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Out now: Issue 93 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 93 of Passenger Transport

Issue 93 of Passenger Transport is published on October 3. Contents include:     LEAD STORY Creagh’s ‘full support’ for Quality Contracts Shadow transport secretary pays tribute to efforts to re-regulate buses in Tyne & Wear and West Yorkshire. ‘I wish them luck,’ she tells conference   NEWS West Yorks...
Creagh’s ‘full support’ for Quality Contracts

Creagh’s ‘full support’ for Quality Contracts

Shadow transport secretary pays tribute to efforts to re-regulate buses in Tyne & Wear and West Yorkshire. ‘I wish them luck,’ she tells conference     Plans to use Quality Contracts to re-regulate buses in Tyne & Wear and West Yorkshire have been boosted by unequivocal support from shadow transport...
Class 700 Thameslink train on show in Berlin

Class 700 Thameslink train on show in Berlin

Three fully-assembled cars for the new Class 700 train were among 145 rail vehicles exhibited at last week’s InnoTrans show in the German capital     Siemens exhibited the new Thameslink Class 700 train for the first time at the InnoTrans show in Berlin last week, with a launch event led...
First is back on track in the West of England

First is back on track in the West of England

It’s been a big year for First’s West of England bus business and managing director Paul Matthews     The fortunes of First’s bus operation in Bristol, and the wider West of England region, have largely mirrored that of its parent company’s UK bus division as a whole and have...
DfT pulls the plug on journey planning site

DfT pulls the plug on journey planning site

Transport Direct is switched off but transport campaigners argue that private sector alternatives don’t offer a fully comprehensive solution     The Department for Transport this week switched off Transport Direct, the government’s pioneering online journey planning service, just over 10 years after its controversial launch. A nationwide journey planning...
Driving Growth: The Sheffield Bus Partnership

Driving Growth: The Sheffield Bus Partnership

The Sheffield Bus Partnership, which unites South Yorkshire PTE, Sheffield City Council and bus operators First and Stagecoach, will reach its second anniversary in October. Ahead of this landmark, Passenger Transport has produced a special supplement about the agreement, sponsored by First and Stagecoach. It contains a foreword from transport...
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Whatever the result, devolution has won

Whatever the result, devolution has won

Scottish referendum has let the devolution genie out of the bottle, and the implications will be huge     The passenger transport sector is wrestling with the broad implications of this week’s Scottish independence referendum. As Passenger Transport went to press the result of the ballot was not yet known, but whether or not Scots...
National Express exits German coach business

National Express exits German coach business

25-vehicle city2city operation faced ferocious competition     National Express Group is to close its German city2city coach business in October, 18 months after it started, due to ferocious competition from five rival operators. The company had grown steadily to run 25 vehicles on routes connecting Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne and Hamburg. However, a final attempt...
Northern franchise will reflect ‘angry’ feedback

Northern franchise will reflect ‘angry’ feedback

DfT franchising director Peter Wilkinson stands by franchise consultation. ‘We asked tough questions and yes they will get some people angry,’ he says     The Department for Transport has pledged that it will design the next Northern Rail franchise around the responses to its contentious consultation which included suggestions for ‘trade-offs’ to help modernise the...
On-bus audio visual is ‘pitiful’ outside London

On-bus audio visual is ‘pitiful’ outside London

Guide Dogs chief criticises lack of action by operators     The chief executive of Guide Dogs has praised the audio visual equipment on buses in London as “amazing”, but has slammed the “pitiful” provision elsewhere. “We have some horrific statistics of the number of people with sight loss who have been left on a...
Creagh: Network Rail will be ‘guiding mind’

Creagh: Network Rail will be ‘guiding mind’

If Labour wins next year’s general election, the infrastructure controller will compete with ROSCOs and take over tasks from train operators     Network Rail rather than train operators will have lead responsibility for planning train services, and provide competition to the rolling stock leasing companies if Labour wins next year’s election. The new responsibilities form...
Centro ponders jumbo artics for Sprint scheme

Centro ponders jumbo artics for Sprint scheme

PTE seeks derogation for the operation of bi-articulated buses     Centro, the West Midlands PTE, is seeking a special dispensation from the Department for Transport that would allow it to introduce Britain’s longest buses on its proposed Sprint-branded Bus Rapid Transit corridors. Bus operators in the UK are currently limited to a maximum vehicle length...
Wilkinson heads Office of Rail Passenger Services

Wilkinson heads Office of Rail Passenger Services

New Office of Rail Passenger Services announced     The Department for Transport’s franchising director Peter Wilkinson has been appointed as managing director of the government’s new Office of Rail Passenger Services. ORPS will be formally launched on November 1 as a distinct section of the DfT’s rail executive with responsibility for awarding and managing...
Brian Souter's PolskiBus moves up a gear

Brian Souter’s PolskiBus moves up a gear

Sir Brian Souter brings in Polish pipers to herald new services, new destinations and new coaches     In the space just three short years, Sir Brian Souter’s PolskiBus.com has mushroomed from an initial launch fleet of 18 vehicles to a complement of 132. The inspiration of the Stagecoach co-founder and chairman has been embraced...
Fears of ‘chaotic’ race for northern franchises

Fears of ‘chaotic’ race for northern franchises

The shortlisted bidders for the Northern and TransPennine franchises have been named, but some fear the competitions will conflict with each other   The announcement of shortlisted bidders for the new Northern and TransPennine rail franchises has been accompanied by claims from within the rail industry that the competition for the new contracts risks “becoming...
First consults on rival plan to NGT trolleybus

First consults on rival plan to NGT trolleybus

First takes forward plans for New Bus for West Yorkshire with a new exhibition for stakeholders ahead of a wider consultation in the region     FirstGroup is pushing ahead with its alternative to plans for the introduction of the £250m NGT trolleybus scheme in West Yorkshire with a new consultation into its own plans...
'Liberate us from the London-based elite'

‘Liberate us from the London-based elite’

  Every time the London-based policy elite are taken out of decision-making on local transport, local transport gets better First of all a spoiler alert – this isn’t going to be a London bashing article or a piece about the different levels of spending between London and the regions. But it is about the relationship...
Does this whiteboard matter? I think it does

Does this whiteboard matter? I think it does

Despite all of the big talk from public transport’s big players like TfL, Alex Warner believes that too often the promises fail to match the reality   VISITED: August 2014 SERVICE: The London Underground serves 270 stations and has 250 miles of track. King’s Cross/St Pancras serves as an interchange between the Victoria, Northern and...