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We want your views on transport

We want your views on transport

The State of UK Public Transport 2024 survey will access the mood within the sector     As the UK approaches a pivotal general election on July 4, it’s important to gauge the mood within the passenger transport sector. The time is right for Passenger Transport to conduct its third ‘State of UK Public Transport’...
Out now: Issue 315 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 315 of Passenger Transport

Issue 315 of Passenger Transport is published on June 14. Contents include:     LEAD STORY ‘Set modal shift target for public transport’ Campaign for Better Transport this week published its General Election Manifesto which contains its transport asks for the next government   NEWS First hails progress despite slide into loss Operating profits up,...
CBT sets its manifesto for next government

CBT sets its manifesto for next government

Rail reforms and a minimum service level for buses are key asks     The Campaign for Better Transport has published its general election manifesto, outlining its transport asks for the next government.   The manifesto calls for prioritising investment in public transport, walking, and cycling over road building. It also advocates for replacing short-term...
Begg - Edinburgh must future-proof its buses

Begg – Edinburgh must future-proof its buses

Professor David Begg has warned his home city to respond to an increase in bus journey times by extending bus lane hours and vociferous campaigning   David Begg (right) with Edinburgh Bus Users Group chair Harald Tobermann and his dog Buster   It’s a warning that could be applied to cities across the United Kingdom,...
The good, the less good and the ugly

The good, the less good and the ugly

  It’s that time of year, six months in, for my customary half-term report on how the public transport sector has been performing   The good… Keeping it affordable and simple Let’s be honest, if we cannot get folk to travel by bus when the fares are only £2 then we might as well give...
Bus franchising: one size does not fit all

Bus franchising: one size does not fit all

SYSTRA’s Richard Jeremy and Maqbool Alibhai explain how the future of the UK’s buses will be built on a variety of approaches   There’s a buzz in the bus world about Greater Manchester’s Bee Network   In the recent Westminster Hall debate on transport in the West Midlands, shadow public health minister Preet Kaur Gill...
Engineering Director - Oxford Bus Company

Engineering Director – Oxford Bus Company

  Engineering Director Are you ready to take your engineering expertise to the next level? The Oxford Bus Group (OBG) is on the hunt for a dynamic and visionary new Engineering Director to join our team. This pivotal role reports directly to the Managing Director and offers significant influence within the OBG board. As the...
Network Planning Manager - Stagecoach South East

Network Planning Manager – Stagecoach South East

  Network Planning Manager Salary: £34,000-£38,000 Location: Canterbury Bus Station with travel across the company’s operating area Stagecoach South East is a leading, innovative and trusted provider of transport solutions, here for our communities, grounded on commercial sustainability and with a new 5 year plan which has a clear focus on putting people at the...
Begg - transport policy has gone backwards

Begg – transport policy has gone backwards

Former government advisor laments direction of travel over last 20 years and warns that Labour’s policies won’t deliver transformational change   Professor David Begg urged Labour to build HS2 to Crewe   Former government transport advisor Professor David Begg says the UK is lacking a vision for transforming transport in a way that will deliver...
What will July 4 mean for transport?

What will July 4 mean for transport?

  Rishi Sunak surprised everyone – including many in his own party – by calling an election which will most likely end his time in office   Things can only get wetter: Rishi Sunak’s Downing Street announcement   There have, Heinz-style, been 57 varieties of prime minister since the post was established with Sir Robert...
Sharp thinking to get bums on buses

Sharp thinking to get bums on buses

  Driven by its head of marketing, Laura Sharp, Go North East’s ‘Get your bum on board’ campaign aims to boost the bottom line   Go North East’s ‘Get your bum on board’ campaign   I’ll be honest, the bum has always fascinated me. It imbues trust, a reliable protective part of the body that...
Labour’s bus plans - no more tinkering?

Labour’s bus plans – no more tinkering?

  Bus franchising looks set to be rolled out in new areas, but time and due process could yet prove to be the enemy of radical reform   The election of Richard Parker (centre) as the new mayor of the West Midlands means that all the combined authorities in England’s conurbations are committed to bus...