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Issue 2 2009



Prospectus provides big plans

30 April 2009 | By Councillor Gary Clarke, Chairman, Centro

Europe's industrial cities now face stern competition from rivals across the developing world. On top of that we are all facing the worst economic crisis for more than half a century. The credit crunch not only threatens the vitality of private companies and the livelihoods of families, but also major…


Preparing for the Tube’s periodic review

30 April 2009 | By Andrew Cleaves, Commercial Director, Tube Lines

Tube Lines is responsible for maintaining and modernising the infrastructure on three of the busiest lines on the London Underground - the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines. We are spending nearly £5 billion up until 2010 to improve them as part of the public private partnership (PPP) with London Underground…


The place of light rapid transit in the UK

30 April 2009 | By Mary Bonar, Chairman and a founder member of the Light Rapid Transit Forum

To understand the place of light rail in the United Kingdom over the last 20 years, you have to look at some underlying factors to do with politics, distribution of the population and the manufacturing base. First and foremost, the substantial tax raising powers lie with the UK Government at…


Recent refreshment for Sheffield Supertram allows for continued success

30 April 2009 | By Andy Morris, Managing Director, Stagecoach Supertram

From 1991 to 1995, there was major construction work on the streets of Sheffield to create Britain's state-of-the-art public transport system. This system mirrors the high quality modern tramways found in Europe and the United States, which provide an attractive alternative to the use of the car in city centres…


The iBus system – serving as the backbone for London’s bus network

30 April 2009 | By Simon Reed, iBus Project Director, TfL

The transformation of the London bus network in recent years is a great public transport success story. Over the last decade, bus patronage in London has increased by 53%. Every weekday, over 8,000 buses run on almost 700 routes, carrying 6.4 million passengers and well over 2 billion trips are…


Generating huge benefits for Greater Manchester

30 April 2009 | By Philip Purdy, Metrolink Director, Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE)

It's a very exciting time to be leading the Metrolink team. Manchester is a world-class city and we're looking forward to providing a tram system that matches that. There is a huge amount of work going on at the moment on Metrolink. In fact, we're investing nearly £700 million on…


Driving a positive shift towards public transport

30 April 2009 | By Keith Ludeman, Group Chief Executive, Go-Ahead Group plc

The Go-Ahead Group plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange with its Headquarters based in London. Employing over 27,500 people in the UK and with revenue1 of £2,199 million and operating profit2 of £144.9 million, Go-Ahead is one of the UK's largest public transport operators. Go-Ahead is the busiest…


trent barton – ‘the really good bus company’

30 April 2009 | By Ian Morgan, Commercial Director, trent barton

Customers who travel on trent barton routes are to benefit from an investment of £6 million in new buses this year, despite the economic downturn. The 43 new buses will be rolled out on five routes in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. The routes, or ‘brands' as they are called by the…


An ‘open and shut’ case for safety

30 April 2009 | By Ramon Malla, Director of Automated Lines, Barcelona Metro

Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) is the main public transport operator for the metropolitan area of Barcelona and an international reference in the urban transport sector. TMB covers the services provided by the companies Ferrocarril Metropolità de Barcelona, SA (FMB – the Barcelona Metropolitan Rail Service), and Transports de Barcelona,…


The TMB bus fleet helps to improve air quality

30 April 2009 | By Ignasi Armengol Villà, Director of Buses, TMB

The protection of the environment is one of the backbones of the strategic policies of TMB. As a public transport company, its activity is essential for the promotion of more sustainable mobility, and a clear alternative to private vehicle transport, which is less efficient and has a greater impact on…


A new ITCS for the Karlsruhe region – an essential step into the next decade

30 April 2009 | By Dr. Walter Casazza, Managing Director, VBK (Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe GmbH)

The city and region of Karlsruhe is known in the world of public transport as the cradle of the tram-train idea, and also, since 2008 as the hosting city of the IT-TRANS – the leading fair for IT-solutions for the public transport market. With this background, it is obvious that…


Dynamic RTPI and MTA in public transport

30 April 2009 | By Stefan Gemperli, Head of Sales, Continental Automotive Switzerland AG

To make local and regional public transport more attractive to a large potential ridership and thus more competitive, passenger information is one of the critical success factors and, therefore, pivotal. While dynamic real-time passenger information at stops has become a widely accepted standard, intermodal in-vehicle dynamic passenger information that includes…