Out now: Issue 224 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 224 of Passenger Transport

Issue 224 of Passenger Transport is published on January 10. Contents include:     LEAD STORY Minister: buses will see ‘transformational year’ Ahead of next month’s UK Bus Summit in London, buses minister Baroness Vere says that ‘fantastic opportunities’ have been created to grow bus use   NEWS: ‘Franchising will...
Minister: buses will see  ‘transformational year’

Minister: buses will see ‘transformational year’

Ahead of next month’s UK Bus Summit in London, buses minister Baroness Vere says that ‘fantastic opportunities’ have been created to grow bus use   Baroness Vere: ‘2020 will prove to be an exciting year for buses’   2020 will be “a transformational year for the bus network”, says buses...
UK Bus Summit Review 2020

UK Bus Summit Review 2020

UK Bus Summit Review 2020, 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 sixth annual UK Bus Summit. This event will be held in London at the QEII Conference...
Stakeholders blast Berkeley’s HS2 report

Stakeholders blast Berkeley’s HS2 report

Critics claim peer shows ‘disgraceful ignorance’ of project   Lord Berkeley has published an alternative to the Oakervee review into HS2   Lord Berkeley has published a new report into the troubled HS2 high speed rail project that suggests it is “the wrong and expensive solution” to improving connectivity in...
So what does 2020 herald for transport?

So what does 2020 herald for transport?

  The New Year will bring change for Britain’s railways, a green light for HS2 and a greater focus on transport in the North of England The Labour government under Tony Blair had progressed a tram system for Leeds, only to cancel it   The good people at Passenger Transport...
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Van Hool to present three world premieres

Van Hool to present three world premieres

Fuel cell-powered tram-bus for the French city of Pau is among the innovations being exhibited In 2017 the French city of Pau placed an order with Van Hool for eight Exqui.City18 FCs   Belgium will host the world’s largest bus and coach show in Brussels later this month, Busworld Europe, an event that attracted 37,000...
‘New Rail’ must listen to passengers

‘New Rail’ must listen to passengers

  It is vital that the post-Williams railway is responsive to the ultimate customer – the people who travel by trains for work or leisure ‘New Rail’ must listen and respond to passengers   “Maybe there should not be so many fingers in the pie and maybe a specific person, body, group, that if there...
Bold new vision for a billion more bus users

Bold new vision for a billion more bus users

The Confederation of Passenger Transport’s plan contains a range of new commitments from the industry and desired actions from government     Bus operators have unveiled a bold new strategy to improve services in England, help tackle climate change and get a billion more passenger journeys by bus by 2030. It contains a range of...
Getting beyond the MaaS hysteria

Getting beyond the MaaS hysteria

  City regions will have a key role to play in determining whether Mobility as a Service succeeds and makes a positive contribution   A visualisation of Mobility as a Service. Source: Urban Transport Group ‘MaaS Movement: Issues and options on Mobility as a Service for city region transport authorities’   I don’t know about...
Mental health - are we making things worse?

Mental health – are we making things worse?

We must work to ensure that we don’t negatively impact the mental health of our staff. It’s the right the thing to do, and it’s good for customers     Mental health has definitely been one of the big discussion points of 2019. Even those with absolutely zero interest at the beginning of the year...
Translink networks record patronage boost

Translink networks record patronage boost

Passenger numbers have increased across Northern Ireland’s public transport networks according to new figures released by Translink   With the introduction of Glider services connecting East Belfast to West Belfast and to Titanic Quarter, Metro passenger journeys grew to over 30 million   Belfast’s Metro bus services recorded a 7.1% increase in passenger journeys last...
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...