Out now: Issue 213 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 213 of Passenger Transport

Issue 213 of Passenger Transport is published on July 12. Contents include:     LEAD STORY Midlands – ‘We won’t take no for an answer’ Midlands Connect director Maria Machancoses tells transport summit: ‘This month marks a turning point … The Midlands deserves investment’   NEWS Virgin brands UK rail...
Midlands - ‘We won’t take no for an answer’

Midlands – ‘We won’t take no for an answer’

Midlands Connect director Maria Machancoses told last week’s Midlands Transport Summit that this month marks a turning point for the region. ‘We’re here today to make ourselves heard,’ she said. ‘We’re not going to take no for an answer’   Maria Machancoses (right) with rail minister Andrew Jones (centre) at...
Go-Ahead to spend £3m on Manchester operation

Go-Ahead to spend £3m on Manchester operation

Group sets out priorities for Go North West   David Cutts, left. David Brown, right   Go-Ahead has announced plans to invest £3m in its recently acquired bus operation in Greater Manchester. Formally launching the new Go North West operation at a special stakeholder event this week, group chief executive...
Virgin brands UK rail market ‘uninvestable’

Virgin brands UK rail market ‘uninvestable’

Group explores open access opportunities in Spanish rail market   Virgin is expected to hand back the keys to the West Coast franchise next year   Virgin Group says it intends to explore opportunities outside the UK following the collapse of its bid to operate the West Coast Partnership franchise...
We know the pledges - but what’s the plan?

We know the pledges – but what’s the plan?

  In signing up to climate change pledges politicians are also signing up to a seismic public policy shift – especially for the way we travel   Change is possible: The Netherlands was heading down our car dependent route until they made a big shift to the bike in the...
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Innovations (Issue 43, Summer 2019)

Innovations (Issue 43, Summer 2019)

Innovations: Practical application of technology in passenger transport. Supporting Coach & Bus UK 2019 technology exhibitors   Click on the image below to view Innovations (Issue 43, Summer 2019).   If you are viewing the site on a mobile or tablet device, tap here to read the supplement.
FirstGroup coup fails, but chairman departs

FirstGroup coup fails, but chairman departs

Shareholders decline Coast Capital’s proposals, but Wolfhart Hauser leaves the group following ‘a very clear shot across the bows of the board’   Wolfhart Hauser   FirstGroup avoided an overhaul of its current board of directors after shareholders this week voted against proposals put forward by activist investor Coast Capital. All of the resolutions put...
Berlin - a working model of new mobility

Berlin – a working model of new mobility

  Berlin has for a number of years been one of the world’s leading cities for innovation and, in particular, mobility innovation   BVG has done a partnership deal with operator ViaVan to operate a joint service   I have visited Berlin a number of times over the years, but it was interesting to reflect...
Go-Ahead Group on road to zero emissions

Go-Ahead Group on road to zero emissions

  The transport group has been working on a number of initiatives that aim to boost the environmental credentials of bus travel   Go-Ahead will operate a fleet of 127 full electric buses in London by March 2020   Go-Ahead Group believes that it is doing more than any other UK bus operator in de-carbonising...
Transdev’s greener and cleaner ambition

Transdev’s greener and cleaner ambition

  The transport group has been working on a number of initiatives that aim to boost the environmental credentials of bus travel Earlier this year Transdev planted the first of 40 trees that will be planted each year in Harrogate     Transdev has been working on a number of low carbon bus initiatives across...
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 Stockholm this month. Exhibiting on...
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 2pm on June 25 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 on transport and towns would...
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 not only about the lack...
£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....