Innovations (Issue 40, Summer 2018)

Innovations (Issue 40, Summer 2018)

Innovations: Practical application of technology in passenger transport. Supporting Euro Bus Expo 2018 technology exhibitors   Click on the image below to view Innovations (Issue 40, Summer 2018).   If you are viewing the site on a mobile or tablet device, tap here to read the supplement.
Out now: Issue 189 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 189 of Passenger Transport

Issue 189 of Passenger Transport is published on July 20. Contents include:     LEAD STORY London and West Mids to share best practice Memorandum of Understanding is first time two devolved local authorities have committed to share knowledge and work towards common goals   NEWS Council leader gives support...
London and West Mids to share best practice

London and West Mids to share best practice

Memorandum of Understanding is first time two devolved local authorities have committed to share knowledge and work towards common goals   Sadiq Khan (left) and Andy Street at London’s Traffic Control Centre   A knowledge-sharing agreement between London and the West Midlands will enable the two to learn from each...
Liverpool City Region’s ‘big bus conversation’

Liverpool City Region’s ‘big bus conversation’

While acknowledging the success of the Bus Alliance with bus operators, LCR’s metro mayor wants to take greater control. Rhodri Clark reports   Steve Rotheram, metro mayor for Liverpool City Region   Steve Rotheram, metro mayor for the Liverpool City Region, said last week that the city region will take...
Give Mark a break, rail managers need support

Give Mark a break, rail managers need support

GTR manager Mark Boon didn’t deserve the vilification he received for turfing Standard Class ticket holders out of First. He and others need help. Alex Warner offers his view   The tweet that exposed Mark Boon   Beleaguered boss Charles Horton has departed troubled franchise GTR, so now it seems...
Reading ‘tech lab’ aims to spur on innovation

Reading ‘tech lab’ aims to spur on innovation

Company launches a creative space for technology developers   Nusrat Ghani launches the new facility with Tony Pettitt, Reading’s chief finance and information officer   Council-owned bus operator Reading Buses has launched a new creative space that aims to spur on the development of new apps, technology and ideas for...
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10 questions that must be answered

10 questions that must be answered

Stephen Glaister’s inquiry into the timetable fiasco at Northern and Thameslink must be genuine, with nothing off limits   In a move I have never seen before, 25 newspaper titles in the north have come together to demand the government “get a grip”   Back in 1985, following a short spell with British Rail, I...
VTEC hits buffers - who’s next?

VTEC hits buffers – who’s next?

On June 23, Stagecoach/Virgin’s three-year tenure of the East Coast franchise will come to an end and the state will take over. Former transport minister Norman Baker predicts more trouble ahead     In less than a month’s time, the government will take direct control of the East Coast intercity franchise – renationalising the flagship...
Robertson - exports  are vital to our survival

Robertson – exports are vital to our survival

Alexander Dennis Limited chief executive tells ALBUM Conference that internationalisation has kept up revenues during uncertain times at home   Alexander Dennis has exported double deckers to Mexico City   The future of UK bus manufacturing cannot be taken for granted, Colin Robertson warned a gathering of bus operators in Glasgow last week. Addressing the...
The Holy Grail looks as far away as ever

The Holy Grail looks as far away as ever

The problems with the East Coast franchise go right to the heart of the franchising model. I predict more trouble ahead   LNER: Starting June 23, 2018   There was a pithy letter in The Guardian this week from one Bob Ward in Leeds. He wrote: “I’m concerned that the trains on the east coast...
The impact of an ageing society

The impact of an ageing society

Society is getting older and this will bring new expectations. What will it mean for the mobility industry and are we ready?     In a changing world where almost all businesses are facing multiple disruptions, new local, regional and even global competitors and the need to justify their continued role to public authorities, stakeholders,...
‘It’s the congestion, stupid’

‘It’s the congestion, stupid’

Managers at Britain’s municipal and independent bus operators were asked to identify the main challenge facing the bus sector… 40% said ‘congestion’       What is the main challenge facing the bus sector? ‘Congestion’ is the most likely response from managers at Britain’s municipal and independent bus companies. Two-fifths (40%) gave this answer in...
Read our supplement: The ALBUM Report 2018

Read our supplement: The ALBUM Report 2018

Welcome to the ALBUM Report 2018, a publication from Passenger Transport devoted to Britain’s independent and municipal bus companies. Returning for a fourth consecutive year, this year’s report also incorporates the official Conference Workbook for the 2018 album Conference, hosted by McGill’s at the Marriott Hotel, Glasgow, on May 14-16. We hope you find it...
Euro 6 buses are the best value, says Dowie

Euro 6 buses are the best value, says Dowie

Buses with Euro 6 diesel engines are the best way of tackling air pollution in Britain’s cities, says First’s John Dowie. Rhodri Clark reports   Low emission vehicles on show at last week’s Welsh Bus Summit   Buses with Euro 6 diesel engines offer the best bang for the buck for authorities requiring rapid improvements...
Here’s tae us; Wha’s like us?

Here’s tae us; Wha’s like us?

Scotland’s railway has become a symbol of the nation’s ambition and bigger thinking – it’s time that bus policy caught up   Electrification is not dead in Scotland   Someone senior in the transport sector in Scotland told me recently that they didn’t think that Scotland care that much about whether England is aware of...
Just the ticket - but this won’t be easy

Just the ticket – but this won’t be easy

I welcome the Rail Delivery Group’s root and branch review of ticketing – but a splash of healthy realism needs to be delivered   Buying tickets the old fashioned way – at the ticket office – can be more expensive   The initiative by the Rail Delivery Group, representing all the train operating companies, to...
Innovations (Issue 39, Spring 2018)

Innovations (Issue 39, Spring 2018)

Innovations: Practical application of technology in passenger transport. Supporting Euro Bus Expo 2018 technology exhibitors   Click on the image below to view Innovations (Issue 39, Spring 2018).   If you are viewing the site on a mobile or tablet device, tap here to read the supplement.
Bysus yng Nghymru 2018 / Buses in Wales 2018

Bysus yng Nghymru 2018 / Buses in Wales 2018

Croeso / Welcome Croeso i Bysus yng Nghymru 2018, cyhoeddiad am y prif ddull o drafnidiaeth gyhoeddus yng Nghymru. Cynhyrchwyd y cyhoeddiad hwn gan Passenger Transport i gyd-fynd ag Uwchgynhadledd Fysiau Llywodraeth Cymru yn Abertawe ar Mai 3. Mae’r cyhoeddiad hwn yn cynnwys cyfraniadau gan amrywiaeth o sefydliadau sydd â diddordeb mewn gwasanaethau bysus yng...