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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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Boris bows out - but £2 bus fare promo floated

Boris bows out – but £2 bus fare promo floated

It has been reported that Boris Johnson’s team have spent months working on a plan to subsidise fares on local bus services in England for six months     Behind-the-scenes talks are reported to have taken place between the government and the bus industry over a scheme to cap bus fares in England at £2...
Making the case for transport authorities

Making the case for transport authorities

  Transitioning to a fully empowered transport authority can be difficult, but the case for transitioning is stronger than ever before   The Montreal Metro reflects and enhances the identity of the place it serves   “Underneath all the commercial activities of the board, underneath all its engineering and operations, there is the revelation and...
My half-term report for public transport

My half-term report for public transport

  Recruitment woes, collaboration in the rail sector, reorganisations within bus groups. These are just some of the big issues of 2022   We’re just over halfway through this fun-packed year and I’m due my customary half-term report on the state of the transport industry so far in 2022. Let’s crack on folks… CrossCountry customer...
Fastrack in maturity plays to its strengths

Fastrack in maturity plays to its strengths

Kent’s Fastrack bus-based rapid transit network is 15-years old, but its promoters are looking to the future with a switch to zero-emission   Fastrack has helped unlock new housing developments in Kent Thameside   By Andrew Garnett Kent’s Fastrack bus rapid transit scheme has been a poster child for what the bus can achieve over...
Can buses change and remain commercial?

Can buses change and remain commercial?

Robert Montgomery says bus franchising is expensive and Enhanced Partnerships are ‘shotgun marriages’. Instead he proposes a third way   Greater Manchester plans to introduce bus franchising   By Robert Jack Published in March 2021, the National Bus Strategy for England effectively heralded the end of the “swashbuckling days of the the deregulated 1980s”. Bus...
A failed experiment is not a failure - Ableman

A failed experiment is not a failure – Ableman

Transport for London innovation director Thomas Ableman says a willingness to try and fail is the secret to success when it comes to innovation   Thomas Ableman   By Robert Jack Thomas Ableman has devoted his career to innovation within the realm of public transport, with National Express, Chiltern Railways, his own start-up and now...
Watch BRTuk's latest masterclasses!

Watch BRTuk’s latest masterclasses!

  By James Freeman At BRTuk we are dedicated to assisting all who are interested in developing the role of the bus. We are a voluntary not-for-profit company whose purpose is to promote buses as a vital means of public transport by acting as an information hub for people from across the industry, including operators,...
Bus services boosted as rail strikes force switch

Bus services boosted as rail strikes force switch

Many passengers used buses instead after rail services across the country were halted on three days last week because of industrial action by the RMT   Transdev Blazefield reported a 52% increase in passengers on its Cityzap route on June 23   The impact of strike action by 40,000 RMT members at Network Rail and...
We find ourselves in an abstract equation

We find ourselves in an abstract equation

  There are so many unknowns in the world of public transport, like future ownership, passenger numbers and government policy   Will Boris Johnson’s successor share his enthusiasm for public transport?   I remember at school scratching my head while trying to work out quadratic equations. There seemed to be just so many unknowns: x,...
Can we really blame lapsed commuters?

Can we really blame lapsed commuters?

  Let’s be honest, commuting by train was gruelling and expensive – and a belligerent ‘take it or leave it’ railway made things worse   Commuting was like a daily endurance test   Grant Shapps called it right when he indicated that the railway’s relevance had diminished such that strike action didn’t have the impact...
Bussveien - Europe’s longest BRT system

Bussveien – Europe’s longest BRT system

Stavanger, a city roughly the size of Oxford, is building a 50km Bus Rapid Transit network. This massive £1.44bn project will be completed by 2030   A visualisation of a Bussveien corridor   By Robert Jack Do you wish you could get support for bus priority on a core corridor in your town or city?...
Sector seeks support to win back passengers

Sector seeks support to win back passengers

Our latest poll of passenger transport professionals serves as a large focus group, gauging the mood within the sector. Do you share their concerns?     Much has changed over the past year. It’s now possible, for example, to travel on UK public transport without any restrictions, and passenger numbers have been moving upwards, but...