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Adonis - rail must end ‘profiteering’ image

Adonis – rail must end ‘profiteering’ image

Former transport secretary has blunt message for rail bosses – the public doesn’t like you, you’re paid too much and it’s time to ‘eat humble pie’   Lord Adonis: pictured here during his time as secretary of state for transport   A former secretary of state for transport, Lord Adonis, has urged the rail industry...
Profit plunge threatens First bus investment

Profit plunge threatens First bus investment

FirstGroup’s 2016/17 financial results show that the operating profit margin for the UK bus business has dropped to just 3%, after restructuring costs   Uphill struggle: First’s flagging profits threaten investment in the fleet. Pictured are two recent additions to the fleet at the Millbrook test track   FirstGroup’s UK bus division has reported a...
Virgin targets drivers with ‘disruptive’ ads

Virgin targets drivers with ‘disruptive’ ads

Assertive campaign highlights car’s disadvantages   Ad portrays rail as stress-free alternative to driving   Virgin Trains has launched a high profile marketing campaign designed around a new, more assertive approach to promoting the benefits of choosing rail over car travel. The stated aim is to “disrupt” the market in favour of public transport. It...
Transport sector on alert in wake of attack

Transport sector on alert in wake of attack

Increased threat level saw specially trained firearms officers patrol on board trains nationwide for the first time in effort to reassure the public   Manchester Victoria station has now reopened   The UK’s passenger transport sector is on a heightened state of alert following last month’s terror attack in Manchester. The bomb that detonated in...
A new bus for Switzerland

A new bus for Switzerland

  The first two of 19 Alexander Dennis Enviro500 buses will soon enter service with Swiss operator PostBus in the east of the country. They are the first British-built vehicles to enter service with PostBus and the first UK double deckers in Switzerland. With a total passenger capacity of 133 (80 of them seated) the...
Rail growth at lowest level since recession

Rail growth at lowest level since recession

Season ticket market share drops below 40% for first time   Overall, patronage increased 0.8% during the year   Patronage growth on Britain’s railways in 2016/17 fell to its lowest level since the recession seven years ago, figures released by the Office of Rail and Road show. Overall, patronage increased 0.8% during the year. On...
'Metro mayors' elected: Are they game changers?

‘Metro mayors’ elected: Are they game changers?

This month’s election of six new ‘metro mayor’s in England has been hailed as ‘a new era for politics’, with massive implications for urban transport     England has elected its first six ‘metro mayors’, with all promising far-reaching change to transport. West Midlands mayor Andy Street, previously MD of John Lewis, and Greater Manchester’s...
Public transport sector ‘entering a new era’

Public transport sector ‘entering a new era’

The biggest event in public transport returned this week, in Montréal, and discussion centred on rapid evolution in the sphere of urban mobility   The opening ceremony of UITP’s Global Public Transport Summit in Montréal   The global public transport community gathered in Montréal this week for UITP’s Global Public Transport Summit. And the secretary...
Stagecoach and SNCF team up for West Coast

Stagecoach and SNCF team up for West Coast

Stagecoach and long time partners Virgin had been negotiating with Renfe, the Spanish state operator, but instead gave French operator a 30% stake   SNCF operates 700 high speed services per day in France   Stagecoach and Virgin have chosen French state train operator SNCF as their specialist high speed partner for their bid for...
Bus Services Bill passes the final hurdle

Bus Services Bill passes the final hurdle

Bus industry lobbying saw new independent auditor requirement     The Bus Services Bill finally received Royal Assent last week, ending fears that prime minister Theresa May’s decision to hold a snap general election on June 8 could have stalled this important legislation that has won broad cross-industry support. In the event the Bill was...
Can Buses Bill become law before the election?

Can Buses Bill become law before the election?

England’s Bus Services Bill is close to becoming law, but time is running out following the prime minister’s decision to call a general election in June     The Bus Services Bill faces a race against time after prime minister Theresa May’s decision to hold a snap general election on June 8. The Bill, which...
Hendy seeks outward-looking rail industry

Hendy seeks outward-looking rail industry

Network Rail chair endorses Independent Transport Commission report concluding railway development too important to be left to rail industry alone   Sir Peter Hendy   Network Rail chair Sir Peter Hendy has endorsed a report from the Independent Transport Commission calling for the industry to become more outward-looking in order to attract local private and...