Nominations open for the 2016 Cycle-Rail Awards

Nominations open for the 2016 Cycle-Rail Awards

Awards will again highlight best practice   Previous Cycle-Rail Awards winners   Rail users and organisations are invited to nominate cycle-friendly initiatives that help users take advantage of pedal power. Now in their 12th year, the Rail Delivery Group’s National Cycle-Rail Awards will recognise the progress made by the rail...
Out now: Issue 139 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 139 of Passenger Transport

Issue 139 of Passenger Transport is published on July 22 Contents include:     LEAD STORY Khan seeks immediate control over Southern London mayor calls for a Transport for London management team to be put in charge of the ‘failing’ Southern service, until problems are resolved   NEWS Southern turnaround...
Khan seeks immediate control over Southern

Khan seeks immediate control over Southern

London mayor calls for a Transport for London management team to be put in charge of the ‘failing’ Southern service, until problems are resolved   Sadiq Khan: ‘There is no doubt that the franchise must now be in default’   London mayor Sadiq Khan this week called for a Transport...
Debut for Daimler's autonomous city bus

Debut for Daimler’s autonomous city bus

Daimler Buses unveiled its ground-breaking ‘Future Bus’ vehicle in Amsterdam. Doug Jack reports   The ‘Future Bus’ is based on a standard Mercedes-Benz Citaro structure   Daimler Buses this week launched what is believed to be the world’s first full size semi-autonomous city bus. The ‘Future Bus’ premiere was held in...
George Muir: Passengers face a grim summer

George Muir: Passengers face a grim summer

Neither the RMT nor the government seems likely to back down in this shoot out. My advice is to focus on the guards themselves     “Oh, and while you are at it, dear chap, change the role of the guard will you. I know you have a lot of...
‘Data will be at heart of transport’s future’

‘Data will be at heart of transport’s future’

How Ipswich-based ITO World is using its expertise in data management and visualisation to help make cities smarter and transport more intelligent   ITO World’s award-winning visualisation capabilities allow transport professionals to see and intuitively explore complex data from multiple sources   There’s been an explosion of big data and...
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‘Transport investment more crucial after vote’

‘Transport investment more crucial after vote’

Transport secretary reiterated the case for £55bn HS2 project     Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has reiterated the importance of continuing to invest in transport infrastructure, following the economic and political uncertainty created by the vote to leave the European Union. Speaking at last week’s National Infrastructure Forum event in London, he acknowledged that the...
Norman Baker: My eight predictions

Norman Baker: My eight predictions

The UK’s transport sector should brace itself for a bumpy Brexit ride. Things are changing fast, but here’s what I think will happen       I am writing this column on Sunday, July 3, and do so with some trepidation. After all, there is no guarantee that what I write will not be hopelessly...
Belfast buses enjoy passenger growth

Belfast buses enjoy passenger growth

Bus use in England’s metropolitan areas declined 3.1% in 2015/16, but Northern Ireland’s capital saw a marginal increase. Rhodri Clark reports   Belfast’s Metro bus services carried 85,000 more passengers   Belfast’s Metro bus services experienced a growth in passengers last year, primarily driven by investment in the Belfast Rapid Transit scheme and promotional campaigns....
Martijn Gilbert: Are we dressed for success?

Martijn Gilbert: Are we dressed for success?

Modernising the image of our industry can unlock its true potential, and business attire and staff uniforms are part of that   Casual and comfortable: our staff uniform   Last time I wrote about some thoughts on attracting the best talent to work in our industry (PT136). I was challenged recently that we should, of...
'We have so many unknown unknowns'

‘We have so many unknown unknowns’

  Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT   I’m in shock. Never have I witnessed such political turmoil, such drama. And never for one moment did I think the British electorate would vote to leave the EU. Yes, I thought...
First eyes further cost cuts as growth slows

First eyes further cost cuts as growth slows

UK bus revenue growth in first half of group’s financial year was almost completely wiped out in the second half. Rail also experienced slowdown   FirstGroup is considering the closure of one of its six Manchester depots   FirstGroup will consider closing one of its Manchester depots in a new round of cost cuts at...
ScotRail faces summer of industrial action

ScotRail faces summer of industrial action

Conductors’ strikes over extension of driver controlled operation spread to ScotRail in echo of dispute between RMT and Govia Thameslink Railway   Visualisation of ScotRail’s new AT200 trains ScotRail is facing a summer of industrial action after the RMT union called conductors’ strikes on seven days from June 21 to July 17 over the company’s plans...
Giving Jersey Liberty from the car

Giving Jersey Liberty from the car

Franchising is giving Jersey a simple and straightforward bus network that works and makes being car-free a realistic option   Jersey’s bus network   When you get up close to the issue of  national identity it can get complicated – particularly in the British Isles. Within its more than 6,000 islands it contains within it...
Transports Publics 2016: A glimpse of the future

Transports Publics 2016: A glimpse of the future

Driverless vehicles and electric buses were at the fore at last week’s Transports Publics show   Irizar’s i2e   There’s no UK equivalent for the biennial Transports Publics show in Paris. Attended by more than 10,000 people, the show unites the world of public transport under one roof – private operators mingle with public authorities,...
HackTrain: The force is with them

HackTrain: The force is with them

Infectious enthusiasm and bright ideas were on display at last week’s HackTrain Conference. But there were also some difficult questions for the rail industry     This was a transport conference like no other. The presentations were positive and pacey, and many of the speakers held lightsabres as they addressed an audience of 250 in...
Congestion is a ‘disease’ that could kill buses

Congestion is a ‘disease’ that could kill buses

Author of new report on the impact of congestion on bus passengers says Bus Services Bill should encourage setting of targets for average bus speeds   Buses in rush hour in Manchester city centre   “Traffic congestion is a disease which if left unchecked will destroy the bus sector,” warns Professor David Begg in a...
‘Remove travel passes from rail managers’

‘Remove travel passes from rail managers’

FirstGroup CIO says managers don’t see the problems users face   FirstGroup chief information officer Dave Lynch at last week’s HackTrain Conference   FirstGroup chief information officer Dave Lynch is planning to push for rail passes to be removed from managers at the group’s train operating companies so that they can experience the frustrations passengers...