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Kent - the garden of innovation?

Kent – the garden of innovation?

The county known as the ‘Garden of England’ is emerging as a testbed for bus groups to cultivate new approaches to bus service provision     Arriva and Stagecoach have each begun trials of new approaches to bus service provision in Kent this month, with a view to rolling them out across the country. Arriva...
TV ad shows how 'Britain Runs On Rail'

TV ad shows how ‘Britain Runs On Rail’

Second phase for rail industry media campaign   TV advertisement highlights the industry’s value   The Rail Delivery Group has launched the second phase of its multi-media Britain Runs on Rail campaign which includes its first TV advertising spot. The advert, which is also running in cinemas, demonstrates the railway’s value by showing its importance...
Ideas to improve rail’s industrial relations

Ideas to improve rail’s industrial relations

Changes could include profit share and boardroom influence   The proposals reflect concern in the DfT that background industrial relations are partly responsible for recent strikes at Southern   The Department for Transport has set out initial ideas on how the rail industry could form a new approach to industrial relations to smooth the introduction...
‘I wouldn’t invest my own money in UK rail’

‘I wouldn’t invest my own money in UK rail’

National Express Group boss Dean Finch says slowdown in UK rail growth is likely to present significant financial challenges for many operators   NEG boss Dean Finch believes that rival companies have been competing over-aggressively for rail franchises   Dean Finch has emphasised his belief that transport companies are facing significant and growing financial risks...
Burnham plans to ‘call time on deregulation’

Burnham plans to ‘call time on deregulation’

Manchester mayoral candidate backs bus franchising   Andy Burnham: ‘The public has been subsidising a poor service’   Andy Burnham, the Labour MP for Leigh and the contender considered to be the frontrunner to become Greater Manchester’s first metro mayor in May, has pledged to push ahead with the introduction of London-style bus franchising if...
UK Bus Summit: ‘You’re on your own’

UK Bus Summit: ‘You’re on your own’

Transport minister Andrew Jones told this month’s ‘UK Bus Summit’ that the bus sector must end its reliance on public funding   Andrew Jones: ‘An industry which requires public subsidy is not an industry which has a healthy, robust, sustainable future’   The government will not provide extra funding to prevent the further erosion of...
Treasury eyes raid on NR property sales

Treasury eyes raid on NR property sales

It is unclear at present whether Network Rail will be allowed to retain ‘some, all or none’ of the £1.8bn it plans to raise from property sales   Redeveloped: A restaurant in a railway arch in Vauxhall, London   Network Rail’s plans to raise £1.8bn from property sales to help offset cost increases in infrastructure enhancement...
‘Economy not to blame for falling bus growth’

‘Economy not to blame for falling bus growth’

Downbeat assessment of UK’s regional bus market concludes that weak bus usage trends have existed for many years, and are unlikely to end soon   Investing in buses: Stagecoach North East is to launch a new service between Sunderland and Newcastle next week   Regional bus revenue growth at the UK’s largest operators will remain...
Crossrail denies delivery date risk

Crossrail denies delivery date risk

A number of contractors are understood to be requesting additional payments     Crossrail Ltd has denied that negotiations with contractors fitting signalling and electrical systems and facilities on the new cross-London rail route are putting on-time delivery of the £14.8bn scheme at risk. It is understood that a number of contractors have told Crossrail...
DfT and TOCs to trial radical fares overhaul

DfT and TOCs to trial radical fares overhaul

Trials represent breakthrough in persuading ministers to consider revising historic regulations which prevent better value, fairer and simpler tickets   Paul Maynard   The Rail Delivery Group is intending to define a “a whole new territory” for rail fares in a series of pilot projects agreed with the government. Industry sources told Passenger Transport that...
National Express exits, Trenitalia enters

National Express exits, Trenitalia enters

UK group agrees deal to sell c2c franchise to Italian state railway     National Express Group has agreed a £70m deal to sell its c2c franchise to Trenitalia, the Italian state railway company. The deal marks the departure of National Express from the UK passenger rail market. The group was once the market leader,...
Southern strikes have cost DfT £65m - so far

Southern strikes have cost DfT £65m – so far

Franchise holder Go-Ahead has revealed figures that suggest £50m in lost revenue, in addition to £15m already set aside for ‘hardship’ compensation     The industrial dispute by guards and drivers on the Southern network is estimated to have cost the Department for Transport a total of £65m since June – and with no sign...