Read our supplement: The ALBUM Report 2016

Read our supplement: The ALBUM Report 2016

Welcome to the ALBUM Report 2016, a publication from Passenger Transport devoted to Britain’s independent and municipal bus companies.   Bigger and better than last year’s inaugural publication, this year’s report also incorporates the official Conference Workbook for the 2016 ALBUM Conference, hosted by isle of man transport on May...
Out now: Issue 133 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 133 of Passenger Transport

Issue 133 of Passenger Transport is published on April 29 Contents include:       LEAD STORY ‘Small operators could gain from franchising’ ALBUM chairman predicts large groups will be forced to withdraw from less profitable areas, opening up expansion opportunities for smaller rivals   NEWS Groups sought powers to...
‘Small operators could gain from franchising’

‘Small operators could gain from franchising’

ALBUM chairman predicts large groups will be forced to withdraw from less profitable areas, opening up expansion opportunities for smaller rivals   Midland Classic is in talks to take over Arriva’s operation in Burton-on-Trent   With powers contained in the forthcoming Buses Bill enabling the introduction of bus franchising in...
CILT members vote to remain in EU

CILT members vote to remain in EU

Survey finds that 64% say that as individuals they think the UK should remain in union     Almost two-thirds of members of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport believe that the UK should remain in the EU. A recent survey asked members whether they thought as an individual...
Groups sought powers to hold NR to account

Groups sought powers to hold NR to account

Arriva, Go-Ahead and National Express denied punitive powers, including the right to withhold payments, in final Shaw review recommendations   Go-Ahead said concentrating on enhancements left a ‘capability drain’ in core areas   The Shaw review’s proposals to create a more effective working relationship between train operators and Network Rail...
Spotlight on innovation at Transports Publics

Spotlight on innovation at Transports Publics

Transports Publics 2016, the European Mobility Exhibition, will be take place in Paris in June, attracting over 100,000 visitors from across Europe   The 7th edition of Transports Publics, the European Mobility Exhibition, will be taking place in Paris on June 14-16. This not-to-be-missed event brings together key players in...
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Innovations (Issue 33, Spring 2016)

Innovations (Issue 33, Spring 2016)

Innovations: Practical application of technology in passenger transport. Supporting Euro Bus Expo 2016 technology exhibitors In partnership with Parkeon   Click on the image below to view Innovations (Issue 33, Spring 2016).  
‘Flabby’ TfL can fund my fare freeze - Khan

‘Flabby’ TfL can fund my fare freeze – Khan

Favourite to win mayoral election says he would fund fares freeze by cutting waste at Transport for London, and by taking bus contracts in-house   Labour candidate for London mayor Sadiq Khan speaking at a debate in London this week   Sadiq Khan, Labour’s candidate for the London mayoral election, has set out plans for...
Reading seeks greater bus design innovation

Reading seeks greater bus design innovation

Council-owned operator sets out a demanding specification that aims to stimulate new innovations from manufacturers and evolve vehicle design   Reading Buses has ordered Wrightbus StreetDecks for its 2016 vehicle intake   Council-owned bus operator Reading Buses has revealed how it intends to challenge the bus manufacturing community over the next three years with a...
TransPennine to bring in three new train fleets

TransPennine to bring in three new train fleets

Overall fleet size will rise by two-thirds after trains are delivered   AT300s are due to be delivered in June 2019   FirstGroup has announced an order for 19 five-car Hitachi AT300 bi-mode trains for its new TransPennine Express franchise – one of three new fleets the operator will introduce. The AT300s are due to...
Are traders waking up to value of buses?

Are traders waking up to value of buses?

There are also signs in some other town and city centres that shopkeepers are increasingly aware of the value of buses. Rhodri Clark reports   Newport Transport has returned to the High Street   Buses are returning to a pedestrianised area of Newport, South Wales, in response to campaigning by local traders. There are also...
Supplement: Middle East & North Africa

Supplement: Middle East & North Africa

For most countries in the Middle East and North Africa, transport is central to their economic strategy. Cities across the region are focusing on new low carbon, low cost metro, light rail and bus rapid transit modes of transport. Our special supplement has been produced in association with UITP, the international association of public transport. It’s...
Arriva wins London Overground contract

Arriva wins London Overground contract

Deutsche Bahn-owned group sees off competition from Go-Ahead/Keolis, MTR and Metroline Rail to capture £1.5bn Transport for London contract   A London Overground train at Haggerston station   Arriva has won the new contract to operate London Overground services, seeing off competition from its current joint venture partner MTR as well as Go-Ahead/Keolis and new...
Cardiff Bus to transfer services to sister firm

Cardiff Bus to transfer services to sister firm

In the face of increased competition on core routes, local authority-owned Cardiff Bus is setting up a new low-cost operation. Rhodri Clark reports   One of Cardiff Bus’s older vehicles. A candidate for the VBL fleet?    Cardiff Bus is preparing to transfer some of its services to a sister company which will have lower...
Arriva aims to reach Destination Green

Arriva aims to reach Destination Green

Group-wide environmental strategy aims to empower staff to make small changes that will add up to significant improvements in green performance   Staff are being urged to make their own green commitment   Arriva launched its Destination Green environmental strategy in December last year. It’s an initiative that sets out the group’s green ambitions as...
Osborne ‘green light’ for HS3 and Crossrail 2

Osborne ‘green light’ for HS3 and Crossrail 2

In his budget statement this week, the chancellor said he was accepting recommendations from the National Infrastructure Commission   George Osborne   Chancellor George Osborne has billed new government funding to develop Crossrail 2 in London and the HS3 route between Leeds and Manchester as giving the “green light” to both schemes. In his budget...
Shaw seeks immediate start on reforms

Shaw seeks immediate start on reforms

Network Rail devolution should be ‘deeper and faster’   Nicola Shaw   The Shaw review into the future shape and financing of Network Rail has recommended that the government and the rail industry should start work immediately on a series of reforms to improve customer service and value for money. They include “deeper and faster” devolution...
Emerging technologies - friend or foe?

Emerging technologies – friend or foe?

The view at this month’s IT-TRANS show was that app-based mobility will bring huge changes, but public transport will remain the backbone in cities   Left to right: Timothy Papandreou, Martin Röhrleef and Scott Cain is Chief Business Officer of the UK’s Future Cities Catapult   Emerging technologies like app-based mobility and autonomous vehicles look...