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Khan seeks immediate control over Southern

Khan seeks immediate control over Southern

London mayor calls for a Transport for London management team to be put in charge of the ‘failing’ Southern service, until problems are resolved   Sadiq Khan: ‘There is no doubt that the franchise must now be in default’   London mayor Sadiq Khan this week called for a Transport for London management team to...
‘Transport investment more crucial after vote’

‘Transport investment more crucial after vote’

Transport secretary reiterated the case for £55bn HS2 project     Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has reiterated the importance of continuing to invest in transport infrastructure, following the economic and political uncertainty created by the vote to leave the European Union. Speaking at last week’s National Infrastructure Forum event in London, he acknowledged that the...
Belfast buses enjoy passenger growth

Belfast buses enjoy passenger growth

Bus use in England’s metropolitan areas declined 3.1% in 2015/16, but Northern Ireland’s capital saw a marginal increase. Rhodri Clark reports   Belfast’s Metro bus services carried 85,000 more passengers   Belfast’s Metro bus services experienced a growth in passengers last year, primarily driven by investment in the Belfast Rapid Transit scheme and promotional campaigns....
First eyes further cost cuts as growth slows

First eyes further cost cuts as growth slows

UK bus revenue growth in first half of group’s financial year was almost completely wiped out in the second half. Rail also experienced slowdown   FirstGroup is considering the closure of one of its six Manchester depots   FirstGroup will consider closing one of its Manchester depots in a new round of cost cuts at...
ScotRail faces summer of industrial action

ScotRail faces summer of industrial action

Conductors’ strikes over extension of driver controlled operation spread to ScotRail in echo of dispute between RMT and Govia Thameslink Railway   Visualisation of ScotRail’s new AT200 trains ScotRail is facing a summer of industrial action after the RMT union called conductors’ strikes on seven days from June 21 to July 17 over the company’s plans...
HackTrain: The force is with them

HackTrain: The force is with them

Infectious enthusiasm and bright ideas were on display at last week’s HackTrain Conference. But there were also some difficult questions for the rail industry     This was a transport conference like no other. The presentations were positive and pacey, and many of the speakers held lightsabres as they addressed an audience of 250 in...
Congestion is a ‘disease’ that could kill buses

Congestion is a ‘disease’ that could kill buses

Author of new report on the impact of congestion on bus passengers says Bus Services Bill should encourage setting of targets for average bus speeds   Buses in rush hour in Manchester city centre   “Traffic congestion is a disease which if left unchecked will destroy the bus sector,” warns Professor David Begg in a...
‘Remove travel passes from rail managers’

‘Remove travel passes from rail managers’

FirstGroup CIO says managers don’t see the problems users face   FirstGroup chief information officer Dave Lynch at last week’s HackTrain Conference   FirstGroup chief information officer Dave Lynch is planning to push for rail passes to be removed from managers at the group’s train operating companies so that they can experience the frustrations passengers...
New routes for buses: the Bus Services Bill

New routes for buses: the Bus Services Bill

England’s Bus Services Bill promises to deliver greater choice, greater flexibility and greater growth   MHD Partnership’s vision of what a franchised bus service could look like in Greater Manchester could become a reality as soon as 2018   Orange buses look set to return to Greater Manchester following the publication of the Bus Services...
Full competition inquiry into Northern franchise

Full competition inquiry into Northern franchise

Watchdog concerned by bus and rail overlaps   Visualisation of a new Northern Rail train   The Competition and Markets Authority has called a full ‘Phase 2’ inquiry into the reduced competition between public transport services resulting from Arriva’s takeover of the Northern rail franchise in April. It means Arriva faces an in-depth route-by-route investigation...
Khan faces clash over TfL ‘trading arm’ plan

Khan faces clash over TfL ‘trading arm’ plan

New mayor wants to set up a Transport for London commercial arm with the ability to operate local transport services in London, the UK and abroad   Sadiq Khan arrives at London Bridge Tube station on his first day at City Hall (Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images)   London’s newly elected mayor, Sadiq Khan,...
‘Small operators could gain from franchising’

‘Small operators could gain from franchising’

ALBUM chairman predicts large groups will be forced to withdraw from less profitable areas, opening up expansion opportunities for smaller rivals   Midland Classic is in talks to take over Arriva’s operation in Burton-on-Trent   With powers contained in the forthcoming Buses Bill enabling the introduction of bus franchising in England’s city regions, large groups...