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Developing talent the Arriva way

Developing talent the Arriva way

Arriva aims to create an environment that brings the skills of its 30,000 UK employees to the fore   Arriva has over 30,000 members of staff in the UK   People are at the heart of any transport business and so identifying and developing the potential and talent of people is essential. That emphasis is...
Rejuvenation for Arriva in Leicester

Rejuvenation for Arriva in Leicester

A series of improvements to Arriva’s Leicester network have now been completed. It aims to provide a firm basis for the future   Simon Mathieson (fifth from left) with Arriva’s Leicester team   Arriva’s Midlands bus business has been working hard over the last year to revamp and relaunch its product in the city of...
Debut for Daimler's autonomous city bus

Debut for Daimler’s autonomous city bus

Daimler Buses unveiled its ground-breaking ‘Future Bus’ vehicle in Amsterdam. Doug Jack reports   The ‘Future Bus’ is based on a standard Mercedes-Benz Citaro structure   Daimler Buses this week launched what is believed to be the world’s first full size semi-autonomous city bus. The ‘Future Bus’ premiere was held in Amsterdam, on a 20km route...
Arriva shines a light on its UK bus stars

Arriva shines a light on its UK bus stars

Arriva’s annual internal awards scheme recently celebrated the best in the business, with females dominating the list of winners   Arriva engineer Pamela Chapman was one of six female winners in this year’s M.A.D. Awards scheme   There are plenty of award schemes that recognise transport industry faces and initiatives, but what about recognising those...
Ten tips to take  you to the top

Ten tips to take you to the top

A meeting in London last week saw Northern Rail boss Alex Hynes offer advice to young rail professionals about how to get their careers on the right track     Just days after it was confirmed that he will continue in his role as managing director of the new Northern Rail franchise – despite the...
The key events of 2015

The key events of 2015

As the year draws to an end, we reflect on the past 12 months and identify some of its key moments   Reading Buses was crowned UK Bus Operator of the Year   JANUARY DfT in dock over GTR failure The quality of the Department for Transport’s management and the rail franchising process came under...
Developing the next generation

Developing the next generation

Arriva has extended its graduate management training scheme to existing members of staff in a bid to find the leaders of tomorrow   Some of Arriva’s 2013 graduate induction   Much has been made about the missing generation of transport managers, particularly in the bus sector. The privatisation of the industry in the mid-1980s led...
Catch the bus...  and tell everyone

Catch the bus… and tell everyone

Over 160 bus operators, local authorities and transport groups are signed up for the third sector-wide Catch the Bus Week   Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, showed his support in 2014   By CLAIRE HAIGH, Greener Journeys This summer, Catch the Bus Week is hitting the road once more. The sector-wide initiative sees...
Arriva’s route towards a digital future

Arriva’s route towards a digital future

Arriva has had much success with its apps, but the group is looking towards other new technologies   It’s now six years since Arriva introduced its m-ticketing service   Not that long ago to be a bus operator simply meant putting vehicles out on the road and running to a timetable with adequate resources in...
Arriva expands UK bus apprenticeship scheme

Arriva expands UK bus apprenticeship scheme

Arriva has significantly expanded its UK bus apprenticeship scheme to train tomorrow’s engineers   In 2014 Arriva employed 26 engineering apprentices across its UK bus division The general election campaign has seen all of the major political parties pledge to support, encourage and grow the number of apprenticeships available to young people. Indeed, prime minister...
‘How do we keep control of our future?’

‘How do we keep control of our future?’

UITP chief executive Alain Flausch says the organisation’s World Congress in Milan later this year will provide an opportunity to consider some transformational changes facing public transport     It was a cold, gloomy day last month when I met with Alain Flausch, secretary general of UITP, the international union of public transport, in his office...
Arriva aims to boost its staff engagement

Arriva aims to boost its staff engagement

German-owned group is coming up with new HR strategies to boost engagement amongst its members of staff in the UK     Employee engagement is a buzzword that many industries have adopted over the last decade or so and it would seem that the transport sector has taken its time to catch up. Arriva is aiming...