GREAT OPPORTUNITIES AHEAD FOR THE INDUSTRY
5 February 2016 | Author: Andrew Jones, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport

The Transport Times UK Bus Summit may only be in its second year, but it is already established as a key event in the transport calendar – and one the Department for Transport is delighted to support.

The bus industry today is experiencing sustained growth. 87 million more passenger journeys were taken on buses in England during the 12 months to September 2014 than the previous year. And that trend was seen around the country, not just in London...


STUART ROSS - A TRIBUTE
1 February 2016 | Author: Vernon Everitt, Managing Director, Customer Experience, Marketing & Communication, Transport for London

Stuart Ross, Transport for London's Director of News, lost the bravest of battles with cancer on Friday 22 January. He was 42.

No words can really do justice to Stuart's contribution to London and making TfL a world-leading organisation. A deluge of heartfelt tributes from all quarters show just how deeply he will be missed.

Stuart was there at the beginning of TfL's journey in 2000. The Mayoralty had just been created. The first steps were being taken to genuinely integrate transport. The politics were raw...


GREEN BUSES ARE GO
25 January 2016 | Author: Andy Eastlake, Managing Director, Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership

The UK is in the vanguard of the manufacture and adoption of green buses.

In the past decade there has been a green revolution in the UK bus market. Lower carbon, low emission Euro VI buses are running in most of our cities and larger urban areas, their introduction encouraged by technical developments and a supportive policy environment.

The Green Bus Fund – which ran over four rounds from 2009 – has contributed to the introduction of 1,263 buses over five years. A similar mechanism operated in Scotland, where there have so far been six rounds, funding around 270 buses...


CHALLENGES FOR TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE IN 2016
18 January 2016 | Author: Angus Walker, Partner, Bircham Dyson Bell

2016 will be a year of great opportunity for transport infrastructure but it will also be a year of great challenges. If it fails to make the most of the opportunities then it risks the major investment and projects that the country so desperately needs.

That means each part of the transport sector playing its full role from the very start of year. We cannot just expect others to pick up the burden.
Let's just consider a few of those challenges...


WHAT’S THE BEST STRUCTURE FOR NETWORK RAIL?
11 January 2016 | Author: Nicola Shaw, Chief Executive, High Speed 1

How should we organise the railway so that it is safe, cost-efficient, innovative and ready to meet future challenges? 

Two days spent in Brussels talking to other European infrastructure managers has given me valuable insights into the parallel challenges facing our colleagues in other nations.

Our discussions brought to the surface a range of surprising questions, though surprising only in their familiarity: how can we run a busy rail network with punctual, quick trains?


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