Out now: Issue 209 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 209 of Passenger Transport

Issue 209 of Passenger Transport is published on May 17. Contents include:     LEAD STORY ‘We can get you there’ The Committee on Climate Change’s new advice for government is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. As the largest source of UK GHG emissions (23% of...
Global Public Transport Review 2019

Global Public Transport Review 2019

Welcome to the Global Public Transport Review 2019, a 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 Stockholm on June 9-12 – the world’s biggest public transport event. It features contributions from a...
Destination net zero: ‘We can get you there’

Destination net zero: ‘We can get you there’

The Committee on Climate Change’s new advice for government is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. As the largest source of UK GHG emissions (23% of the total), transport will need to see major changes – and modal shift towards public transport must be part of the...
Uber to sell bus and rail tickets in Denver

Uber to sell bus and rail tickets in Denver

Ride-hailing app wants to become ‘one-stop shop’ for transport   Uber has added public transport routes, times and costs into its app   “Taking an Uber” could soon mean travelling by bus or train. The ride-hailing company has added public transport routes to its app, starting with Denver’s Regional Transportation...
Northern Ireland is getting ahead

Northern Ireland is getting ahead

  You may not have yet noticed, but it’s become the place to watch, with growing bus and rail demand and plans for unified ticketing   Glider: As a visitor to Belfast you can’t miss this striking new addition to Belfast’s city centre   Of the four main constituent parts...
We need bold and ambitious solutions

We need bold and ambitious solutions

Climate change is back on the political agenda and government must respond with radical new policies that achieve modal shift   Stagecoach operates nine BYD ADL zero emission electric buses in Guildford   We haven’t got long. The five warmest years on record have occurred in the last 10 years....
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Go-Ahead moves into Greater Manchester

Go-Ahead moves into Greater Manchester

Group to pay £11.17m to acquire First’s Queen’s Road depot     After weeks of intense speculation about the future of FirstGroup’s Manchester bus operation, it was confirmed this week that Go-Ahead has agreed terms to acquire First Manchester’s Queen’s Road depot in Cheetham Hill. The sale will take Go-Ahead into Greater Manchester, Britain’s second-largest...
40 under 40: Transport leaders for the 2020s

40 under 40: Transport leaders for the 2020s

Who are the rising stars in UK public transport? Passenger Transport has teamed up with Flash Forward Consulting, the executive search, selection and interim management specialists, to identify 40 dynamic passenger transport professionals under the age of 40     Alex Warner writes – It’s been a great privilege to present this feature and showcase...
First poised to sell off Manchester business

First poised to sell off Manchester business

Loss-making operation expected to be broken up and sold to three buyers as poll finds three-quarters are in favour of re-regulating the region’s buses   The Manchester business has been part of First for 22 years   FirstGroup is understood to be close to completing the sale of its loss-making bus operations in Greater Manchester....
Trams are back, and a good thing too

Trams are back, and a good thing too

Light rail networks have returned to some of our cities, and the prospects for expansion are good. It’s something to celebrate   The Manchester Metrolink system provides an exemplary case study in how to grow a network incrementally and sustainably   Anyone walking through Sale on the morning of December 4 may well have caught...
Haines aims to restore status of rail operation

Haines aims to restore status of rail operation

New chief executive aims to return reliable operation to the heart of Network Rail strategy and raise the status of the railway as a profession Andrew Haines   Network Rail’s new chief executive, Andrew Haines, has set out an agenda to position operating the railway reliably as his company’s core activity, replacing lost operating skills...
A new generation of talent in the spotlight

A new generation of talent in the spotlight

Together with Passenger Transport and a panel of judges, I have compiled a list of 40 dynamic passenger transport professionals under the age of 40     In the next issue of this quite remarkable magazine, Flash Forward Consulting (of which I am the founder and owner, I’ll have you know) is co-producing an exciting...
£100m bid to see off GM franchising plans

£100m bid to see off GM franchising plans

Greater Manchester’s Onebus consortium of bus operators has offered a blueprint for improving bus services – without the need for re-regulation The blueprint pledges 450 new buses for Greater Manchester   Greater Manchester’s bus operators this week launched a £100m partnership blueprint to revolutionise the bus network and deliver on the region’s ambitions. Andy Burnham,...
Let’s talk about women and buses

Let’s talk about women and buses

No one really talks openly and honestly about women and their role within the bus industry, and it’s about time that we did   We need more men and women in the bus industry speaking openly about the gender diversity challenges   Women and buses is a subject that the industry believes it is tackling....
I build therefore I sprawl

I build therefore I sprawl

Will where future Britons live rely on, or ignore, public transport? We should study examples of transit oriented development   IJburg is reverential to its big skies and calm waters   Tens of thousands of homes lying empty whilst people sleep on the streets, not enough homes of the right type in the right places,...
Don’t leave rail users in dark over closures

Don’t leave rail users in dark over closures

The rail industry is not making sufficient effort to clearly explain to customers how an engineering closure has improved the service   Engineering closures are often essential but they are inconvient for train users   Part of the UK’s Christmas and New Year traditions is the annual closure of the national rail network on Christmas...
UK Bus Summit Review 2019

UK Bus Summit Review 2019

UK Bus Summit Review 2019, a publication devoted to the UK’s main mode of public transport. This publication has been produced by Passenger Transport, in association with Transport Times Events, to co-incide with the fourth annual UK Bus Summit. This event will be held in London at the QEII Conference Centre, Westminster, on February 6, 2019,...
‘Bus use decline can be reversed’

‘Bus use decline can be reversed’

Ahead of next month’s UK Bus Summit in London, senior bus industry figures have argued that a sustained decline in bus use across Great Britain is not inevitable. But the industry needs a long-term investment strategy and help with congestion   The decline in bus use across the United Kingdom can be halted if the...