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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...
First is back on track in the West of England

First is back on track in the West of England

It’s been a big year for First’s West of England bus business and managing director Paul Matthews     The fortunes of First’s bus operation in Bristol, and the wider West of England region, have largely mirrored that of its parent company’s UK bus division as a whole and have suffered in recent years from...
Brian Souter's PolskiBus moves up a gear

Brian Souter’s PolskiBus moves up a gear

Sir Brian Souter brings in Polish pipers to herald new services, new destinations and new coaches     In the space just three short years, Sir Brian Souter’s PolskiBus.com has mushroomed from an initial launch fleet of 18 vehicles to a complement of 132. The inspiration of the Stagecoach co-founder and chairman has been embraced...
Labour's DOR idea ‘costly and ill thought through’

Labour’s DOR idea ‘costly and ill thought through’

The Labour Party’s plans to create a public-owned TOC has been condemned by the rail industry The East Coast rail business is again proving a magnet for controversy. Last month, shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh announced a new policy commitment of transforming Directly Operated Railways from the government’s operator of last resort into a vehicle...
Yorkshire Tiger, hidden dragon?

Yorkshire Tiger, hidden dragon?

  Arriva is aiming for a different approach for its recently acquired low cost operation in Yorkshire Last September Arriva found itself in an unusual position. Since 2008 the group had been in a joint venture with Julian Peddle, David Shelley and Peter Harvey and their Leicester-based Centrebus operation to take on the former Stagecoach...