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Issue 2 2013



Working to achieve passenger satisfaction

24 April 2013 | By Simon Posner, Chief Executive, Confederation of Passenger Transport UK

There is no industry in the UK – nor indeed the rest of Europe – that could begin a Foreword to a publication with any words other than “these are challenging times”. Speaking on behalf of Britain’s bus, coach and light-rail operators, I can therefore say with some certainty that…


Working towards the next 150 years…

24 April 2013 | By David Waboso, Director of Capital Programmes, London Underground

2013 marks 150 years since the first Tube journeys took place between Paddington and Farringdon on the Metropolitan Railway. At a time when people had no electricity in their homes, inside toilets were a rarity and radio and television did not yet exist, the Tube was a revolutionary blast of…


The DLR – part of Britain’s golden transport team

24 April 2013 | By Jonathan Fox, Director, Docklands Light Railway

“Hidden in plain sight” is the phrase that could well describe the presence and performance of London’s Docklands Light Railway (DLR) during the hugely successful London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Placed right in the middle of the Capital’s Olympic ‘hub’ and linking the main Olympic Park at Stratford with…


Metrolink on the move

24 April 2013 | By Peter Cushing, Metrolink Director, Transport for Greater Manchester

2013 promises to be a key year for Greater Manchester’s tram system – Metrolink. It marks the half-way point of a £1.4 billion expansion of a network that has seen over 300 million journeys made on its trams since it first opened over 20 years ago. I’m delighted to be…


Regeneration of Britain’s cities – light-rail plays its part

24 April 2013 | By Colin Walton, President, Light Rapid Transit Forum (LRTF)

While most would admit that the United Kingdom lags behind much of Europe in opening new light-rail systems in its major cities, the current coalition government seems keen to draw a line in the sand and examine major new developments as soon as the economic clouds lift. Urban transit schemes…


A state-of-the-art tram network for Piraeus

24 April 2013 | By Vassilios Spyrakos, Acting Manager of Managing Department 2 – Tramway and ISAP Projects, ATTIKO METRO S.A

On 14 January 2013, a contract was signed for the construction of a tram extension in Piraeus – a port city in the region of Attica, Greece. Signed between ATTIKO METRO S.A and THEMELI S.A. (the contracting company), the project is funded by the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) and…


The UITP Bus Committee: striving for improvements

24 April 2013 | By Thierry Wagenknecht. Chairman, UITP Bus Committee

The UITP Bus Committee1 was created in 1961 (known then as the Commission for the Standardisation of Motorbuses). It is one of the oldest modal Committees of the UITP and was created on a purely technical basis. During the last 15 years, the trend has been to widen the scope…