Transportation District. Following a staggered roll out...
Northern Ireland is getting ahead

Northern Ireland is getting ahead

  You may not have yet noticed, but it’s become the place to watch, with growing bus and rail demand and plans for unified ticketing Glider: As a visitor to Belfast you can’t miss this striking new addition to Belfast’s city centre   Of the four main constituent parts of the UK, only one of...
We need bold and ambitious solutions

We need bold and ambitious solutions

Climate change is back on the political agenda and government must respond with radical new policies that achieve modal shift   Stagecoach operates nine BYD ADL zero emission electric buses in Guildford   We haven’t got long. The five warmest years on record have occurred in the last 10 years. The incidence of flooding, drought,...
Read our supplement: The ALBUM Report 2019

Read our supplement: The ALBUM Report 2019

Welcome to the ALBUM Report 2019, a publication from Passenger Transport devoted to Britain’s independent and municipal bus companies. Returning for a fifth consecutive year, this year’s report also incorporates the official Conference Workbook for the 2019 ALBUM Conference, hosted by Cardiff Bus at Cardiff City Hall on May 7-9. We hope you find it...
RDG sets out vision to end failed ‘quick fixes’

RDG sets out vision to end failed ‘quick fixes’

Rail Delivery Group chief Paul Plummer said the proposals to the Williams rail review are intended as ‘building blocks’ for fundamental reform   RDG chief executive Paul Plummer   The Rail Delivery Group has set out proposals for a new rail industry structure which would remove central government from day to day decision making, integrate...
We need to wake up to climate change

We need to wake up to climate change

  Our politicial leaders are under pressure to take action on climate change – and the public transport sector could also do much more Greta Thunberg’s recent travels around Europe have been by train   They say that fact is stranger than fiction. Who would have dared write a story in which leading politicians of...