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BRT Report
Recently I was in Gothenburg for a transport conference. I had been there 16 years ago (in connection with the then looming rail privatisation), but... continue
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Business Lead Story
James Dark
Bidding to retain any rail franchise has its own peculiar pressures, and in the case of Govia’s attempt to keep its South Central contract,... continue
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Cover Story Detail
M&S: Price cuts and brand protection Last year, as the severity of the recession became apparent, Marks & Spencer chief executive Sir Stuart... continue
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Cover Story Detail
Perhaps the most desperate example of the rail industry’s squeeze on passenger is the seat reservation charge introduced by National Express at... continue
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Cover Story Detail
Can operators hold a sale or ongoing promotion to respond to particular market conditions or raise awareness of services? It is difficult if they are... continue
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Cover Story Detail
While the overambitious franchise bids made by some train operators have undoubtedly contributed to the severity of fare increases and surcharges... continue
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Cover Story Detail
Bus operators have pretty much a clear hand on what they do with fares, but critics say they are still taking a very formulaic view on the... continue
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Cover Story
James Dark
The past year’s economic mayhem has been wreaking havoc with the business plans and expectations of many industries. Banks have gone bust, long... continue
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Reflections
In the midst of a recession passenger transport operators are wise to be aware that their pricing policy has to be sensitive to consumers’... continue
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Media Monitor
The Local Government Association is considering using the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act to demand openness on how much bus operators are paid in... continue
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Media Monitor
Omnibuses 2.0: New era dawned Electronic ticket machines have bee... continue
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Media Monitor
Ministers have defied warnings that the flagship scheme of national free bus travel for over-60s is over budget and may have to be restricted in the... continue
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Media Monitor
The government's financial exposure to the rail industry could worsen amid predictions that a shortfall in fare sales could cost taxpayers up to... continue
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Rail News
Meera Rambissoon
ScotRail will begin to trial the smartcard tickets among their staff members later this month, with Season Ticket holders travelling between... continue
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Media Monitor
Watchdog censures ticketing firm Trainline.com's TV adverts portraying rail users who buy tickets at stations as sheep. A high-prof... continue
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Media Monitor
It is "unacceptable" that low-cost rail fares are easily available only to those with internet access, MPs say. The House... continue
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Media Monitor
A government transport minister is being tackled over the £2m cost of pensioners' free bus passes in Torbay tomorrow. continue
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Ben Colson
Ben Colson
Nostalgia, they say, ain’t what it used to be. I was going to write a heavyweight piece on the oppressive weight of regulation on the industry... continue
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Interview
James Dark
Like many other senior transport professionals of his generation, Nick Brown started his working life as a BR management trainee. But the way his... continue
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News Extra
Andrew Garnett
2008 was something of an Annus Horribilis for Lothian Buses. After a golden 10-year period, which saw significant fleet investment, innovation in new... continue
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