Out now: Issue 166 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 166 of Passenger Transport

Issue 166 of Passenger Transport is published on August 11 Contents include:     LEAD STORY Street launches traffic congestion action plan West Midlands mayor says modal shift from cars to public transport is the long-term answer, but in the short-term he promises better co-ordination   NEWS NEG to extend revenue...
Street launches traffic congestion action plan

Street launches traffic congestion action plan

West Midlands mayor says modal shift from cars to public transport is the long-term answer, but in the short-term he promises better co-ordination   Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street and newly appointed director of network resilience, Anne Shaw   West Midlands mayor Andy Street has launched an action...
Huge change in travel plans during upgrade

Huge change in travel plans during upgrade

Commuters are heeding warnings to avoid Waterloo   Upgrade work at Waterloo station this month   Effective year-long campaigns to publicise disruption that will be caused by the Waterloo station upgrade throughout August has seen nearly half of South West Trains’ regular passengers make alternative travel and working arrangements. A...
CILT - Air Quality Plan is ‘weak and timid’

CILT – Air Quality Plan is ‘weak and timid’

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport says government’s plan should have supported the introduction of charges for polluting vehicles   Traffic in London   The government could do better than its “weak and timid” plan to tackle poor air quality, particularly given the urgency of public health risks, according...
Entries open for National Cycle-Rail Awards

Entries open for National Cycle-Rail Awards

Recognising those who encourage integrated cycle-rail travel     Now in its 13th year, the Cycle-Rail Awards recognise the progress made by the rail industry and associated organisations towards encouraging integrated cycle-rail travel. The Rail Delivery Group has a clear aim to encourage the greater use of cycles to access...
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See the light - #SaveOurWindows

See the light – #SaveOurWindows

If you’re putting indiscriminate, shouty messages over the windows of buses and trains, our Twitter campaign will call you out   Advertise here: Please don’t   Social media can be a powerful weapon when it comes to campaigning, depending on who you follow and who follows you. With fantastic support, from and belief by, a good...
Profit plunge threatens First bus investment

Profit plunge threatens First bus investment

FirstGroup’s 2016/17 financial results show that the operating profit margin for the UK bus business has dropped to just 3%, after restructuring costs   Uphill struggle: First’s flagging profits threaten investment in the fleet. Pictured are two recent additions to the fleet at the Millbrook test track   FirstGroup’s UK bus division has reported a...
West Midlands aims to become MaaS testbed

West Midlands aims to become MaaS testbed

A trial of the revolutionary ‘Mobility as a Service’ concept will begin in the West Midlands in a few weeks, with the region seeking to become a leader     By Robert Jack Mobility as a Service, MaaS, is heralded as a concept that will propel transport into a new era – and later this...
Virgin targets drivers with ‘disruptive’ ads

Virgin targets drivers with ‘disruptive’ ads

Assertive campaign highlights car’s disadvantages   Ad portrays rail as stress-free alternative to driving   Virgin Trains has launched a high profile marketing campaign designed around a new, more assertive approach to promoting the benefits of choosing rail over car travel. The stated aim is to “disrupt” the market in favour of public transport. It...
What’s the outcome for public transport?

What’s the outcome for public transport?

Theresa May’s gamble has backfired spectacularly, but what are the implications of the 2017 general election for public transport?     Remember the name Victoria Borwick. The final result of the election may well be one of the most significant. The Tories’ least business-friendly campaign in living memory has backfired catastrophically. The UKIP vote, it...
Transport sector on alert in wake of attack

Transport sector on alert in wake of attack

Increased threat level saw specially trained firearms officers patrol on board trains nationwide for the first time in effort to reassure the public   Manchester Victoria station has now reopened   The UK’s passenger transport sector is on a heightened state of alert following last month’s terror attack in Manchester. The bomb that detonated in...
Sharing ideas in an age of uncertainty

Sharing ideas in an age of uncertainty

Last month’s UITP gathering in Montréal considered bewildering change, and convergence on transit’s role in making better places   Montréal is a city not afraid to be imaginative in the way it does public transport   A vast trade fair in both ideas and equipment, UITP’s bi-annual global public transport get-together in Montréal last month...
A new bus for Switzerland

A new bus for Switzerland

  The first two of 19 Alexander Dennis Enviro500 buses will soon enter service with Swiss operator PostBus in the east of the country. They are the first British-built vehicles to enter service with PostBus and the first UK double deckers in Switzerland. With a total passenger capacity of 133 (80 of them seated) the...
Rail growth at lowest level since recession

Rail growth at lowest level since recession

Season ticket market share drops below 40% for first time   Overall, patronage increased 0.8% during the year   Patronage growth on Britain’s railways in 2016/17 fell to its lowest level since the recession seven years ago, figures released by the Office of Rail and Road show. Overall, patronage increased 0.8% during the year. On...
'Metro mayors' elected: Are they game changers?

‘Metro mayors’ elected: Are they game changers?

This month’s election of six new ‘metro mayor’s in England has been hailed as ‘a new era for politics’, with massive implications for urban transport     England has elected its first six ‘metro mayors’, with all promising far-reaching change to transport. West Midlands mayor Andy Street, previously MD of John Lewis, and Greater Manchester’s...
Public transport sector ‘entering a new era’

Public transport sector ‘entering a new era’

The biggest event in public transport returned this week, in Montréal, and discussion centred on rapid evolution in the sphere of urban mobility   The opening ceremony of UITP’s Global Public Transport Summit in Montréal   The global public transport community gathered in Montréal this week for UITP’s Global Public Transport Summit. And the secretary...
Citymapper launches ‘Smartbus’ trial route

Citymapper launches ‘Smartbus’ trial route

The journey planning app unleashed three Mercedes-Benz minibuses onto the streets of London last week for a two-day “pop-up” bus service trial   Three new Mercedes-Benz minibuses bristling with the latest software were used for the “pop-up” trial   By Andrew Garnett It was at the ALBUM Conference in 2015 were Stagecoach chairman Sir Brian...