Innovations (Issue 36, Spring 2017)

Innovations (Issue 36, Spring 2017)

Innovations: Practical application of technology in passenger transport. Supporting Coach & Bus 2017 technology exhibitors In partnership with Parkeon   Click on the image below to view Innovations (Issue 36, Spring 2017).     If you are viewing the site on a mobile or tablet device, tap here to read the...
Global Public Transport Review 2017

Global Public Transport Review 2017

Welcome to the Global Public Transport Review 2017, a new publication devoted to this vital sector. This publication from Passenger Transport, based in London, has been produced to co-incide with UITP’s Global Public Transport Summit in Montréal on May 15-17 – the world’s biggest public transport event. It features contributions from...
Out now: Issue 158 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 158 of Passenger Transport

Issue 158 of Passenger Transport is published on April 21 Contents include:       LEAD STORY Can Buses Bill become law before the election? England’s Bus Services Bill is close to becoming law, but time is running out following the prime minister’s decision to call a general election in June...
Can Buses Bill become law before the election?

Can Buses Bill become law before the election?

England’s Bus Services Bill is close to becoming law, but time is running out following the prime minister’s decision to call a general election in June     The Bus Services Bill faces a race against time after prime minister Theresa May’s decision to hold a snap general election on...
Hendy seeks outward-looking rail industry

Hendy seeks outward-looking rail industry

Network Rail chair endorses Independent Transport Commission report concluding railway development too important to be left to rail industry alone   Sir Peter Hendy   Network Rail chair Sir Peter Hendy has endorsed a report from the Independent Transport Commission calling for the industry to become more outward-looking in order...
Transdev extends touchless tickets trial

Transdev extends touchless tickets trial

A trial of touchless beacon-based m-ticketing technology has been judged to be such a success that it has been extended for a further three months   Over 1,200 trips have been made using the touchless technology on the space-themed Shuttle 662 route   The West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Transdev...
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US cities are getting smart on growth

US cities are getting smart on growth

Experience in America has shown that smart growth can benefit public transport – but the trick is to help make great places   71% of voters backed LA’s ‘Measure M’   Regrettably the word ‘smart’ may not automatically be the first word that springs to all readers’ minds in relation to the United States at...
UK Bus Summit: ‘You’re on your own’

UK Bus Summit: ‘You’re on your own’

Transport minister Andrew Jones told this month’s ‘UK Bus Summit’ that the bus sector must end its reliance on public funding   Andrew Jones: ‘An industry which requires public subsidy is not an industry which has a healthy, robust, sustainable future’   The government will not provide extra funding to prevent the further erosion of...
The damage is matched only by the futility

The damage is matched only by the futility

After a long period of relative calm, we are seeing again a labour dispute as bitter and futile as the ones fought out in the 1980s   Coverage of the 1982 train drivers’ dispute in the The Standard   Disputes over changes to working practices seem to generate extraordinary levels of intransigence quite unjustified by...
‘We have to work much smarter’

‘We have to work much smarter’

Arriva is using a data-led approach to identify what bus users and non-users want, and then deliver it   Arriva is rolling out its own smartcard, Arriva Connect, in the North West   In the competitive world of transportation there is a greater need than ever before to embrace digital technology to make the customer’s...
Hull Trains leads the way on gender equality

Hull Trains leads the way on gender equality

In contrast to the rail industry norm, where only 16% of roles are filled by women, 50% of employees at FirstGroup-owned Hull Trains are female   Claire Sonley   Hull Trains has reiterated its total commitment to equality in the wake of the Department for Transport’s calls for more women in transport. The FirstGroup-owned open...
Treasury eyes raid on NR property sales

Treasury eyes raid on NR property sales

It is unclear at present whether Network Rail will be allowed to retain ‘some, all or none’ of the £1.8bn it plans to raise from property sales   Redeveloped: A restaurant in a railway arch in Vauxhall, London   Network Rail’s plans to raise £1.8bn from property sales to help offset cost increases in infrastructure enhancement...
Failure is the route to innovation

Failure is the route to innovation

The bus industry must innovate or die. We just need someone to stop making excuses, take a chance and be prepared to fail   Some companies are offering a glimmer of hope with bold new innovations, like Slide from RATP Dev   By Mike Fletcher, mhd partnership In the previous edition of Passenger Transit (PT152), there...
At what point does a safe job become unsafe?

At what point does a safe job become unsafe?

James Dark took a trip out on the network with a train driver to learn more about DOO. Here’s what he found   The dispute at Southern has put DOO in the spotlight. But is anyone any the wiser?   The long running industrial relations dispute over the extension of driver only operation on the...
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...