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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...
Network Manager - First UK Bus (West Yorkshire and York)

Network Manager – First UK Bus (West Yorkshire and York)

  Network Manager Up to £60k + Competitive Benefits Leeds / Hybrid Working   First Bus are looking for a Network Manager to cover our West Yorkshire and York Operating Companies! As our Network Manager, you will lead the local network planning and scheduling teams, utilising the latest tools to deliver a network that meets...
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?...
Operations Director - Brighton & Hove Buses/Metrobus

Operations Director – Brighton & Hove Buses/Metrobus

  Operations Director   Are you passionate about the bus industry with ambitious ideas that you are ready to put into practice? If the answer is yes, and you’re up for your next big challenge, then we would love to hear from you. We have a very exciting and rare opportunity to join the leadership...
Managing Director - Stagecoach London

Managing Director – Stagecoach London

  Managing Director, Stagecoach London   Like the idea of being at the forefront of public transport in London – operating our iconic red buses in a city with the reputation of having one of the best transport networks in the world? So how about taking on one of the most challenging roles you’re likely...