MCLOUGHLIN JOINS THE RANKS OF THE LONGEST SERVING TRANSPORT SECRETARIES
3 July 2015 | Author: David Fowler, Editor, Transport Times

When, at the Transport Times Great Transport Debate earlier this year, Patrick McLoughlin said he hoped to return as Transport Secretary after the general election, few thought it likely.

Even if the Conservatives were returned to power, it looked a safe bet that he would be moved in the obligatory reshuffle. But, confounding conventional wisdom, Mr McLoughlin is indeed back, a decision widely welcomed given that the DfT had had seven secretaries of state in the previous seven years.


BIG DIVIDENDS FOR SMART CITIES
26 June 2015 | Author: Shashi Verma, Director of Customer Experience, Transport for London

Cities should urgently consider introducing smart and contactless ticketing to encourage the use of public transport and help them reach their economic potential.

Our industry is a customer service business that provides transport. Our purpose is to keep the country working and moving, supporting the creation of jobs, housing and economic growth. Technological advance and the changing expectations of our customers are offering us even more opportunity to serve them better...


THE SCOTTISH TRANSPORT AWARDS 2015 WINNERS ANNOUNCED
22 June 2015 | Author: Anna Pett, Events Manager, Transport Times

The best of Scotland’s transport industry were honoured on Thursday 18th June at the 13th Annual Scottish Transport Awards, with 300 industry professionals in attendance.  Hosted by radio and television presenter Grant Stott, the ceremony was held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow. Now in their thirteenth year the Awards recognise excellence, innovation and progress across all areas of transport in Scotland...


THE CHALLENGE OF SUSTAINABILITY
11 June 2015 | Author: Stephen Joseph OBE, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport

The Transport Secretary faces a range of challenges to get this country moving and craft a transport system which is sustainable, efficient and fair. Patrick McLoughlin must make the right decisions on the important issues of rail fares, rail franchising, buses and roads which all have a strong impact on people’s everyday lives...


A NEW DEPARTURE
5 June 2015 | Author: Graeme Craig, Director of Commercial Development, Transport for London

The case for investment in transport to unlock economic growth is now well established. Less well-embedded is the concept of driving substantial direct financial return through investment in commercial activities in and around the transport network... 


GOOD SHOWING FOR TRAMS IN THE LATEST PASSENGER SURVEY
28 May 2015 | Author: Anthony Smith, Chief Executive, Transport Focus

The results from the Transport Focus tram passenger survey are out. This is the second year it has been run. Over all networks in the survey, satisfaction with the tram journey remains at the high levels seen in 2013 (90%). This compares favourably with the same measure from autumn 2014 on the national rail passenger survey (81%) and the bus passenger survey (88%)... 


MORE WOMEN ARE NEEDED TO JOIN OUR INDUSTRY
21 May 2015 | Author: Michèle Dix, Managing Director for Crossrail 2, Transport for London

Last year marked a hundred years since the outbreak of World War I. In the course of the conflict hundreds of thousands of young men enlisted in the armed services, including more than 17,000 London Underground, bus and tram workers.

During this time many of their roles were filled by women for the first time. In this pivotal moment in transport history, women took on a variety of roles from ticket inspectors and booking clerks to station staff and guards – helping keep London’s services running and the capital moving..


LEADERS OF TOMORROW
14 May 2015 | Author: David Fowler, Editor, Transport Times

in association with Worldline an Atos company

Who will be the future leaders of the transport industry? In a new occasional series, Transport Times has convened a panel of senior industry experts, chaired by our publisher David Begg, to pick out names to watch. The people featured on the following pages are all under 40 but have already amassed considerable experience and have a good deal of achievements to their credit. Many of them span both public and private sectors or have worked in governmental and policymaking roles as well as in industry... 


GIVE NORTHERN CITIES CONTROL OVER THEIR DESTINY
7 May 2015 | Author: Jim Steer, Director & Founder, Steer Davies Gleave

Strong, accountable governance arrangements are needed if plans to revitalise the north of England are to bear fruit. The Department for Transport should step aside and let the cities and regions rise to the challenge.

Let’s hope that the next government breaks with recent tradition. We really don’t want transport investment to be put on hold and under review this summer, only to reappear a couple of years hence to help foster an upswing to match the electoral cycle. 


THE TRANSPORT CHOICES YOU FACE ON THURSDAY
5 May 2015 | Author: David Fowler, Editor, Transport Times

With less than a week to go to the election, and the polls remaining pretty much where they were at the start of the campaign, the parties will be pulling out all the stops to sway undecided voters.
If you were to decide who to vote for solely on the basis of transport issues, who should you choose?

First of all, it's perhaps worth remembering where we were five years ago. Everyone knew cuts were on the way, and the worry was that transport would be among the first areas to be cut, as had historically been the case...


AVIATION DEBATE: HEATHROW OR GATWICK?
30 April 2015 | Author: David Fowler, Editor, Transport Times

In our final report from Transport Times’ Great Transport Debate we focus on aviation. For airports the big question is whether Heathrow or Gatwick will be chosen as the site for a new runway. Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow strategy, planning and regulation director, outlined the case for more capacity at the UK’s hub airport.

The UK is losing the race for connections to China, she said. China would in due course be the world’s largest economy, but the UK had fewer direct flights there than Amsterdam, and a fifth of the air cargo capacity that Germany has...


BUS DEBATE: FRANCHISING OR PARTNERSHIP?
23 April 2015 | Author: David Fowler, Editor, Transport Times

Continuing the report from last month’s Great Transport Debate, hosted by Transport Times in association with KPMG, this week we focus on the bus debate which pitted two David Browns against each other: one the group chief executive of Go-Ahead, the other the chief executive and director general of Merseytravel, to make the case for and against extending the bus franchising model, as used in London, to other UK cities...


2015 AWARDS SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED
22 April 2015 | Author: Kirsty Walton, Events Assistant, Transport Times Events

Having received an abundance of entries for the 2015 Scotland Transport Awards, the judges have made their decision on the final shortlists for 14 categories.


RAIL DEBATE: PUBLIC OR PRIVATE?
16 April 2015 | Author: David Fowler, Editor, Transport Times

Transport Times in association with KPMG hosted the Great Transport Debate last month, which invited transport experts to set out what they see as the main transport challenges the next Government must grapple with.

The first of these debates focussed on rail and saw Rail Delivery Group director general Michael Roberts go head to head with Mick Whelan, general secretary of rail union Aslef.

Mr Roberts said the key question was the role of the public and private sector in the rail industry...


SURVEY POINTS THE WAY TO SUCCESSFUL BUS SERVICES
9 April 2015 | Author: Anthony Smith, Chief Executive, Transport Focus

The latest Transport Focus bus passenger survey gives operators a benchmark of how they are doing and helps many of them to plan improvement and track progress from year to year

"Reduce journey time. 30 minutes is tiring"..."Less heavy use of brakes by the driver"... "Would like a bit more leg room behind the seats"...

There is nothing like the great British public for telling it how it is. These are just a few of the thousands of comments we gathered during the latest Transport Focus Bus Passenger Survey...


CHANGING PATTERNS OF DEMAND CAN SURPRISE
1 April 2015 | Author: Jim Steer, Director and Founder, Steer Davies Gleave

The M3 and Stansted airport demonstrate the unexpected shifts in how infrastructure is used that can take place over time. Planners and forecasters need to be more aware of the potential for change

They say "never go back", but it can be rewarding. If it's ten or 20 years later, you see changes that the locals miss. Infrastructure can have its pattern of use changed beyond recognition.

Two recent examples that have struck me are the M3 motorway and Stansted Airport...


OUR PART IN HOLDING THE GOVERNMENT TO ACCOUNT
26 March 2015 | Author: Louise Ellman MP, Chair, Transport Select Committee

Louise Ellman MP

The Transport Select Committee has had numerous successes in influencing policy and making a real difference for travellers of all kinds over the five years of this government.

With the general election just a few weeks away it is a good time to reflect on some of the achievements of the Transport Select Committee over the last five years...


DO NOT ASSUME THE CASE FOR INFRASTRUCTURE IS MADE
19 March 2015 | Author: Stuart Thomson, Public Affairs Consultant, Bircham Dyson Bell

Apparent cross-party support for infrastructure investment before the election will not necessarily translate into progress on real projects afterwards, warns Stuart Thomson.

Listening to the Prime Minister, the Chancellor or the Opposition front bench, you could easily be convinced that infrastructure development is the saviour of the economy. That without it, jobs and growth will be impaired and that to compete in the global market we have no option but to invest in our creaking national infrastructure...


RAIL INDUSTRY NEEDS A FARIER APPROACH ON TICKETS
12 March 2015 | Author: Anthony Smith, Chief Executive, Passenger Focus

Revenue protection systems are too draconian and fail to distinguish between fare dodgers and people who have made a genuine mistake with their ticket. They need to be overhauled for the 21st century.

Earlier this month Passenger Focus renewed its call to the rail industry to play fair with passengers who don’t have a “valid” ticket.

At the same time, we were pleased to see the Department for Transport launch a consultation on an overhaul of the rail penalty fare appeals system...


OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT & INNOVATION REWARDED AT THE 2015 LONDON TRANSPORT AWARDS
6 March 2015 | Author: Anna Pett, Events Manager, Transport Times

The people and organisations that make a real difference to transport across London were recognised at the 12th annual London Transport Awards last night. The London Borough of Southwark picked up the top award of the night for Transport Borough of the Year, London Overground (LOROL) took the Rail Operator of the Year title while Abellio London & Surrey won Bus Operator of the Year.    


WHAT HAS THE COALITION MEANT FOR TRANSPORT?
4 March 2015 | Author: Jim Steer, Director and Founder, Steer Davies Gleave

With the general election approaching, rail has enjoyed substantial investment, with roads policy now following suit. Local transport has been less lucky – and where next for fuel duty?

It's time to review how transport has fared during the five years of the coalition government. We should start with safety. The UK has a great road safety record, up there with Sweden, but figures for the first half of 2014 showed a disturbing upward spike against a continuing background improvement.... 


FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS FOR A TURBULENT YEAR AHEAD
24 February 2015 | Author: Lizzie Wills, Account Director, Westminster Advisers

The outcome of the 2015 election remains far too close to call, and it is highly unclear who will form the next government. An unprecedented range of potential results is possible in what is now a five or six party system; these include a small Conservative or Labour majority, minority, or Lib Dem coalitions; an alliance of left-leaning parties (drawing together Labour, the Lib Dems, Greens, and Plaid Cymru); a Labour government supported by the SNP through confidence and supply; a Conservative government supported by the DUP and or UKIP, and so on...


ARE WE READY FOR A RETURN TO HIGHWAYS EXPANSION?
17 February 2015 | Author: Jim Steer, Director and Founder, Steer Davies Gleave

Jim Steer

The road investment strategy, unveiled in December is a real break with poilcy over the last 20 years. But have the implications for traffic growth, land use and rail demand been thought through?

Engine for Growth is the slogan of High Speed 2… but in last month’s autumn statement it was the road investment strategy that was revving up to go, with over 100 major schemes and investment of £9.4bn over the next five years...


BUS INDUSTRY MUST PULL TOGETHER AT THE SUMMIT
5 February 2015 | Author: David Fowler, Editor, Transport Times

David Fowler

When John Prescott was Secretary of State for Environment Transport and the Regions he spoke of transforming the bus “from a workhorse to a thoroughbred”. Next week’s Bus Summit will be a chance to take stock of how much progress has been made towards this goal.

In reality, the very ubiquity of buses means that they will almost inevitably retain some workhorse-like characteristics, no matter how widespread real time information, smart ticketing, and free wi-fi become....


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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