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The best transport secretary we’ve had?

The best transport secretary we’ve had?

Half a century after Barbara Castle’s landmark 1968 Transport Act received Royal Assent, it’s a good time to examine her legacy   Barbara Castle served as minister for transport from December 1965 until April 1968   Barbara Castle was the first woman to be secretary of state for transport, but was she also the best...
Hammond bankrolls roads to ruin

Hammond bankrolls roads to ruin

Chancellor Philip Hammond earmarked £28.8bn for new and upgraded roads in last week’s budget. It’s a policy with many flaws   The budget earmarked almost £30bn for new and upgraded roads   So roads, roads and lots more roads. In his budget speech, Philip Hammond did not quite evoke the idea from John Major’s government...
It’s late, but that will soon be forgotten

It’s late, but that will soon be forgotten

Crossrail is delayed, but this is not surprising give the complexity of the project – but when it arrives we will all be impressed     There’s been a lot of fuss about the delay and the extra cost of Crossrail in recent weeks, but overall the project has escaped the sort of negative publicity...
Head of Operations/Director - Lucketts

Head of Operations/Director – Lucketts

  Head of Operations/Director Fareham, Hampshire Competitive Salary plus Company Benefits Full time The Lucketts Group – an industry leader and awarding winning travel and passenger transport company, is seeking an Operations lead (Board level) to join the Directors Group, during a period of fantastic ambitious growth – in which this year alone, saw the...
Bus Network Managers/Schedulers - National Express West Midlands

Bus Network Managers/Schedulers – National Express West Midlands

  We’re looking for the best Bus Network Managers Do you know how to develop bus networks, grow revenue, improve punctuality & customer satisfaction? Schedulers Do you have experience of producing effective & economical duty schedules? nationalexpress.jobs   REMEMBER: When you contact a company to enquire about the job they are advertising say that you...
International Bus Review 2018

International Bus Review 2018

Welcome to the International Bus Review 2018. Returning for a second year, this publication from Passenger Transport has been produced to coincide with the Euro Bus Expo 2018 show at the NEC in Birmingham, UK, between October 30 and November 1.From Bucharest to Belfast, it features contributions from a variety of organisations involved in planning, supply...
ADL’s Berlin contract could be worth £194m

ADL’s Berlin contract could be worth £194m

Falkirk-based bus builder Alexander Dennis Limited has agreed a contract with German capital’s public transport provider to supply up to 430 buses   A visualisation of one of the new Enviro500 double deckers for Berlin   The UK’s biggest bus builder, Alexander Dennis, has won a landmark deal to supply up to 430 tri-axle double...
Haines call for industry to lead reform initiative

Haines call for industry to lead reform initiative

‘Either the industry steps up to the plate and does it collectively or we wait to have it thrust upon us,’ Network Rail chief tells meeting in Parliament   Andrew Haines   Network Rail chief executive Andrew Haines has called on train operators to work with him ahead of the rail review to develop more...
CalMac highlights benefits of modal shift

CalMac highlights benefits of modal shift

Ferry operator argues that vehicle capacity issues on its vessels mean that it is in favour of tourists being encouraged to use connecting buses instead   Caledonian MacBrayne operates ferry links between the mainland of Scotland and 22 of the major islands   Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne has argued that fewer tourists should take cars...
Be positive, Souter tells transport providers

Be positive, Souter tells transport providers

Stagecoach chairman acknowledges the challenges, but tells bus audience: ‘There is everything to play for here. These are fantastic businesses’   Sir Brian Souter was speaking at the CPT Scottish Conference in Ayrshire last week   Sir Brian Souter has urged his transport industry colleagues to be positive about the future, declaring that “these companies...
Can HS2 be saved from itself - before it is too late?

Can HS2 be saved from itself – before it is too late?

As one of the first politicians to champion High Speed 2, I have watched with dismay the warning lights flash one after the other   An artist’s impression of Birmingham’s Curzon Street station   It has the support of the three main political parties. It has made good progress through parliament, passing its Commons stage...
What I found on the conference circuit

What I found on the conference circuit

In this time of seismic political shifts, the party conferences have become more interesting. New ideas for transport are emerging     After a long period of the ‘narcissism of small differences’ in politics, with major parties clustered around a post-Thatcher, free trade settlement, suddenly everything has busted open in a delayed reaction to the...