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ORR reveals significant punctuality improvement

ORR reveals significant punctuality improvement

Stats show 74.7% of trains arrived on time in late 2020   ‘On time’ performance was the third highest quarterly percentage since the time series began in 2014-15   The latest statistics from the Office of Rail and Road have found that between October to December 2020, there were 1.7 million trains planned (11% fewer...
Leaders reject 'cheap and nasty' option for NPR

Leaders reject ‘cheap and nasty’ option for NPR

Political leaders have sent a strongly worded letter to transport secretary Grant Shapps   Liverpool City Region metro mayor Steve Rotheram is among the signatories of a strongly worded letter to transport secretary Grant Shapps   Political leaders from Liverpool City Region, Warrington, and Cheshire West and Chester have joined forces to reject the government’s...
Transdev's second phase of electric bus trials

Transdev’s second phase of electric bus trials

Operator launches comparison trials using Yutong E10 battery-powered bus   Harrogate Bus Company General Manager Frank Stanisauskis (left) and driver Ricki Tomlinson with the Yutong E10 electric bus   A new trial featuring the latest zero-emission electric transport technology is now underway in North Yorkshire as Transdev Blazefield prepares for future investment beyond the pandemic....
Academic forum to guide investment planning

Academic forum to guide investment planning

Transport for the North says move will help inform transport investment decisions   The first meeting of the Forum will take place virtually on February 24   A new collaborative approach to infrastructure planning and policymaking is being introduced by Transport for the North (TfN) to ensure investment decisions are based on the most relevant...
Oyster-style ticketing ‘essential' for Midlands

Oyster-style ticketing ‘essential’ for Midlands

Could be up and running in some areas as soon as 2022, and implemented region-wide by 2024, if the chancellor provides funding   ‘Swift’ in the West Midlands is the UK’s second biggest public transport payment system after London’s Oyster scheme   MPs have urged the government to invest in a Midlands-wide ‘tap and cap’...
First fleet all set for Bath’s Clean Air Zone

First fleet all set for Bath’s Clean Air Zone

Bus operator all set for March 15 introduction of CAZ   First has used a combination of new buses and retrofit technology to existing vehicles to comply with the Bath scheme   Bath’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ) comes into operation on March 15 and local bus operator First West of England is working towards ensuring...
Go North West staff to stage all-out strike

Go North West staff to stage all-out strike

Outdated working practices risk closure of business, company claims   Company has offered drivers an upfront payment of £5,000 to accept new terms   Bus drivers at Manchester-based Go North West have announced they will commence an all-out continuous strike from February 28. The Unite trade union says staff are walking out “as a result...
Brutally clear messaging for public transport

Brutally clear messaging for public transport

  Recent government advice has been ill-advised   The messaging for passenger transport users has been brutally clear   Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK government has managed to undermine everyone who deals with passenger transport. This has taken the form of an instruction – do not use public transport – rather than informed advice....
Transport m-ticketing up 200% says UrbanThings

Transport m-ticketing up 200% says UrbanThings

UrbanThings m-ticketing usage rises 200% as Covid-19 creates a catalyst for smart travel   Smart transport platform provider UrbanThings has published a new white paper discussing the future of public transport and smart cities   Smart transport platform provider UrbanThings has reported a 200% rise in bus mobile ticketing use in Q4 of 2020 compared...
Welsh rail franchise now in public ownership

Welsh rail franchise now in public ownership

The move, which was announced in October 2020, comes in the face of a significant reduction in passenger numbers   A subsidiary of Transport for Wales is now operating the Wales and Borders rail services   The Welsh Government has taken the Wales and Borders rail franchise into public ownership “to protect services, safeguard jobs,...
What will the post-Covid railway look like?

What will the post-Covid railway look like?

John Nelson and Richard Davies consider what the future patterns of rail demand might look like in the mid 2020s – and pose a number of questions about the rail industry’s future     The pandemic has been with us now for just over nine months. Its impact on the country’s economy and social life...
Bus services shouldn’t be a secret

Bus services shouldn’t be a secret

  If bus operators want customers, then they need to provide the right information     This not a new topic but one that remains resolute despite being a basic requirement – the lack of reliable information about bus services. Getting it right is not a technical challenge given the digitisation of data but the...