Out now: Issue 204 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 204 of Passenger Transport

Issue 204 of Passenger Transport is published on March 8. Contents include:     LEAD STORY NXWM feels benefits of faster journey times Measures put in place during 2018 have enabled the company to ‘change the tide’ with speeds improving by 1% – and revenue per mile is up 4%...
NXWM feels benefits of faster journey times

NXWM feels benefits of faster journey times

Measures put in place during 2018 have enabled the company to ‘change the tide’ with speeds improving by 1% – and revenue per mile is up 4%   Buses in Birmingham   National Express Group’s West Midlands bus business has improved bus speeds for the first time in more than...
Ambition essential to get a bus strategy

Ambition essential to get a bus strategy

  It’s easy to talk about a national bus strategy, but it won’t be easy to get different government departments and stakeholders on board   Buses minister Nus Ghani came in for some criticism for saying she was in favour of a national bus strategy “at the right point” but...
This won’t be ‘some hipster bus service’

This won’t be ‘some hipster bus service’

Transport for London says that non-financial objectives will guide its trial of demand-responsive minibus technology in the south London suburbs   Last month TfL announced plans for a year-long trial of a demand responsive minibus network in Sutton   Transport for London says that the success of its demand responsive...
Haines vows ‘honest’ choices on punctuality

Haines vows ‘honest’ choices on punctuality

Industry needs to accept ‘greater realism’ on rail performance   Andrew Haines: Network Rail chief executive   Network Rail chief executive Andrew Haines has set out plans to provide government and passenger groups with “more honest and sophisticated” choices on how to restore punctuality to an acceptable level. Reflecting on seven...
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How can we move buses up the agenda?

How can we move buses up the agenda?

Should CPT abandon its steady National Trust-style lobbying and move towards a more vigorous and confrontational approach?   The excellent work done by Claire Haigh for Greener Journeys has demonstrated very clearly the huge economic significance of the bus   All change. This version of the Confederation of Passenger Transport terminates here. At least, it...
The impact of new ways of working

The impact of new ways of working

The culture of working nine-to-five, five days a week at the same desk in the same building is in retreat, and transport must adapt   A WeWork office in central London   My 25 years in the transport industry have been based on assumptions about the need for the mass movement of people, and goods,...
‘Cities ignoring buses would be missing out’

‘Cities ignoring buses would be missing out’

Campaigners point to new research and urge government not to overlook the benefits of buses when allocating £2.4bn Transforming Cities Fund   The report cites the ‘Fastway’ project in Crawley as an example of a project that has improved journey times and reliability and caused a decline in car use   With the government having...
The best transport secretary we’ve had?

The best transport secretary we’ve had?

Half a century after Barbara Castle’s landmark 1968 Transport Act received Royal Assent, it’s a good time to examine her legacy   Barbara Castle served as minister for transport from December 1965 until April 1968   Barbara Castle was the first woman to be secretary of state for transport, but was she also the best...
Hammond bankrolls roads to ruin

Hammond bankrolls roads to ruin

Chancellor Philip Hammond earmarked £28.8bn for new and upgraded roads in last week’s budget. It’s a policy with many flaws   The budget earmarked almost £30bn for new and upgraded roads   So roads, roads and lots more roads. In his budget speech, Philip Hammond did not quite evoke the idea from John Major’s government...
It’s late, but that will soon be forgotten

It’s late, but that will soon be forgotten

Crossrail is delayed, but this is not surprising give the complexity of the project – but when it arrives we will all be impressed     There’s been a lot of fuss about the delay and the extra cost of Crossrail in recent weeks, but overall the project has escaped the sort of negative publicity...
International Bus Review 2018

International Bus Review 2018

Welcome to the International Bus Review 2018. Returning for a second year, this publication from Passenger Transport has been produced to coincide with the Euro Bus Expo 2018 show at the NEC in Birmingham, UK, between October 30 and November 1.From Bucharest to Belfast, it features contributions from a variety of organisations involved in planning, supply...
ADL’s Berlin contract could be worth £194m

ADL’s Berlin contract could be worth £194m

Falkirk-based bus builder Alexander Dennis Limited has agreed a contract with German capital’s public transport provider to supply up to 430 buses   A visualisation of one of the new Enviro500 double deckers for Berlin   The UK’s biggest bus builder, Alexander Dennis, has won a landmark deal to supply up to 430 tri-axle double...
Haines call for industry to lead reform initiative

Haines call for industry to lead reform initiative

‘Either the industry steps up to the plate and does it collectively or we wait to have it thrust upon us,’ Network Rail chief tells meeting in Parliament   Andrew Haines   Network Rail chief executive Andrew Haines has called on train operators to work with him ahead of the rail review to develop more...
CalMac highlights benefits of modal shift

CalMac highlights benefits of modal shift

Ferry operator argues that vehicle capacity issues on its vessels mean that it is in favour of tourists being encouraged to use connecting buses instead   Caledonian MacBrayne operates ferry links between the mainland of Scotland and 22 of the major islands   Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne has argued that fewer tourists should take cars...
Be positive, Souter tells transport providers

Be positive, Souter tells transport providers

Stagecoach chairman acknowledges the challenges, but tells bus audience: ‘There is everything to play for here. These are fantastic businesses’   Sir Brian Souter was speaking at the CPT Scottish Conference in Ayrshire last week   Sir Brian Souter has urged his transport industry colleagues to be positive about the future, declaring that “these companies...
Can HS2 be saved from itself - before it is too late?

Can HS2 be saved from itself – before it is too late?

As one of the first politicians to champion High Speed 2, I have watched with dismay the warning lights flash one after the other   An artist’s impression of Birmingham’s Curzon Street station   It has the support of the three main political parties. It has made good progress through parliament, passing its Commons stage...