Out now: Issue 156 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 156 of Passenger Transport

Issue 156 of Passenger Transport is published on March 24 Contents include:       LEAD STORY Kent – the garden of innovation? The county known as the ‘Garden of England’ is emerging as a testbed for bus groups to cultivate new approaches to bus service provision   NEWS TfGM bids...
Kent - the garden of innovation?

Kent – the garden of innovation?

The county known as the ‘Garden of England’ is emerging as a testbed for bus groups to cultivate new approaches to bus service provision     Arriva and Stagecoach have each begun trials of new approaches to bus service provision in Kent this month, with a view to rolling them...
Arriva joins the race to reinvent the bus

Arriva joins the race to reinvent the bus

The technology at our fingertips is changing how we live our lives and our expectations. A growing number of bus operators are now responding   ArrivaClick offers a new way to get to Kent Science Park   Those attending last month’s UK Bus Summit in London were asked whether they...
TV ad shows how 'Britain Runs On Rail'

TV ad shows how ‘Britain Runs On Rail’

Second phase for rail industry media campaign   TV advertisement highlights the industry’s value   The Rail Delivery Group has launched the second phase of its multi-media Britain Runs on Rail campaign which includes its first TV advertising spot. The advert, which is also running in cinemas, demonstrates the railway’s...
Ideas to improve rail’s industrial relations

Ideas to improve rail’s industrial relations

Changes could include profit share and boardroom influence   The proposals reflect concern in the DfT that background industrial relations are partly responsible for recent strikes at Southern   The Department for Transport has set out initial ideas on how the rail industry could form a new approach to industrial...
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Choose life, choose a career... choose buses?

Choose life, choose a career… choose buses?

Stuffy, traditional and facing extinction. Why should young people join the bus industry, and why should those who still have a choice decide to stay? Alex Warner offers his view   A familiar sight?: The dyed-in-the-wool, uninspiring attitudes of some ‘old farts’ can have a debilitating effect   Firstly an apology to Arriva’s bus big...
‘Economy not to blame for falling bus growth’

‘Economy not to blame for falling bus growth’

Downbeat assessment of UK’s regional bus market concludes that weak bus usage trends have existed for many years, and are unlikely to end soon   Investing in buses: Stagecoach North East is to launch a new service between Sunderland and Newcastle next week   Regional bus revenue growth at the UK’s largest operators will remain...
Crossrail denies delivery date risk

Crossrail denies delivery date risk

A number of contractors are understood to be requesting additional payments     Crossrail Ltd has denied that negotiations with contractors fitting signalling and electrical systems and facilities on the new cross-London rail route are putting on-time delivery of the £14.8bn scheme at risk. It is understood that a number of contractors have told Crossrail...
Southern: Bring back the red lampposts

Southern: Bring back the red lampposts

There’s no way back for Southern, and DOO is not the problem. Why not gradually recreate the much missed Network Southeast?   Network SouthEast: much admired and much missed   ASLEF calling off this week’s three day drivers’ strike on Southern to allow for meaningful talks on DOO (driver only operation) is hugely welcome, but...
Leave the office and offer a ‘helping hand’

Leave the office and offer a ‘helping hand’

Professionalism isn’t imperiously poncing around in a suit, it’s understanding your product, your customers and your staff   Stagecoach chairman Sir Brian Souter could often be found behind the wheel of a bus, even when he was the group’s chief executive   You would have thought it was rather important to have a reasonable knowledge...
Bysus yng Nghymru 2017 / Buses in Wales 2017

Bysus yng Nghymru 2017 / Buses in Wales 2017

Croeso / Welcome Croeso i Bysus yng Nghymru 2017, cyhoeddiad am y prif ddull o drafnidiaeth gyhoeddus yng Nghymru. Cynhyrchwyd y cyhoeddiad hwn gan Passenger Transport i gyd-fynd ag Uwchgynhadledd Gwasanaethau Bws Llywodraeth Cymru yn Wrecsam ar Ionawr 23. Mae’r cyhoeddiad hwn yn cynnwys cyfraniadau gan amrywiaeth o sefydliadau sydd â diddordeb mewn gwasanaethau bysus...
DfT and TOCs to trial radical fares overhaul

DfT and TOCs to trial radical fares overhaul

Trials represent breakthrough in persuading ministers to consider revising historic regulations which prevent better value, fairer and simpler tickets   Paul Maynard   The Rail Delivery Group is intending to define a “a whole new territory” for rail fares in a series of pilot projects agreed with the government. Industry sources told Passenger Transport that...
National Express exits, Trenitalia enters

National Express exits, Trenitalia enters

UK group agrees deal to sell c2c franchise to Italian state railway     National Express Group has agreed a £70m deal to sell its c2c franchise to Trenitalia, the Italian state railway company. The deal marks the departure of National Express from the UK passenger rail market. The group was once the market leader,...
‘A diesel bus emits less NOx than a diesel car’

‘A diesel bus emits less NOx than a diesel car’

Study finds that buses and coaches are cleaner than cars   PEMS equipment fitted to the exhaust system of a bus   Research by the International Council on Clean Transportation has discovered that heavy duty vehicles such as buses and coaches that are powered by diesel engines are far cleaner than cars powered by significantly...
What do customers really want?

What do customers really want?

Arriva has sought to answer this question through a programme of engagement, including an online survey and an event at our HQ   The customer-focused event in Doxford   By Gillian Singh, Arriva UK Bus All too often we see customer engagement by businesses take place to gain intelligence and thoughts on a decision already...
Southern strikes have cost DfT £65m - so far

Southern strikes have cost DfT £65m – so far

Franchise holder Go-Ahead has revealed figures that suggest £50m in lost revenue, in addition to £15m already set aside for ‘hardship’ compensation     The industrial dispute by guards and drivers on the Southern network is estimated to have cost the Department for Transport a total of £65m since June – and with no sign...
Bus Users blasts NHS chief’s bus pass plan

Bus Users blasts NHS chief’s bus pass plan

Simon Stevens suggests bus pass funding should move to care     Passenger lobby group Bus Users has hit out at suggestions made by the chief executive of NHS England that free buses should be phased out in favour of extra funding for social care. Simon Stevens told MPs on the communities and local government...