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Issue Issue 35 - 15 May 2013: News
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Hopeful DfT maps an incremental route to delivering ‘smart’ ticketing
The quest for seamless multimodal travel has been set out again in the UK Department for Transport’s new ‘door-to-door’ transport... continue

Amadeus leads EU multimodal travel project
Delivering a seamless passenger transport system is one of the goals of EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas, and a EC contract just awarded to a... continue

Operators play new tunes on
More confidence and experience in  using social media within the passenger transport sector is leading to more sophisticated approaches. A... continue

Joined up thinking set to put more short distance solutions in place

Joined up thinking set to put more short distance solutions in place
S New solutions to meet short distance travel needs continue to build their profile around the world as cities explore alternatives to traditional... continue

More big money moves into smart urban car travel concepts

More big money moves into smart urban car travel concepts
IIn the last issue we reported a significant transaction involving a car hire business moving across into urban mobility, with the acquisition of the... continue

Eleven bodies join drive for electrification of surface transport
Eleven organisations have come together to put the case for more electrification of public transport, bringing together all the modes from rail to... continue

Hungary plans national mobile payment system from this autumn
Hungary will launch its planned national mobile payment system, designed to enable uniform payment for all transport fares and fees by mobile phone,... continue

‘Visual NFC’ project backed by phone group innovation programme
A UK company behind what it describes as “the visual equivalent of NFC” is one of 17 technology start-ups chosen by Spanish telecoms... continue

Location-specific realtime information studied in Dublin visitor project
Manchester Metropolitan University is studying how Dublin tourists can get detailed information and images about buildings and attractions through... continue

Teleworking impacts quantified
The UK Department for Transport is seeking to quantify the impacts of teleworking such as teleconferencing, video conferencing and home working.... continue

Smart tickets from the newsagents
Public transport users will soon be able to top-up their smartcard tickets at retailers, under a deal between smart ticketing company, Ecebs, and... continue

First explains ‘smart’ ticketing delays
FirstGroup says it hopes to have the first of its much-delayed contactless bankcard ticketing (EMV) systems installed on its buses in the UK before... continue

Bluetooth tracking measures station passenger movement
Danish wireless technology company BLIP Systems is installing its first rail passenger tracking scheme at Groningen station, in the north of the... continue

People
Powell takes lead on London Rail

Powell takes lead on London Rail

In the changes following the moves of Howard Smith and Howard Collins, Director of Strategy and Service Development Gareth Powell  (pictured) will take overall responsibility for London Rail, alongside his existing... continue

Once it was banned, now it’s cool: Busking. And everyone’s getting in on the act

Buskers used to be public enemy number one for urban transport operators and authorities. Not any more. People who were once moved on or even fined for striking up a song in a public place are now welcomed as a interesting... continue

Crossrail readies for business with Smith’s appointment to head operations

London’s Crossrail project has moved closer towards its opening for  services with the appointment of Howard Smith as Operations Director. Smith is currently Chief Operating Officer for Rail at Transport for... continue

Hufton heads London Underground in re-organisation following Smith’s move

London Underground and Rail managing director Mike Brown has announced a new senior structure of his team following the move of Chief Operating Officer Howard Smith to Crossrail, and LUL Chief Operating Officer Howard... continue

Elaine Holt heads RATP Crossrail bid

RATP Dev has confirmed that Elaine Holt has been appointed its UK Rail Franchise Director and will lead its work to pre-qualify for London’s Crossrail operator concession. Holt most recently led National... continue

Hart leads Welsh transport – but active travel put with sport

Edwina Hart has taken over the lead transport responsibility in Wales from Carl Sargeant in a ministerial reshuffle,  adding it to her existing economy portfolio. But, in a surprise move, walking and cycling have been... continue

Stevens heads Cardiff Bus business development

Municipally-owned Cardiff Bus has appointed Gareth Stevens as business development manager. He rejoins the operator from First UK Bus where he was regional development manager covering West and Wales and will work with newly... continue

Hendy set to lead UITP as new president

Sir Peter Hendy , Commissioner of Transport for London is set to become the new president of UITP, The International Association of Public Transport. Hendy’s nomination will be confirmed at the UITP’s biennial... continue

Brown leaves SYPTE to be Merseytravel DG

Merseytravel has appointed David Brown (pictured) as its new chief executive/director general. Brown, 47, is currently director general of South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, a post he has held since 2008; ... continue

Garner cuts Nexus hours as Hughes made deputy

Tyne & Wear PTE Nexus director general Bernard Garner is cutting his hours from April as part of changes to the PTE’s management structure. Garner will remain director general but Tobyn Hughes, director of customer... continue

Cushing succeeds Purdy at Manchester Metrolink

Peter Cushing (pictured) has become Manchester Metrolink’s new director, succeeding Philip Purdy who is returning to his native Australia for family reasons. Cushing has been working with Transport for Greater... continue

Janaillac reshapes Transdev after departure of Gallot

New Chairman and Chief Executive of Veolia Transdev Jean-Marc Janaillac has made a series of changes following the project for Caisse des Dépôts to increase its holding and Veolia Environment to scale down its... continue

Bertling heads Bombardier Transportation

Lutz Bertling will take over as President and Chief Operating Officer of Berlin-based Bombardier Transportation in June. Prior to joining Bombardier, Bertling was President and Chief Executive of Eurocopter Group, a... continue

Whitehorn and Yianni to lead Transport Systems Catapult

Will Whitehorn has been appointed chairman of the Transport Systems Catapult board being set up by the UK Government’s Technology Strategy Board. The catapult will develop innovations in transport. Steve Yianni ... continue