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Williams to focus on integrated transport

Williams to focus on integrated transport

Rail review chief says industry must move to seamless journeys Keith Williams   Rail review chairman Keith Williams has placed integrating rail services into wider public transport networks as one of the core objectives for reforming the railway. Speaking at the Accelerate Rail conference in London, Williams said the industry needed to prepare for the impact...
No more tinkering - we need ambition

No more tinkering – we need ambition

  Bus funding helps to achieve a multitude of policy objectives for government – but real reform is required, not more of the same   Putting public money into the bus is one of the biggest bargains in transport policy – but despite this the bus has been one of the biggest losers from recent...
Celebrating ‘the art of public transport’

Celebrating ‘the art of public transport’

We ask UITP’s secretary general, Mohamed Mezghani, about this year’s Global Public Transport Summit in Stockholm Mohamed Mezghani: The UITP Summit is the unique opportunity The UITP Global Public Transport Summit will take place in Stockholm on June 9-12, 2019. Organised by Brussels-based UITP, the international union of public transport, it is the largest event...
NXWM feels benefits of faster journey times

NXWM feels benefits of faster journey times

Measures put in place during 2018 have enabled the company to ‘change the tide’ with speeds improving by 1% – and revenue per mile is up 4% Buses in Birmingham   National Express Group’s West Midlands bus business has improved bus speeds for the first time in more than a decade, bucking the national trend...
Ambition essential to get a bus strategy

Ambition essential to get a bus strategy

  It’s easy to talk about a national bus strategy, but it won’t be easy to get different government departments and stakeholders on board Buses minister Nus Ghani came in for some criticism for saying she was in favour of a national bus strategy “at the right point” but I think that is unfair  ...
This won’t be ‘some hipster bus service’

This won’t be ‘some hipster bus service’

Transport for London says that non-financial objectives will guide its trial of demand-responsive minibus technology in the south London suburbs Last month TfL announced plans for a year-long trial of a demand responsive minibus network in Sutton   Transport for London says that the success of its demand responsive minibus trial in south London will...
Haines vows ‘honest’ choices on punctuality

Haines vows ‘honest’ choices on punctuality

Industry needs to accept ‘greater realism’ on rail performance Andrew Haines: Network Rail chief executive   Network Rail chief executive Andrew Haines has set out plans to provide government and passenger groups with “more honest and sophisticated” choices on how to restore punctuality to an acceptable level. Reflecting on seven years of declining performance and the...
A crisis in small vehicle transport?

A crisis in small vehicle transport?

  Global cities like London, which possess a wide array of transport options, are not the only places in need of new types of mobility   No doubt Ford has learned a lot in the various markets around the world in which Chariot operated, including London   In January of this year Ford announced that...
Industry takes initiative on rail reform agenda

Industry takes initiative on rail reform agenda

RDG proposes reforming fares regulation to offer more flexible, better value fares while Network Rail boss sets out plans to restructure company   RDG anticipates that its proposed reforms would be self-financing   Network Rail and the Rail Delivery Group have taken the initiative in setting the ground for changes to the way the rail...
Buses - it isn’t all about congestion

Buses – it isn’t all about congestion

  Bus operators claim that their services can’t prosper unless traffic congestion is tackled, but the evidence suggests otherwise   Bournemouth is the UK’s eighth most congested area according to a recent survey – but it hasn’t stopped bus use from growing   I agree with Brian Souter. When he said at last year’s Scottish...
TfL announces plans for Sutton DRT trial

TfL announces plans for Sutton DRT trial

Go-Ahead London and ViaVan have been awarded a contract to deliver a year-long trial of a demand-responsive minibus service in south London   Go-Ahead has partnered with ViaVan on the new service   Transport for London has announced plans to launch a year-long trial of a demand-responsive minibus network in Sutton, south London  from May....
Go-Ahead moves into Greater Manchester

Go-Ahead moves into Greater Manchester

Group to pay £11.17m to acquire First’s Queen’s Road depot     After weeks of intense speculation about the future of FirstGroup’s Manchester bus operation, it was confirmed this week that Go-Ahead has agreed terms to acquire First Manchester’s Queen’s Road depot in Cheetham Hill. The sale will take Go-Ahead into Greater Manchester, Britain’s second-largest...