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Transport’s GOAT is great appointment

Transport’s GOAT is great appointment

  In Peter Hendy, we have a minister who understands the public transport sector and the role it can play. Big challenges await him   Peter Hendy, pictured during his time as chair of Network Rail   Congratulations to Lord Hendy of Richmond Hill on becoming a ‘GOAT’. He is one of a number of...
Ireland challenges car dependency

Ireland challenges car dependency

  Instead of continuing with the car-dominated policies of the past, Ireland has boldly prioritised public transport and active travel   Transport minister Eamon Ryan, pictured last year at the launch of a new electric bus fleet for Athlone, County Westmeath   Ireland’s ‘celtic tiger’ boom (between the mid-1990s and 2008) turned the Republic from...
A railway ready for renationalisation?

A railway ready for renationalisation?

  As the new government begins bringing the railway back under public ownership, it would be wise to look at the history books   Coming soon: Great British Railways   I was in a boozer in Lancashire on election day, chewing the fat with a couple of old lags from the so-called bygone days of...
Agenda for action - 20 steps for success

Agenda for action – 20 steps for success

  The outcome of the election looks increasingly certain, but the aftermath is unclear. But what actions should we be looking for?   Louise Haigh looks set to become the next transport secretary   Just a week or so to go before the General Election – what a long drawn-out campaign it has seemed –...
Renewed 36 is the perfect bus service

Renewed 36 is the perfect bus service

  Transdev Blazefield’s flagship bus route is the textbook study for those looking to see the benefits of investing in customer service   The launch event epitomised the sense of positivity and community engagement that is the bedrock of the 36’s success   I’m spending almost every waking hour these days on buses, doing customer...
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...
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...
The look and feel  of public transport

The look and feel of public transport

  It’s time for bold and fresh thinking about how we design public transport to best serve a changed market in changing times   There is nothing ‘off the shelf’ about the interiors of the new Danish IC5 trains   A draining Covid epidemic and the ungainly pirouettes of government policy on public transport from...
Revenue raising ruses to rescue rail

Revenue raising ruses to rescue rail

  We keep hearing that the railway is short of money, but have we made the most of the commercial opportunities in front of us?   Are we making the most of our amazing station infrastructure?   I’m getting a little tired of hearing that the UK rail industry has big financial issues, particularly post...