Out now: Issue 169 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 169 of Passenger Transport

Issue 169 of Passenger Transport is published on October 6 Contents include:     LEAD STORY Burnham undecided on bus franchising Mayor of Greater Manchester blames deregulation for decline in bus use, but says that he is ‘open minded’ about how to improve service provision   NEWS Siemens/Alstom deal to ‘boost...
Burnham undecided on bus franchising

Burnham undecided on bus franchising

Mayor of Greater Manchester blames deregulation for decline in bus use, but says that he is ‘open minded’ about how to improve service provision   Andy Burnham (right) was speaking at the launch of an electric bus   The 2017 Bus Services Act was conceived in response to a pledge...
Siemens/Alstom deal to ‘boost competitiveness’

Siemens/Alstom deal to ‘boost competitiveness’

Train manufacturing giants plan to merge their rail and mobility services operations in a bid to drive away competition from Far East newcomers   Siemens president Joe Kaeser (left) and Alstom’s chairman and CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge revealed the merger plans   Siemens and Alstom, Europe’s largest train manufacturers, have agreed...
Merseyside partners celebrate Bus Alliance

Merseyside partners celebrate Bus Alliance

Patronage is rising, but franchising remains an option   Partners marked the Alliance at an event in September   The number of bus journeys young people are making in the Liverpool City Region has risen by 142% in the last three years. The figure was revealed on September 22 at...
A look at the high tech ticketing of tomorrow

A look at the high tech ticketing of tomorrow

Cubic’s Innovation Centre in central London is the testbed for new technologies that could transform the public transport journey experience   60 people per minute: a visualisation of a ‘gateless gateline’   Identifying yourself by the vein structure in your hand and having cameras track your every move through a...
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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 the railway. RDG’s annual National...
Air quality plan avoids main issue - congestion

Air quality plan avoids main issue – congestion

Greener Journeys says government plan won’t address public health crisis because it fails to back the introduction of charges for polluting vehicles   The plan will see sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans banned by 2040   The government’s Air Quality Plan will fail to address public health concerns because it fails...
Rail user satisfaction recovery is ‘fragile’

Rail user satisfaction recovery is ‘fragile’

Overall satisfaction hits 83% after period of stable performance   There has been a significant increase in overall satisfaction with railway journeys   Rail passengers in London and the South East are more satisfied with their journeys after a long period of patchy performance. The result has been a significant increase in overall satisfaction with railway...
VAMOOZ rolls out with Reading Buses

VAMOOZ rolls out with Reading Buses

Transdev Blazefield is expanding its VAMOOZ crowd-sources buses brand to the south with a launch of a new licensing deal with Reading Buses   Alex Hornby and Martijn Gilbert alongside the first VAMOOZ-branded vehicle for the Reading Buses fleet   Transdev Blazefield has announced an expansion of VAMOOZ, its crowd-sourced bus service brand, with a...
Summer is here! But look what’s coming...

Summer is here! But look what’s coming…

The political landscape has shifted in the wake of the inauguration of new ‘metro mayors’ and the outcome of the general election   Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has launched half price bus fares for 16-18 year olds   Mayoral momentum Combined authority mayors are here and they are already making their presence felt. They...
Innovations (Issue 37, Summer 2017)

Innovations (Issue 37, Summer 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 37, Summer 2017).   If you are viewing the site on a mobile or tablet device, tap here to read the supplement.
Bus sector could face ‘perfect storm’ - ADL

Bus sector could face ‘perfect storm’ – ADL

Colin Robertson, chief executive of bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis, has warned that the bus industry faces a multitude of serious challenges     The chief executive of Britain’s largest bus builder has warned that the industry faces “much, much tougher things ahead”. Speaking in Scarborough last week, Colin Robertson, who has overseen a period of...
CAF to build trains in South Wales

CAF to build trains in South Wales

Spanish rolling stock manufacturer plans to create 300 jobs at facility near Newport   CAF is building trains for Northern Rail   Spanish manufacturer CAF has announced that it is to start building trains at a new factory in South Wales. The company plans to create 300 jobs at the factory near Newport, where it...
Minister backs bus campaign

Minister backs bus campaign

Jesse Norman helps Greener Journeys to launch the fifth annual Catch the Bus Week initiative   Jesse Norman and Claire Haigh launched last week’s Catch the Bus Week event at Brixton bus garage in south London   Incoming transport minister Jesse Norman lent his support to the fifth annual Catch the Bus Week, which took...
First partners to launch autonomous pod trials

First partners to launch autonomous pod trials

Group partners with California’s GoMentum Station   First has been investigating autonomous vehicles since late last year   FirstGroup has signed an agreement with GoMentum Station, a California-based proving ground, to carry out research into shared autonomous vehicles. GoMentum Station in Concord, California, is a 2,000-hectare test facility where the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA)...
East Coast rail upgrade in disarray

East Coast rail upgrade in disarray

Infrastructure works deferred; No date for Super Express delivery; Virgin Trains East Coast making losses     Stagecoach has warned that its Virgin Trains East Coast franchise no longer expects to provide planned extra services, faster journey times and new routes in 2019. Network Rail has told the company that infrastructure upgrades to support the new...
Sn-ap seeks shake-up of intercity travel

Sn-ap seeks shake-up of intercity travel

Sn-ap chief executive Thomas Ableman is aiming to transform the perception of coaches by creating an Airbnb of intercity travel   Sn-ap launched services between Nottingham and London last October   By Andrew Garnett Two years ago former National Express and then Chiltern Railways executive Thomas Ableman had an idea over dinner. It was an epiphany...