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Mobility as a Service - ‘A MaaS-ive opportunity’

Mobility as a Service – ‘A MaaS-ive opportunity’

Public and private sectors of the passenger transport world speak about transformative potential of ‘Mobility as a Service’     There is growing recognition in all corners of the passenger transport world of the game-changing potential of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) – whereby travellers use a smartphone app to plan and pay for multi-modal...
Getting back to what we knew worked

Getting back to what we knew worked

  A feeling of déjà vu descends when reading the government’s new strategic vision for rail. Have some key lessons finally been learnt?   The ScotRail Alliance. Could this be a model for others?   “Connecting People” is the strapline for the government’s recently published strategic vision for rail. It’s a clever title. At one...
£1.7bn for integrated transport in cities

£1.7bn for integrated transport in cities

Transforming Cities Fund will target projects which ‘drive productivity’, and chancellor Philip Hammond offers further transport funding in budget     Prime minister Theresa May has launched a new £1.7bn fund to transform transport connections within England’s city regions. Announced ahead of last week’s budget, the new Transforming Cities Fund will target projects which “drive...
Awards recognise cycle-rail revolution

Awards recognise cycle-rail revolution

2017 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     The National Cycle-Rail Awards, run by the Rail Delivery Group on behalf of the Cycle-Rail Working Group, are sponsored by Cyclepods and are now in their 13th year. The...
First carries out threat to slash bus investment

First carries out threat to slash bus investment

Low UK bus profitability means investment cannot be sustained unless councils take steps to help the company grow revenue, says chief executive   FirstGroup will take delivery of 100 fewer new buses in 2018   FirstGroup has carried out its threat to stop buying new buses in towns and cities where local authorities are failing...
New cross-Manchester services next month

New cross-Manchester services next month

Completion of the Ordsall Chord bridge will enable new through services and journey opportunities in Greater Manchester and across the North   The £85m Ordsall Chord bridge was built in two years   The first trains are expected to start running between Manchester’s two main railway stations, Victoria and Piccadilly, next month following the completion...
Ex-offenders become bus drivers with HCT

Ex-offenders become bus drivers with HCT

Hackney-based social enterprise has so far recruited 20 ex-offenders to drive buses in London, working in partnership with specialist Blue Sky   HCT Group was so far recruited 20 ex-offenders   Ex-offenders have been successfully recruited as drivers for bus services in London as a result of an innovative trial by Hackney-based HCT Group. “As...
'Stop comparing yourselves to the railway'

‘Stop comparing yourselves to the railway’

Comparisons said to betray silo mentality   Ross Martin: ‘The comparison between bus and rail is pretty meaningless’   Bus operators were advised to stop comparing the level of funding received by their industry to the railway, at last week’s CPT Conference in Ayrshire. On the first day of the event, a number of speakers...
'Glider' at Busworld show. Next stop, Belfast

‘Glider’ at Busworld show. Next stop, Belfast

Tram-style vehicle for city’s new £90m Bus Rapid Transit route was among the exhibits at the biggest ever Busworld Europe show in Belgium last week     The new Belfast Rapid Transit ‘Glider’ vehicle was unveiled at the Busworld Europe exhibition in Kortrijk, Belgium, last week. The new £90m Glider service will begin in September...
Arriva drops out of Wales & Borders race

Arriva drops out of Wales & Borders race

Deutsche Bahn-owned group will surrender rail franchise it has operated since 2003 after withdrawing from the competition for a new contract   Arriva has operated the Welsh rail franchise for almost 14 years   Incumbent operator Arriva has withdrawn from the competition for the next Wales and Borders rail franchise. This leaves three bidders in...
DfT backs £10bn rise in Network Rail spending

DfT backs £10bn rise in Network Rail spending

Announced by transport secretary Chris Grayling last week, the 2019-24 funding settlement provides for the company to spend up to £47.9bn   The funding is intended to allow Network Rail to carry out plans to increase infrastructure maintenance and renewals to improve train service performance   The government has announced a significant boost in funding...
Carne plans female recruitment drive

Carne plans female recruitment drive

Only 16% of Network Rail’s 40,000 staff are women, and boss Mark Carne has concluded that ‘it is clear that equality of opportunity is not enough’   Network Rail, Thameslink Programme and contractors celebrating Women in Engineering Day in 2015   Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne has told senior managers throughout the company to...