‘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...
Read our supplement: The ALBUM Report 2018

Read our supplement: The ALBUM Report 2018

Welcome to the ALBUM Report 2018, a publication from Passenger Transport devoted to Britain’s independent and municipal bus companies. Returning for a fourth consecutive year, this year’s report also incorporates the official Conference Workbook for the 2018 album Conference, hosted by McGill’s at the Marriott Hotel, Glasgow, on May 14-16....
Euro 6 buses are the best value, says Dowie

Euro 6 buses are the best value, says Dowie

Buses with Euro 6 diesel engines are the best way of tackling air pollution in Britain’s cities, says First’s John Dowie. Rhodri Clark reports   Low emission vehicles on show at last week’s Welsh Bus Summit   Buses with Euro 6 diesel engines offer the best bang for the buck...
Here’s tae us; Wha’s like us?

Here’s tae us; Wha’s like us?

Scotland’s railway has become a symbol of the nation’s ambition and bigger thinking – it’s time that bus policy caught up   Electrification is not dead in Scotland   Someone senior in the transport sector in Scotland told me recently that they didn’t think that Scotland care that much about...
Just the ticket - but this won’t be easy

Just the ticket – but this won’t be easy

I welcome the Rail Delivery Group’s root and branch review of ticketing – but a splash of healthy realism needs to be delivered   Buying tickets the old fashioned way – at the ticket office – can be more expensive   The initiative by the Rail Delivery Group, representing all...
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TfL could trial demand responsive bus service

TfL could trial demand responsive bus service

Businesses are being asked to express interest in trialling a new TfL service that would operate flexibly in an area in need of improved public transport     Transport for London announced last week that it is exploring the potential of using a new ‘demand responsive’ TfL bus service to enhance London’s public transport network,...
Survey shows challenge of increasing diversity

Survey shows challenge of increasing diversity

Published for International Women’s Day, a survey for RDG has found that four-fifths of women in Britain have never considered a career in rail   Staff at train operator Greater Anglia have formed a group to focus on gender equality issues, with over 100 colleagues joining up   A survey for the Rail Delivery Group...
Patronage slumps on Britain’s bus networks

Patronage slumps on Britain’s bus networks

DfT finds England’s buses lost 79 million passengers during 2017   Tobyn Hughes: ‘We are working together to pool research and evidence’   Bus demand across Great Britain has continued to decline according to the latest patronage statistics published this week by the Department for Transport. The figures reveal that for the full year ending...
Is it time to embrace our inner hipster?

Is it time to embrace our inner hipster?

Should urban transport policy begin to reflect the ‘new economy’, with interesting places accessible by active travel and mass transit?   The rise of the ‘Flat White economy’ has implications for transport   Something is happening to our bland, branded up High Streets in the same way that something fundamental is happening to our urban...
Bus drivers still key, say bus passengers

Bus drivers still key, say bus passengers

Survey shows that Stagecoach and Go-Ahead continue to set the pace in terms of bus user satisfaction, with FirstGroup still struggling to keep up   A full report appeared in the latest edition of Passenger Transport   Passenger watchdog Transport Focus chose to emphasise the importance of bus drivers when launching its eighth annual Bus...
First will lead UK’s first driverless bus project

First will lead UK’s first driverless bus project

Transport group will lead goverment-backed ‘MultiCAV’ project, offering autonomous pods for journeys to and from high-tech hub near Didcot   FirstGroup has already trialled CAVs in the US   FirstGroup will lead the first mainstream use of fully connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) in the UK. The government announced its approval for the scheme last...
Go-Ahead cites impact of changing behaviour

Go-Ahead cites impact of changing behaviour

Changes in lifestyle and working patterns are suppressing travel   David Brown: ‘There is a whole range of issues’   Go Ahead-Group has highlighted the impact of changing travel patterns across the UK on transport companies’ finances in its half-year results. Despite patronage falls at the group’s regional bus division and Southeastern rail franchise, half-year...
TfGM spends £11.5m on franchising probe

TfGM spends £11.5m on franchising probe

Devolution agreement funds used to explore bus franchising options   Burnham to decide on franchising   Transport for Greater Manchester is pressing ahead with plans to introduce bus franchising in the Greater Manchester region with £11.5m set aside for 2018/19 to progress the plans. It says that the funding will be utilised in order to...
Are you ready for the new data protection rules?

Are you ready for the new data protection rules?

Rules on the protection of personal data will be tightened next month, with fines of up to 4% of annual global turnover or €20m for any organisation which fails to comply. Rhodri Clark reports   Oyster didn’t exist when the Data Protection Act was passed   This article may seem to be yet another one...
A compelling case - but is it being heard?

A compelling case – but is it being heard?

Last week’s UK Bus Summit underlined the strong case for supporting local bus services, but there is growing frustration that policy-makers are still not getting the message   Claire Haigh, chief executive of Greener Journeys   The case for backing buses is perhaps stronger than ever – boosted by the role they can play in...
Martin Griffiths blasts ‘point scoring’ politicians

Martin Griffiths blasts ‘point scoring’ politicians

‘Government rigorously tested our plans’   Martin Griffiths: I was personally told at the time that it was the highest quality bid they had ever seen   Stagecoach chief executive Martin Griffiths has hit out at politicians for “point scoring” and misleading the public over the imminent collapse of the Virgin Trains East Coast franchise....
How should cities respond to CAVs?

How should cities respond to CAVs?

Five things I learnt during a visit to the UK’s Cape Canaveral for autonomous vehicle research, at the University of Warwick   How do we join up the Connected and Autonomous Vehicles agenda with the healthy streets/better places agenda?   Money is no object for research and development on one form of urban transport right...