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‘Our motto is simple: move fast and fix things’

‘Our motto is simple: move fast and fix things’

The new secretary of state for transport, Louise Haigh, says transport is ‘central to achieving the missions for government that the prime minister has committed us to’   DfT’s ministerial team (left to right): Lilian Greenwood (future of roads), Simon Lightwood (local transport), Louise Haigh (secretary of state), Lord Hendy of Richmond Hill (rail) and...
A sector poised for growth

A sector poised for growth

Our sample of public transport professionals expressed optismism about the sector’s future   We are at the beginning of a new era for the country – and perhaps also for the public transport sector. This month’s general election saw voters indicate their desire for a change of direction – but what about those working in...
Who is offering the best plan for transport?

Who is offering the best plan for transport?

Ahead of next week’s general election, Robert Jack reports on the key transport pledges in the manifestos of Great Britain’s main political parties     Addressing a conference in London last month, Professor David Begg warned that the UK was lacking a vision for transforming transport in a way that will delivery essential economic, social...
CPT seeks clarity on future of £2 fare cap

CPT seeks clarity on future of £2 fare cap

The Labour Party’s manifesto makes no mention of the cap, which has supported the bus industry’s post-Covid recovery over the past 18 months   Labour’s manifesto makes no mention of the £2 bus fare cap   Bus operators have expressed disappointment at Labour Party’s silence on the future of England’s £2 bus fare cap. The...
Wrightbus aims for NewPower market

Wrightbus aims for NewPower market

The Ballymena-based manufacturer has become the first OEM in the bus sector to launch a diesel to battery-electric repower solution for customers   First Bus Streetdecks under conversion at the NewPower facility   There’s no doubt the electric bus revolution is in full swing, but for some years many have tried (and more often than...
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,...
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...
BYD aiming to make inroads into UK market

BYD aiming to make inroads into UK market

BYD has launched the ‘viable’ BD11 double decker in a move that will see the Chinese manufacturer launch a full-scale assault on the UK market   London is the first target market for the BYD BD11   BY Andrew Garnett Every now and then, a new vehicle will be introduced to the industry that ostensibly...
Metro mayors plan bus franchising revolution

Metro mayors plan bus franchising revolution

If metro mayors deliver on their manifesto pledges, almost three-quarters of bus journeys in England will be on publicly-controlled bus networks   From left: Pete Bond, TfWM director of integrated transport services, West Midlands Mayor Richard Parker and Cllr Stephen Simpkins, leader of City of Wolverhampton Council and WMCA Board member   This autumn it...
Go-Ahead swoops as Arriva announces cuts

Go-Ahead swoops as Arriva announces cuts

Group plots return to High Wycombe 24 years after sale   Go-Ahead’s Carousel Buses operation will step in on most of the routes Arriva is proposing to withdraw   Go-Ahead looks set to benefit from a rival operator’s retrenchment following the news that Arriva is consulting on proposals to close its depots in Aylesbury and...
Private TOCs on borrowed time

Private TOCs on borrowed time

Labour’s plan for Britain’s railways confirms intention to bring all franchised operations in-house   Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and shadow transport secretary Louise Haigh, pictured on a visit to Hitachi   When the new South West Trains and Great Western franchises commenced on February 4, 1996, they became the first private sector-operated rail franchises...