‘It’s the congestion, stupid’

‘It’s the congestion, stupid’

Managers at Britain’s municipal and independent bus operators were asked to identify the main challenge facing the bus sector… 40% said ‘congestion’       What is the main challenge facing the bus sector? ‘Congestion’ is the most likely response from managers at Britain’s municipal and independent bus companies. Two-fifths...
Read our supplement: The ALBUM Report 2018

Read our supplement: The ALBUM Report 2018

Welcome to the ALBUM Report 2018, a publication from Passenger Transport devoted to Britain’s independent and municipal bus companies. Returning for a fourth consecutive year, this year’s report also incorporates the official Conference Workbook for the 2018 album Conference, hosted by McGill’s at the Marriott Hotel, Glasgow, on May 14-16....
Euro 6 buses are the best value, says Dowie

Euro 6 buses are the best value, says Dowie

Buses with Euro 6 diesel engines are the best way of tackling air pollution in Britain’s cities, says First’s John Dowie. Rhodri Clark reports   Low emission vehicles on show at last week’s Welsh Bus Summit   Buses with Euro 6 diesel engines offer the best bang for the buck...
Here’s tae us; Wha’s like us?

Here’s tae us; Wha’s like us?

Scotland’s railway has become a symbol of the nation’s ambition and bigger thinking – it’s time that bus policy caught up   Electrification is not dead in Scotland   Someone senior in the transport sector in Scotland told me recently that they didn’t think that Scotland care that much about...
Just the ticket - but this won’t be easy

Just the ticket – but this won’t be easy

I welcome the Rail Delivery Group’s root and branch review of ticketing – but a splash of healthy realism needs to be delivered   Buying tickets the old fashioned way – at the ticket office – can be more expensive   The initiative by the Rail Delivery Group, representing all...
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Innovations (Issue 39, Spring 2018)

Innovations (Issue 39, Spring 2018)

Innovations: Practical application of technology in passenger transport. Supporting Euro Bus Expo 2018 technology exhibitors   Click on the image below to view Innovations (Issue 39, Spring 2018).   If you are viewing the site on a mobile or tablet device, tap here to read the supplement.
Bysus yng Nghymru 2018 / Buses in Wales 2018

Bysus yng Nghymru 2018 / Buses in Wales 2018

Croeso / Welcome Croeso i Bysus yng Nghymru 2018, cyhoeddiad am y prif ddull o drafnidiaeth gyhoeddus yng Nghymru. Cynhyrchwyd y cyhoeddiad hwn gan Passenger Transport i gyd-fynd ag Uwchgynhadledd Fysiau Llywodraeth Cymru yn Abertawe ar Mai 3. Mae’r cyhoeddiad hwn yn cynnwys cyfraniadau gan amrywiaeth o sefydliadau sydd â diddordeb mewn gwasanaethau bysus yng...
FirstGroup break-up likely after Apollo bid

FirstGroup break-up likely after Apollo bid

Although group rejected initial takeover bid as ‘opportunistic’, major changes are expected – especially at under-performing UK bus division     The break-up of FirstGroup is being predicted by City analysts and in the transport industry following a preliminary takeover bid from North American private equity investor Apollo Asset Management. Although First rejected an initial...
Paris - a city of big challenges and big ideas

Paris – a city of big challenges and big ideas

Ahead of the Transports Publics 2018 show in June, we toured exciting innovations in host city Paris   A bus parks itself at Lagny bus depot Île-de-France – the “Parisian Region” – covers only 2.2% of mainland France, but its 12 million inhabitants represent almost a fifth of the population. It is therefore a region...
We can’t afford to ignore bus stops

We can’t afford to ignore bus stops

It takes hard work and dedication to attract new customers on to buses. So why do we so often fail at the first hurdle, the bus stop?   Some bus operators see the value of bus stops and take responsibility for them – others don’t   If you had a shop and the council came...
Is this the home of the mobility revolution?

Is this the home of the mobility revolution?

The West Midlands is hosting the UK’s first trial of ‘Mobility as a Service’, launched this month with help from a creative three-storey marketing ploy   The Nordic micro-house in Brindleyplace is the size of a parking space   “The birthplace of the industrial revolution is now the birthplace of the mobility revolution,” declared Chris...
Government must face up to congestion

Government must face up to congestion

Ministers and their shadows pretend not to notice a problem that is choking off buses, because they’re afraid of upsetting motorists   One bus can replace well over 70 cars. There is no downside   The latest figures show a continuing and concerning decline in the number of bus passenger journeys. And the standard responses...
TOCs want action to limit reputational risk

TOCs want action to limit reputational risk

Concerns follow furore over the collapse of the East Coast franchise, which saw Stagecoach/Virgin ‘unfairly’ accused of receiving a taxpayer ‘bail out’   The issue was raised during the furore over the forthcoming collapse of the East Coast franchise   Train operators have asked the Department for Transport to review its approach to publicising rail...
West Midlands reaps the devolution dividend

West Midlands reaps the devolution dividend

A new ‘metro mayor’, growing commuter rail use, light rail expansion projects, HS2… this is a region that’s going places   A visualisation of the Midland Metro terminius at Edgbaston   I was born in Coventry and although my parents moved back to Yorkshire shortly afterwards, they still talk about how, in the early sixties,...
Where have the passengers gone?

Where have the passengers gone?

Just a blip, or the start of a trend? We look at what’s causing bus and rail patronage to decline     The number of people travelling by public transport in Great Britain is declining, with patronage falling on both bus and train services in 2017. The trend is by no means universal, with some...
Gilbert - ‘congestion is a national issue’

Gilbert – ‘congestion is a national issue’

Reading Buses boss urges government to support councils   Martijn Gilbert: ‘[Congestion] is the single biggest driver of dissatisfaction, and we need to crack it’   Reading Buses chief executive officer Martijn Gilbert has called upon central government to take a greater role in addressing traffic congestion. Speaking at the publication of the Autumn 2017 Bus...
Full vertical integration among HS2 options

Full vertical integration among HS2 options

Transport secretary Chris Grayling says that a range of operating models will be explored for the forthcoming West Coast Partnership contract   “An integrated railway operation, in charge of both its infrastructure and its services, akin to some Japanese high-speed lines”   Transport secretary Chris Grayling has indicated that full vertical integration will be among...