Last week we attended a Passenger Focus event which was convened to discuss their recent research into passenger perspectives on the franchise process.The survey found that most passengers see this process as lacking transparency and only paying lip service to passenger needs
Still in recovery mode after the collapse of the franchising process for the West Coast line, the Department for Transport probably breathed a collective sigh of relief when the press decided not to make a bigger deal of April marking the 5th anniversary of its starting procurement for the new Thameslink rolling stock.
Last week the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) set out their recommendations to the government, which if implemented, could facilitate significant growth in cycling across the UK. The Get Britain Cycling report has been widely welcomed by cyclists, cycling organisations, transport and public health planners.
At the Travel Technology 2013 conference last week in London there was a wide variety of exhibitors and speakers – representing distributors, analysts, reservation and payment systems, consultants, marketing, social media and journalists.
The scenes over the last two weeks as London Underground celebrated its 150th Anniversary have served to highlight that many of the challenges facing the capital’s transport network would seem very familiar to the original promoters of the tube and their investors.
The arrival of the author’s tickets for next weekend’s steam on the London Underground specials has prompted some reflections on the value of history as a part of the marketing mix for today’s transport industry. The bus and rail industries are unusual in that it’s possible to see earlier incarnations of their product in use in their original environment and many of the major players in the UK (TfL and Stagecoach for example) are active in maintaining their history.
Watching a TV programme a few evenings back, about how safe Britain’s roads are, reminded me of something I’ve been meaning to write about…. not so much about vehicle safety (although there is a link and, worryingly, road deaths are on the rise for the first time in years),
Last week we were at the Travel 2020 conference at the Oval cricket ground. This is the technology-focused transport conference where a wide range of organisations come to showcase the products they have developed to improve passenger travel.
Last week, we exhibited at the Travel 2020 conference where operators, infrastructure and technology suppliers, passenger representatives and a wide range of other stakeholders gathered to explore how technology is driving change in the transport sector.
In both the transport and graphic design worlds, the story of how electrical draughtsman Harry Beck created the Tube map as we know it sits in an odd space between subject of serious historical study and urban myth.