Out now: Issue 154 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 154 of Passenger Transport

Issue 154 of Passenger Transport is published on February 24 Contents include:       LEAD STORY ‘You’re on your own’ Transport minister Andrew Jones told this month’s ‘UK Bus Summit’ that the bus sector must end its reliance on public funding   NEWS: UK Bus Summit ‘More public subsidy is not...
UK Bus Summit: ‘You’re on your own’

UK Bus Summit: ‘You’re on your own’

Transport minister Andrew Jones told this month’s ‘UK Bus Summit’ that the bus sector must end its reliance on public funding   Andrew Jones: ‘An industry which requires public subsidy is not an industry which has a healthy, robust, sustainable future’   The government will not provide extra funding to...
The damage is matched only by the futility

The damage is matched only by the futility

After a long period of relative calm, we are seeing again a labour dispute as bitter and futile as the ones fought out in the 1980s   Coverage of the 1982 train drivers’ dispute in the The Standard   Disputes over changes to working practices seem to generate extraordinary levels...
‘We have to work much smarter’

‘We have to work much smarter’

Arriva is using a data-led approach to identify what bus users and non-users want, and then deliver it   Arriva is rolling out its own smartcard, Arriva Connect, in the North West   In the competitive world of transportation there is a greater need than ever before to embrace digital...
Hull Trains leads the way on gender equality

Hull Trains leads the way on gender equality

In contrast to the rail industry norm, where only 16% of roles are filled by women, 50% of employees at FirstGroup-owned Hull Trains are female   Claire Sonley   Hull Trains has reiterated its total commitment to equality in the wake of the Department for Transport’s calls for more women...
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Treasury eyes raid on NR property sales

Treasury eyes raid on NR property sales

It is unclear at present whether Network Rail will be allowed to retain ‘some, all or none’ of the £1.8bn it plans to raise from property sales   Redeveloped: A restaurant in a railway arch in Vauxhall, London   Network Rail’s plans to raise £1.8bn from property sales to help offset cost increases in infrastructure enhancement...
Failure is the route to innovation

Failure is the route to innovation

The bus industry must innovate or die. We just need someone to stop making excuses, take a chance and be prepared to fail   Some companies are offering a glimmer of hope with bold new innovations, like Slide from RATP Dev   By Mile Fletcher, mhd partnership In the previous edition of Passenger Transit (PT152), there...
At what point does a safe job become unsafe?

At what point does a safe job become unsafe?

James Dark took a trip out on the network with a train driver to learn more about DOO. Here’s what he found   The dispute at Southern has put DOO in the spotlight. But is anyone any the wiser?   The long running industrial relations dispute over the extension of driver only operation on the...
Choose life, choose a career... choose buses?

Choose life, choose a career… choose buses?

Stuffy, traditional and facing extinction. Why should young people join the bus industry, and why should those who still have a choice decide to stay? Alex Warner offers his view   A familiar sight?: The dyed-in-the-wool, uninspiring attitudes of some ‘old farts’ can have a debilitating effect   Firstly an apology to Arriva’s bus big...
‘Economy not to blame for falling bus growth’

‘Economy not to blame for falling bus growth’

Downbeat assessment of UK’s regional bus market concludes that weak bus usage trends have existed for many years, and are unlikely to end soon   Investing in buses: Stagecoach North East is to launch a new service between Sunderland and Newcastle next week   Regional bus revenue growth at the UK’s largest operators will remain...
Crossrail denies delivery date risk

Crossrail denies delivery date risk

A number of contractors are understood to be requesting additional payments     Crossrail Ltd has denied that negotiations with contractors fitting signalling and electrical systems and facilities on the new cross-London rail route are putting on-time delivery of the £14.8bn scheme at risk. It is understood that a number of contractors have told Crossrail...
Southern: Bring back the red lampposts

Southern: Bring back the red lampposts

There’s no way back for Southern, and DOO is not the problem. Why not gradually recreate the much missed Network Southeast?   Network SouthEast: much admired and much missed   ASLEF calling off this week’s three day drivers’ strike on Southern to allow for meaningful talks on DOO (driver only operation) is hugely welcome, but...
Leave the office and offer a ‘helping hand’

Leave the office and offer a ‘helping hand’

Professionalism isn’t imperiously poncing around in a suit, it’s understanding your product, your customers and your staff   Stagecoach chairman Sir Brian Souter could often be found behind the wheel of a bus, even when he was the group’s chief executive   You would have thought it was rather important to have a reasonable knowledge...
Bysus yng Nghymru 2017 / Buses in Wales 2017

Bysus yng Nghymru 2017 / Buses in Wales 2017

Croeso / Welcome Croeso i Bysus yng Nghymru 2017, cyhoeddiad am y prif ddull o drafnidiaeth gyhoeddus yng Nghymru. Cynhyrchwyd y cyhoeddiad hwn gan Passenger Transport i gyd-fynd ag Uwchgynhadledd Gwasanaethau Bws Llywodraeth Cymru yn Wrecsam ar Ionawr 23. Mae’r cyhoeddiad hwn yn cynnwys cyfraniadau gan amrywiaeth o sefydliadau sydd â diddordeb mewn gwasanaethau bysus...
DfT and TOCs to trial radical fares overhaul

DfT and TOCs to trial radical fares overhaul

Trials represent breakthrough in persuading ministers to consider revising historic regulations which prevent better value, fairer and simpler tickets   Paul Maynard   The Rail Delivery Group is intending to define a “a whole new territory” for rail fares in a series of pilot projects agreed with the government. Industry sources told Passenger Transport that...
National Express exits, Trenitalia enters

National Express exits, Trenitalia enters

UK group agrees deal to sell c2c franchise to Italian state railway     National Express Group has agreed a £70m deal to sell its c2c franchise to Trenitalia, the Italian state railway company. The deal marks the departure of National Express from the UK passenger rail market. The group was once the market leader,...
‘A diesel bus emits less NOx than a diesel car’

‘A diesel bus emits less NOx than a diesel car’

Study finds that buses and coaches are cleaner than cars   PEMS equipment fitted to the exhaust system of a bus   Research by the International Council on Clean Transportation has discovered that heavy duty vehicles such as buses and coaches that are powered by diesel engines are far cleaner than cars powered by significantly...