Out now: Issue 227 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 227 of Passenger Transport

Issue 227 of Passenger Transport is published on February 21. Contents include:     LEAD STORY HS2 and £5bn for ‘local transport revolution’ £1bn-a-year boost for buses and cycling over five years will give towns and cities ‘the modern, joined up network needed to fire up economic growth’   NEWS:...
Bus franchising now mayor’s ‘leading option’

Bus franchising now mayor’s ‘leading option’

Steve Rotheram says Liverpool’s year-long ‘Big Bus Debate’ has influenced his thinking on franchising and ‘doing nothing is simply not an option’   Go-Ahead Group will recruit a record-breaking 1,200 apprentices this year   Steve Rotheram, the mayor of Liverpool City Region, says that he now considers a London-style franchised...
‘We’ve nationalised the wrong train operator’

‘We’ve nationalised the wrong train operator’

Northern Powerhouse Partnership director attacks TransPennine   FirstGroup’s TransPennine franchise began in April 2016   A representative of major business interests in the North of England has criticised FirstGroup over its “absolutely shocking” stewardship of the TransPennine Express franchise. The attack came from a director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership...
Street launches £15bn West Midlands rail plan

Street launches £15bn West Midlands rail plan

Mayoral hopeful plans 20-year programme of rail improvements     West Midlands metro mayor Andy Street has launched his bid for re-election in May with an ambitious £15bn, 20-year plan to significantly ugrade public transport in the region. The former John Lewis boss envisages opening eight new light rail lines...
Comfort or ‘capitalist realism’?

Comfort or ‘capitalist realism’?

  Many are unhappy about the utilitarian nature of modern train design in the UK. We could learn much from elsewhere in Europe   NS is working on train designs that enhance the experience for customers   There are a lot of new trains – faster and with more seats....
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UK Bus Summit Review 2020

UK Bus Summit Review 2020

UK Bus Summit Review 2020, 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 sixth annual UK Bus Summit. This event will be held in London at the QEII Conference Centre, Westminster, on February 6...
Stakeholders blast Berkeley’s HS2 report

Stakeholders blast Berkeley’s HS2 report

Critics claim peer shows ‘disgraceful ignorance’ of project Lord Berkeley has published an alternative to the Oakervee review into HS2 Lord Berkeley has published a new report into the troubled HS2 high speed rail project that suggests it is “the wrong and expensive solution” to improving connectivity in the Midlands and North of England. In...
So what does 2020 herald for transport?

So what does 2020 herald for transport?

  The New Year will bring change for Britain’s railways, a green light for HS2 and a greater focus on transport in the North of England The Labour government under Tony Blair had progressed a tram system for Leeds, only to cancel it   The good people at Passenger Transport have once again asked me...
Turning declarations into decisive actions

Turning declarations into decisive actions

  The climate crisis moved up the agenda in 2019 and ambitious new targets were set – 2020 will be about how we achieve them   Electrification of a larger bus network looks eminently doable even on the cliff edge timescales demanded by the climate modellers   On and on we hurtle deeper into the...
‘Let’s go!’ - Avanti may prove doubters wrong

‘Let’s go!’ – Avanti may prove doubters wrong

The launch of the new West Coast franchise operator lacked the pizzazz of its attention-seeking predecessor, but I have feeling that they will deliver – writes Alex Warner   The Avanti logo, a bright orange triangle, is intended to symbolise the geography of this 400-mile route   I trotted furtively away from the bright lights...
New decade, new era - Souter steps down

New decade, new era – Souter steps down

Sir Brian Souter will give up his role as chairman at the end of this year   Sir Brian Souter   After four decades at the heart of Stagecoach, Sir Brian Souter will step down from his role as chairman on December 31. He will become a non executive director of the company he co-founded...
Opening up space for positive change

Opening up space for positive change

  The changing needs of residential parking in UK towns and cities are opening up opportunities for new sustainable mobility   Suburban London residential street with parked cars   Across the UK millions of people live on residential streets laid out in the Victorian era. These rows of low rise terraced housing are icons of...
UK Bus Awards 2019 'Big Book of Big Winners'

UK Bus Awards 2019 ‘Big Book of Big Winners’

November saw the 24th annual UK Bus Awards held at a ceremony in London, and you can read all about the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in this official Souvenir Brochure. Click on the image below to view The Big Book of Big Winners 2019.   If you are viewing the site on a tablet...
Virgin’s journey ends as the age of Avanti begins

Virgin’s journey ends as the age of Avanti begins

New owners FirstGroup and Trenitalia this week unveiled the brand for the new Intercity West Coast franchise, ending Virgin’s 22-year tenure   A visualisation of a Pendolino with the new Avanti West Coast brand   Avanti West Coast was this week unveiled as the brand for the new Intercity West Coast rail franchise, which begins...
Parties set out their transport policies

Parties set out their transport policies

  It’s encouraging that for most parties, the policies being advanced are set in the context of tackling climate change and air pollution   What’s the collective noun for manifestos? An aspiration? An imagination? A deception? In any case, it’s election time so we are awash with them. Every party has to produce one, it...
‘We want our people with us on this journey’

‘We want our people with us on this journey’

This month’s CAVScotland heard about trials of automated transport by Stagecoach and Addison Lee who both agree that they still need people   Scotland’s transport secretary, Michael Matheson, viewed the full size autonomous Enviro200 bus at CAVScotland   The hype surrounding automated vehicles peaked in 2017. We’re now in the “trough of disillusionment” but the...
Farewell Virgin Trains, I enjoyed the journey

Farewell Virgin Trains, I enjoyed the journey

It began on March 9, 1997, and it will end on December 7, 2019 – but how will we remember Virgin’s tenure of the Intercity West Coast franchise?   Virgin Trains joins Barry Evans and Mr Blobby in our cultural memory   VISITED: Since Virgin took on the Intercity West Coast franchise in 1997 SERVICE:...