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TfW and CitySwift pilot to optimise buses

TfW and CitySwift pilot to optimise buses

Partners embark on an AI-driven bus strategy to optimise public transport services in Wales using data and machine learning.   Left to right: Marina Donohoe, Director UK and Northern Europe at Enterprise Ireland, Transport for Wales CEO James Price, First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford, Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin and...
Out now: Issue 254 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 254 of Passenger Transport

Issue 254 of Passenger Transport is published on November 26. Contents include:     LEAD STORY Ministers strip TfN of responsibility for NPR In a move branded ‘inconsistent with the government’s devolution agenda’, Transport for the North will no longer be paid to develop East-West links   NEWS Anger as...
Ministers strip TfN of responsibility for NPR

Ministers strip TfN of responsibility for NPR

In a move branded ‘inconsistent with the government’s devolution agenda’, Transport for the North will no longer be paid to develop East-West links     Ministers have removed funding and powers from Transport for the North after it dismissed the government’s Integrated Rail Plan for the North and the Midlands...
Franchises ‘will ensure bus staff are well paid’

Franchises ‘will ensure bus staff are well paid’

Following a series of strikes, the Welsh Government says bus franchising will safeguard workers’ pay and conditions. Rhodri Clark reports   Ebbw Vale’s deserted bus station during this month’s strike by some Stagecoach employees   The Welsh Government says that future bus franchises will safeguard workers’ conditions and ensure staff...
Reid’s career offers us lessons for today

Reid’s career offers us lessons for today

  With our industry transitioning back to a more centralised set-up, George Muir’s book on Sir Robert Reid is essential reading   Sir Robert Reid   ‘There’s just not the characters left in the game anymore’ is a phrase oft-used to describe a less interesting sporting landscape and it’s a...
How Boris scored a £96bn own goal

How Boris scored a £96bn own goal

  Unveiled last week, ‘the biggest ever public investment in Britain’s rail network’ was almost universally slated. So what went wrong?   Boris Johnson toured the North of England to coincide with the announcement of the Integrated Rail Plan   The most striking element of last week’s Integrated Rail Plan...
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Don't 'COP out' and rely on electric cars

Don’t ‘COP out’ and rely on electric cars

Sustainable Transport Alliance uses COP26 to warn that solely focusing on electric vehicles would ignore their social and environmental drawbacks   Transport secretary Grant Shapps posed with an electric car at COP26   The UK’s leading sustainable transport NGOs this week appealed to world leaders to recognise that technology alone cannot reduce transport emissions. Instead,...
Transport sector plays role in COP26 summit

Transport sector plays role in COP26 summit

Event offers chance to showcase success and raise awareness   Stagecoach partnered with ADL BYD to provide a fleet of electric double deckers to transport world leaders, including prime minister Boris Johnson (pictured), at this month’s COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow   The passenger transport sector used this month’s COP26 climate change summit in...
Funding and a finely balanced future

Funding and a finely balanced future

  The Comprehensive Spending Review heralded good news and not-so-good news for public transport. Tough decisions are needed   Boris Johnson at the launch of the National Bus Strategy for England in March   Now that the dust has settled from Comprehensive Spending Review, it’s becoming easier to see through the smoke and mirrors and...
My 10-point plan for rail replacement

My 10-point plan for rail replacement

  During the transition to GBR, it’s important that the age-old challenge of rail replacement provision doesn’t get forgotten   This is how many people feel about rail replacement services – and something must be done to change it   The Department for Transport’s excellent market engagement day to start the process towards the procurement...
Destination Net Zero: Decarbonising Transport

Destination Net Zero: Decarbonising Transport

Welcome to Destination Net Zero: Decarbonising Transport.     This special publication considers the scale of the Net Zero challenge for transport and examines the work that is being done by different organisations to reduce the impact of our mobility needs on the environment. It has been produced to co-incide with COP26, the 2021 United...
Next stop, Net Zero - COP26 offers showcase

Next stop, Net Zero – COP26 offers showcase

The passenger transport sector is selling itself as part of the solution to climate change ahead of COP26, but the government is being urged to do more to encourage modal shift     With global leaders preparing to gather in Glasgow next week for the COP26 climate summit, the UK passenger transport sector has been...
Travel by train? The price isn’t right

Travel by train? The price isn’t right

  Rail travel is becoming optional. There is no longer a captive commuter market and the case for fares reform must be heard   We’ve taken the message to No 10 and 11. Will they listen?   Last weekend, the media was given the good news that £7bn was going to be spent on green...
‘Give us a road map for zero emission buses’

‘Give us a road map for zero emission buses’

Treasury announces additional £355m of funding for zero emission buses, but the bus industry says pledge to deliver 4,000 vehicles is still at risk   Tom Randall, Conservative MP for Gelding (left) and Buta Atwal, CEO of Wrightbus   The bus industry welcomed news of additional funding for transport schemes in this week’s Autumn Budget,...
£7bn transport funding bonanza for city regions

£7bn transport funding bonanza for city regions

Ahead of this week’s spending review, chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the seven ‘metro mayor’ city regions will share £7bn over five years   Greater Manchester metro mayor Andy Burnham hailed the funding announcement as a demonstration that regional leaders and Whitehall were at last now more aligned in their thinking   Ahead of this week’s...
Concerns mount over growing driver shortage

Concerns mount over growing driver shortage

The bus industry is short of 4,000 drivers and there are fears this could do untold damage to the future commercial viability of the sector   The Confederation of Passenger Transport estimates there is a national shortage of 4,000 bus drivers   BY ANDREW GARNETT There are deepening concerns in the bus industry about the...
New autonomous mass transit system launches

New autonomous mass transit system launches

World’s first operational system will open in 2025 at the National Railway Museum in Shildon, but UK-based firm plans global transport revolution   A visualisation of ‘floc®’ technology   A driverless, zero-emission mass transit technology – comprising autonomous electric “pods” capable of traveling on both road and rail – launched this week by UK-start up...
Party conferences and a crunch-point

Party conferences and a crunch-point

  The big issues were debated at this year’s lively party conferences, but there are huge questions to be answered on transport policy   A vision of Greater Manchester’s fully integrated network, championed by mayor Andy Burnham   It felt like the fallow Covid period has reinvigorated party conferences as institutions that previously felt like...