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Out now: Issue 154 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 154 of Passenger Transport

Issue 154 of Passenger Transport is published on February 24 Contents include:       LEAD STORY ‘You’re on your own’ Transport minister Andrew Jones told this month’s ‘UK Bus Summit’ that the bus sector must end its reliance on public funding   NEWS: UK Bus Summit ‘More public subsidy is not the answer’ Minister says more...
UK Bus Summit: ‘You’re on your own’

UK Bus Summit: ‘You’re on your own’

Transport minister Andrew Jones told this month’s ‘UK Bus Summit’ that the bus sector must end its reliance on public funding   Andrew Jones: ‘An industry which requires public subsidy is not an industry which has a healthy, robust, sustainable future’   The government will not provide extra funding to prevent the further erosion of...
The damage is matched only by the futility

The damage is matched only by the futility

After a long period of relative calm, we are seeing again a labour dispute as bitter and futile as the ones fought out in the 1980s   Coverage of the 1982 train drivers’ dispute in the The Standard   Disputes over changes to working practices seem to generate extraordinary levels of intransigence quite unjustified by...
‘We have to work much smarter’

‘We have to work much smarter’

Arriva is using a data-led approach to identify what bus users and non-users want, and then deliver it   Arriva is rolling out its own smartcard, Arriva Connect, in the North West   In the competitive world of transportation there is a greater need than ever before to embrace digital technology to make the customer’s...
Hull Trains leads the way on gender equality

Hull Trains leads the way on gender equality

In contrast to the rail industry norm, where only 16% of roles are filled by women, 50% of employees at FirstGroup-owned Hull Trains are female   Claire Sonley   Hull Trains has reiterated its total commitment to equality in the wake of the Department for Transport’s calls for more women in transport. The FirstGroup-owned open...
Treasury eyes raid on NR property sales

Treasury eyes raid on NR property sales

It is unclear at present whether Network Rail will be allowed to retain ‘some, all or none’ of the £1.8bn it plans to raise from property sales   Redeveloped: A restaurant in a railway arch in Vauxhall, London   Network Rail’s plans to raise £1.8bn from property sales to help offset cost increases in infrastructure enhancement...
Failure is the route to innovation

Failure is the route to innovation

The bus industry must innovate or die. We just need someone to stop making excuses, take a chance and be prepared to fail   Some companies are offering a glimmer of hope with bold new innovations, like Slide from RATP Dev   By Mile Fletcher, mhd partnership In the previous edition of Passenger Transit (PT152), there...
At what point does a safe job become unsafe?

At what point does a safe job become unsafe?

James Dark took a trip out on the network with a train driver to learn more about DOO. Here’s what he found   The dispute at Southern has put DOO in the spotlight. But is anyone any the wiser?   The long running industrial relations dispute over the extension of driver only operation on the...
Choose life, choose a career... choose buses?

Choose life, choose a career… choose buses?

Stuffy, traditional and facing extinction. Why should young people join the bus industry, and why should those who still have a choice decide to stay? Alex Warner offers his view   A familiar sight?: The dyed-in-the-wool, uninspiring attitudes of some ‘old farts’ can have a debilitating effect   Firstly an apology to Arriva’s bus big...
Operations Manager - Salisbury Reds

Operations Manager – Salisbury Reds

  We’re looking for a new Operations Manager due to a recent promotion Experience required: managing the daily delivery and operation of a comprehensive city centre and rural network first class people management skills to motivate and inspire the local team accurate budget management to ensure the business remains healthy Health & Safety experience within a busy depot...
‘Economy not to blame for falling bus growth’

‘Economy not to blame for falling bus growth’

Downbeat assessment of UK’s regional bus market concludes that weak bus usage trends have existed for many years, and are unlikely to end soon   Investing in buses: Stagecoach North East is to launch a new service between Sunderland and Newcastle next week   Regional bus revenue growth at the UK’s largest operators will remain...
Crossrail denies delivery date risk

Crossrail denies delivery date risk

A number of contractors are understood to be requesting additional payments     Crossrail Ltd has denied that negotiations with contractors fitting signalling and electrical systems and facilities on the new cross-London rail route are putting on-time delivery of the £14.8bn scheme at risk. It is understood that a number of contractors have told Crossrail...