Out now: Issue 205 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 205 of Passenger Transport

Issue 205 of Passenger Transport is published on March 22. Contents include:     LEAD STORY ‘Compelling case’ for Cambridgeshire Metro Cambridgeshire & Peterborough mayor James Palmer says £4bn project would achieve modal shift, create jobs and deliver economic growth   NEWS CAM is ‘deliverable and fundable’ – mayor Benefit-cost...
‘Compelling case’ for Cambridgeshire Metro

‘Compelling case’ for Cambridgeshire Metro

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough mayor James Palmer says £4bn project would achieve modal shift, create jobs and deliver economic growth   A visualisation of the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro   A detailed report examining the feasibility of a 142km metro system for Greater Cambridge and the wider region has found a “compelling...
Williams to focus on integrated transport

Williams to focus on integrated transport

Rail review chief says industry must move to seamless journeys   Keith Williams   Rail review chairman Keith Williams has placed integrating rail services into wider public transport networks as one of the core objectives for reforming the railway. Speaking at the Accelerate Rail conference in London, Williams said the industry...
No more tinkering - we need ambition

No more tinkering – we need ambition

  Bus funding helps to achieve a multitude of policy objectives for government – but real reform is required, not more of the same     Putting public money into the bus is one of the biggest bargains in transport policy – but despite this the bus has been one...
Celebrating ‘the art of public transport’

Celebrating ‘the art of public transport’

We ask UITP’s secretary general, Mohamed Mezghani, about this year’s Global Public Transport Summit in Stockholm   Mohamed Mezghani: The UITP Summit is the unique opportunity   The UITP Global Public Transport Summit will take place in Stockholm on June 9-12, 2019. Organised by Brussels-based UITP, the international union of...
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NXWM feels benefits of faster journey times

NXWM feels benefits of faster journey times

Measures put in place during 2018 have enabled the company to ‘change the tide’ with speeds improving by 1% – and revenue per mile is up 4% Buses in Birmingham   National Express Group’s West Midlands bus business has improved bus speeds for the first time in more than a decade, bucking the national trend...
Ambition essential to get a bus strategy

Ambition essential to get a bus strategy

  It’s easy to talk about a national bus strategy, but it won’t be easy to get different government departments and stakeholders on board Buses minister Nus Ghani came in for some criticism for saying she was in favour of a national bus strategy “at the right point” but I think that is unfair  ...
This won’t be ‘some hipster bus service’

This won’t be ‘some hipster bus service’

Transport for London says that non-financial objectives will guide its trial of demand-responsive minibus technology in the south London suburbs Last month TfL announced plans for a year-long trial of a demand responsive minibus network in Sutton   Transport for London says that the success of its demand responsive minibus trial in south London will...
Haines vows ‘honest’ choices on punctuality

Haines vows ‘honest’ choices on punctuality

Industry needs to accept ‘greater realism’ on rail performance Andrew Haines: Network Rail chief executive   Network Rail chief executive Andrew Haines has set out plans to provide government and passenger groups with “more honest and sophisticated” choices on how to restore punctuality to an acceptable level. Reflecting on seven years of declining performance and the...
A crisis in small vehicle transport?

A crisis in small vehicle transport?

  Global cities like London, which possess a wide array of transport options, are not the only places in need of new types of mobility   No doubt Ford has learned a lot in the various markets around the world in which Chariot operated, including London   In January of this year Ford announced that...
Industry takes initiative on rail reform agenda

Industry takes initiative on rail reform agenda

RDG proposes reforming fares regulation to offer more flexible, better value fares while Network Rail boss sets out plans to restructure company   RDG anticipates that its proposed reforms would be self-financing   Network Rail and the Rail Delivery Group have taken the initiative in setting the ground for changes to the way the rail...
Buses - it isn’t all about congestion

Buses – it isn’t all about congestion

  Bus operators claim that their services can’t prosper unless traffic congestion is tackled, but the evidence suggests otherwise   Bournemouth is the UK’s eighth most congested area according to a recent survey – but it hasn’t stopped bus use from growing   I agree with Brian Souter. When he said at last year’s Scottish...
TfL announces plans for Sutton DRT trial

TfL announces plans for Sutton DRT trial

Go-Ahead London and ViaVan have been awarded a contract to deliver a year-long trial of a demand-responsive minibus service in south London   Go-Ahead has partnered with ViaVan on the new service   Transport for London has announced plans to launch a year-long trial of a demand-responsive minibus network in Sutton, south London  from May....
Go-Ahead moves into Greater Manchester

Go-Ahead moves into Greater Manchester

Group to pay £11.17m to acquire First’s Queen’s Road depot     After weeks of intense speculation about the future of FirstGroup’s Manchester bus operation, it was confirmed this week that Go-Ahead has agreed terms to acquire First Manchester’s Queen’s Road depot in Cheetham Hill. The sale will take Go-Ahead into Greater Manchester, Britain’s second-largest...
40 under 40: Transport leaders for the 2020s

40 under 40: Transport leaders for the 2020s

Who are the rising stars in UK public transport? Passenger Transport has teamed up with Flash Forward Consulting, the executive search, selection and interim management specialists, to identify 40 dynamic passenger transport professionals under the age of 40     Alex Warner writes – It’s been a great privilege to present this feature and showcase...
First poised to sell off Manchester business

First poised to sell off Manchester business

Loss-making operation expected to be broken up and sold to three buyers as poll finds three-quarters are in favour of re-regulating the region’s buses   The Manchester business has been part of First for 22 years   FirstGroup is understood to be close to completing the sale of its loss-making bus operations in Greater Manchester....
Trams are back, and a good thing too

Trams are back, and a good thing too

Light rail networks have returned to some of our cities, and the prospects for expansion are good. It’s something to celebrate   The Manchester Metrolink system provides an exemplary case study in how to grow a network incrementally and sustainably   Anyone walking through Sale on the morning of December 4 may well have caught...