In April the Department for Transport set out its intentions for decarbonising UK transport. However, with Government’s much-needed rail electrification programme on hold, what needs to be done to reach this ambitious goal?
Phil Bulman provides insight into the latest thinking on track and train arrangements and improving financial sustainability in the UK rail sector.
Some massive changes have affected Britain’s rail network since the Government introduced Emergency Measures Agreements (EMA). Based on analysis of ORR and passenger revenue data, these EMAs are likely to be unsustainable. But what will replace them?
The Government’s Bus Open Data Service promises to create a ‘golden age’ for bus passengers. However, to optimise value from the project a fresh approach will be essential.
While the concept of ‘split ticketing’ is nothing new, the recent launch of Trainline’s ‘SplitSave’ ticketing tool could allow many more passengers to cut costs on rail journeys by finding them clever combinations of tickets. Phil Bulman examines the future of rail ticket pricing in Britain.
Northern Rail’s nationalisation is yet another reminder that the industry’s franchise model is flawed. In order to deliver the service and improvements needed, longer-term thinking and improved collaboration between key stakeholders are urgently required.
A massive amount of big data is already being harnessed, which could help to drive efficiency and enhance passenger experience – so why isn’t it happening?
The EU’s decision to block the proposed rail sector merger of Siemens and Alstom sets a dangerous precedent, comments rail industry expert Terence Watson.