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First eyes further cost cuts as growth slows

First eyes further cost cuts as growth slows

UK bus revenue growth in first half of group’s financial year was almost completely wiped out in the second half. Rail also experienced slowdown   FirstGroup is considering the closure of one of its six Manchester depots   FirstGroup will consider closing one of its Manchester depots in a new round of cost cuts at...
ScotRail faces summer of industrial action

ScotRail faces summer of industrial action

Conductors’ strikes over extension of driver controlled operation spread to ScotRail in echo of dispute between RMT and Govia Thameslink Railway   Visualisation of ScotRail’s new AT200 trains ScotRail is facing a summer of industrial action after the RMT union called conductors’ strikes on seven days from June 21 to July 17 over the company’s plans...
HackTrain: The force is with them

HackTrain: The force is with them

Infectious enthusiasm and bright ideas were on display at last week’s HackTrain Conference. But there were also some difficult questions for the rail industry     This was a transport conference like no other. The presentations were positive and pacey, and many of the speakers held lightsabres as they addressed an audience of 250 in...
Congestion is a ‘disease’ that could kill buses

Congestion is a ‘disease’ that could kill buses

Author of new report on the impact of congestion on bus passengers says Bus Services Bill should encourage setting of targets for average bus speeds   Buses in rush hour in Manchester city centre   “Traffic congestion is a disease which if left unchecked will destroy the bus sector,” warns Professor David Begg in a...
‘Remove travel passes from rail managers’

‘Remove travel passes from rail managers’

FirstGroup CIO says managers don’t see the problems users face   FirstGroup chief information officer Dave Lynch at last week’s HackTrain Conference   FirstGroup chief information officer Dave Lynch is planning to push for rail passes to be removed from managers at the group’s train operating companies so that they can experience the frustrations passengers...
New routes for buses: the Bus Services Bill

New routes for buses: the Bus Services Bill

England’s Bus Services Bill promises to deliver greater choice, greater flexibility and greater growth   MHD Partnership’s vision of what a franchised bus service could look like in Greater Manchester could become a reality as soon as 2018   Orange buses look set to return to Greater Manchester following the publication of the Bus Services...
Full competition inquiry into Northern franchise

Full competition inquiry into Northern franchise

Watchdog concerned by bus and rail overlaps   Visualisation of a new Northern Rail train   The Competition and Markets Authority has called a full ‘Phase 2’ inquiry into the reduced competition between public transport services resulting from Arriva’s takeover of the Northern rail franchise in April. It means Arriva faces an in-depth route-by-route investigation...
Khan faces clash over TfL ‘trading arm’ plan

Khan faces clash over TfL ‘trading arm’ plan

New mayor wants to set up a Transport for London commercial arm with the ability to operate local transport services in London, the UK and abroad   Sadiq Khan arrives at London Bridge Tube station on his first day at City Hall (Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images)   London’s newly elected mayor, Sadiq Khan,...
‘Small operators could gain from franchising’

‘Small operators could gain from franchising’

ALBUM chairman predicts large groups will be forced to withdraw from less profitable areas, opening up expansion opportunities for smaller rivals   Midland Classic is in talks to take over Arriva’s operation in Burton-on-Trent   With powers contained in the forthcoming Buses Bill enabling the introduction of bus franchising in England’s city regions, large groups...
CILT members vote to remain in EU

CILT members vote to remain in EU

Survey finds that 64% say that as individuals they think the UK should remain in union     Almost two-thirds of members of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport believe that the UK should remain in the EU. A recent survey asked members whether they thought as an individual the UK should remain in...
Groups sought powers to hold NR to account

Groups sought powers to hold NR to account

Arriva, Go-Ahead and National Express denied punitive powers, including the right to withhold payments, in final Shaw review recommendations   Go-Ahead said concentrating on enhancements left a ‘capability drain’ in core areas   The Shaw review’s proposals to create a more effective working relationship between train operators and Network Rail fell short of providing operators...
‘Flabby’ TfL can fund my fare freeze - Khan

‘Flabby’ TfL can fund my fare freeze – Khan

Favourite to win mayoral election says he would fund fares freeze by cutting waste at Transport for London, and by taking bus contracts in-house   Labour candidate for London mayor Sadiq Khan speaking at a debate in London this week   Sadiq Khan, Labour’s candidate for the London mayoral election, has set out plans for...