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Out now: Issue 207 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 207 of Passenger Transport

Issue 207 of Passenger Transport is published on April 19. Contents include:     LEAD STORY Stagecoach deal to buy Arriva ‘very difficult’ Perth-based group is reported to be interested in buying bus business from its DB-owned rival – but industry experts say there are too many hurdles   NEWS Watchdog hits out at TfL’s...
Stagecoach deal to buy Arriva ‘very difficult’

Stagecoach deal to buy Arriva ‘very difficult’

Perth-based group is reported to be interested in buying bus business from its DB-owned rival – but industry experts say there are too many hurdles   Germany’s Deutsche Bahn is looking to offload Arriva   Stagecoach is reported to be considering a bid for all or part of rival group Arriva. However, industry analysts say...
Pensions crisis ‘risks national rail strike’

Pensions crisis ‘risks national rail strike’

RDG urges DfT to act as a guarantor to pension scheme   Paul Plummer   The Rail Delivery Group has told the Department for Transport that a national rail strike and rail franchising chaos are likely unless the government agrees to act as a guarantor to the railway pension scheme. In a letter to transport...
What do we really feel about the bus?

What do we really feel about the bus?

  Do we fully understand how people respond to the experience of bus travel at a gut level? And how can we influence their emotions?   There are so many points in a bus journey where you can feel stressed and vulnerable   Most of the discourse on buses treats people as if they know...
A portal into the world of mobility

A portal into the world of mobility

  The smartphone experience is raising our expectations for comprehensive, yet targeted, regular information – and it’s influencing how we use transport   These issues will only intensify with the pending arrival of autonomous shuttles   Mobile phone penetration is currently at over 85% in the UK. Over 40% of UK adults look at their...
David Martin tipped to play role in Arriva deal

David Martin tipped to play role in Arriva deal

Following Deutsche Bahn’s decision to put Arriva up for sale, peers of the group’s former chief executive believe he could re-emerge on the scene   David Martin, a former chief executive of Arriva   Arriva’s former chief executive David Martin has been tipped to play a prominent part in a bid for the company he...
Yeowart plans first competition for GWR

Yeowart plans first competition for GWR

Grand Union would run non-stop service to Bristol Parkway     Open access entrepreneur Ian Yeowart is planning a new London-Cardiff service that would provide the first competition to Great Western Railway since privatisation 25 years ago. A notification to the Office of Rail and Road shows that Yeowart’s new open access company, Grand Union,...
Clouds loom over London’s transport

Clouds loom over London’s transport

  After years of sunshine a chill wind developed in the air and it has begun raining down on the mayor and Transport for London   Caroline Pidgeon’s solution is radical but in my view makes a lot of sense   Once upon a time, not very long ago, everything in the garden looked rosy....
Bus schedulers - our true rockstars

Bus schedulers – our true rockstars

They’re a vital cog in the UK’s public transport machine, and yet bus schedulers are rarely afforded the recognition they deserve     By Tom Quay: Timetables are utilitarian. They serve a purpose. They provide structure and process to the bus networks they chart and confidence to the customers who use them. And yet, despite...
General Manager - Network One

General Manager – Network One

  General Manager Circa £35k – 40k Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, Network One is responsible for the development, administration and delivery of Tyne and Wear’s prepaid ticketing scheme, and has the aim of encouraging multi-modal transport use through flexible and value for money ticketing. We are looking for a General Manager to assume the...
General Manager - more bus

General Manager – more bus

  General Manager A rare opportunity has arisen to join our multi award winning Go South Coast Team in Dorset, including more bus. Our vision: to be the company that people want to work for and travel with. The successful candidate will be involved in many aspects of the business and will have the freedom...
‘Compelling case’ for Cambridgeshire Metro

‘Compelling case’ for Cambridgeshire Metro

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough mayor James Palmer says £4bn project would achieve modal shift, create jobs and deliver economic growth A visualisation of the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro   A detailed report examining the feasibility of a 142km metro system for Greater Cambridge and the wider region has found a “compelling case” for the scheme. The Strategic...