BUS DEREGULATION: COULD DO BETTER?
26 January 2015 | Author: Neill Birch, Projects Director, SYSTRA Ltd

The decision by the North East Combined Authority to pursue quality contracts for bus services in Tyne and Wear clearly demonstrates the feelings of many in north-east England towards deregulation: it isn’t working for them. With other local authorities, including Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and Merseyside all considering some form of franchising model too, one might conclude that deregulation has failed.

However, there are some deregulation success stories around the UK.... 


DEMAND MANAGEMENT: THE MISSING INGREDIENT?
14 January 2015 | Author: David Fowler, Editor, Transport Times

Planning rail investment over a series of five year cycles has been a great policy success. The malaise of UK transport investment for decades was its dependence on annual budgets, at the mercy of summary cuts if the economy faltered. It was a system that militated against coherent planning, not only for road and rail network managers but also for contractors and suppliers, who had no sound basis to decide how big a workforce they needed, and making it a gamble to take on trainees and apprentices.


FRESH TACTICS CAN HELP BREAK THE DRIVING HABIT
6 January 2015 | Author: Claire Haigh, Chief Executive, Greener Journeys

In the UK cars are responsible for 58% of domestic transport carbon emissions. Buses have a pivotal role to play in reducing carbon emissions through modal shift. Research for Greener Journeys estimates that the best-used bus services in urban centres are reducing carbon emissions from road transport by as much as 75%. 


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