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How do you solve a problem like priority?

How do you solve a problem like priority?

Lancashire County Council has adopted digital bus priority as a means of improving journey times without the need for expensive infrastructure   Alchera Technologies has used pinch point analysis technology to build a business case for bus priority improvements in Lancashire   By Andrew Garnett Could there be an easier, cheaper and more effective way...
Sprint at the heart of a car restraint revolution

Sprint at the heart of a car restraint revolution

The first phase of the Sprint Bus Rapid Transit corridor in the West Midlands is almost complete, and it promises to change travel behaviour   24 trambus-style hydrogen-powered vehicles will be introduced with the second phase of Sprint   By Andrew Garnett The second BRTuk Lunchtime Masterclass heard from Tom Skidmore, senior development manager Sprint...
Portsmouth becomes bus strategy showcase

Portsmouth becomes bus strategy showcase

Supported by £48m from the Department for Transport, the Bus Service Improvement Plan will fund new tickets, cut fares and speed up journeys   There will be lower fares for certain groups, valid on all First and Stagecoach buses   The city of Portsmouth could become the poster child of the government’s National Bus Strategy...
Stagecoach boss planning revolution

Stagecoach boss planning revolution

Stagecoach UK managing director Carla Stockton-Jones told the Young Bus Managers Network about her strategy for the future. Andrew Garnett reports   Carla Stockton-Jones joined Stagecoach from Sky in 2020   It has been something of a baptism of fire for Carla Stockton-Jones since her appointment as Stagecoach’s UK managing director in October 2020. The...
51 rising stars in passenger transport

51 rising stars in passenger transport

Who are the rising stars in UK public transport? Passenger Transport has teamed up with Tracsis Transport Consultancy, the executive search, selection and interim management specialists, to identify 51 dynamic passenger transport professionals to keep an eye on   Alex Warner writes – Our industry continues to adapt to change, and we owe a lot...
Tyne and Wear Metro celebrates 40 years

Tyne and Wear Metro celebrates 40 years

Transport North East boss Tobyn Hughes and transport minister Baroness Vere hail success story for the region   Metro has carried 1.5 billion passengers over four decades of operations   The Tyne and Wear Metro is celebrating its 40th anniversary today. Events marking the occasion include a virtual Metro depot tour, the launch of a...
Transport Focus poem for transport heroes

Transport Focus poem for transport heroes

Transport user watchdog has commissioned a poem to show appreciation for transport colleagues Explaining its decision to commission a poem for transport workers in a blog post last week, Transport Focus said: “We can see those on the transport front line out there day after day ensuring that essential workers get to work. “Bus drivers...
What’s the strategy for Go North West?

What’s the strategy for Go North West?

It’s the question everyone is asking. So we asked Nigel Featham, the new boss of Go-Ahead Group’s Greater Manchester operation   Nigel Featham joined Go North West a month ago after 10 years with Arriva   Eyebrows were raised when it was confirmed in February that the Go-Ahead Group had agreed terms to acquire First...
Van Hool to present three world premieres

Van Hool to present three world premieres

Fuel cell-powered tram-bus for the French city of Pau is among the innovations being exhibited In 2017 the French city of Pau placed an order with Van Hool for eight Exqui.City18 FCs   Belgium will host the world’s largest bus and coach show in Brussels later this month, Busworld Europe, an event that attracted 37,000...
A £10m digital strategy for buses

A £10m digital strategy for buses

FirstGroup CCO Martin Bould believes his group is leading the way on harnessing technology The First Bus app has improved vastly over the past three years   The future of First Bus is uncertain. It was the acorn from which the towering FirstGroup oak grew, but it has now been branded “non core” by a...
Ticketer celebrates 10 years in business

Ticketer celebrates 10 years in business

10 years ago a small start-up had a vision to transform ticketing. Today Ticketer is the bus industry’s largest ETM supplier John Clarfelt (right) and First West of England’s James Freeman volunteering at this year’s ImberBus event   10 years ago this weekend, a revolution began in UK transport ticketing when a group of entrepreneurs...
HS2 chief - ‘We’re used to being reviewed’

HS2 chief – ‘We’re used to being reviewed’

HS2’s chief executive officer, Mark Thurston, is ready to make the case to Boris Johnson’s team   Mark Thurston, CEO of HS2   Mark Thurston is not concerned by the prospect of the HS2 high speed rail link being reviewed by prime minister Boris Johnson’s incoming administration. Since joining HS2 as chief executive officer in...