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MPs urge government to develop bus strategy

MPs urge government to develop bus strategy

Transport Select Committee seeks action to end decline     MPs have called on the government to develop and adopt a bus strategy for England by the end of next year. Members of the House of Commons Transport Select Committee concluded that such a bus strategy was neccessary in their report, Bus Services in England...
Destination net zero: ‘We can get you there’

Destination net zero: ‘We can get you there’

The Committee on Climate Change’s new advice for government is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. As the largest source of UK GHG emissions (23% of the total), transport will need to see major changes – and modal shift towards public transport must be part of the solution   The Committee on...
RDG sets out vision to end failed ‘quick fixes’

RDG sets out vision to end failed ‘quick fixes’

Rail Delivery Group chief Paul Plummer said the proposals to the Williams rail review are intended as ‘building blocks’ for fundamental reform   RDG chief executive Paul Plummer   The Rail Delivery Group has set out proposals for a new rail industry structure which would remove central government from day to day decision making, integrate...
Stagecoach deal to buy Arriva ‘very difficult’

Stagecoach deal to buy Arriva ‘very difficult’

Perth-based group is reported to be interested in buying bus business from its DB-owned rival – but industry experts say there are too many hurdles   Germany’s Deutsche Bahn is looking to offload Arriva   Stagecoach is reported to be considering a bid for all or part of rival group Arriva. However, industry analysts say...
Pensions crisis ‘risks national rail strike’

Pensions crisis ‘risks national rail strike’

RDG urges DfT to act as a guarantor to pension scheme   Paul Plummer   The Rail Delivery Group has told the Department for Transport that a national rail strike and rail franchising chaos are likely unless the government agrees to act as a guarantor to the railway pension scheme. In a letter to transport...
David Martin tipped to play role in Arriva deal

David Martin tipped to play role in Arriva deal

Following Deutsche Bahn’s decision to put Arriva up for sale, peers of the group’s former chief executive believe he could re-emerge on the scene   David Martin, a former chief executive of Arriva   Arriva’s former chief executive David Martin has been tipped to play a prominent part in a bid for the company he...
Yeowart plans first competition for GWR

Yeowart plans first competition for GWR

Grand Union would run non-stop service to Bristol Parkway     Open access entrepreneur Ian Yeowart is planning a new London-Cardiff service that would provide the first competition to Great Western Railway since privatisation 25 years ago. A notification to the Office of Rail and Road shows that Yeowart’s new open access company, Grand Union,...
‘Compelling case’ for Cambridgeshire Metro

‘Compelling case’ for Cambridgeshire Metro

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough mayor James Palmer says £4bn project would achieve modal shift, create jobs and deliver economic growth A visualisation of the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro   A detailed report examining the feasibility of a 142km metro system for Greater Cambridge and the wider region has found a “compelling case” for the scheme. The Strategic...
Williams to focus on integrated transport

Williams to focus on integrated transport

Rail review chief says industry must move to seamless journeys Keith Williams   Rail review chairman Keith Williams has placed integrating rail services into wider public transport networks as one of the core objectives for reforming the railway. Speaking at the Accelerate Rail conference in London, Williams said the industry needed to prepare for the impact...
NXWM feels benefits of faster journey times

NXWM feels benefits of faster journey times

Measures put in place during 2018 have enabled the company to ‘change the tide’ with speeds improving by 1% – and revenue per mile is up 4% Buses in Birmingham   National Express Group’s West Midlands bus business has improved bus speeds for the first time in more than a decade, bucking the national trend...
Haines vows ‘honest’ choices on punctuality

Haines vows ‘honest’ choices on punctuality

Industry needs to accept ‘greater realism’ on rail performance Andrew Haines: Network Rail chief executive   Network Rail chief executive Andrew Haines has set out plans to provide government and passenger groups with “more honest and sophisticated” choices on how to restore punctuality to an acceptable level. Reflecting on seven years of declining performance and the...
Industry takes initiative on rail reform agenda

Industry takes initiative on rail reform agenda

RDG proposes reforming fares regulation to offer more flexible, better value fares while Network Rail boss sets out plans to restructure company   RDG anticipates that its proposed reforms would be self-financing   Network Rail and the Rail Delivery Group have taken the initiative in setting the ground for changes to the way the rail...