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UK Bus Summit Review 2019

UK Bus Summit Review 2019

UK Bus Summit Review 2019, a publication devoted to the UK’s main mode of public transport. This publication has been produced by Passenger Transport, in association with Transport Times Events, to co-incide with the fourth annual UK Bus Summit. This event will be held in London at the QEII Conference Centre, Westminster, on February 6, 2019,...
‘Bus use decline can be reversed’

‘Bus use decline can be reversed’

Ahead of next month’s UK Bus Summit in London, senior bus industry figures have argued that a sustained decline in bus use across Great Britain is not inevitable. But the industry needs a long-term investment strategy and help with congestion   The decline in bus use across the United Kingdom can be halted if the...
Ring out the old, ring in the new

Ring out the old, ring in the new

In many ways, 2018 was an extremely challenging year for the transport sector. But buckle up, because 2019 will be a bumpy ride   In 2018, we saw the great train timetable fiasco, which Chris Grayling attempted to blame on everyone else   A new year is a time for optimism, to put behind us...
Design concept for UK hydrogen trains

Design concept for UK hydrogen trains

UK’s first hydrogen-powered trains could operate from 2021   Eversholt’s ‘Breeze’ hydrogen multiple units   Train manufacturer Alstom and rolling stock leasing company Eversholt have announced that they expect the UK’s first hydrogen-powered trains to be operating in 2021. It follows the completion of an engineering study and design concept for the conversion of Eversholt’s...
UK Bus Awards 2018 Souvenir Brochure

UK Bus Awards 2018 Souvenir Brochure

November saw the 23rd annual UK Bus Awards held at a ceremony in London, and you can read all about the winners and finalists in this official Souvenir Brochure. Click on the image below to view The Big Book of Big Winners 2018.   If you are viewing the site on a tablet or mobile...
Stagecoach considers US coach business sale

Stagecoach considers US coach business sale

Increasing competition sees Stagecoach write down the value of North American assets and consider whether to exit the US market or adapt   There’s a new kid in town: Flixbus began operating in the US in May   Stagecoach has started discussions with a potential buyer of its North American coach business. The option of...
Reaching behind the rhetoric on rail fares

Reaching behind the rhetoric on rail fares

The responses to this year’s annual rail fares increase were all too predictable. The industry should consider some different tactics   Rail passengers have faced years of above inflation fare increases   Another January, another in the relentless sequence of fare rises on our trains. And another set of all too predictable responses. So first...
Slide experiment ends - but the idea lives on

Slide experiment ends – but the idea lives on

It was the first service of its kind in the UK, but RATP Dev’s Slide shared ride-to-work service has now ceased operating in Bristol after two years   Slide Bristol was the first microtransit service to be launched in the United Kingdom   RATP Dev’s experimental shared ride-to-work service Slide Bristol closed on November 26...
Pension deficit clouds FirstGroup break-up

Pension deficit clouds FirstGroup break-up

On his first day as the group’s new chief executive, Matthew Gregory says that £430m pension deficit would have to be accounted for in any disposals     FirstGroup’s new chief executive, Matthew Gregory, has indicated that breaking up the company remains a possibility. Presenting the group’s half year financial results on his first day...
Lothian thinks big with 100-seat tri-axles

Lothian thinks big with 100-seat tri-axles

Alexander Dennis is building buses for Edinburgh again. January will see the first of 42 new high capacity double deckers enter service in the city   The 13.4-metre vehicles are capable of carrying up to 134 passengers   A lone piper emerged from behind the curtain on the shop floor at Alexander Dennis’s factory in...
How can we move buses up the agenda?

How can we move buses up the agenda?

Should CPT abandon its steady National Trust-style lobbying and move towards a more vigorous and confrontational approach?   The excellent work done by Claire Haigh for Greener Journeys has demonstrated very clearly the huge economic significance of the bus   All change. This version of the Confederation of Passenger Transport terminates here. At least, it...
The impact of new ways of working

The impact of new ways of working

The culture of working nine-to-five, five days a week at the same desk in the same building is in retreat, and transport must adapt   A WeWork office in central London   My 25 years in the transport industry have been based on assumptions about the need for the mass movement of people, and goods,...