Out now: Issue 169 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 169 of Passenger Transport

Issue 169 of Passenger Transport is published on October 6 Contents include:     LEAD STORY Burnham undecided on bus franchising Mayor of Greater Manchester blames deregulation for decline in bus use, but says that he is ‘open minded’ about how to improve service provision   NEWS Siemens/Alstom deal to ‘boost...
Burnham undecided on bus franchising

Burnham undecided on bus franchising

Mayor of Greater Manchester blames deregulation for decline in bus use, but says that he is ‘open minded’ about how to improve service provision   Andy Burnham (right) was speaking at the launch of an electric bus   The 2017 Bus Services Act was conceived in response to a pledge...
Siemens/Alstom deal to ‘boost competitiveness’

Siemens/Alstom deal to ‘boost competitiveness’

Train manufacturing giants plan to merge their rail and mobility services operations in a bid to drive away competition from Far East newcomers   Siemens president Joe Kaeser (left) and Alstom’s chairman and CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge revealed the merger plans   Siemens and Alstom, Europe’s largest train manufacturers, have agreed...
Merseyside partners celebrate Bus Alliance

Merseyside partners celebrate Bus Alliance

Patronage is rising, but franchising remains an option   Partners marked the Alliance at an event in September   The number of bus journeys young people are making in the Liverpool City Region has risen by 142% in the last three years. The figure was revealed on September 22 at...
A look at the high tech ticketing of tomorrow

A look at the high tech ticketing of tomorrow

Cubic’s Innovation Centre in central London is the testbed for new technologies that could transform the public transport journey experience   60 people per minute: a visualisation of a ‘gateless gateline’   Identifying yourself by the vein structure in your hand and having cameras track your every move through a...
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Rail risks ‘disastrous’ loss of five-year deals

Rail risks ‘disastrous’ loss of five-year deals

Office of Rail & Road’s Stephen Glaister warns UK Rail Summit that continuation of current ‘HLOS/SoFA’ process cannot be taken for granted   Stephen Glaister: ‘a real risk’   The chair of the railway’s regulator has warned that there is “a real risk” that the government will ditch the current process of five-year funding settlements...
Bus use drops across Great Britain

Bus use drops across Great Britain

Fall continues in Spring quarter, with 2.4% decline in England outside of London   Bus journeys: April-June 2017 versus April-June 2016 Source: Department for Transport   The number of people travelling by bus continues to decline across Great Britain, according to the latest statistics from the Department for Transport. Figures for April-June 2017 show year-on-year decreases in England...
Hendy: ‘Metroisation’ is the future for the railway

Hendy: ‘Metroisation’ is the future for the railway

‘Big railway’ must become more like the Underground   Hendy: ‘Obviously a good thing to do’   Sir Peter Hendy says that the ‘Digital Railway’ is the only way that the railway will be able to cope with the growing demands for capacity. Addressing the UK Rail Summit in London last week, the Network Rail...
International Bus Review 2017

International Bus Review 2017

Welcome to the International Bus 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 in the Busworld Europe show in Kortrijk, Belgium, on October 20-25 and the accompanying UITP-Busworld International Bus Conference. It features contributions from a variety of organisations involved in...
TOCs seek to counter escalating RMT strikes

TOCs seek to counter escalating RMT strikes

Abellio Greater Anglia has trained 160 managers to cover for conductors, while South Western Railway is said to be well equipped to face action   South Western Railway faces a ballot on industrial action   Abellio Greater Anglia has told conductors and the RMT union that striking over its plans to introduce driver controlled operation...
Tributes paid to father of minibus revolution

Tributes paid to father of minibus revolution

Harry Blundred OBE was the owner of Transit Holdings and he was credited with spearheading the minibus revolution of the 1980s   Harry Blundred with one of the original Devon General minibuses at a bus rally in 2013   The family of bus industry entrepreneur Harry Blundred OBE has announced that he passed away in...
Virgin claims ‘historic shift’ from air to rail

Virgin claims ‘historic shift’ from air to rail

London-Edinburgh market share was 37% in June   A Virgin Trains East Coast train at Edinburgh Waverley   Virgin has achieved its highest air/rail market share on its Scottish routes, with the company’s East and West Coast services carrying a third of London-Scotland passengers in June. The company said it was indicative of a “historic...
The Scandi approach to public transport

The Scandi approach to public transport

Devolution, franchising and innovation are getting results for the ‘nearly perfect people’ of Scandinavia. What lessons can we learn?     Scandinavia has some of the richest, most successful societies on Earth, with exceptionally high levels of education, health care, and safety. The world goes to Scandinavia to see what countries that think big on...
Innovations (Issue 38, Autumn 2017)

Innovations (Issue 38, Autumn 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 38, Autumn 2017).   If you are viewing the site on a mobile or tablet device, tap here to read the supplement.
Street launches traffic congestion action plan

Street launches traffic congestion action plan

West Midlands mayor says modal shift from cars to public transport is the long-term answer, but in the short-term he promises better co-ordination   Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street and newly appointed director of network resilience, Anne Shaw   West Midlands mayor Andy Street has launched an action plan aimed at combatting congestion....
Huge change in travel plans during upgrade

Huge change in travel plans during upgrade

Commuters are heeding warnings to avoid Waterloo   Upgrade work at Waterloo station this month   Effective year-long campaigns to publicise disruption that will be caused by the Waterloo station upgrade throughout August has seen nearly half of South West Trains’ regular passengers make alternative travel and working arrangements. A survey by Transport Focus, published...
CILT - Air Quality Plan is ‘weak and timid’

CILT – Air Quality Plan is ‘weak and timid’

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport says government’s plan should have supported the introduction of charges for polluting vehicles   Traffic in London   The government could do better than its “weak and timid” plan to tackle poor air quality, particularly given the urgency of public health risks, according to The Chartered Institute of...