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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...
Bus Users blasts NHS chief’s bus pass plan

Bus Users blasts NHS chief’s bus pass plan

Simon Stevens suggests bus pass funding should move to care     Passenger lobby group Bus Users has hit out at suggestions made by the chief executive of NHS England that free buses should be phased out in favour of extra funding for social care. Simon Stevens told MPs on the communities and local government...
Brexit: ‘Economy is our main concern’

Brexit: ‘Economy is our main concern’

Bernard Tabary of Keolis and Manfred Rudhart of Arriva see no post-referendum threat to their continued involvement in UK passenger transport   Bernard Tabary (pictured left) and Manfred Rudhart (right)   Two of the world’s largest multi-national passenger transport groups see no hurdles to their future involvement in the UK in the wake of this...
‘Nothing ruled out’ as First’s bus profits slide

‘Nothing ruled out’ as First’s bus profits slide

Chief executive Tim O’Toole says profit margins at some of the group’s regional bus operations ‘are simply unsustainable’ and action is required   UK Bus operating profit margins have fallen to 3.2%   FirstGroup has instructed all its UK bus businesses to draw up and accelerate plans to cut costs and revise timetables in a...
ASLEF raises safety issues after tram crash

ASLEF raises safety issues after tram crash

Drivers’ union raises questions in wake of first tram crash in the UK causing passenger fatalities since 1959, as interim report is published by RAIB   ASLEF pointed out that the crash could not have occurred on the mainline railway   Train drivers’ union ASLEF and MPs have called for the investigation into the Croydon...
NCT crowned bus operator of the year

NCT crowned bus operator of the year

Local authority-owned company wins top prize just two years since it last won the coveted title in a competition dominated by ALBUM members   The Nottingham City Transport team at this week’s UK Bus Awards   Nottingham City Transport was crowned Operator of the Year at this week’s UK Bus Awards in London. The local...
Make passengers aware of rights, urges DfT

Make passengers aware of rights, urges DfT

Train operators will be required to highlight compensation rights     The Department for Transport has announced that it will require train operators to raise passengers’ awareness of their right to claim compensation when trains are delayed. The move follows research by Transport Focus which showed that only 35% of eligible passengers claim. Although claims...
Options explored for renationalised ScotRail

Options explored for renationalised ScotRail

CalMac model said to be among the options that Scottish Government is investigating for returning Scotland’s railway to public ownership   Humza Yousaf (centre) pictured earlier this month with Phil Verster, MD of ScotRail Alliance (left), to mark Living Wage Week 2016   Scottish Government ministers are said to be “preparing the ground” for introducing...
Awards recognise cycle-rail revolution

Awards recognise cycle-rail revolution

2016 National Cycle-Rail Awards show how work by the rail industry and its partners is oiling the wheels of a cycle-rail boom across Britain   East Midlands Trains won two awards   Better bike facilities at stations and on trains are helping to fuel a rapid rise in the number of people combining cycle and...
Brexit currency slump will increase bus prices

Brexit currency slump will increase bus prices

Volvo and Alexander Dennis bosses warn operators that price increases are inevitable following post-referendum decline in the value of Sterling   A £1.3m fleet of eight brand new ADL Enviro200 buses entered service with First Potteries in October   Bus manufacturers have warned that the slump in value of Sterling that followed June’s vote to...