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The albatross and the elephant

The albatross and the elephant

The Scottish Government’s Fair Fares Review has grabbed headlines but it cannot address the biggest transport challenges   The launch of the £500m Bus Partnership Fund in 2019. It has now been paused   BY Paul White “Continued delays to the updated climate change plan and further slippage in promised climate policies mean that the...
Out now: Issue 310 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 310 of Passenger Transport

Issue 310 of Passenger Transport is published on April 5. Contents include:     LEAD STORY Metroline wins £422m Bee Network growth London subsidiary of Singapore-based ComfortDelGro has won four Tranche 3 bus franchises in Greater Manchester, boosting its size by 30%   NEWS Metroline cleans up in final franchise round London bus operator wins...
Metroline wins £422m Bee Network growth

Metroline wins £422m Bee Network growth

London subsidiary of Singapore-based ComfortDelGro has won four Tranche 3 bus franchises in Greater Manchester, boosting its size by 30%   Metroline’s contracts are worth £422m and comprise a total of 232 services, 420 buses and over 1,350 employees   Metroline has been revealed as the big winner in the third and final round of...
Rail re-nationalisation is ‘tragedy’ - Whitehorn

Rail re-nationalisation is ‘tragedy’ – Whitehorn

Former Virgin executive Will Whitehorn tells Lunch with Leon podcast why he believes that Britain’s railway is ‘back in a mode of managed decline’ Whitehorn says there is no doubt that Virgin’s tenure of the West Coast route was a success Will Whitehorn, a close colleague of Sir Richard Branson throughout the nineties and much...
Pigs don’t fly but taxis are taking off

Pigs don’t fly but taxis are taking off

  There’s nothing new about the concept of avoiding traffic by travelling overhead, but flying taxis could take this to another level   What impact will air taxis have?   Congestion: here is an issue to unite everyone from the extreme petrol heads through to the greenest environmentalist. Nobody benefits from this, not the motorists...
Survey shines light on customer views

Survey shines light on customer views

  The Your Bus Journey survey of bus users by Transport Focus provides insights and a league table we should all care about Levels of bus users satisfaction were high in East Yorkshire   Who was surprised by the Transport Focus ‘Your Bus Journey’ scores? I certainly wasn’t and felt faintly reassured by the results...
Revolutionising suburban transport

Revolutionising suburban transport

  The Grand Paris Express is potentially the most important and transformational urban mobility project underway in Europe   The Grand Paris Express transport project   I was in Paris, France for the Autonomy Mobility World Expo conference late last month. As an addition to the conference I was able to book a guided visit...
Government u-turn on bus lane restrictions

Government u-turn on bus lane restrictions

The National Bus Strategy says bus lanes ‘should be full time’ but new guidance from DfT says they should ‘only operate when it makes sense’   The National Bus Strategy for England declared ‘bus lanes should be full-time’   In the week that marked the third anniversary of the publication of Bus Back Better, its...
SPT says franchising is the only game in town

SPT says franchising is the only game in town

A new report by the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport has concluded that bus franchising is the only option to stem long-term network decline     BY Andrew Garnett Strathclyde could become the first region in Scotland to franchise its bus network after Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) members approved plans for a consultation about the...
Poetry in motion - the Paris Metro

Poetry in motion – the Paris Metro

  Andrew Martin’s new book on the Paris Metro led me to reflect on the fascinating confluences and divergences with London     I used to take the view that Paris was an ugly city (quasi motorways alongside the Seine, the dreary Haussmann boulevards, the Eiffel Tower) but with a lot of beautiful details. As...
Why Andy Mellors is my low key hero

Why Andy Mellors is my low key hero

  I am not saying that problems don’t exist, but my experiences of Avanti West Coast have been good – and it’s going to get better Andy Mellors   Recently, I’ve heard a lot of folk suggest that the railway is in the worst shape ever. Even those who haven’t been on a train for...
What is the strategy for transport?

What is the strategy for transport?

  A pragmatic consensus on transport policy has been shattered by the return of ‘war on the motorist’ rhetoric. We must do better   Our current PM has boxed his government into being the motorist’s friend   I have been on a sabbatical for a few years and have been catching up on transport policy...