Out now: Issue 196 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 196 of Passenger Transport

Issue 196 of Passenger Transport is published on November 9. Contents include:     LEAD STORY ‘Cities ignoring buses would be missing out’ Campaigners point to new research and urge government not to overlook the benefits of buses when allocating £2.4bn Transforming Cities Fund   NEWS Members consider new plan...
‘Cities ignoring buses would be missing out’

‘Cities ignoring buses would be missing out’

Campaigners point to new research and urge government not to overlook the benefits of buses when allocating £2.4bn Transforming Cities Fund   The report cites the ‘Fastway’ project in Crawley as an example of a project that has improved journey times and reliability and caused a decline in car use...
The best transport secretary we’ve had?

The best transport secretary we’ve had?

Half a century after Barbara Castle’s landmark 1968 Transport Act received Royal Assent, it’s a good time to examine her legacy   Barbara Castle served as minister for transport from December 1965 until April 1968   Barbara Castle was the first woman to be secretary of state for transport, but...
Hammond bankrolls roads to ruin

Hammond bankrolls roads to ruin

Chancellor Philip Hammond earmarked £28.8bn for new and upgraded roads in last week’s budget. It’s a policy with many flaws   The budget earmarked almost £30bn for new and upgraded roads   So roads, roads and lots more roads. In his budget speech, Philip Hammond did not quite evoke the...
It’s late, but that will soon be forgotten

It’s late, but that will soon be forgotten

Crossrail is delayed, but this is not surprising give the complexity of the project – but when it arrives we will all be impressed     There’s been a lot of fuss about the delay and the extra cost of Crossrail in recent weeks, but overall the project has escaped...
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International Bus Review 2018

International Bus Review 2018

Welcome to the International Bus Review 2018. Returning for a second year, this publication from Passenger Transport has been produced to coincide with the Euro Bus Expo 2018 show at the NEC in Birmingham, UK, between October 30 and November 1.From Bucharest to Belfast, it features contributions from a variety of organisations involved in planning, supply...
ADL’s Berlin contract could be worth £194m

ADL’s Berlin contract could be worth £194m

Falkirk-based bus builder Alexander Dennis Limited has agreed a contract with German capital’s public transport provider to supply up to 430 buses   A visualisation of one of the new Enviro500 double deckers for Berlin   The UK’s biggest bus builder, Alexander Dennis, has won a landmark deal to supply up to 430 tri-axle double...
Haines call for industry to lead reform initiative

Haines call for industry to lead reform initiative

‘Either the industry steps up to the plate and does it collectively or we wait to have it thrust upon us,’ Network Rail chief tells meeting in Parliament   Andrew Haines   Network Rail chief executive Andrew Haines has called on train operators to work with him ahead of the rail review to develop more...
CalMac highlights benefits of modal shift

CalMac highlights benefits of modal shift

Ferry operator argues that vehicle capacity issues on its vessels mean that it is in favour of tourists being encouraged to use connecting buses instead   Caledonian MacBrayne operates ferry links between the mainland of Scotland and 22 of the major islands   Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne has argued that fewer tourists should take cars...
Be positive, Souter tells transport providers

Be positive, Souter tells transport providers

Stagecoach chairman acknowledges the challenges, but tells bus audience: ‘There is everything to play for here. These are fantastic businesses’   Sir Brian Souter was speaking at the CPT Scottish Conference in Ayrshire last week   Sir Brian Souter has urged his transport industry colleagues to be positive about the future, declaring that “these companies...
Can HS2 be saved from itself - before it is too late?

Can HS2 be saved from itself – before it is too late?

As one of the first politicians to champion High Speed 2, I have watched with dismay the warning lights flash one after the other   An artist’s impression of Birmingham’s Curzon Street station   It has the support of the three main political parties. It has made good progress through parliament, passing its Commons stage...
What I found on the conference circuit

What I found on the conference circuit

In this time of seismic political shifts, the party conferences have become more interesting. New ideas for transport are emerging     After a long period of the ‘narcissism of small differences’ in politics, with major parties clustered around a post-Thatcher, free trade settlement, suddenly everything has busted open in a delayed reaction to the...
Stagecoach sets pace for 2018 UK Bus Awards

Stagecoach sets pace for 2018 UK Bus Awards

Group nets quarter of this year’s 106 shortlisted entries, with Manchester, Merseyside and East Scotland subsidiaries in the running for top prize   Stagecoach East Scotland is shortisted for the Top Shire Operator prize   Stagecoach has received the highest number of shortlisted entries for this year’s prestigious UK Bus Awards. The shortlist contains 106...
Read our supplement: Scotland’s Buses 2018

Read our supplement: Scotland’s Buses 2018

Welcome to Scotland’s Buses 2018, a publication devoted to Scotland’s main mode of public transport. Buses make an enormous contribution to Scotland, carrying 400 million passenger journeys annually, providing the vital links that enable communities to function. This publication from Passenger Transport puts the spotlight on Scotland’s bus industry and its stakeholder partners, celebrates their...
Yet another review - will this be different?

Yet another review – will this be different?

‘A once-in-a-generation opportunity?’ Not quite, we’ve had more rail reviews than we have had failed franchises on the East Coast   Confidence in the captain of the ship, bumbling Chris Grayling, is in rather short supply   It was no surprise to have details of the much-trailed rail review announced on the same day as...
We need a choice of cross-Channel trains

We need a choice of cross-Channel trains

I am a regular and largely satisified Eurostar user, but we haven’t yet fulfilled the potential of rail travel via the Channel Tunnel   Deutsche Bahn’s plans for cross-Channel services have not progressed far beyond a 2010 photoshoot     Travel between Britain and continental Europe has been revolutionised over the last 24 years as...
Graduate boost for FirstGroup

Graduate boost for FirstGroup

FirstGroup almost doubles its number of new graduates with 50% of them female   18 graduates have joined FirstGroup’s graduate development programme this year   This month has seen 18 recent university graduates begin their careers in the transport industry after they joined FirstGroup’s graduate development programme. The graduates have already begun a comprehensive workplace...