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Issue 35 - 15 May 2013: News
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Bus News Lead Story
The potential use of existing public transport electricity supply infrastructure for future multimodal electric urban mobility schemes has been... continue
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Technology News
Eleven organisations have come together to put the case for more electrification of public transport, bringing together all the modes from rail to... continue
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Bus News
Inductive recharging for electric powered city buses is rapidly becoming a real option for urban areas seeking better air quality and quieter... continue
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Bus News
Six all-electric buses just put in service by Arriva in the national park of Schiermonnikoog in the Dutch province of Friesland have become the first... continue
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Bus News
BYD has announced solutions for electrifying Hong Kong City’s public transport with plans to replace diesel buses and LPG taxis in a bid to... continue
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Technology News
Hungary will launch its planned national mobile payment system, designed to enable uniform payment for all transport fares and fees by mobile phone,... continue
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Technology News
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
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Technology News
Manchester Metropolitan University is studying how Dublin tourists can get detailed information and images about buildings and attractions through... continue
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Technology News
The UK Department for Transport is seeking to quantify the impacts of teleworking such as teleconferencing, video conferencing and home working.... continue
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Technology News
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
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Technology News
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
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Rail News Lead Story
Network Rail studies into future long-distance rail demand in Britain are forecasting significant growth based on national economic and social trends... continue
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Rail News
The percentage of people who commute to work in England and Wales by car or van fell between 2001 and 2011, according to Census data published by the... continue
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Rail News
Discounted tickets are fuelling first class rail travel in Britain. Just over 11 million first class trips were made in 2012, up from 6.7 million in... continue
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Bus News
The latest UK Bus Passenger Survey, by independent watchdog Passenger Focus, shows satisfaction varies widely among different operators and local... continue
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Bus News
Traffic signal priority systems installed to benefit bus and tram schedules have achieved proven average travel time reductions of 15% in cities... continue
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Rail News
Netherlands Railways (NS) is trialling a new congestion indicator app aimed at  enabling intending passengers – especially those with... continue
Categories: Rail, Technology, Other, Europe
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Technology News
Danish wireless technology company BLIP Systems is installing its first rail passenger tracking scheme at Groningen station, in the north of the... continue
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Rail News
A new joint venture involving rail infrastructure company  Alstom, track specialist TSO and construction firm Costain has been awarded one of... continue
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Bus News
Cape Town’s first easy access bus - the Optare Solo SR - has been introduced for residents living on the MyCiTi route from Civic Centre to... continue
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People
Howard Smith
London’s Crossrail project has moved closer towards its opening for  services with the appointment of Howard Smith as Operations... continue
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People
London Underground and Rail managing director Mike Brown has announced a new senior structure of his team following the move of Chief Operating... continue
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People Lead Story
Gareth Powell
In the changes following the moves of Howard Smith and Howard Collins, Director of Strategy and Service Development Gareth Powell  (pi... continue
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People
Elaine Holt
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... continue
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People
Edwina Hart
Edwina Hart has taken over the lead transport responsibility in Wales from Carl Sargeant in a ministerial reshuffle,  adding it to her existing... continue
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People
Municipally-owned Cardiff Bus has appointed Gareth Stevens as business development manager. He rejoins the operator from First UK Bus where he was... continue
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People
Sir Peter Hendy
Sir Peter Hendy , Commissioner of Transport for London is set to become the new president of UITP, The International Association of Public... continue
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People
Merseytravel has appointed David Brown (pictured) as its new chief executive/director general. Brown, 47, is currently director general of South... continue
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People
Tyne & Wear PTE Nexus director general Bernard Garner is cutting his hours from April as part of changes to the PTE’s management structure.... continue
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People
Peter Cushing (pictured) has become Manchester Metrolink’s new director, succeeding Philip Purdy who is returning to his native Australia for... continue
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People
Jean-Marc Janaillac
New Chairman and Chief Executive of Veolia Transdev Jean-Marc Janaillac has made a series of changes following the project for Caisse des... continue
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People
Lutz Bertling
Lutz Bertling will take over as President and Chief Operating Officer of Berlin-based Bombardier Transportation in June. Prior to joining... continue
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People
Will Whitehorn
Will Whitehorn has been appointed chairman of the Transport Systems Catapult board being set up by the UK Government’s Technology Strategy... continue
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Rail News
Traffic in Towns
It’s 50 years since the publication in 1963 of two pivotal reports on British transport: The Reshaping of British Railways by Dr Richard... continue
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Rail News
Although positioned to be part of the development of the major Grand Paris Express plans for a driverless express metro system in and around the... continue
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Rail News
OUIGO on TGV NETWORK
If it were not already a trademark, French state railway operator SNCF must have been tempted to call their latest TGV service “easyTGV”... continue
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Bus News
city2city coach
Could Germany be on the brink of war, facing invasion by Britain, Poland and France? We’re talking coaches, and it’s an intriguing... continue
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Rail News
In a direct challenge to other train operators and the airlines, Eurostar is looking to run new services from London into Europe. The SNCF affiliate... continue
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Rail News
R Central has put its latest-generation Shinkansen train, the N700A
JR Central has put its latest-generation Shinkansen train, the N700A into service from Tokoyo to Osaka. The 300km/h 16- car tilting trains seating... continue
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Bus News
London Bus
IIn quitting London bus operations, UK-based transport group First has made good on its promise to raise £100m through disposal of non-core... continue
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Technology News
The quest for seamless multimodal travel has been set out again in the UK Department for Transport’s new ‘door-to-door’ transport... continue
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Rail News
The UK government has made a priority of putting back the East Coast rail franchise into the private sector in 2015, and has also revealed plans to... continue
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Rail News
A new model for rail service provision in China is being put in place to address a financial overhang at the now-defunct Railways Ministry. A newely... continue
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Technology News
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
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Technology News
More confidence and experience in  using social media within the passenger transport sector is leading to more sophisticated approaches. A... continue
Categories: Rail, Technology, UITP, Other, Europe
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Rail News
T There’s little disagreement that electrification is the best power system for most railways. But what should be done about branch lines where... continue
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Technology News
Ultra Global personal rapid transit pod
S New solutions to meet short distance travel needs continue to build their profile around the world as cities explore alternatives to traditional... continue
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Technology News
Ford2Go
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
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People
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... continue