Out now: Issue 196 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 196 of Passenger Transport

Issue 196 of Passenger Transport is published on November 9. Contents include:     LEAD STORY ‘Cities ignoring buses would be missing out’ Campaigners point to new research and urge government not to overlook the benefits of buses when allocating £2.4bn Transforming Cities Fund   NEWS Members consider new plan...
‘Cities ignoring buses would be missing out’

‘Cities ignoring buses would be missing out’

Campaigners point to new research and urge government not to overlook the benefits of buses when allocating £2.4bn Transforming Cities Fund   The report cites the ‘Fastway’ project in Crawley as an example of a project that has improved journey times and reliability and caused a decline in car use...
The best transport secretary we’ve had?

The best transport secretary we’ve had?

Half a century after Barbara Castle’s landmark 1968 Transport Act received Royal Assent, it’s a good time to examine her legacy   Barbara Castle served as minister for transport from December 1965 until April 1968   Barbara Castle was the first woman to be secretary of state for transport, but...
Hammond bankrolls roads to ruin

Hammond bankrolls roads to ruin

Chancellor Philip Hammond earmarked £28.8bn for new and upgraded roads in last week’s budget. It’s a policy with many flaws   The budget earmarked almost £30bn for new and upgraded roads   So roads, roads and lots more roads. In his budget speech, Philip Hammond did not quite evoke the...
It’s late, but that will soon be forgotten

It’s late, but that will soon be forgotten

Crossrail is delayed, but this is not surprising give the complexity of the project – but when it arrives we will all be impressed     There’s been a lot of fuss about the delay and the extra cost of Crossrail in recent weeks, but overall the project has escaped...
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£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 single investment in electric buses...
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 employees and passengers alike. The...
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 rail services to be transferred...
Grayling - ‘He’s King Midas In Reverse’

Grayling – ‘He’s King Midas In Reverse’

Chris Grayling has shamelessly blamed others and he is always reacting to events, not leading them. It’s time he was moved on   Chris Grayling was made transport secretary in July 2016     I have always liked that old 1967 Hollies song, King Midas In Reverse. Here’s a couple of verses: It’s plain to...
Public transport can’t be complacent

Public transport can’t be complacent

A trip to San Francisco, a global showcase of mobility innovation, demonstrated that ‘classic’ public transport needs to raise its game   San Francisco seems to be at the epicentre of every new transport innovation being discussed on a global scale     Disruption continues in the world of mobility. Opportunities are leading to new...
In celebration of celebrating diversity

In celebration of celebrating diversity

It’s amazing that public transport providers openly support gay events in their localities. Love is all around. But it wasn’t always   It’s a credit to our industry that public transport providers openly support gay events in their localities   Quite rightly, we hear an awful lot about diversity and celebrating diversity in public transport....
ITS community to gather in Copenhagen

ITS community to gather in Copenhagen

Next month the global Intelligent Transport Systems community will gather in the Danish capital for the four-day 2018 ITS World Congress     Copenhagen, with its long history as a vibrant Baltic maritime hub, is set to play host to the 25th Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress. With ‘ITS – Quality of Life’ as...
No more conventional EC deals - Grayling

No more conventional EC deals – Grayling

Transport secretary outlines the new public-private partnership models which could be applied to the East Coast franchise in two years’ time   Transport secretary Chris Grayling appeared before MPs last week   Transport secretary Chris Grayling has indicated that he will not let the next East Coast rail franchise under a conventional private sector franchising...
Corbyn wrong to cry ‘Take back control!’

Corbyn wrong to cry ‘Take back control!’

The grievances of rail users may be well grounded, but the Labour leader’s leap to renationalisation is not. It is a knee-jerk reaction   The world has moved on, but Jeremy Corbyn has not   Goodbye Lenin was a wonderfully endearing and funny film. Released in 2003, it tells the story of a staunch supporter...
Stormy weather looms over transport

Stormy weather looms over transport

Big shifts are going on – crises for bus and rail, ‘big tech’ reined in and an active travel revolution underway in Greater Manchester     Whilst the summer weather has been day after day of serene blue skies, politics has been anything but. The arcane detail of rival concepts of Brexit (or no Brexit...
Innovations (Issue 40, Summer 2018)

Innovations (Issue 40, Summer 2018)

Innovations: Practical application of technology in passenger transport. Supporting Euro Bus Expo 2018 technology exhibitors   Click on the image below to view Innovations (Issue 40, Summer 2018).   If you are viewing the site on a mobile or tablet device, tap here to read the supplement.
London and West Mids to share best practice

London and West Mids to share best practice

Memorandum of Understanding is first time two devolved local authorities have committed to share knowledge and work towards common goals   Sadiq Khan (left) and Andy Street at London’s Traffic Control Centre   A knowledge-sharing agreement between London and the West Midlands will enable the two to learn from each other to improve not only...