Category: Bus

It’s time to rethink bus punctuality

It’s time to rethink bus punctuality

As far as I know the vast treasure house of world literature only contains one novel where the characters lives revolve entirely around the monitoring and regulation of bus punctuality. That novel is ‘The Maintenance of Headway’ by Magnus Mills (a former bus driver himself) and it’s the story of how London bus drivers try …

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Status quo is risky, not bus franchising

Status quo is risky, not bus franchising

Plans to introduce a Quality Contract Scheme in Tyne & Wear should excite anyone who wants to see better public transport. Not surprisingly those who are making monopoly profits from bus deregulation are currently active (directly and via proxies) in denigrating both the motives and the competence of Nexus in triggering the formal process for …

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pteg visits…Dales Integrated Transport Alliance (DITA)

pteg visits…Dales Integrated Transport Alliance (DITA)

On the 7th August, the pteg team travelled from Leeds to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales to visit Dales Integrated Transport Alliance (DITA). DITA is a community-led group of individuals and organisations who want to get better transport in the rural area of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. DITA …

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Wales – time for a leap forward on transport?

Wales – time for a leap forward on transport?

comprehensive deal on transport powers as part of devolution and has forged ahead with some confidence – particularly on rail. The state of play on devolution of transport powers in Wales is less clear cut and remains complex and unresolved. Small countries can do great things on transport (the Netherlands and Switzerland are among the …

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The biggest bargain in transport policy?

The biggest bargain in transport policy?

Is the urban bus the biggest bargain in transport policy? There’s certainly a strong case to be made – as our new report (‘The Case for the Urban Bus – The Economic and Social Value of Bus Networks in the Metropolitan Areas’) shows. The key to the exceptional value for public money that the urban …

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The Spending Review: Everything to play for

The Spending Review: Everything to play for

The last spending review gave local transport spending outside London a good hiding. It lacked the political clout and built-in funding commitments that applied to London and national rail – the evidence base for the benefits of local transport spending also had too many gaps. Worse for the big regional conurbations was that by accident …

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Buses matter to young people – and young people should matter to us

Buses matter to young people – and young people should matter to us

Buses matter to young people. This past year, we have seen just how much. Nationwide polling by UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) of 65,000 young people in 2011, and 250,000 young people in 2012, identified ‘Public transport: Cheaper, better, accessible’ as a priority concern. Members of the UKYP at their annual sitting in the House of …

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