Out now: Issue 216 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 216 of Passenger Transport

Issue 216 of Passenger Transport is published on September 6. Contents include:     LEAD STORY Battle for the bond with customers Passenger transport operators are being urged to make travel simple for their customers before disrupters do it for them – and take control of the relationship with customers...
A £10m digital strategy for buses

A £10m digital strategy for buses

FirstGroup CCO Martin Bould believes his group is leading the way on harnessing technology   The First Bus app has improved vastly over the past three years   The future of First Bus is uncertain. It was the acorn from which the towering FirstGroup oak grew, but it has now...
Scotland to spend £500m on bus priority

Scotland to spend £500m on bus priority

Bus operators welcome commitment to invest in improved infrastructure – ‘it is fantastic to see buses at the heart of the Scottish Government agenda’   First Minister Nicola Sturgeon with pictured Scottish bus operators ahead of the PfG announcement   The Scottish Government this week announced a “landmark investment” of...
Ticketer celebrates 10 years in business

Ticketer celebrates 10 years in business

10 years ago a small start-up had a vision to transform ticketing. Today Ticketer is the bus industry’s largest ETM supplier   John Clarfelt (right) and First West of England’s James Freeman volunteering at this year’s ImberBus event   10 years ago this weekend, a revolution began in UK transport...
Sweden’s rail market - a model for the UK?

Sweden’s rail market – a model for the UK?

  Having learned lessons from other markets about deregulation of rail services, Sweden offers an interesting model back to the world   Transdev’s Snälltåget   The railway industry across Europe, and in many other places around the world, is slowly, but steadily moving from a model of state backed monopolies...
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Boris Johnson - I will transform bus services

Boris Johnson – I will transform bus services

Prime minister Boris Johnson declared his love for buses during a speech in Manchester and pledged to support delivery of ‘London style bus system’     Prime minister Boris Johnson declared local bus services to be among his government’s domestic priorities in a speech in Manchester last month. Johnson told an audience at the city’s...
Group sets a target for female representation

Group sets a target for female representation

Go-Ahead plans to double the number of women working at its bus operations, backed by initiatives including a new ‘Women in Bus’ group   Initiatives aim to encourage women into bus sector   Go-Ahead has launched a new campaign that aims to encourage more women to apply for jobs in the bus industry. The group...
How Merseyrail dared to be different

How Merseyrail dared to be different

  Stability and local control has provided the basis for this unique city region railway operation to push on and create a success story   All Merseyrail stations are now being prepared for the biggest change to the network in years – new rolling stock   “Liverpool, surreal. Liverpool, sardonic. Liverpool battered dignity. Liverpool, flotsam of...
How can we turn talk about buses into action?

How can we turn talk about buses into action?

  Decision makers are waking up to the important role that buses can play. We must make the most of this window of opportunity     Everyone is talking about buses. Could it be that we have a window of opportunity to do something transformative for our most essential mode of public transport? Prime minister...
Boris Johnson has tricky transport to-do list

Boris Johnson has tricky transport to-do list

  Transport was put on ice during Theresa May’s tenure, but there are big decisions to make that won’t be easy for the new prime minister     So Boris Johnson is our new prime minister. I can hardly believe I am writing that, and my fingers are definitely meeting resistance from the keyboard. Are...
HS2 chief - ‘We’re used to being reviewed’

HS2 chief – ‘We’re used to being reviewed’

HS2’s chief executive officer, Mark Thurston, is ready to make the case to Boris Johnson’s team   Mark Thurston, CEO of HS2   Mark Thurston is not concerned by the prospect of the HS2 high speed rail link being reviewed by prime minister Boris Johnson’s incoming administration. Since joining HS2 as chief executive officer in...
Wrightbus reviews its options for the future

Wrightbus reviews its options for the future

Company appoints Deloitte to advise on investment options     Ballymena-based bus manufacturer Wrightbus has appointed financial advisors Deloitte to find potential investors. It is understood that this could also ultimately lead to a sale. A number of turnaround funds have been approached to canvas their interest in ploughing tens of millions of pounds into...
Via’s technology moves to autonomous vehicles

Via’s technology moves to autonomous vehicles

Firm partners with EasyMile to launch trial in Australia   The BusBot pilot will last for 22 weeks   Demand responsive technology firm Via has expanded its operations with the launch of its first autonomous vehicle. The company’s first autonomous vehicle trial, dubbed BusBot, is now fully operational, serving a community in New South Wales,...
Midlands - ‘We won’t take no for an answer’

Midlands – ‘We won’t take no for an answer’

Midlands Connect director Maria Machancoses told last week’s Midlands Transport Summit that this month marks a turning point for the region. ‘We’re here today to make ourselves heard,’ she said. ‘We’re not going to take no for an answer’   Maria Machancoses (right) with rail minister Andrew Jones (centre) at the launch of the Midlands...
Go-Ahead to spend £3m on Manchester operation

Go-Ahead to spend £3m on Manchester operation

Group sets out priorities for Go North West   David Cutts, left. David Brown, right   Go-Ahead has announced plans to invest £3m in its recently acquired bus operation in Greater Manchester. Formally launching the new Go North West operation at a special stakeholder event this week, group chief executive David Brown committed to the...
Virgin brands UK rail market ‘uninvestable’

Virgin brands UK rail market ‘uninvestable’

Group explores open access opportunities in Spanish rail market   Virgin is expected to hand back the keys to the West Coast franchise next year   Virgin Group says it intends to explore opportunities outside the UK following the collapse of its bid to operate the West Coast Partnership franchise with Stagecoach and SNCF. It...
We know the pledges - but what’s the plan?

We know the pledges – but what’s the plan?

  In signing up to climate change pledges politicians are also signing up to a seismic public policy shift – especially for the way we travel   Change is possible: The Netherlands was heading down our car dependent route until they made a big shift to the bike in the 1970s (Photo: Elisabeth Aardema /...