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Out now: Issue 90 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 90 of Passenger Transport

Issue  90 of Passenger Transport is published on August 22. Contents include:     LEAD STORY Fears of  ‘chaotic’ race for northern contracts The shortlisted bidders for the Northern and TransPennine franchises have been named, but some fear the competitions will conflict with each other   NEWS First consults on rival...
Fears of ‘chaotic’ race for northern franchises

Fears of ‘chaotic’ race for northern franchises

The shortlisted bidders for the Northern and TransPennine franchises have been named, but some fear the competitions will conflict with each other   The announcement of shortlisted bidders for the new Northern and TransPennine rail franchises has been accompanied by claims from within the rail industry that the competition for...
First consults on rival plan to NGT trolleybus

First consults on rival plan to NGT trolleybus

First takes forward plans for New Bus for West Yorkshire with a new exhibition for stakeholders ahead of a wider consultation in the region     FirstGroup is pushing ahead with its alternative to plans for the introduction of the £250m NGT trolleybus scheme in West Yorkshire with a new...
'Liberate us from the London-based elite'

‘Liberate us from the London-based elite’

  Every time the London-based policy elite are taken out of decision-making on local transport, local transport gets better First of all a spoiler alert – this isn’t going to be a London bashing article or a piece about the different levels of spending between London and the regions. But...
Does this whiteboard matter? I think it does

Does this whiteboard matter? I think it does

Despite all of the big talk from public transport’s big players like TfL, Alex Warner believes that too often the promises fail to match the reality   VISITED: August 2014 SERVICE: The London Underground serves 270 stations and has 250 miles of track. King’s Cross/St Pancras serves as an interchange...
Arriva's Gilbert to take charge at Reading Buses

Arriva’s Gilbert to take charge at Reading Buses

  Martijn Gilbert has been named as the new chief executive officer of council-owned Reading Buses. Gilbert (pictured), currently business director of Arriva’s 125-vehicle Yorkshire Tiger business, will take up his new role on November 1. He will spend time with his predecessor, James Freeman, before and after that date...
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£466bn transport vision for London

£466bn transport vision for London

  The capital’s first long term infrastructure plan forecasts a 50% increase in demand for public transport over the next 35 years. (The illustration shows the density of employees in Greater London) London mayor Boris Johnson has set out proposals for a £466bn upgrade to London’s transport system over the next 35 years. The proposals form...
Coach marketing nous to kick start c2c growth

Coach marketing nous to kick start c2c growth

Personalised marketing and new timetable National Express Group plans to introduce personalised marketing techniques tested in its coach business to achieve rapid growth required during the early years of its new c2c franchise. The schedule for c2c’s premium payments to the DfT, published last week, shows significant increases of £13-14m during the first three years...
Judgement day for QC plans in Tyne & Wear

Judgement day for QC plans in Tyne & Wear

Timetable for decision revealed as Nexus moots bigger scheme Nexus, the North East Combined Authority’s transport executive, has confirmed that the North East Leadership Board will make a formal decision on whether to proceed with plans for a Quality Contract Scheme in Tyne & Wear this Autumn. In a paper to the committee meeting held...
Finch: New processes have inflated bid costs

Finch: New processes have inflated bid costs

  DfT’s new franchising process has inflated costs The new franchising processes introduced by the Department for Transport and Transport Scotland have added further to the rising costs of bids. National Express Group chief executive Dean Finch said the cost of the company’s bids for the Essex Thameside and ScotRail franchises had been inflated by...
FirstGroup's Glasgow 2014 transport challenge

FirstGroup’s Glasgow 2014 transport challenge

The waiting is over. The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the largest celebration of sport and culture in Scotland’s history, have begun. And FirstGroup’s bus and rail operations are ready to perform. To mark the occasion, Passenger Transport has produced a special supplement about FirstGroup’s Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games transport challenge. Click on the image above to...
Griffiths warns Labour: ‘We could stop bidding’

Griffiths warns Labour: ‘We could stop bidding’

  After Ed Miliband confirms Labour’s support for allowing DOR to bid for franchises, RDG’s Martin Griffiths warns private sector could be deterred Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has confirmed that the law would be changed to allow a publicly-owned body to bid for rail franchises if Labour wins the May 2015 general election. Speaking...
'Light rail investment can spread benefits of HS2'

‘Light rail investment can spread benefits of HS2′

  Report provides ‘hub and spoke’ transport blueprint Investment in new, modern tram networks will help UK regions maximise the economic benefits of High Speed 2, argues a new report from French transport group Keolis. Launched this week, the ‘Integrated Cities’ report features contributions from shadow rail minister Lilian Greenwood, think tank the Institute of...
Cardiff bus station future uncertain

Cardiff bus station future uncertain

  Concerns have been raised over plans to relocate Cardiff’s bus station from its position beside the city’s main railway station. Rhodri Clark reports The future of Cardiff’s central transport interchange is uncertain, with the site of the current bus station earmarked for other uses. Last month, BBC Wales unveiled plans for a new headquarters...
NEG bid £300m more than rivals to retain c2c

NEG bid £300m more than rivals to retain c2c

  National Express Group committed to pay the Department for Transport £1.1bn over the next 15 years to avoid the loss of its only UK rail franchise National Express Group has kept its place in the UK rail business after retaining its Essex Thameside (c2c) franchise with a bid that was over £300m ahead of...
Arriva puts the bus in the customer’s hand

Arriva puts the bus in the customer’s hand

  Group has launched its new Bus App which aims to give potential and existing bus users real time information about its bus networks in the UK Arriva is aiming to improve customer service at its UK bus division with the full roll out and nationwide launch of its Bus App, which promises to drive...
'Neglected North needs Osborne’s HS3'

‘Neglected North needs Osborne’s HS3′

  George Osborne’s support for ‘HS3’ is a welcome development. The neglect of our railways in the North is wrong and it must end One of my current indulgences is to explore parts of the regional rail network. Although usually associated in the minds of many with the network in London and the South East, I...
'It’s time to rethink bus punctuality'

‘It’s time to rethink bus punctuality’

  Our national bus punctuality framework is almost charmingly antique and ramshackle, so what could be done to make it better? As far as I know the vast treasure house of world literature only contains one novel where the characters’ lives revolve entirely around the monitoring and regulation of bus punctuality. That novel is ‘The...