Read it here: Urban Transport Review 2017

Read it here: Urban Transport Review 2017

Welcome to Urban Transport Review 2017, published in conjunction with the Urban Transport Group Contents include a foreword by Lilian Greenwood, Chair of the Transport Select Committee. She writes: “A lot has changed in urban transport over the past year.” We hope you find it an interesting read and we...
Out now: Issue 174 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 174 of Passenger Transport

Issue 174 of Passenger Transport is published on December 15 Contents include:     LEAD STORY ‘A MaaS-ive opportunity’ Public and private sectors of the passenger transport world speak about transformative potential of ‘Mobility as a Service’   NEWS Adonis seeks ‘national rail transformation’ ‘State-of-the art projects still required in any...
Mobility as a Service - ‘A MaaS-ive opportunity’

Mobility as a Service – ‘A MaaS-ive opportunity’

Public and private sectors of the passenger transport world speak about transformative potential of ‘Mobility as a Service’     There is growing recognition in all corners of the passenger transport world of the game-changing potential of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) – whereby travellers use a smartphone app to...
Getting back to what we knew worked

Getting back to what we knew worked

  A feeling of déjà vu descends when reading the government’s new strategic vision for rail. Have some key lessons finally been learnt?   The ScotRail Alliance. Could this be a model for others?   “Connecting People” is the strapline for the government’s recently published strategic vision for rail. It’s...
Get on board! CityZap could be the future

Get on board! CityZap could be the future

Leeds to Manchester has been looked at and dismissed by bus operators many times over the years – but Transdev Blazefield had a zappy new idea   Linking Leeds and Manchester, every hour   VISITED: 15th November 2017 SERVICE: The first CityZap route has linked Leeds and York since March...
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TfL suspends graduate scheme

TfL suspends graduate scheme

Transport for London has denied claims that it has suspended graduate recruitment due to cuts Transport for London has denied claims that it has suspended its prestigious graduate management training scheme as a result of budget cuts made in order to help fund London mayor Sadiq Khan’s fares freeze. The Evening Standard this week reported...
DfT backs £10bn rise in Network Rail spending

DfT backs £10bn rise in Network Rail spending

Announced by transport secretary Chris Grayling last week, the 2019-24 funding settlement provides for the company to spend up to £47.9bn   The funding is intended to allow Network Rail to carry out plans to increase infrastructure maintenance and renewals to improve train service performance   The government has announced a significant boost in funding...
Taxis - a bridge to the future

Taxis – a bridge to the future

Taxis are the bridgehead for the TNCs in their mission to reshape global transport – how should urban transport authorites respond?   A man hails a taxi at a busy intersection in Manhattan, but many are using their smartphone to hail a ride   Taxis are the bridge between how urban transport is now and...
Carne plans female recruitment drive

Carne plans female recruitment drive

Only 16% of Network Rail’s 40,000 staff are women, and boss Mark Carne has concluded that ‘it is clear that equality of opportunity is not enough’   Network Rail, Thameslink Programme and contractors celebrating Women in Engineering Day in 2015   Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne has told senior managers throughout the company to...
Arriva leads record UK Bus Awards list

Arriva leads record UK Bus Awards list

108 shortlisted entries for the 2017 UK Bus Awards were revealed at a live ceremony at the Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester, last week   This year’s finalists pictured at last week’s event at the Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester   Arriva received the highest number of shortlisted entries for this year’s prestigious UK Bus Awards....
Burnham undecided on bus franchising

Burnham undecided on bus franchising

Mayor of Greater Manchester blames deregulation for decline in bus use, but says that he is ‘open minded’ about how to improve service provision   Andy Burnham (right) was speaking at the launch of an electric bus   The 2017 Bus Services Act was conceived in response to a pledge to give the mayor of...
Siemens/Alstom deal to ‘boost competitiveness’

Siemens/Alstom deal to ‘boost competitiveness’

Train manufacturing giants plan to merge their rail and mobility services operations in a bid to drive away competition from Far East newcomers   Siemens president Joe Kaeser (left) and Alstom’s chairman and CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge revealed the merger plans   Siemens and Alstom, Europe’s largest train manufacturers, have agreed a merger of their rail...
Merseyside partners celebrate Bus Alliance

Merseyside partners celebrate Bus Alliance

Patronage is rising, but franchising remains an option   Partners marked the Alliance at an event in September   The number of bus journeys young people are making in the Liverpool City Region has risen by 142% in the last three years. The figure was revealed on September 22 at an event to mark 12...
A look at the high tech ticketing of tomorrow

A look at the high tech ticketing of tomorrow

Cubic’s Innovation Centre in central London is the testbed for new technologies that could transform the public transport journey experience   60 people per minute: a visualisation of a ‘gateless gateline’   Identifying yourself by the vein structure in your hand and having cameras track your every move through a railway station – to some...
Rail risks ‘disastrous’ loss of five-year deals

Rail risks ‘disastrous’ loss of five-year deals

Office of Rail & Road’s Stephen Glaister warns UK Rail Summit that continuation of current ‘HLOS/SoFA’ process cannot be taken for granted   Stephen Glaister: ‘a real risk’   The chair of the railway’s regulator has warned that there is “a real risk” that the government will ditch the current process of five-year funding settlements...
Bus use drops across Great Britain

Bus use drops across Great Britain

Fall continues in Spring quarter, with 2.4% decline in England outside of London   Bus journeys: April-June 2017 versus April-June 2016 Source: Department for Transport   The number of people travelling by bus continues to decline across Great Britain, according to the latest statistics from the Department for Transport. Figures for April-June 2017 show year-on-year decreases in England...
Hendy: ‘Metroisation’ is the future for the railway

Hendy: ‘Metroisation’ is the future for the railway

‘Big railway’ must become more like the Underground   Hendy: ‘Obviously a good thing to do’   Sir Peter Hendy says that the ‘Digital Railway’ is the only way that the railway will be able to cope with the growing demands for capacity. Addressing the UK Rail Summit in London last week, the Network Rail...