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Could crowdfunding be used to kick-start stalled infrastructure projects?

Industry news  •  1 July 2016  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

London Assembly Member Keith Prince has called for Transport for London (TfL) to consider using crowdfunding to help finance infrastructure projects in the capital.

Joint venture selected as preferred bidder for Perth’s Forrestfield-Airport Link

Industry news  •  19 February 2016  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

A joint venture comprising of Salini Impregilo and NRW has been selected as the preferred bidder to design, construct and maintain the Forrestfield-Airport Link, Perth.

Transport Intermodality: Integrated Transport for the 21st Century

Transport Extra  •  3 November 2015  •  Innovate UK

Innovate UK discusses the importance of open data in establishing transport intermodality and its role in meeting the public transport demands of a technologically savvy 24/7 society. Imagine an advanced inter-connected public transport network that connects people quickly and reliably, a network that makes ticketing, routing and access to different modes of transport easier to […]

CBI insists London must invest in infrastructure to stay competitive

Industry news  •  23 October 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has emphasised the importance of investing in the right infrastructure and skills to continue London’s success as a global competitive city.

EIB to provide £1 billion investment for London transport network

Industry news  •  14 September 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will provide a £1 billion investment for the London transport network in the form of a 35 year loan.

Record-breaking year for London’s public transport network

Industry news  •  21 July 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Transport for London’s (TfL) Annual Report reveals an additional half a billion journeys took place on London’s public transport network in 2014/15 compared to five years ago. The Report records passenger journeys between April 2014 and March 2015. According to TfL, record numbers of customers used the public transport network coinciding with the introduction of […]

Public transport in Norway must win the battle over cars

Issue 3 2015  •  30 June 2015  •  Oddmund Sylta, Managing Director, Skyss

Oddmund Sylta, Managing Director of Skyss, explains how investment in Bergen Light Rail has caused significant growth in public transport…

Public transport as the backbone of Vienna’s urban development

Issue 4 2014  •  20 August 2014  •  Maria Vassilakou, Deputy Mayor of Vienna

In recent years, Vienna has been characterised by a notable trend towards public transport: today, as much as 39% of all trips made by the Viennese are by public transport; as a result, Vienna is one of the international leaders in this respect. Cycling, too, is on a steady rise, as more than 6% of all trips within the city use the bike as a means of transport. The share of pedestrians remains stable at a remarkable 28%. Correspondingly, traffic loads along important arteries in densely built-up zones of the city have decreased. These positive trends are juxtaposed by a number of challenges that, due to the population growth forecast for Vienna, are likely to increase over coming years. The ‘public transport package’ is a response to this challenge and Maria Vassilakou – Deputy Mayor of Vienna, explains more.

South East Europe Rail & Public Transport Development 2013

Events, Past events  •  5 December 2012  •  

5 June 2013, Belgrade

Gathering widespread support for better public transport

Issue 2 2012  •  25 April 2012  •  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, and the railways privatised in the 1990s.

The results have been – to put it kindly – mixed. Public transport subsidies were reduced, at least initially, and lots of new services arrived. It is also worth saying that rail freight has flourished in the new environment, and has grown even during the recession. But for urban public transport, the results have been very varied.

The railways have seen huge growth in patronage – more people are now travelling by train than at any time for nearly 100 years. Railway companies sometimes argue that this is down to their commercial flair – others argue that there are underlying economic reasons for this growth, with road congestion, high oil prices, planning laws and economic restructuring with more city centre develop – ment in financial services.

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

Issue 2 2012  •  25 April 2012  •  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 million a year. They are made on more than 600 different bus services, which are operated by around 50 different companies.

Our role is to oversee these services to ensure the focus is firmly on achieving the very best for passengers in what is an often complex and challenging network and market.

That is why we have launched a number of exciting initiatives designed to drive up standards in order to give passengers the confidence and comfort that comes with consistency.

And it’s that word – consistency – that underpins our ambitions for the Greater Manchester’s bus network.

We recently launched a ‘Supplier Rating System’ designed to measure the quality of a bus operator’s service against priorities that are important to passengers, before they can even start to bid to run a subsidised service on our behalf.