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Issue 2 2012



Gathering widespread support for better public transport

25 April 2012 | By Stephen Joseph OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Campaign for Better Transport

The ‘British experiment’ with public transport has been watched by many in Europe – some with envy, some with a kind of horrified fascination. Deregulation and privatisation of the public transport market has gone further than in any other country – buses outside London were completely deregulated in the 1980s,…


Nottingham express transit: Phase Two gets underway

25 April 2012 | By Councillor Jane Urquhart, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Transportation, Nottingham City Council

NET Phase Two is the name for the planned expansion of Nottingham’s tram system, NET Line One, with two new lines to Clifton via Wilford and to Beeston via the QMC and Chilwell, otherwise known as Lines 2 and 3. Background Construction on the new tram lines began in early-2012,…


Driving through the challenges

25 April 2012 | By Les Warneford, Managing Director, Stagecoach UK Bus

The current difficulties in the economy are proving to be a major challenge for businesses of all kinds across the UK… and the bus industry is no different as we too face rising costs. Increasing fuel bills and energy costs, as well as lower public sector investment in bus services,…


Creating a lasting legacy for Edinburgh

25 April 2012 | By Dave Anderson, Director of City Development, City of Edinburgh Council

The project to deliver a modern tram network for Edinburgh has now gained fresh momentum with visible developments and major infrastructure work ongoing along the length of the nine mile route. In the last 12 months, the project has had to overcome major challenges but with a new working relationship…


TfGM’s commitment to building on the progress made so far

25 April 2012 | By Michael Renshaw, Bus & Rail Director, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)

The bus has a crucial role to play in keeping our economy upwardly mobile, which is why Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has laid solid foundations for long-term improvements to the region’s services. Approximately 80% of all public transport journeys in Greater Manchester are made by bus – around 225…


The automation of Paris subway line 1 contributes to on-going modernisation

25 April 2012 | By Gérald Churchill, Director of line 1 Automation Project, RATP

The Paris subway was built between 1900 and 1935. Its Operational Control Centre (OCC), Automatic Train Operation (ATO), controlled manual driving mode and new generations of rolling stock were commissioned between 1955 and 1990. The opening of line 14 (Météor) in 1998 initiated the transition between this first wave of…


Warsaw Metro prepares to handle EURO 2012 arrivals

25 April 2012 | By Jerzy Lejk, President of the Board and CEO, Warsaw Metro

Poland’s capital city, Warsaw, is one of the host cities for the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship (EURO 2012) which will take place in June. The city is currently carrying out intensive preparations to welcome football players and fans. Metro Warszawskie Sp. z o.o. is involved in on-going cooperation with…