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Stagecoach identifies ‘huge opportunity’

Stagecoach identifies ‘huge opportunity’

Group’s research shows ‘cause for optimism’ in prospects for buses, despite nearly a decade of patronage declines. But policy interventions are needed     Stagecoach has called on central and local government to work with its companies to capitalise on a “huge opportunity” to combat road congestion and improve air quality by growing bus use....
Corbyn puts PM on spot over bus services

Corbyn puts PM on spot over bus services

Labour leader uses Prime Minister’s Questions to raise concerns about the plight of local bus services   They are the workhorse of our public transport system, carrying twice as many passengers as the railways and providing vital links for communities – yet many were bemused when Jeremy Corbyn put buses in the spotlight at yesterday’s...
The best job in public transport?

The best job in public transport?

Phillip A. Washington of LA Metro outlines ambitious ‘28 by 2028’ vision at Transports Publics show   Phillip A. Washington at Transports Publics 2018   With an ambitious plan to implement 28 “mega-projects” by 2028 and an open-ended $860m a year funding pot to back it up, Phillip A. Washington may have the best job...
Glasgow’s transport in need of ‘rewiring’

Glasgow’s transport in need of ‘rewiring’

The Glasgow Connectivity Commission, chaired by Professor David Begg, hears the city’s current transport system is presenting a barrier to growth   24% of land in Glasgow city centre is taken up by roads   A “significant rewiring” of Glasgow’s transport system is required if the city is to keep pace with other leading European...
Grayling hunts scalps over timetable fiasco

Grayling hunts scalps over timetable fiasco

Facing the wrath of MPs in Parliament, transport secretary Chris Grayling this week launched an investigation and vowed to punish negligent parties   Chris Grayling speaking in the Commons on June 4   Transport secretary Chris Grayling has warned Govia Thameslink Railway that it faces losing its contract in the wake of plummeting train service...
VTEC hits buffers - who’s next?

VTEC hits buffers – who’s next?

On June 23, Stagecoach/Virgin’s three-year tenure of the East Coast franchise will come to an end and the state will take over. Former transport minister Norman Baker predicts more trouble ahead     In less than a month’s time, the government will take direct control of the East Coast intercity franchise – renationalising the flagship...
Robertson - exports  are vital to our survival

Robertson – exports are vital to our survival

Alexander Dennis Limited chief executive tells ALBUM Conference that internationalisation has kept up revenues during uncertain times at home   Alexander Dennis has exported double deckers to Mexico City   The future of UK bus manufacturing cannot be taken for granted, Colin Robertson warned a gathering of bus operators in Glasgow last week. Addressing the...
‘It’s the congestion, stupid’

‘It’s the congestion, stupid’

Managers at Britain’s municipal and independent bus operators were asked to identify the main challenge facing the bus sector… 40% said ‘congestion’       What is the main challenge facing the bus sector? ‘Congestion’ is the most likely response from managers at Britain’s municipal and independent bus companies. Two-fifths (40%) gave this answer in...
FirstGroup break-up likely after Apollo bid

FirstGroup break-up likely after Apollo bid

Although group rejected initial takeover bid as ‘opportunistic’, major changes are expected – especially at under-performing UK bus division     The break-up of FirstGroup is being predicted by City analysts and in the transport industry following a preliminary takeover bid from North American private equity investor Apollo Asset Management. Although First rejected an initial...
Is this the home of the mobility revolution?

Is this the home of the mobility revolution?

The West Midlands is hosting the UK’s first trial of ‘Mobility as a Service’, launched this month with help from a creative three-storey marketing ploy   The Nordic micro-house in Brindleyplace is the size of a parking space   “The birthplace of the industrial revolution is now the birthplace of the mobility revolution,” declared Chris...
TOCs want action to limit reputational risk

TOCs want action to limit reputational risk

Concerns follow furore over the collapse of the East Coast franchise, which saw Stagecoach/Virgin ‘unfairly’ accused of receiving a taxpayer ‘bail out’   The issue was raised during the furore over the forthcoming collapse of the East Coast franchise   Train operators have asked the Department for Transport to review its approach to publicising rail...
Where have the passengers gone?

Where have the passengers gone?

Just a blip, or the start of a trend? We look at what’s causing bus and rail patronage to decline     The number of people travelling by public transport in Great Britain is declining, with patronage falling on both bus and train services in 2017. The trend is by no means universal, with some...