IS FRANCHISING WORKING?
14 September 2017 | Author: David Fowler, Transport Writer

Speaking in the first session of yesterday's UK Rail Summit, entitled Is Franchising Working, FirstGroup chief executive Tim O'Toole said: "I represent the status quo. " Defending the current environment, he said its record on a range of statistics from passenger growth to customer satisfaction was "overwhelming".

In the franchises run by First, £1.2bn was being invested in new trains for South West Railway, and £1.5bn for Great Western. A universal ticketing system was being introduced along with improved wi-fi, as well as infotainment systems to reduce people's tendency to stream bandwidth hungry content. Capacity was being increased by 50% on many commuter lines. Overall capacity on services into Waterloo was increasing by a similar figure...


CHALLENGES FOR NETWORK RAIL
14 September 2017 | Author: David Fowler, Transport Writer

Network Rail chair Sir Peter Hendy opened the second session, on "The Challenges Facing Network Rail" by welcoming the secretary of state's remarks about better integration of track and train and said the organisation had been actively pursuing this aim.

"Under Mark Carne we have been actively trying to bring the various elements of the railway together so they can work better." Mr Grayling was right that "it can be done without structural change".


PRIORITIES FOR RAIL IN THE UK
14 September 2017 | Author: David Fowler, Transport Writer

London Transport Commissioner Mike Brown talked about priorities identified in the Mayor's Business Plan, covering five years, and Transport Strategy, looking 25 years ahead.

Improving suburban rail services would play a key part, he said. Concerning the argument for TfL taking responsibility for these, he said, "My premise is that for metro style services around a city like London it shouldn't be a one size fits all approach," he said. "Devolving to TfL is a better model – the success of London Overground demonstrates what can be achieved." A 268% increase in passenger numbers on the North London Line had come about through significant investment in rolling stock and infrastructure after it came under TfL control, but he said this would never have been a priority for Network Rail or a franchised train operator.


TRANSPORT TIMES LAUNCHES THE SCOTTISH TRANSPORT SUMMIT
6 April 2017 | Author: Grant Poulton

In association with Transport Scotland and the Scottish Government, Transport Times has launched the Scottish Transport Summit which will be held alongside the Scottish Transport Awards on 15th June in Glasgow.

The aim of the Summit is to bring together key decision-makers, practitioners and thinkers to discuss and debate Scotland's transport needs and future strategy.  Transport Minister Humza Yousaf MSP will deliver the keynote address with a number of high profile speakers already confirmed.


CONGESTION REMAINS A PERVASIVE THREAT
27 February 2017 | Author: David Fowler, Editor, Transport Times

The third UK Bus Summit earlier this month wavered between optimism and pessimism. There was confidence that features such as free Wi-Fi, USB chargers, real-time information and better-appointed interiors, together with bus priority measures, have the potential to attract new passengers, and there are numerous well-rehearsed examples of areas where patronage is increasing, usually based on effective partnerships between operators and local authorities.


CONGESTION REMAINS KEY CONCERN FOR BUS SERVICES
9 February 2017 | Author: David Fowler, Editor, Transport Times

Progress of the Bus Services Bill has been slower than expected, but the Government is committed to it becoming law before the mayoral elections in May, bus minister Andrew Jones told the third UK Bus Summit today.

But the Government would seek to overturn amendments made in the House of Lords, particularly to allow all local authorities to adopt franchising. "We will be working hard to return the bill largely to its original form," he said.


PARTNERSHIP: THE ROUTE TO A THRIVING INDUSTRY
6 February 2017 | Author: Andrew Jones, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport

Buses are England's most used form of public transport, accounting for over 4.5 billion passenger journeys a year. Buses support our economy and connect our communities to the workplace, as well as to vital public services such as healthcare and education.


SERVICES THAT VALUE THE CUSTOMER
23 January 2017 | Author: Leon Daniels, Managing Director, Surface Transport, TfL

Transport for London is addressing demands from users for buses that are greener, more reliable, affordable and convenient. 

London's bus network is crucial to how our capital city functions. It carries almost 2.4 billion passengers a year – more than all the other bus journeys in England combined. The city's 9,300 buses provide a vital daily service, linking homes to jobs, schools, hospitals and leisure, as well as providing a frequent, step-free lifeline for many.


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