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Tube’s best line is getting better

Tube’s best line is getting better

Three-way partnership between Alstom, Tube Lines and LU is continuing to deliver improvements. Back in 2009, the triumvirate of partnership of Alstom, Tube Lines and London Underground collected four industry awards for their joint success in improving services on the Northern Line. Once dubbed “the Misery Line” by Londoners, it’s now the Tube network’s best-performing...
Adding some colour to Poland’s transport

Adding some colour to Poland’s transport

Austin Birks is in Poland, where he observed Sir Brian Souter’s eye catching and rapidly expanding PolskiBus operation in action. It was not a good start! Checking in at Gate K at Heathrow Airport, I was advised by a nice young lady in a LOT uniform, bearing a big fixed smile, that a plane had...
Visions of a greener future at Busworld

Visions of a greener future at Busworld

BAE Systems and Chinese newcomer BYD had some exciting developments in the world of greener buses at the Kortrijk show, writes Andrew Garnett. New vehicle propulsion technologies have come to the fore in recent years and with pressure on natural resources, the effects of climate change and increasing problems with air pollution in major cities...
The BRT project specialists

The BRT project specialists

Four Bus Rapid Transit schemes have one thing in common – construction firm BAM Nuttall. The last few years have been an exciting time for anyone involved in the promotion of Bus Rapid Transit in the UK. Several schemes have opened for business and it seems that the bus is being realistically viewed as a...
BRT: Is the busway just the beginning?

BRT: Is the busway just the beginning?

Bircham Dyson Bell’s Aaron Nelson considers how bus operators can be freed to invest in long term BRT infrastructure. Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) made the national news this month thanks to the opening of the busway in Cambridgeshire. The first four days of operation have seen more than 20,000 journeys along its 16-mile route. “The...
It’s good, but it could be better

It’s good, but it could be better

Alex Hornby took a ride on Eindhoven’s Phileas system. He envied some elements, but not all. Having fixed ourselves up with the new OV Chipkaart – an amazing thing in itself, being a national, stored value smart card and allows use on all trains, trams and buses throughout the Netherlands – our touring party of...
The Berry Report:  All that we hope for?

The Berry Report: All that we hope for?

The light rail experts at Bircham Dyson Bell explain what they would like to see in Steve Berry’s report on the costs of light rail. Steve Berry’s eagerly awaited report on the costs of light rail is due to be published in September by the Department for Transport. Many in the light rail industry have...
Brown goes the Abellio Way

Brown goes the Abellio Way

Former London Rail boss received many job offers. He explains why he chose to join Abellio. On a recent business trip on one of the UK’s premier railway routes, Ian Brown was given plenty of opportunity to reflect on the way passenger transport is often perceived by the public. An initial delay was compounded as...
A ‘toolkit’ to deliver modal shift

A ‘toolkit’ to deliver modal shift

Launched in September 2009, the bus industry’s Greener Journeys campaign is aimed at aimed at encouraging people to get out of their cars and onto buses and coaches. The campaign, which is led by the UK’s ‘big five’ passenger transport groups – Arriva, FirstGroup, Go Ahead, National Express and Stagecoach – and the Confederation for...
‘Boost our funding and we will deliver growth’

‘Boost our funding and we will deliver growth’

PTEG chair Geoff Inskip tells Robert Jack how England’s city regions can double market share for public transport and aid economic recovery At the beginning of this year Geoff Inskip took on one of the biggest jobs in UK passenger transport. The chief executive of Centro, the integrated transport authority for the West Midlands, took...