£56m plan to bring 105 e-buses to Manchester

£56m plan to bring 105 e-buses to Manchester

Stagecoach planning £21.5m bid for support from the government’s £48m Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme for fleet of full electric double-deckers   Alexander Dennis has already won orders for bettery-powered Enviro400 EV City vehicles from Metroline   Stagecoach is seeking government funding for a ambitious £56m plan to deliver Europe’s largest...
A new chapter for Welsh rail

A new chapter for Welsh rail

Rhodri Clark spoke to Colin Lea, mobilisation director at Transport for Wales Rail Services   The entire fleet used by ATW will be replaced between 2019 and 2024, mostly with 148 new trains   The months and years ahead will be ones of major change at Wales and Borders, for...
Orange revolution held at red signal

Orange revolution held at red signal

London mayor Sadiq Khan’s desire to extend the Overground is matched by transport secretary Chris Grayling’s desire to stop him   Investment: new Overground trains at Bombardier’s Derby site     It was no surprise to see the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, recently renew his calls for more suburban...
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Reading ‘tech lab’ aims to spur on innovation

Reading ‘tech lab’ aims to spur on innovation

Company launches a creative space for technology developers   Nusrat Ghani launches the new facility with Tony Pettitt, Reading’s chief finance and information officer   Council-owned bus operator Reading Buses has launched a new creative space that aims to spur on the development of new apps, technology and ideas for improving transport in the Berkshire...
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....
A vision for the future of ‘Rail Cities’

A vision for the future of ‘Rail Cities’

The crisis on Northern and Thameslink shows how important rail is for cities – and opens up a space for some bigger thinking   The Tyne & Wear Metro   The recent meltdowns on Northern and Thameslink not only left many passengers beside themselves with frustration about not being able to get to work on...
Buses need long term investment strategy

Buses need long term investment strategy

As we celebrate Catch the Bus Week, a new report warns that buses are in crisis. With more cuts on the horizon, action is needed   Buses minister Nusrat Ghani and Transport Select Committee chair Lilian Greenwood joined Greener Journeys in Westminister on July 2 to launch this year’s annual Catch the Bus Week  ...
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...
Our Brexit journey will be a rough ride

Our Brexit journey will be a rough ride

Two years on from the Brexit referendum, where have we got to? I revisit my eight initial predictions and offer some new ones     There have been plenty of transport metaphors to be found in the articles on Brexit that are now a regular feature of our daily newspapers, and none of them positive....
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...
Safer transport and automation

Safer transport and automation

‘Safety & Security’ was the theme of last month’s International Transport Forum Summit in Leipzig. I was one of 1,200 visitors   A panel session during the International Transport Forum’s 2018 Summit   The Paris-based International Transport Forum, which is an associated agency of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and based in...
So what’s this franchising for?

So what’s this franchising for?

Franchising is a ‘half-way house’ model that combines the public and private sector. But roles and risks must be carefully considered   The East Coast franchise tells us that the infinite suppressed demand actually isn’t there   It was the high-watermark of the Thatcher government that brought deregulation and privatisation into common usage – terms...
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...
Fuel duty freeze cut public transport usage

Fuel duty freeze cut public transport usage

Seven-year fuel duty freeze has resulted in more pollution and congestion and fewer journeys by public transport, says Greener Journeys report   The seven-year fuel duty freeze ‘has resulted in a 4% increase in traffic since 2011’   When the Tory-led coalition government took power in 2010, transport secretary Philip Hammond pledged to “end the...