Out now: Issue 213 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 213 of Passenger Transport

Issue 213 of Passenger Transport is published on July 12. Contents include:     LEAD STORY Midlands – ‘We won’t take no for an answer’ Midlands Connect director Maria Machancoses tells transport summit: ‘This month marks a turning point … The Midlands deserves investment’   NEWS Virgin brands UK rail...
Midlands - ‘We won’t take no for an answer’

Midlands – ‘We won’t take no for an answer’

Midlands Connect director Maria Machancoses told last week’s Midlands Transport Summit that this month marks a turning point for the region. ‘We’re here today to make ourselves heard,’ she said. ‘We’re not going to take no for an answer’   Maria Machancoses (right) with rail minister Andrew Jones (centre) at...
Go-Ahead to spend £3m on Manchester operation

Go-Ahead to spend £3m on Manchester operation

Group sets out priorities for Go North West   David Cutts, left. David Brown, right   Go-Ahead has announced plans to invest £3m in its recently acquired bus operation in Greater Manchester. Formally launching the new Go North West operation at a special stakeholder event this week, group chief executive...
Virgin brands UK rail market ‘uninvestable’

Virgin brands UK rail market ‘uninvestable’

Group explores open access opportunities in Spanish rail market   Virgin is expected to hand back the keys to the West Coast franchise next year   Virgin Group says it intends to explore opportunities outside the UK following the collapse of its bid to operate the West Coast Partnership franchise...
We know the pledges - but what’s the plan?

We know the pledges – but what’s the plan?

  In signing up to climate change pledges politicians are also signing up to a seismic public policy shift – especially for the way we travel   Change is possible: The Netherlands was heading down our car dependent route until they made a big shift to the bike in the...
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What do we really feel about the bus?

What do we really feel about the bus?

  Do we fully understand how people respond to the experience of bus travel at a gut level? And how can we influence their emotions?   There are so many points in a bus journey where you can feel stressed and vulnerable   Most of the discourse on buses treats people as if they know...
A portal into the world of mobility

A portal into the world of mobility

  The smartphone experience is raising our expectations for comprehensive, yet targeted, regular information – and it’s influencing how we use transport   These issues will only intensify with the pending arrival of autonomous shuttles   Mobile phone penetration is currently at over 85% in the UK. Over 40% of UK adults look at their...
David Martin tipped to play role in Arriva deal

David Martin tipped to play role in Arriva deal

Following Deutsche Bahn’s decision to put Arriva up for sale, peers of the group’s former chief executive believe he could re-emerge on the scene   David Martin, a former chief executive of Arriva   Arriva’s former chief executive David Martin has been tipped to play a prominent part in a bid for the company he...
Yeowart plans first competition for GWR

Yeowart plans first competition for GWR

Grand Union would run non-stop service to Bristol Parkway     Open access entrepreneur Ian Yeowart is planning a new London-Cardiff service that would provide the first competition to Great Western Railway since privatisation 25 years ago. A notification to the Office of Rail and Road shows that Yeowart’s new open access company, Grand Union,...
Clouds loom over London’s transport

Clouds loom over London’s transport

  After years of sunshine a chill wind developed in the air and it has begun raining down on the mayor and Transport for London   Caroline Pidgeon’s solution is radical but in my view makes a lot of sense   Once upon a time, not very long ago, everything in the garden looked rosy....
Bus schedulers - our true rockstars

Bus schedulers – our true rockstars

They’re a vital cog in the UK’s public transport machine, and yet bus schedulers are rarely afforded the recognition they deserve     By Tom Quay: Timetables are utilitarian. They serve a purpose. They provide structure and process to the bus networks they chart and confidence to the customers who use them. And yet, despite...
‘Compelling case’ for Cambridgeshire Metro

‘Compelling case’ for Cambridgeshire Metro

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough mayor James Palmer says £4bn project would achieve modal shift, create jobs and deliver economic growth A visualisation of the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro   A detailed report examining the feasibility of a 142km metro system for Greater Cambridge and the wider region has found a “compelling case” for the scheme. The Strategic...
Williams to focus on integrated transport

Williams to focus on integrated transport

Rail review chief says industry must move to seamless journeys Keith Williams   Rail review chairman Keith Williams has placed integrating rail services into wider public transport networks as one of the core objectives for reforming the railway. Speaking at the Accelerate Rail conference in London, Williams said the industry needed to prepare for the impact...
No more tinkering - we need ambition

No more tinkering – we need ambition

  Bus funding helps to achieve a multitude of policy objectives for government – but real reform is required, not more of the same   Putting public money into the bus is one of the biggest bargains in transport policy – but despite this the bus has been one of the biggest losers from recent...
Celebrating ‘the art of public transport’

Celebrating ‘the art of public transport’

We ask UITP’s secretary general, Mohamed Mezghani, about this year’s Global Public Transport Summit in Stockholm Mohamed Mezghani: The UITP Summit is the unique opportunity The UITP Global Public Transport Summit will take place in Stockholm on June 9-12, 2019. Organised by Brussels-based UITP, the international union of public transport, it is the largest event...
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 a decade, bucking the national trend...
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 I think that is unfair  ...