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Issue 664 - 23 January 2015: News
DfT launches bus market review as interest in franchising grows

DfT launches bus market review as interest in franchising grows

The DfT has launched a review of England’s bus market outside London as more parts of the country express interest in franchising. The Department has identified six key questions (see panel) and appointed consultant... continue

SYSTRA goes on UK acquisition trail

Systra Ltd, the UK transport consultant and engineering subsidiary of French-based SYSTRA Group, is targeting the acquisition of other consultants and engineering firms in the UK.  In an interview with LTT, Tim... continue

News Analysis
DfT joins the debate about the drivers  of road traffic demand

DfT joins the debate about the drivers of road traffic demand
Andrew Forster

The number of vehicle miles driven in Great Britain grew by a staggering 275 billion miles between 1949 and 2013 – from 29 to 304. In recent years, however, the growth rate has slowed: the additional 34bn vehicle miles... continue

Supplement
Smarter Travel 2015
Media monitor
Private train operating companies praised but Network Rail slated in The Telegraph

Private train operating companies praised but Network Rail slated in The Telegraph

THERE HAS been much media commentary of late suggesting that the nation’s rail network would be improved if it were completely renationalised. A somewhat different view was espoused in The Daily Telegraph on 13... continue

2014 temperature ‘record’ puts climate change back in the spotlight

“The year 2014 – after shattering temperatures records that had stood for hundreds of years across virtually all of Europe, and roasting parts of South America, China and Russia – was the hottest on... continue

HS2 hearing enlivened by nine-year old

The appearance before the select committee hearing evidence on the proposed HS2 high-speed rail network of a nine-year old boy prodded some papers’ political commentators into action on 13 January. “It seems... continue