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New drive for quality 28 years after English bus deregulation

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in All news, Bus, Children, Disabled, Elderly, Europe, PPP, Services, Social inclusion, Systems | and Wear Integrated Transport Authority (ITA) is planning to hold the private operators that run bus services in and around the English city of Newcastle to higher standards as set out in proposed quality contracts. It is the first initiative of its kind in Britain since local bus services became one of the first examples of privatisation and deregulation introduced by Margaret Thatcher’s government in 1985. But the private bus companies are bitterly opposed,...

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British union launches campaign for Better London Transport

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Accessibility, All news, Employment, Europe, Management, New Technology, PPP, Rail, Safety, Security, Services, Sustainability, Systems |

qpt | Quality Public TransportBritain’s Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) has launched a Better London Transport campaign to improve services for passengers in ways that also protect staff jobs, terms and conditions. The union says it supports “change that means better customer experience, improved reliability, accessibility, environmental sustainability, safe transport hubs, increased capacity, integrated services and greater say for users and workers in how the service...

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PPPs and the London Underground: 150 years of development

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in All news, Funding, PPP, Rail, Sustainability, Systems, Urban planning |

One hundred and fifty years ago today the world’s first underground railway opened to its first paying passengers when the London Metropolitan carried 30,000 people between Paddington and Kings Cross. “The 120 trains in both directions that day suffered no serious breakdowns and the only major delays were caused by the crush of people trying to get on the trains,” writes Christian Wolmar, in a new edition of his highly enjoyable history, The Subterranean Railway. There are still ‘no...

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Philippines BRT plan to protect informal bus workers

Posted by on Sep 12, 2012 in All news, Asia, Bus, Employment, Informal Economy, PPP, Social inclusion |

Jeepney drivers in the Philippines city of Cebu won’t lose out following the development of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system there, transport planners have assured them. Jeepneys are the informal buses that serve passengers in cities in the Philippines, and Cebu’s BRT will displace them along its 16 kilometre route. Cebu City Council approved the BRT plan last month following a pre-feasibility study carried out by British consultants, Integrated Transport Planning (ITP). The first services...

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Minimum wage rise leads to fares dispute in Zambia

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in Accessibility, All news, Bus, Employment, Funding, Management, PPP, Precarious work, Services, Social inclusion, Sub-Saharan Africa |

A dispute in Zambia has highlighted tensions between bus workers, their employers and passengers when public transport systems have insufficient resources to pay fair wages while keeping fares affordable. The southern African country’s government has recently increased the minimum wage, and in response private bus operators have raised fares by 600 Kwacha (about 12 US cents) for local journeys in the capital, Lusaka. Now the Commuters Rights Association of Zambia (CRAZ) has urged passengers...

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Development banks pledge $175 million investment in sustainable transport

Posted by on Jul 20, 2012 in Accessibility, All news, Asia, Bus, Employment, Funding, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East and north Africa, Oceania, PPP, Services, Sub-Saharan Africa, Systems, Uncategorized |

Eight multilateral development banks (MDBs) announced at the Rio+20 summit  that they would set earmark $175 billion to finance sustainable transport systems over the next decade. The pledge was made jointly by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, CAF-Development Bank of Latin America, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank and Islamic Development Bank. “Rapid motorization is creating more...

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