First reveals ticketing trials, as ex-Arriva CEO appointed chair

First reveals ticketing trials, as ex-Arriva CEO appointed chair

Andrew Forster

FirstGroup this week outlined a series of new bus ticketing trials and insisted it was “business as usual” for the bus division, despite preparations being made to separate it... continue

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First retains Gtr Manchester interest

FirstGroup has dropped plans to sell its Oldham bus depot, its last remaining depot in Greater Manchester.  First sold the Manchester Queens Road depot to Go-Ahead this spring (LTT 01 Mar) and has announced the sale of its Bolton depot to Rotala (LTT 05 Jul). First Bus managing director Giles... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Trip rates ‘highest since 2009’

The number of trips made by residents in England rose last year to their highest level since 2009 but the average distance travelled per person fell slightly, according to the National Travel Survey. The average number of trips per person per year was 986 in 2018, up from an all-time low of 934 in... continue

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Right-leaning think tank calls for pollution charges and fines

Right-leaning think tank calls for pollution charges and fines

The public should be given the power to report engine idlers and profit from the fines issued, according to a right of centre think tank. The recommendation is part of a much wider package of measures to tackle vehicle emissions set out in a... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Ofgem baulks at DNO’s EV & HS2 funding requests

Electricity regulator Ofgem looks likely to reject applications to raise electricity costs to fund investment for electric vehicles and HS2. The regulator is consulting on requests from distribution network operators (DNOs) to raise funds for works that were not foreseen when the regulatory... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Delay to rail White Paper?

Publication of the Government’s rail White Paper may be delayed beyond the previously pledged autumn date, the DfT has hinted. It said this week the White Paper would be published “in due course”. The policy statement is expected to build on the recommendations of the current rail... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Regulated rail fares to rise 2.8 per cent

Regulated rail fares in England outside London and Merseyside are likely to rise by an average of 2.8 per cent next January, in line with the Retail Prices Index inflation measure for July, which was announced this week.... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News
Competitive bus environment puts city’s hydrogen trailblazer at risk

Competitive bus environment puts city’s hydrogen trailblazer at risk

Andrew Forster

the deregulated bus environment appears to have complicated... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

£10 charge for GM concessions

Greater Manchester Combined Authority is introducing a £10 charge for older people to access free travel on Metrolink and local rail services after 09.30 Monday to Friday, and all day at weekends and public holidays. Eamon Boylan, GMCA’s chief executive officer, said the cost to... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

South Shields’ new interchange opens

A new integrated bus and Tyne and Wear Metro interchange has opened serving South Shields in South Tyneside. The £21m facility on Keppel Street is about 100 metres from the old Tyne and Wear Metro station. ... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

UTG publishes bus fares survey

The Urban Transport Group has published an analysis of bus fares across the conurbations and a spreadsheet comparing multi-operator ticket prices. ... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

York tenders for two transport models

The City of York Council is procuring two new transport models, one of which will be used to predict how road traffic will respond to planned and unplanned events up to five hours in the future, using live and historical traffic data.  The real-time traffic model will receive instructions... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Major fall in Belfast bike hire vandalism

Overnight closure of docking stations in problem areas is one of the methods that have dramatically reduced vandalism to Belfast’s hire bikes, the city council said this week. Damage to hire bikes has been a problem in several UK cities. Last year Mobike cited unsustainable losses from theft... continue

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Extra funding for EV on-street charging

The DfT has announced an additional £2.5m for installing on-street electric vehicle charge points in residential areas. Transport secretary Grant Shapps said the funding would pay for more than 1,000 new chargepoints.... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today News

Anti-20mph website launched

The Alliance of British Drivers has launched a campaign opposing blanket 20mph limits. “The reason for doing this is that there is much misinformation being spread by campaigners for such speed limits,” says the group. “What has been happening is that the anti-car activists... continue

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That’s enough rail, says First, after West Coast win

A joint venture of FirstGroup and Trenitalia has won the DfT’s competition to operate the West Coast Partnership (WCP) franchise, commencing in December and running to 2031.  The franchise encompasses the existing West Coast intercity services and the delivery of the first services on... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Profit margins for most bus operators too low, says analyst

Most bus operators in the UK are not making the necessary profit margets to meet their financial obligations, according to the annual analysis of the sector by industry expert Chris Cheek. The new edition of Bus Industry Performance analyses the performance of 107 operators in... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Business Briefing

Karhoo expands with iVcardo partnering

Karhoo has announced the next stage of its global expansion by partnering with booking and dispatch platform iVcardo. Karhoo allows taxi and private hire vehicle fleets to offer their services through the apps and web portals of organisations such as airlines, train operators, hotels, Mobility as a... continue

16 Aug 2019Local Transport Today Business Briefing
The end of innocence: helping shared mobility find its rightful place

The end of innocence: helping shared mobility find its rightful place

Richard Dilks, Mobility Matters

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