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Souter: transport must become a ‘tech stock’

Souter: transport must become a ‘tech stock’

Stagecoach chairman Sir Brian Souter believes a tech-led proposition could soon emerge for passenger transport, and he wants the industry to lead it   Sir Brian Souter addressing last week’s ALBUM conference   The passenger transport sector must embrace technology or it will risk being sidelined by a new ‘tech stock’ entrant to the market,...
‘Agree to a mayor and get powers over buses’

‘Agree to a mayor and get powers over buses’

George Osborne has restated his commitment to give Manchester control over local bus services, and has opened the door for other cities to follow   George Osborne and a visualisation of a TfGM-liveried bus   Chancellor George Osborne has opened the door for cities in England to get greater powers over local transport – if...
NEG tipped for biggest German rail contract

NEG tipped for biggest German rail contract

British group is said to be ahead of Deutsche Bahn in race to win contracts to run revamped Rhine-Ruhr Express services, worth more than £1.4bn   Visualisation of an RRX Desiro double deck train at Cologne Central Station   National Express Group is being tipped in Germany to win the largest set of train operating...
Stelios was offered Megabus partnership

Stelios was offered Megabus partnership

Stagecoach chairman Sir Brian Souter has revealed that he sought to team up with EasyGroup’s Stelios Haji-Ioannou before launching Megabus   Brian Souter promoting Stagecoach’s new Megabus venture in 2013   From the freeways of North America to Germany’s Autobahn, Stagecoach’s blue and yellow Megabus-branded coaches have become an increasingly familiar sight over the past...
Transport policy: what the Tories pledged

Transport policy: what the Tories pledged

With the Tories seemingly on course to win a majority in the general election, we look back at what they pledged in relation to key areas of transport policy     FARES Freeze commuter rail fares in real terms for five years. No flexibility for train operators to raise some fares above the cap if...
TfL’s Hendy accused of cynical rail power grab

TfL’s Hendy accused of cynical rail power grab

Transport for London commissioner apologises after saying that suburban rail users ‘hate’ the service and that Southeastern is ‘like the Wild West’   Sir Peter Hendy (pictured) made remarks in an interview last month   Transport for London commissioner Peter Hendy has been accused of a “cynical attempt to drag [further] commuter rail services into...
‘Compensate small bus firms, if you regulate’

‘Compensate small bus firms, if you regulate’

Ahead of ALBUM’s annual conference next week, the association’s chair has called on the next government to offer reassurance to smaller operators   ALBUM chairman Ben Colson (pictured)   The next government should work with the bus industry to find a way of “managing out” operators who find themselves unable to work under a regulated...
Parties promise action on rail value for money

Parties promise action on rail value for money

Labour and Conservative manifestos outline new consumer protection policies and pledge fares freezes to make rail travel more affordable     New measures to improve passengers’ perceptions of the value for money of rail travel are set to be introduced by the new government with both the Labour and Conservative parties pledging reforms in addition...
Lib Dems make bus fare pledge to young people

Lib Dems make bus fare pledge to young people

Party’s manifesto promises to work towards two-thirds discount for those aged 16-21   Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg pictured in June 2013 with teenagers on board a bus in London   The Liberal Democrats would work to introduce a new Young Person’s Discount Card, offering young people aged 16-21 a two-thirds discount on bus travel....
Operators’ opinion of Network Rail plummets

Operators’ opinion of Network Rail plummets

Train operators’ opinion of Network Rail has fallen sharply in its latest customer survey, with less than half saying they are satisfied with the company     A huge fall in train operators’ satisfaction with Network Rail has been set out in the company’s latest annual customer survey. The survey, carried out in autumn 2014,...
First plots pilot for Yorkshire bus concept

First plots pilot for Yorkshire bus concept

Pilot corridor planned for New Bus for West Yorkshire proposals, but First says that it require a ‘supportive environment’ before it makes the move     First West Yorkshire has announced plans for a pilot corridor for its New Bus for West Yorkshire concept, subject to a partnership framework being agreed with the region’s Combined...
Nine out of 10 tram passengers are satisfied

Nine out of 10 tram passengers are satisfied

Edinburgh Trams makes strong debut, winning 95% approval   Pictured: Edinburgh Trams   Nine out of 10 tram passengers are satisfied with their journey according to this year’s Tram Passenger Survey, published last month by Transport Focus. Over 4,900 tram passengers in Blackpool, Greater Manchester, the West Midlands, Nottingham, Sheffield and Edinburgh were surveyed. The...