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TOCs look to Hendy to lead NR back to basics

TOCs look to Hendy to lead NR back to basics

Rail industry welcomes the appointment of Sir Peter Hendy as chairman of Network Rail, hoping firm will ‘rediscover the art of the rail operator’   Sir Peter Hendy is known for successfully leading improvements to both underground and heavy rail operations in London   The Department for Transport has moved to remedy longstanding weaknesses on...
First withdraws with series of depot closures

First withdraws with series of depot closures

Group consults staff over close plans for three bus depots   Giles Fearnley: ‘we have been unable to make the progress we were seeking’   FirstGroup has announced a restructuring exercise at some of its underperforming UK bus operations that are likely to see the group close three depots later this year. Subject to staff consultation,...
PTEG calls for action on Oyster-style tickets

PTEG calls for action on Oyster-style tickets

The Passenger Transport Executive Group has produced a new plan that aims to make smart ticketing more like London’s Oyster in city regions   PTEG’s plan highlights some city region smart successes   The Passenger Transport Executive Group has set out a new action plan that aims to support the delivery of Oyster-style smart ticketing in the city regions....
Eyes of the world on London at UITP 2015

Eyes of the world on London at UITP 2015

As president of UITP, Transport for London’s Sir Peter Hendy opened the organisation’s World Congress in Milan this month, where London’s achievements were very much in the spotlight   Sir Peter Hendy took centre stage at this month’s UITP World Congress in Milan, and so did London, the city he represents. Transport for London’s commissioner...
Uber ‘nuclear bomb’ is heading for transport

Uber ‘nuclear bomb’ is heading for transport

Having witnessed the impact of Uber on London’s taxi market, Transdev’s Nigel Stevens believes the entire public transport sector faces a shake-up   Uber has shaken up the London taxi market A “nuclear bomb” is heading for the public transport sector, the CEO of Transdev in the UK and Ireland has warned. Over the past two...
Abellio and Stagecoach partner for East Anglia

Abellio and Stagecoach partner for East Anglia

Dutch-owned group teams up with Stagecoach for East Anglia franchise competition. FirstGroup and National Express are also on DfT’s shortlist   Bidders will be expected to implement the recommendations of the Great Eastern Main Line Taskforce   The government has announced that three bidders have been shortlisted for the forthcoming East Anglia train operating franchise...
New Routemaster users are more satisfied

New Routemaster users are more satisfied

Survey reveals that users of the new buses are more satisfied   There are now 450 New Routemasters in service   London’s expanding fleet of New Routemaster buses has pushed up user satisfaction on the routes where they have been introduced, Transport for London claims. London’s 450-strong fleet of New Routemasters currently operate on 13...
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...