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Out now: Issue 270 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 270 of Passenger Transport

Issue 270 of Passenger Transport is published on July 29. Contents include:     LEAD STORY MPs urge rethink of Integrated Rail Plan Transport Committee says that alternative options, which could transform key Northern cities, have not been properly tested and must be revisited   NEWS Rotala loses appeal over...
MPs urge rethink of Integrated Rail Plan

MPs urge rethink of Integrated Rail Plan

Transport Committee says that alternative options, which could transform key Northern cities, have not been properly tested and must be revisited   Prime minister Boris Johnson pictured on a tour of the North of England last November, timed to coincide with the announcement of the Integrated Rail Plan   A...
‘A giant and a most incredible pioneer’

‘A giant and a most incredible pioneer’

Following news of his death, Wrightbus founder Sir William Wright was this week hailed as ‘a man who left his mark, not just locally but globally’   Wrightbus staff formed a Guard of Honour in tribute to founder Sir William Wright   Tributes were made this week to Sir William...
Ready for Rishi? Trust in Truss?

Ready for Rishi? Trust in Truss?

  The race to become the next PM is down to the final two. So what do we know about them and their views on transport?   Tank commanders: Rishi Sunak (left) and Liz Truss   So, we are to have a new prime minister. As to whether that will...
People need to be at heart of the agenda

People need to be at heart of the agenda

  Great British Railways will be a vast organisation that will shape the future of our railways. It’s vital that we get the culture right   If Andrew Haines heads GBR it will be in fantastic hands   ‘Career crossroads’ is how I’d describe the perspective of many rail industry...
Journeo steps beyond the 21st Century

Journeo steps beyond the 21st Century

Journeo enhances support for connected journeys with revolutionary cloud-based products and services that will connect millions of journeys   Russ Singleton, Journeo’s CEO   Earlier this year, 21st Century Fleet Systems and 21st Century Passenger Systems became a single brand – Journeo. It is a move that places the company’s...
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Go-Ahead is latest to fall in bidding frenzy

Go-Ahead is latest to fall in bidding frenzy

A consortium that includes the parent company of Stagecoach’s former bus operations in New Zealand has announced a £650m takeover of Go-Ahead   The new order: a Kinetic bus in Melbourne   Go-Ahead Group this week accepted a £650m takeover bid from a consortium made up of an Australian and New Zealand bus operator and...
Coaches must grasp opportunity to shine

Coaches must grasp opportunity to shine

  I have always believed that coaches are a hugely under-rated part of the transport mix. Could a wave of rail strikes change that?   I’ve been celebrating coaches since I launched Greyhound UK in 2009   Back in 2009, I dreamt up and launched Greyhound UK with a vision of creating a nationwide, high...
How do you solve a problem like priority?

How do you solve a problem like priority?

Lancashire County Council has adopted digital bus priority as a means of improving journey times without the need for expensive infrastructure   Alchera Technologies has used pinch point analysis technology to build a business case for bus priority improvements in Lancashire   By Andrew Garnett Could there be an easier, cheaper and more effective way...
A welcome return to Paris for Euro Mobility Expo

A welcome return to Paris for Euro Mobility Expo

    By Andrew Garnett The biennial Transports Publics show was always something of an eye opener to UK eyes and a great place to see the latest European developments with a distinctly French flavour. The successor to that show, the European Mobility Expo, was sadly forced to go online in 2020 as a result...
Minister at Transport Ticketing Global event

Minister at Transport Ticketing Global event

Transport ticketing specialists will come together from across the world later this month in London   Wendy Morton MP, UK Minister of State for Transport   Transport minister Wendy Morton will present the keynote opening address live at Transport Ticketing Global in London later this month. This address follows last year’s release of the Williams-Shapps...
TfL announces major London bus shake-up

TfL announces major London bus shake-up

Plans would affect around 78 bus routes in inner and central London and see 16 completely withdrawn in response to Covid-19 emergency funding   End of the road? Route 12 is one of 16 routes facing complete withdrawal   Transport for London has announced a substantial shake-up of the capital’s bus network in central and...
Rail unions striking the wrong note

Rail unions striking the wrong note

  I want to see the jobs of rail workers protected and their pay enhanced, but the way to get there is by embracing change   An eerily quiet concourse at London Victoria. It may well be that the chill of half empty commuter trains is proving a reality check for rail workers at TOCs...
Over-budget, overdue - I’m already over it

Over-budget, overdue – I’m already over it

  The promises were broken but it’s hard to stay mad about the Elizabeth line now that it’s finally open. It really is magnificent   A quick selfie at Abbey Wood   ‘We got away with it!’ was the headline in the Metro two days after Crossrail opened, reporting on the comment by Martin Reynolds,...
Sprint at the heart of a car restraint revolution

Sprint at the heart of a car restraint revolution

The first phase of the Sprint Bus Rapid Transit corridor in the West Midlands is almost complete, and it promises to change travel behaviour   24 trambus-style hydrogen-powered vehicles will be introduced with the second phase of Sprint   By Andrew Garnett The second BRTuk Lunchtime Masterclass heard from Tom Skidmore, senior development manager Sprint...
Portsmouth becomes bus strategy showcase

Portsmouth becomes bus strategy showcase

Supported by £48m from the Department for Transport, the Bus Service Improvement Plan will fund new tickets, cut fares and speed up journeys   There will be lower fares for certain groups, valid on all First and Stagecoach buses   The city of Portsmouth could become the poster child of the government’s National Bus Strategy...
Covid recovery speed varies around world

Covid recovery speed varies around world

Building back after the pandemic was a consistent theme at last week’s IT-TRANS show, which was addressed by the boss of the Kyiv Metro   Viktor Braginsky, CEO of Kyiv Metro, gave a special address on the first day of the show   One of the first major gatherings of public transport professionals since the...
Rotala appeals GM judicial review decision

Rotala appeals GM judicial review decision

Bus group says it will challenge the rejection of its judicial review as company chairman John Gunn says it has acted to protect its business   Rotala has ‘most modern bus fleet in Greater Manchester’   Rotala has been granted leave to appeal the rejection of certain elements of its judicial review into plans by...