Out now: Issue 194 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 194 of Passenger Transport

Issue 194 of Passenger Transport is published on October 12. Contents include:     LEAD STORY Be positive, Souter tells transport providers ‘Stagecoach chairman acknowledges the challenges, but tells bus audience: ‘There is everything to play for here. These are fantastic businesses’   NEWS Passenger growth returns to rail network...
Be positive, Souter tells transport providers

Be positive, Souter tells transport providers

Stagecoach chairman acknowledges the challenges, but tells bus audience: ‘There is everything to play for here. These are fantastic businesses’   Sir Brian Souter was speaking at the CPT Scottish Conference in Ayrshire last week   Sir Brian Souter has urged his transport industry colleagues to be positive about the...
Can HS2 be saved from itself - before it is too late?

Can HS2 be saved from itself – before it is too late?

As one of the first politicians to champion High Speed 2, I have watched with dismay the warning lights flash one after the other   An artist’s impression of Birmingham’s Curzon Street station   It has the support of the three main political parties. It has made good progress through...
What I found on the conference circuit

What I found on the conference circuit

In this time of seismic political shifts, the party conferences have become more interesting. New ideas for transport are emerging     After a long period of the ‘narcissism of small differences’ in politics, with major parties clustered around a post-Thatcher, free trade settlement, suddenly everything has busted open in...
Stagecoach sets pace for 2018 UK Bus Awards

Stagecoach sets pace for 2018 UK Bus Awards

Group nets quarter of this year’s 106 shortlisted entries, with Manchester, Merseyside and East Scotland subsidiaries in the running for top prize   Stagecoach East Scotland is shortisted for the Top Shire Operator prize   Stagecoach has received the highest number of shortlisted entries for this year’s prestigious UK Bus...
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Read our supplement: Scotland’s Buses 2018

Read our supplement: Scotland’s Buses 2018

Welcome to Scotland’s Buses 2018, a publication devoted to Scotland’s main mode of public transport. Buses make an enormous contribution to Scotland, carrying 400 million passenger journeys annually, providing the vital links that enable communities to function. This publication from Passenger Transport puts the spotlight on Scotland’s bus industry and its stakeholder partners, celebrates their...
Yet another review - will this be different?

Yet another review – will this be different?

‘A once-in-a-generation opportunity?’ Not quite, we’ve had more rail reviews than we have had failed franchises on the East Coast   Confidence in the captain of the ship, bumbling Chris Grayling, is in rather short supply   It was no surprise to have details of the much-trailed rail review announced on the same day as...
We need a choice of cross-Channel trains

We need a choice of cross-Channel trains

I am a regular and largely satisified Eurostar user, but we haven’t yet fulfilled the potential of rail travel via the Channel Tunnel   Deutsche Bahn’s plans for cross-Channel services have not progressed far beyond a 2010 photoshoot     Travel between Britain and continental Europe has been revolutionised over the last 24 years as...
Graduate boost for FirstGroup

Graduate boost for FirstGroup

FirstGroup almost doubles its number of new graduates with 50% of them female   18 graduates have joined FirstGroup’s graduate development programme this year   This month has seen 18 recent university graduates begin their careers in the transport industry after they joined FirstGroup’s graduate development programme. The graduates have already begun a comprehensive workplace...
£56m plan to bring 105 e-buses to Manchester

£56m plan to bring 105 e-buses to Manchester

Stagecoach planning £21.5m bid for support from the government’s £48m Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme for fleet of full electric double-deckers   Alexander Dennis has already won orders for bettery-powered Enviro400 EV City vehicles from Metroline   Stagecoach is seeking government funding for a ambitious £56m plan to deliver Europe’s largest single investment in electric buses...
A new chapter for Welsh rail

A new chapter for Welsh rail

Rhodri Clark spoke to Colin Lea, mobilisation director at Transport for Wales Rail Services   The entire fleet used by ATW will be replaced between 2019 and 2024, mostly with 148 new trains   The months and years ahead will be ones of major change at Wales and Borders, for employees and passengers alike. The...
Orange revolution held at red signal

Orange revolution held at red signal

London mayor Sadiq Khan’s desire to extend the Overground is matched by transport secretary Chris Grayling’s desire to stop him   Investment: new Overground trains at Bombardier’s Derby site     It was no surprise to see the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, recently renew his calls for more suburban rail services to be transferred...
Grayling - ‘He’s King Midas In Reverse’

Grayling – ‘He’s King Midas In Reverse’

Chris Grayling has shamelessly blamed others and he is always reacting to events, not leading them. It’s time he was moved on   Chris Grayling was made transport secretary in July 2016     I have always liked that old 1967 Hollies song, King Midas In Reverse. Here’s a couple of verses: It’s plain to...
Public transport can’t be complacent

Public transport can’t be complacent

A trip to San Francisco, a global showcase of mobility innovation, demonstrated that ‘classic’ public transport needs to raise its game   San Francisco seems to be at the epicentre of every new transport innovation being discussed on a global scale     Disruption continues in the world of mobility. Opportunities are leading to new...
In celebration of celebrating diversity

In celebration of celebrating diversity

It’s amazing that public transport providers openly support gay events in their localities. Love is all around. But it wasn’t always   It’s a credit to our industry that public transport providers openly support gay events in their localities   Quite rightly, we hear an awful lot about diversity and celebrating diversity in public transport....
ITS community to gather in Copenhagen

ITS community to gather in Copenhagen

Next month the global Intelligent Transport Systems community will gather in the Danish capital for the four-day 2018 ITS World Congress     Copenhagen, with its long history as a vibrant Baltic maritime hub, is set to play host to the 25th Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress. With ‘ITS – Quality of Life’ as...
No more conventional EC deals - Grayling

No more conventional EC deals – Grayling

Transport secretary outlines the new public-private partnership models which could be applied to the East Coast franchise in two years’ time   Transport secretary Chris Grayling appeared before MPs last week   Transport secretary Chris Grayling has indicated that he will not let the next East Coast rail franchise under a conventional private sector franchising...