Out now: Issue 204 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 204 of Passenger Transport

Issue 204 of Passenger Transport is published on March 8. Contents include:     LEAD STORY NXWM feels benefits of faster journey times Measures put in place during 2018 have enabled the company to ‘change the tide’ with speeds improving by 1% – and revenue per mile is up 4%...
NXWM feels benefits of faster journey times

NXWM feels benefits of faster journey times

Measures put in place during 2018 have enabled the company to ‘change the tide’ with speeds improving by 1% – and revenue per mile is up 4%   Buses in Birmingham   National Express Group’s West Midlands bus business has improved bus speeds for the first time in more than...
Ambition essential to get a bus strategy

Ambition essential to get a bus strategy

  It’s easy to talk about a national bus strategy, but it won’t be easy to get different government departments and stakeholders on board   Buses minister Nus Ghani came in for some criticism for saying she was in favour of a national bus strategy “at the right point” but...
This won’t be ‘some hipster bus service’

This won’t be ‘some hipster bus service’

Transport for London says that non-financial objectives will guide its trial of demand-responsive minibus technology in the south London suburbs   Last month TfL announced plans for a year-long trial of a demand responsive minibus network in Sutton   Transport for London says that the success of its demand responsive...
Haines vows ‘honest’ choices on punctuality

Haines vows ‘honest’ choices on punctuality

Industry needs to accept ‘greater realism’ on rail performance   Andrew Haines: Network Rail chief executive   Network Rail chief executive Andrew Haines has set out plans to provide government and passenger groups with “more honest and sophisticated” choices on how to restore punctuality to an acceptable level. Reflecting on seven...
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I build therefore I sprawl

I build therefore I sprawl

Will where future Britons live rely on, or ignore, public transport? We should study examples of transit oriented development   IJburg is reverential to its big skies and calm waters   Tens of thousands of homes lying empty whilst people sleep on the streets, not enough homes of the right type in the right places,...
Don’t leave rail users in dark over closures

Don’t leave rail users in dark over closures

The rail industry is not making sufficient effort to clearly explain to customers how an engineering closure has improved the service   Engineering closures are often essential but they are inconvient for train users   Part of the UK’s Christmas and New Year traditions is the annual closure of the national rail network on Christmas...
UK Bus Summit Review 2019

UK Bus Summit Review 2019

UK Bus Summit Review 2019, a publication devoted to the UK’s main mode of public transport. This publication has been produced by Passenger Transport, in association with Transport Times Events, to co-incide with the fourth annual UK Bus Summit. This event will be held in London at the QEII Conference Centre, Westminster, on February 6, 2019,...
‘Bus use decline can be reversed’

‘Bus use decline can be reversed’

Ahead of next month’s UK Bus Summit in London, senior bus industry figures have argued that a sustained decline in bus use across Great Britain is not inevitable. But the industry needs a long-term investment strategy and help with congestion   The decline in bus use across the United Kingdom can be halted if the...
Ring out the old, ring in the new

Ring out the old, ring in the new

In many ways, 2018 was an extremely challenging year for the transport sector. But buckle up, because 2019 will be a bumpy ride   In 2018, we saw the great train timetable fiasco, which Chris Grayling attempted to blame on everyone else   A new year is a time for optimism, to put behind us...
Design concept for UK hydrogen trains

Design concept for UK hydrogen trains

UK’s first hydrogen-powered trains could operate from 2021   Eversholt’s ‘Breeze’ hydrogen multiple units   Train manufacturer Alstom and rolling stock leasing company Eversholt have announced that they expect the UK’s first hydrogen-powered trains to be operating in 2021. It follows the completion of an engineering study and design concept for the conversion of Eversholt’s...
UK Bus Awards 2018 Souvenir Brochure

UK Bus Awards 2018 Souvenir Brochure

November saw the 23rd annual UK Bus Awards held at a ceremony in London, and you can read all about the winners and finalists in this official Souvenir Brochure. Click on the image below to view The Big Book of Big Winners 2018.   If you are viewing the site on a tablet or mobile...
Stagecoach considers US coach business sale

Stagecoach considers US coach business sale

Increasing competition sees Stagecoach write down the value of North American assets and consider whether to exit the US market or adapt   There’s a new kid in town: Flixbus began operating in the US in May   Stagecoach has started discussions with a potential buyer of its North American coach business. The option of...
Reaching behind the rhetoric on rail fares

Reaching behind the rhetoric on rail fares

The responses to this year’s annual rail fares increase were all too predictable. The industry should consider some different tactics   Rail passengers have faced years of above inflation fare increases   Another January, another in the relentless sequence of fare rises on our trains. And another set of all too predictable responses. So first...
Slide experiment ends - but the idea lives on

Slide experiment ends – but the idea lives on

It was the first service of its kind in the UK, but RATP Dev’s Slide shared ride-to-work service has now ceased operating in Bristol after two years   Slide Bristol was the first microtransit service to be launched in the United Kingdom   RATP Dev’s experimental shared ride-to-work service Slide Bristol closed on November 26...
Pension deficit clouds FirstGroup break-up

Pension deficit clouds FirstGroup break-up

On his first day as the group’s new chief executive, Matthew Gregory says that £430m pension deficit would have to be accounted for in any disposals     FirstGroup’s new chief executive, Matthew Gregory, has indicated that breaking up the company remains a possibility. Presenting the group’s half year financial results on his first day...
Lothian thinks big with 100-seat tri-axles

Lothian thinks big with 100-seat tri-axles

Alexander Dennis is building buses for Edinburgh again. January will see the first of 42 new high capacity double deckers enter service in the city   The 13.4-metre vehicles are capable of carrying up to 134 passengers   A lone piper emerged from behind the curtain on the shop floor at Alexander Dennis’s factory in...