Out now: Issue 220 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 220 of Passenger Transport

Issue 220 of Passenger Transport is published on November 1. Contents include:     LEAD STORY Electric cars in bus lanes? N0 TH4NK5 Dismay at Department for Transport’s suggestion that electric vehicles with green number plates could get cheap parking and access to bus lanes   NEWS: £500m to be...
Read our supplement: Scotland’s Buses 2019

Read our supplement: Scotland’s Buses 2019

Welcome to Scotland’s Buses 2019, a publication devoted to Scotland’s main mode of public transport. Buses make an enormous contribution to Scotland, carrying 388 million passenger journeys annually, providing the vital links that enable communities to function. This publication from Passenger Transport puts the spotlight on Scotland’s bus industry and...
Electric cars in bus lanes? N0 TH4NK5

Electric cars in bus lanes? N0 TH4NK5

Dismay at Department for Transport’s suggestion that electric vehicles with green number plates could get cheap parking and access to bus lanes     Access to bus lanes and cheaper parking could be offered to motorists to encourage uptake of zero emission electric vehicles. This suggestion was put forward by...
The price is right, the time is right

The price is right, the time is right

  The £28bn a year that the Treasury collects from fuel duty will disappear as electric vehicles roll out. Road pricing is coming   Road toll revolution: On December 23, 2017, The Times reported that Britain’s first national pay-per-mile road charging system was being considered by the Department for Transport....
Will LRT ever have traction in the UK?

Will LRT ever have traction in the UK?

  The slow expansion of light rail in the UK does not seem to fit well with the need to address the challenge of climate crisis   Midland Metro   The UN Climate Action Summit in New York City at the end of September highlighted the need for urgent and...
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A £10m digital strategy for buses

A £10m digital strategy for buses

FirstGroup CCO Martin Bould believes his group is leading the way on harnessing technology The First Bus app has improved vastly over the past three years   The future of First Bus is uncertain. It was the acorn from which the towering FirstGroup oak grew, but it has now been branded “non core” by a...
Scotland to spend £500m on bus priority

Scotland to spend £500m on bus priority

Bus operators welcome commitment to invest in improved infrastructure – ‘it is fantastic to see buses at the heart of the Scottish Government agenda’   First Minister Nicola Sturgeon with pictured Scottish bus operators ahead of the PfG announcement   The Scottish Government this week announced a “landmark investment” of £500m to improve bus infrastructure...
Ticketer celebrates 10 years in business

Ticketer celebrates 10 years in business

10 years ago a small start-up had a vision to transform ticketing. Today Ticketer is the bus industry’s largest ETM supplier John Clarfelt (right) and First West of England’s James Freeman volunteering at this year’s ImberBus event   10 years ago this weekend, a revolution began in UK transport ticketing when a group of entrepreneurs...
Sweden’s rail market - a model for the UK?

Sweden’s rail market – a model for the UK?

  Having learned lessons from other markets about deregulation of rail services, Sweden offers an interesting model back to the world Transdev’s Snälltåget   The railway industry across Europe, and in many other places around the world, is slowly, but steadily moving from a model of state backed monopolies of infrastructure and services to a...
Boris Johnson - I will transform bus services

Boris Johnson – I will transform bus services

Prime minister Boris Johnson declared his love for buses during a speech in Manchester and pledged to support delivery of ‘London style bus system’     Prime minister Boris Johnson declared local bus services to be among his government’s domestic priorities in a speech in Manchester last month. Johnson told an audience at the city’s...
Group sets a target for female representation

Group sets a target for female representation

Go-Ahead plans to double the number of women working at its bus operations, backed by initiatives including a new ‘Women in Bus’ group   Initiatives aim to encourage women into bus sector   Go-Ahead has launched a new campaign that aims to encourage more women to apply for jobs in the bus industry. The group...
How Merseyrail dared to be different

How Merseyrail dared to be different

  Stability and local control has provided the basis for this unique city region railway operation to push on and create a success story   All Merseyrail stations are now being prepared for the biggest change to the network in years – new rolling stock   “Liverpool, surreal. Liverpool, sardonic. Liverpool battered dignity. Liverpool, flotsam of...
How can we turn talk about buses into action?

How can we turn talk about buses into action?

  Decision makers are waking up to the important role that buses can play. We must make the most of this window of opportunity     Everyone is talking about buses. Could it be that we have a window of opportunity to do something transformative for our most essential mode of public transport? Prime minister...
Boris Johnson has tricky transport to-do list

Boris Johnson has tricky transport to-do list

  Transport was put on ice during Theresa May’s tenure, but there are big decisions to make that won’t be easy for the new prime minister     So Boris Johnson is our new prime minister. I can hardly believe I am writing that, and my fingers are definitely meeting resistance from the keyboard. Are...
HS2 chief - ‘We’re used to being reviewed’

HS2 chief – ‘We’re used to being reviewed’

HS2’s chief executive officer, Mark Thurston, is ready to make the case to Boris Johnson’s team   Mark Thurston, CEO of HS2   Mark Thurston is not concerned by the prospect of the HS2 high speed rail link being reviewed by prime minister Boris Johnson’s incoming administration. Since joining HS2 as chief executive officer in...
Wrightbus reviews its options for the future

Wrightbus reviews its options for the future

Company appoints Deloitte to advise on investment options     Ballymena-based bus manufacturer Wrightbus has appointed financial advisors Deloitte to find potential investors. It is understood that this could also ultimately lead to a sale. A number of turnaround funds have been approached to canvas their interest in ploughing tens of millions of pounds into...
Via’s technology moves to autonomous vehicles

Via’s technology moves to autonomous vehicles

Firm partners with EasyMile to launch trial in Australia   The BusBot pilot will last for 22 weeks   Demand responsive technology firm Via has expanded its operations with the launch of its first autonomous vehicle. The company’s first autonomous vehicle trial, dubbed BusBot, is now fully operational, serving a community in New South Wales,...