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Out now: Issue 156 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 156 of Passenger Transport

Issue 156 of Passenger Transport is published on March 24 Contents include:       LEAD STORY Kent – the garden of innovation? The county known as the ‘Garden of England’ is emerging as a testbed for bus groups to cultivate new approaches to bus service provision   NEWS TfGM bids for control of region’s stations...
Kent - the garden of innovation?

Kent – the garden of innovation?

The county known as the ‘Garden of England’ is emerging as a testbed for bus groups to cultivate new approaches to bus service provision     Arriva and Stagecoach have each begun trials of new approaches to bus service provision in Kent this month, with a view to rolling them out across the country. Arriva...
Arriva joins the race to reinvent the bus

Arriva joins the race to reinvent the bus

The technology at our fingertips is changing how we live our lives and our expectations. A growing number of bus operators are now responding   ArrivaClick offers a new way to get to Kent Science Park   Those attending last month’s UK Bus Summit in London were asked whether they believe that the bus industry...
TV ad shows how 'Britain Runs On Rail'

TV ad shows how ‘Britain Runs On Rail’

Second phase for rail industry media campaign   TV advertisement highlights the industry’s value   The Rail Delivery Group has launched the second phase of its multi-media Britain Runs on Rail campaign which includes its first TV advertising spot. The advert, which is also running in cinemas, demonstrates the railway’s value by showing its importance...
Ideas to improve rail’s industrial relations

Ideas to improve rail’s industrial relations

Changes could include profit share and boardroom influence   The proposals reflect concern in the DfT that background industrial relations are partly responsible for recent strikes at Southern   The Department for Transport has set out initial ideas on how the rail industry could form a new approach to industrial relations to smooth the introduction...
Network Co-ordination Specialist (Services) - TfWM

Network Co-ordination Specialist (Services) – TfWM

  Network Co-ordination Specialist (Services) £34,190 to £38,482 36.5 hours per week Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) is responsible for delivering the passenger transport objectives and aspirations of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).  We are dedicated to developing and promoting high quality public transport services and infrastructure across the region to meet our vision...
Innovation is at the heart of our business

Innovation is at the heart of our business

Low emission buses, new app-based mobility solutions and driverless shuttles are just some of the innovations that RATP Dev is delivering   Commuters in Bristol can use the Slide app to book their ride   By Laurence Batlle CEO, RATP Dev As more of us crowd into our already crowded cities, it’s clear the way we...
Business Manager - Reading

Business Manager – Reading

  Are you looking for the next step in your transport career, if so look no further First Bus UK have an exciting opportunity for a Business Manager to develop, own and lead our operations team in Reading (RailAir, Yellow School Bus & Coaching). As the Business Manager you will ensure safe, punctual, reliable and...
‘I wouldn’t invest my own money in UK rail’

‘I wouldn’t invest my own money in UK rail’

National Express Group boss Dean Finch says slowdown in UK rail growth is likely to present significant financial challenges for many operators   NEG boss Dean Finch believes that rival companies have been competing over-aggressively for rail franchises   Dean Finch has emphasised his belief that transport companies are facing significant and growing financial risks...
£690m to ease congestion?

£690m to ease congestion?

BUDGET 2017   In 2010, Philip Hammond said the ‘war on the motorist’ had ended. Now he wants a war on congestion   By Robert Jack The launch of a £690m competition for local authorities across England to tackle urban congestion and “get local transport networks moving again” was a welcome surprise in chancellor Philip...
Burnham plans to ‘call time on deregulation’

Burnham plans to ‘call time on deregulation’

Manchester mayoral candidate backs bus franchising   Andy Burnham: ‘The public has been subsidising a poor service’   Andy Burnham, the Labour MP for Leigh and the contender considered to be the frontrunner to become Greater Manchester’s first metro mayor in May, has pledged to push ahead with the introduction of London-style bus franchising if...
US cities are getting smart on growth

US cities are getting smart on growth

Experience in America has shown that smart growth can benefit public transport – but the trick is to help make great places   71% of voters backed LA’s ‘Measure M’   Regrettably the word ‘smart’ may not automatically be the first word that springs to all readers’ minds in relation to the United States at...