Out now: Issue 227 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 227 of Passenger Transport

Issue 227 of Passenger Transport is published on February 21. Contents include:     LEAD STORY HS2 and £5bn for ‘local transport revolution’ £1bn-a-year boost for buses and cycling over five years will give towns and cities ‘the modern, joined up network needed to fire up economic growth’   NEWS:...
Bus franchising now mayor’s ‘leading option’

Bus franchising now mayor’s ‘leading option’

Steve Rotheram says Liverpool’s year-long ‘Big Bus Debate’ has influenced his thinking on franchising and ‘doing nothing is simply not an option’   Go-Ahead Group will recruit a record-breaking 1,200 apprentices this year   Steve Rotheram, the mayor of Liverpool City Region, says that he now considers a London-style franchised...
‘We’ve nationalised the wrong train operator’

‘We’ve nationalised the wrong train operator’

Northern Powerhouse Partnership director attacks TransPennine   FirstGroup’s TransPennine franchise began in April 2016   A representative of major business interests in the North of England has criticised FirstGroup over its “absolutely shocking” stewardship of the TransPennine Express franchise. The attack came from a director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership...
Street launches £15bn West Midlands rail plan

Street launches £15bn West Midlands rail plan

Mayoral hopeful plans 20-year programme of rail improvements     West Midlands metro mayor Andy Street has launched his bid for re-election in May with an ambitious £15bn, 20-year plan to significantly ugrade public transport in the region. The former John Lewis boss envisages opening eight new light rail lines...
Comfort or ‘capitalist realism’?

Comfort or ‘capitalist realism’?

  Many are unhappy about the utilitarian nature of modern train design in the UK. We could learn much from elsewhere in Europe   NS is working on train designs that enhance the experience for customers   There are a lot of new trains – faster and with more seats....
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Is this the sad end of a 73-year-old story?

Is this the sad end of a 73-year-old story?

  A short time now exists for someone to lift Wrightbus out of administration, saving a valued supplier and hundreds of jobs The loss is being most firmly felt in Ballymena, where thousands of jobs have already gone At the time of going to press old established bus manufacturer Wrightbus was on the brink of...
It’s time we talked about modal shift

It’s time we talked about modal shift

  Modal shift to a revitalised public transport system is the way to deliver our social, economic and environmental objectives Road traffic levels increased by 29% between 1990 and 2018 while over the last five years the number of bus journeys taken has plummeted by more than 300 million   Modal shift is the concept...
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...