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Out now: Issue 267 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 267 of Passenger Transport

Issue 267 of Passenger Transport is published on June 17. Contents include:     LEAD STORY ‘It’s time to get behind us’ Our ‘State of UK Public Transport’ survey   NEWS Sector seeks support to win back passengers Our latest poll of passenger transport professionals serves as a large focus...
Sector seeks support to win back passengers

Sector seeks support to win back passengers

Our latest poll of passenger transport professionals serves as a large focus group, gauging the mood within the sector. Do you share their concerns?     Much has changed over the past year. It’s now possible, for example, to travel on UK public transport without any restrictions, and passenger numbers...
Go-Ahead is latest to fall in bidding frenzy

Go-Ahead is latest to fall in bidding frenzy

A consortium that includes the parent company of Stagecoach’s former bus operations in New Zealand has announced a £650m takeover of Go-Ahead   The new order: a Kinetic bus in Melbourne   Go-Ahead Group this week accepted a £650m takeover bid from a consortium made up of an Australian and...
Coaches must grasp opportunity to shine

Coaches must grasp opportunity to shine

  I have always believed that coaches are a hugely under-rated part of the transport mix. Could a wave of rail strikes change that?   I’ve been celebrating coaches since I launched Greyhound UK in 2009   Back in 2009, I dreamt up and launched Greyhound UK with a vision...
How do you solve a problem like priority?

How do you solve a problem like priority?

Lancashire County Council has adopted digital bus priority as a means of improving journey times without the need for expensive infrastructure   Alchera Technologies has used pinch point analysis technology to build a business case for bus priority improvements in Lancashire   By Andrew Garnett Could there be an easier,...
A welcome return to Paris for Euro Mobility Expo

A welcome return to Paris for Euro Mobility Expo

    By Andrew Garnett The biennial Transports Publics show was always something of an eye opener to UK eyes and a great place to see the latest European developments with a distinctly French flavour. The successor to that show, the European Mobility Expo, was sadly forced to go online...
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SURVEY: The State of UK Public Transport

SURVEY: The State of UK Public Transport

Are you a professional in the public transport sector? Tell us what you think about the state of UK Public Transport     In 2021 our State of UK Public Transport survey asked public transport professionals how they felt the industry had coped with the enormous challenges and uncertainty of Covid-19. We also asked for...
Bus Rapid Transit can help with the recovery

Bus Rapid Transit can help with the recovery

Covid has changed the way we travel. BRT can do the same, by providing reliable, frequent, direct and cost-effective transport. Join the conversation!     By James Freeman Covid has done funny things to people’s habits – it’s going to take a long time to recover the patronage levels we used to have. I remember...
Mobility professionals will gather in Paris

Mobility professionals will gather in Paris

European Mobility Expo expected to attract 11,000 visitors     The tenth edition of European Mobility Expo will be held from June 7-9 at the Paris Porte de Versailles exhibition centre; over 170 exhibitors will welcome some 11,000 visitors. This three-day event is devoted to mobility professionals, giving them an opportunity to meet, discuss, and...
Make bus travel normal again - ministers urged

Make bus travel normal again – ministers urged

Confederation of Passenger Transport wants the Department for Transport to reverse powerful ‘avoid public transport’ message to rebuild patronage   There is concern in the bus industry that the robust ‘avoid public transport’ message from government during the pandemic is still influencing travel behaviour   Department for Transport ministers are being urged to be seen...
Are weekends key to patronage recovery?

Are weekends key to patronage recovery?

Some Transdev routes exceeding 2019 patronage figures   Transdev’s ‘Hotline’ has reported patronage better than 2019   New figures from the Department for Transport suggest public transport patronage is slowly recovering from Covid-19 in Great Britain, but patronage at weekends is exceeding that of weekdays in many cases. The latest daily figures from late April...
Want to travel? Sorry, railway closed

Want to travel? Sorry, railway closed

  Blockades to enable railway engineering works are commonplace. Is it surprising that many reach for the car keys at weekends?     Saturday April 16, was a great day for the beleaguered coach industry. The FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Manchester City saw the biggest single movement ever of people by coach to...
Don’t neglect your older customers

Don’t neglect your older customers

  If your concessionary travellers have not returned since Covid, ask yourself this… what have you done to make them feel valued?   My dad is a proud bus user!   Have you ever been to an ALBUM (Association of Local Bus Managers) Conference? I was at their annual shindig last week, which was in...
Read our supplement: The ALBUM Report 2022

Read our supplement: The ALBUM Report 2022

Welcome to the ALBUM Report 2022, a publication from Passenger Transport devoted to Britain’s independent and municipal bus companies. Returning for a sixth year, this year’s report also incorporates the official Conference Workbook for the 2022 ALBUM Conference, hosted by Blackpool Transport on April 26-27. We hope you find it an interesting read and we...
SME bus operators are optimistic about future

SME bus operators are optimistic about future

Britain’s small and medium-sized bus operators face huge challenges but there is positivity ahead of next week’s ALBUM Conference in Blackpool   Bus use is back to 75% of pre-Covid levels in Blackpool   While acknowledging the huge challenges their sector faces, there is optimism among Britain’s small and medium-sized bus companies ahead of next...
What’s the future for ticket offices?

What’s the future for ticket offices?

  My former boss, ‘Sir’ Michael Holden, recently caused a stir by suggesting they could be closed. A rethink is certainly required   Ticket offices aren’t always as bright and appealing as this one   That Workplace Reform discussion, which I wrote in the last issue won’t go away. My first-rate, former gaffer, Michael Holden...
Stagecoach boss planning revolution

Stagecoach boss planning revolution

Stagecoach UK managing director Carla Stockton-Jones told the Young Bus Managers Network about her strategy for the future. Andrew Garnett reports   Carla Stockton-Jones joined Stagecoach from Sky in 2020   It has been something of a baptism of fire for Carla Stockton-Jones since her appointment as Stagecoach’s UK managing director in October 2020. The...
Cornwall launches bus fares revolution

Cornwall launches bus fares revolution

Pioneering trial backed by £23.5m from the UK Government will see bus fares slashed for an initial four-year period across Cornwall’s bus network   Left to right: Linda Taylor, Simon Goff and Richard Stevens launch the bus fares pilot   Cornwall Council is promising a revolution in its bus services after the launch on April...