Whitehorn and Yianni to lead Transport Systems Catapult

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... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News
Bertling heads Bombardier Transportation

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... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News
Janaillac reshapes Transdev after departure of Gallot

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... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News

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 Manchester’s Metrolink team on a long-term basis overseeing the operations... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News

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 services, will also serve as deputy director general. Ken Mackay, director... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News

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;  he was previously SYPTE’s passenger services director. He is the... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News
Hendy set to lead UITP as new president

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... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News

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 appointed MD Synthia Ogbonna (New Transit Jan/Feb)... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News
Hart leads Welsh transport – but active travel put with sport

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 taken out of... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News
Elaine Holt heads RATP Crossrail bid

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... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News
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... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News

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 Collins to run the newly created Sydney Trains in Australia (New Transit... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News
Crossrail readies for business with Smith’s appointment to head operations

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 London, and has successfully led the £1bn East London Line extension... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News
Cape Town brings in first easy access buses on Table Mountain route

Cape Town brings in first easy access buses on Table Mountain route

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 Walmer Estate and Salt River on Table Mountain. Joining residents and students at the Cape Peninsula University are... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News

New joint venture wins £300m Crossrail job

A new joint venture involving rail infrastructure company  Alstom, track specialist TSO and construction firm Costain has been awarded one of the largest Crossrail contracts to fit out and commission the tunnels currently being bored under London. The contract to fit out the 13 miles of twin... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News

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 Netherlands. Results will give Netherlands Railways (NS) the detailed data it needs to plan for increased pedestrian flows in a major reconfiguration of... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News

Train seat availability checker

Netherlands Railways (NS) is trialling a new congestion indicator app aimed at  enabling intending passengers – especially those with mobility problems - to check if they are likely to find a seat on the train they are awaiting and, if not, to opt for the  next arrival. The... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News

Signal priority schemes bring 15% transit boost

Traffic signal priority systems installed to benefit bus and tram schedules have achieved proven average travel time reductions of 15% in cities across Europe, according to a new report for UK centre of transport excellence InnovITS. Published in April at the TRAFFEX transport event in Birmingham,... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News

Survey shows wide bus passenger satisfaction variation

The latest UK Bus Passenger Survey, by independent watchdog Passenger Focus, shows satisfaction varies widely among different operators and local authority areas. It surveyed 22,000 bus passengers across 20 areas of England and looked at many factors of passengers’ journeys such as... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News

Cheap tickets fuel first class travel

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 2003, according to the Association of Train Operating Companies. Numbers rose in each of the intervening years except 2009.... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News

Car and bus commuting fall, but rail up and home-based working grows

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 UK Office of National Statistics. The ONS reports: • a fall in the percentage of commuters travelling to work by car/van as a driver or... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News
Major growth forecast for UK long-distance rail travel

Major growth forecast for UK long-distance rail travel

Network Rail studies into future long-distance rail demand in Britain are forecasting significant growth based on national economic and social trends and relative costs . The approach is explained in a draft report... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News

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 the end of the year. The company has acknowledged that the introduction of EMV ticketing had proved “technically complex”. “We have... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News

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 Payzone, a provider of payment processing terminals at UK retail outlets such as convenience stores, newsagents and off-licences. The project will see... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News

Teleworking impacts quantified

The UK Department for Transport is seeking to quantify the impacts of teleworking such as teleconferencing, video conferencing and home working. “The DfT is in the process of quantifying the true impacts of alternatives to travel on carbon reduction, travel demand management and economic... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News

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