Related insights: Bus

Face coverings in stores from 24 July – a logical step?

22 Jul 2020
While the Government's announcement on Tuesday 14 July was not a complete surprise, the lack of a properly thought through plan behind the move to compulsory wearing of face coverings in stores and supermarkets has caused some consternation amongst retailers and consumers alike. 

Train data: how do we share its benefits?

03 Sep 2018
The Department for Transport (DfT) recently published its 'Joint Rail Data Action Plan' setting out a number of objectives and associated timescales, which an industry-led taskforce will work towards in order to improve the quality and openness of rail data. The plan focuses on train operating companies (TOCs) and other rail entities addressing the following five barriers to wider data sharing.

Route to open access: taking the uncertainty out of bus travel?

28 Aug 2018
Taking the "uncertainty out of bus travel" and the wish to improve the passenger experience across England is the reason given in the recently published Department for Transport (DfT) consultation into Bus open data in the UK (the Consultation). DfT believes that 'open data' is key to removing the current uncertainty in journey planning and better journey planning it believes will attract more people to bus services .

Government call for bus operator views on wheelchair access

11 Jun 2018
The Government has recently announced that it intends to bring forward a package of measures in 2018 to enable bus companies to support wheelchair users to access buses and it is seeking input from stakeholders such as bus operators. This is an opportunity for bus operators to influence Government measures and enable drivers to best support wheelchair users access bus transport.

Smart ticketing: the North says hello to tap & go

17 Apr 2018
Transport for the North ("TfN") aims to digitalise the transport industry in the North. Almost all major transport providers in the North have committed to investment of some kind over the coming years. Customers are set to benefit from new smart-ticketing systems, which allow them to use their tickets electronically without having to queue up at ticket machines. Integrated tickets will also allow customers to use contactless payment technology for multi-modal travel, switching between trains, trams, buses and ferries with relative ease. It is hoped that this coordinated investment will ultimately boost economies across the North.

Focus on public transport will boost business investment

30 Mar 2017
Almost half (49%) of North East England’s businesses would be more likely to invest in the region if improvements were made to its public transport network, according to new research from the North East England Chamber of Commerce.

In the research, the Chamber and Newcastle-based law firm Bond Dickinson finds that the cost of tickets, reliability of service and difficulty in making connections rank high among the concerns of Chamber members.

Uncertainty in the transport sector following Brexit

26 Jul 2016
Brexit has brought uncertainty to the UK business world, including the transport sector. There is clearly a close connection between demand for transport and the health of the UK economy, therefore the fortunes of the transport sector will depend on how the UK economy fares in the unprecedented times ahead.