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

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 smart phone connections. Senior Lecturer in eTourism Dr Timothy Jung is working on a pilot scheme that would allow visitors to scan buildings and... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News

‘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 group Telefónica for its Wayra innovation programme. Ensygnia offers visual recognition and scanning technology designed to speed on-line purchases... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News

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, this autumn, Nemzeti Mobilfizetési, the state-owned company set up to implement and run the scheme has announced. Companies currently offering... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News

BYD taxis spearhead electrified public transport solution in Hong Kong in bid to cut car emissions by 56%

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 reduce Hong Kong’s vehicle emissions by over 50%. One initiative will see the introduction of BYD e6 pure electric taxis in the region in May of... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News

Dutch fleet and London test lead BYD European all-electric bus projects

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 of a series of European projects for Chinese maker BYD. Later this year 2 of the manufacturer’s electric vehicles will go into service with... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News

Primove inductive energy bus projects move ahead in four cities

Inductive recharging for electric powered city buses is rapidly becoming a real option for urban areas seeking better air quality and quieter vehicles, Primove system developer Bombardier says.  While many cities are pursuing the hybrid bus route as a stepping stone to greater levels of... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News

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 car. The partners comprise rail manufacturer Alstom, bus and car maker Nissan and professional bodies AVERE, CER, ETRA, EURELECTRIC, EUROBAT, Going... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News
‘Use existing urban rail power systems for other modes’ UITP seminar told

‘Use existing urban rail power systems for other modes’ UITP seminar told

The potential use of existing public transport electricity supply infrastructure for future multimodal electric urban mobility schemes has been considered at an event organised by UITP, The International Association of Public Transport in Brussels. The move towards more electric mobility... continue

16 May 2013New Transit News

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 part of the metropolitan mix. It’s not just the transport providers... continue

15 May 2013New Transit News
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 ZipCar car share system by Avis. It’s not the only major strategic move... continue

15 May 2013New Transit News
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 modes to solve those irritating connections and gaps in the conventional transport system. There are more plans for new... continue

15 May 2013New Transit News
Bringing electricity to the branches: privately wired or wire-free?

Bringing electricity to the branches: privately wired or wire-free?

T There’s little disagreement that electrification is the best power system for most railways. But what should be done about branch lines where the business case might not be as clear as that for mainline railway electrification? Without it, through trains from... continue

15 May 2013New Transit News

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 recent UITP event heard how RATP is now operating an open innovation twitter account –@lafabriqueratp.  This network of over 3500 thought... continue

15 May 2013New Transit News

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 consortium led by travel systems technology giant Amadeus to deliver a series of technological proofs of concept on a European Passenger Transport... continue

15 May 2013New Transit News

Chinese scrap ministry of railways to ways to tackle big debt legacy

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 separated China Railway Corporation will now have to take high costs and its mountainous debt into consideration when setting new ticket prices and... continue

15 May 2013New Transit News

UK Government sets out 8 year plan for franchises with East Coast in lead

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 award the next Great Western franchise in 2016 as a management contract, in its announcement of a detailed franchising timetable for the next eight... continue

15 May 2013New Transit News

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 strategy, that aims to simplify the journey experience through measures such as new ticketing, better information and improving interchange between... continue

15 May 2013New Transit News
First leaves London bus market to foreigners with £80m disposal

First leaves London bus market to foreigners with £80m disposal

IIn quitting London bus operations, UK-based transport group First has made good on its promise to raise £100m through disposal of non-core operations, with the surprise sale of practically all its London bus operations to two foreign groups for... continue

15 May 2013New Transit News
Latest Shinkansen saves 19% energy

Latest Shinkansen saves 19% energy

JR Central has put its latest-generation Shinkansen train, the N700A into service from Tokoyo to Osaka. The 300km/h 16- car tilting... continue

15 May 2013New Transit News

Eurostar plans more routes more routes

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 now holds an 80 percent market share between London, Paris and Brussels, carrying 9.7m passengers a year. Nicolas Petrovic, chief executive, has said... continue

15 May 2013New Transit News
Germany faces pincer attack as invaders position for coach war

Germany faces pincer attack as invaders position for coach war

Could Germany be on the brink of war, facing invasion by Britain, Poland and France? We’re talking coaches, and it’s an intriguing possibility brought on by the recent liberalisation of Germany’s long-distance public transport... continue

15 May 2013New Transit News
SNCF takes the Easy route to bring Ouigo low cost journeys to TGV network

SNCF takes the Easy route to bring Ouigo low cost journeys to 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” so closely does it mirror many of the practices of low-cost airlines. Instead, “TGV Ouigo” is the chosen name for a new product... continue

15 May 2013New Transit News

RATP lines up its Paris experience

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 French capital, Parisian-based transport group RATP has also set its sights on operating London’s major new city rail scheme Crossrail too. Its RATP... continue

15 May 2013New Transit News
50 years on from Buchanan on traffic and Beeching on trains: are the issues different now?

50 years on from Buchanan on traffic and Beeching on trains: are the issues different now?

It’s 50 years since the publication in 1963 of two pivotal reports on British transport: The Reshaping of British Railways by Dr Richard Beeching, and Traffic in Towns by Colin (later Sir Colin) Buchanan. Both represented sea changes in the accepted transport wisdom of the time. What do they tell us today? Beeching’s report said that the then... continue

15 May 2013New Transit News

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