Out now: Issue 227 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 227 of Passenger Transport

Issue 227 of Passenger Transport is published on February 21. Contents include:     LEAD STORY HS2 and £5bn for ‘local transport revolution’ £1bn-a-year boost for buses and cycling over five years will give towns and cities ‘the modern, joined up network needed to fire up economic growth’   NEWS:...
Bus franchising now mayor’s ‘leading option’

Bus franchising now mayor’s ‘leading option’

Steve Rotheram says Liverpool’s year-long ‘Big Bus Debate’ has influenced his thinking on franchising and ‘doing nothing is simply not an option’   Go-Ahead Group will recruit a record-breaking 1,200 apprentices this year   Steve Rotheram, the mayor of Liverpool City Region, says that he now considers a London-style franchised...
‘We’ve nationalised the wrong train operator’

‘We’ve nationalised the wrong train operator’

Northern Powerhouse Partnership director attacks TransPennine   FirstGroup’s TransPennine franchise began in April 2016   A representative of major business interests in the North of England has criticised FirstGroup over its “absolutely shocking” stewardship of the TransPennine Express franchise. The attack came from a director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership...
Street launches £15bn West Midlands rail plan

Street launches £15bn West Midlands rail plan

Mayoral hopeful plans 20-year programme of rail improvements     West Midlands metro mayor Andy Street has launched his bid for re-election in May with an ambitious £15bn, 20-year plan to significantly ugrade public transport in the region. The former John Lewis boss envisages opening eight new light rail lines...
Comfort or ‘capitalist realism’?

Comfort or ‘capitalist realism’?

  Many are unhappy about the utilitarian nature of modern train design in the UK. We could learn much from elsewhere in Europe   NS is working on train designs that enhance the experience for customers   There are a lot of new trains – faster and with more seats....
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North of England Transport Summit Review 2020

North of England Transport Summit Review 2020

Welcome to the North of England Transport Summit Review 2020, a publication devoted to transport in the North of England. This publication has been produced by Passenger Transport, in association with Transport Times Events, to coincide with the fourth annual North of England Transport Summit. This event will be held in Manchester on February 12...
Transport groups scale up apprentice intakes

Transport groups scale up apprentice intakes

Stagecoach and Go-Ahead used National Apprenticeship Week in England to reveal that they will recruit an extra 800 apprentices in 2020   Go-Ahead Group will recruit a record-breaking 1,200 apprentices this year   Transport groups Stagecoach and Go-Ahead used National Apprenticeship Week in England (February 3-9) to announce plans to scale up their recruitment of...
Bus use falling, but new markets emerging

Bus use falling, but new markets emerging

New report reveals that traditional bus markets are declining but new ones, such as ‘Millennial Bus Man’, offer a fresh long-term focus for revival   The report finds that while traditional bus markets are in decline, new ones are emerging among millennials   A new report by the Independent Transport Commission uncovers major changes in...
‘Taking back control’ could bite Shapps

‘Taking back control’ could bite Shapps

  The transport secretary appears to have developed an enthusiasm for bringing franchises back under public control – but will it help?   Grant Shapps   It was interesting for me as an amateur Kremlinologist with a ministerial background to listen to transport secretary Grant Shapps addressing the annual parliamentary reception for the Campaign for...
Could you have done a better job at Northern?

Could you have done a better job at Northern?

Grant Shapps has stripped Arriva of the Northern franchise, blaming the management. But I think that responsibility for its problems lies elsewhere – writes Alex Warner   Chris Burchell   Grant Shapps got what he wanted, so too did Andy Burnham, the trade unions and the media – because Arriva being stripped of the Northern...
The Joe Wood Scheduler of the Year Award

The Joe Wood Scheduler of the Year Award

  The Joe Wood Scheduler of the Year Award, sponsored by CitySwift Schedulers play a vital role in the UK bus industry, but they rarely get the recognition they deserve. That’s why Passenger Transport has teamed up with CitySwift, the data-driven bus scheduling and business intelligence platform, to launch a new award for 2020 –...
Public Transport 2.0 - the future of travel

Public Transport 2.0 – the future of travel

Public Transport 2.0 – the future of travel This publication focuses on how public transport is evolving to meet our mobility needs, harnessing new technologies and commercial models. We hope you find it an interesting read and we welcome all feedback. Click on the image above to view the supplement. If you are viewing the...
DfT could terminate ‘unsustainable’ SWR

DfT could terminate ‘unsustainable’ SWR

Transport secretary Grant Shapps says Department for Transport will now consider options, which include calling upon the Operator of Last Resort   First and MTR Corporation have operated SWR since August 201   The Department for Transport may decide to terminate the current South Western Railway franchise, replacing it with a short-term term management contract...
Metrobus users face ‘appalling disruption’

Metrobus users face ‘appalling disruption’

Bristol bus boss warns that flagship service risks being ‘entirely discredited’ if services are bogged down in ‘areas of increasingly chronic congestion’   The northern section of the m1 route   It is marketed as “a modern public transport system for the greater Bristol area”, but users of the flagship Metrobus network are facing “appalling...
Stagecoach blasts DfT for franchising crisis

Stagecoach blasts DfT for franchising crisis

Transport group claims rail franchising regime is in crisis as High Court trial gets under way probing government’s decision to disqualify group from bids   Virgin and SNCF have joined Stagecoach in its action   Lawyers for Stagecoach blasted the Railway Pensions Scheme as a “basket case” and claimed rail franchising was in crisis in...
Six tests for PM’s London-style vision

Six tests for PM’s London-style vision

  The Prime Minister wants other UK cities to enjoy the kind of integrated transport system that London has. Can he deliver it?   New Merseyrail trains and bus reform could give Liverpool city region a single, modern and fully integrated network   Boris Johnson wants transport in the rest of the UK’s metro areas...
Minister: buses will see  ‘transformational year’

Minister: buses will see ‘transformational year’

Ahead of next month’s UK Bus Summit in London, buses minister Baroness Vere says that ‘fantastic opportunities’ have been created to grow bus use   Baroness Vere: ‘2020 will prove to be an exciting year for buses’   2020 will be “a transformational year for the bus network”, says buses minister Baroness Vere. In the...