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‘Good news’ fare freeze fails to silence critics

‘Good news’ fare freeze fails to silence critics

The DfT’s announcement of the lowest rail fare increase for six years has failed to prevent criticism in the media and from campaign groups     The Conservatives’ election pledge to freeze fare increases at inflation will mean regulated fares rise by 1% in January. As well as being the lowest increase since 2009, the...
New ORR test boosts open access prospects

New ORR test boosts open access prospects

New methods of assessing applications have significantly increased the prospect for further open access services on the East Coast Main Line   Alliance Rail wants to run new ‘GNER’ services on the ECML   The prospect of further open access services being approved on the East Coast Main Line appears to have increased significantly as...
Corbyn pledges public control of bus and rail

Corbyn pledges public control of bus and rail

Labour leadership rivals Jeremy Corbyn and Andy Burnham have both pledged to renationalise railways and bring buses back under public control     The two leading contenders to become the new leader of the Labour Party have both pledged to introduce a programme to renationalise the railways and regulate bus services. Frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn, as...
The badger is back in the West of England

The badger is back in the West of England

This month saw the return of a transport icon to the West of England – the giant badger!   First West of England has painted one of its buses in the Badgerline colour scheme to celebrate the company’s launch in 1985   Badgers were once a familiar sight in the West of England, roaming the...
Cornwall’s devo-deal surprises bus industry

Cornwall’s devo-deal surprises bus industry

Department for Transport appears out of the loop as Department for Communities and Local Government announces historic devolution deal   A First bus climbing up the hill out of Perranporth, Cornwall   The bus industry was caught by surprise by this month’s announcement that Cornwall will be given control of bus services as part of...
Osborne unleashes new transport superpower

Osborne unleashes new transport superpower

Transport for the North will become a statutory body with funds of £30m, a new executive team and a remit that includes roll out of smart ticketing     Chancellor George Osborne announced that Transport for the North will be established as a statutory body in his summer budget last week, creating a new regional...
Greater Manchester unveils vision for 2040

Greater Manchester unveils vision for 2040

Greater Manchester Combined Authority and TfGM are consulting on a new long term vision of how a successful transport system might evolve   Andrew Fender: ‘This is not just about huge infrastructure projects’   Residents, businesses and other interest groups are being asked by Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Transport for Greater Manchester for their...
Rail industry alarm at running out of tickets

Rail industry alarm at running out of tickets

Stocks ran down to one to two weeks’ worth of ticket issues   In short supply: A magstripe ticket   Train operators have been alarmed by a shortfall in supplies of paper magnetic stripe tickets since the end of June which created concern that they could run out of tickets to issue to customers. It...
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...