Out now: Issue 141 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 141 of Passenger Transport

Issue 141 of Passenger Transport is published on August 19 Contents include:     LEAD STORY Abellio to pay ‘heroic’ £3.7bn Anglia premium Dutch group named as preferred bidder for the new East Anglia franchise – but nine-year deal requires it to pay the government a £3.7bn premium   NEWS...
Abellio to pay ‘heroic’ £3.7bn Anglia premium

Abellio to pay ‘heroic’ £3.7bn Anglia premium

Dutch group named as preferred bidder for the new East Anglia franchise – but nine-year deal requires it to pay the government a £3.7bn premium   383 electric and bi-mode vehicles will be supplied by Switzerland’s Stadler   Abellio has committed to a £3.7bn premium and a 93% performance target...
Now another Welsh bus operator folds

Now another Welsh bus operator folds

Financial concerns lead another Welsh operator to shut down   Lewis Coaches of Llanrhystud, south of Aberystwyth, had operated for more than 35 years   Ceredigion-based Lewis Coaches ceased to trade on Friday last week, becoming the third bus operator in Wales to close this summer. Lewis Coaches of Llanrhystud,...
Passengers face a dreadful September

Passengers face a dreadful September

This is building up to an almighty tussle: three unions against the government. Let us hope Southern has a plan going forward?     I wrote in the last issue (PT140) that Brighton would freeze over before transport secretary Chris Grayling would cave in to the RMT union. Plans to...
Innovations (Issue 34, Summer 2016)

Innovations (Issue 34, Summer 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 34, Summer 2016).     If you are viewing the site on a mobile or tablet device, tap here to read...
Out now: Issue 140 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 140 of Passenger Transport

Issue 140 of Passenger Transport is published on August 5 Contents include:     LEAD STORY RATP launches shared ride-to-work service ‘Slide’, an app-based travel solution developed by RATP Dev, launched exclusively in Bristol this week and is the first service of its kind in the UK   NEWS Electrification...
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RATP launches shared ride-to-work service

RATP launches shared ride-to-work service

‘Slide’, an app-based travel solution developed by RATP Dev, launched exclusively in Bristol this week and is the first service of its kind in the UK   Slide Bristol fares ‘only cost a little more than taking the bus’   RATP Dev has ventured into the world of app-based personal mobility with the launch of...
Southern discomfort  - Grayling must act

Southern discomfort – Grayling must act

We are told the dispute is about the narrow issue of DOO, but it goes deeper than that. The transport secretary must get involved   Credit: Andy Davey   The Southern train cancellation game is a new online feature, developed by a couple of passengers, that has already attracted tens of thousands of players, many...
Lothian is on-track for East Coast launch

Lothian is on-track for East Coast launch

Council-owned firm announces details of East Lothian network   East Coast Buses will launch on August 14   Lothian Buses has announced timetable and fare details of its new East Coast Buses subsidiary which will launch on August 14. The new operation has been created to take on the Musselburgh and North Berwick depots of...
Electrification sees rail overcrowding easing

Electrification sees rail overcrowding easing

Crush reduces slightly on Manchester trains following investment   The introduction of four-car Class 319 EMUs has increased capacity between Liverpool and Manchester   The commuter crush on trains into and out of Manchester appears to be easing off as the North West Electrification scheme begins to make its mark. The Department for Transport’s latest...
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 industry and associated organisations towards...
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 for London management team to...
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 Amsterdam, on a 20km route...
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 other things to sort out,...
‘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 open data in transport and...
‘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....