Passenger Transport Insight
A series of articles featuring analysis and comment on the passenger transport scene by our site editor Chris Cheek.
Chris first joined the public transport industry in 1972 and has been analysing and commenting on the developing industry since he became a consultant in 1987.
You can see the latest articles immediately below, or gain access to a full listing by subject at the foot of the page. Select the 'Archive' option from the top menu to see a selection of Chris's earlier articles, some dating back to 1991.
Scotland leads decline with 5.8% drop
Bus demand in Great Britain fell once more in the quarter ended 31 March by 1.9 per cent, according to statistics published by the Department for Transport. The fall meant that the rolling year total went below 4.9 billion for the third quarter in a row – the lowest patronage for twelve years.
Passengers and commentators alike are taking current difficulties on the rail network as a sign that the whole industry needs to be taken back into public ownership. I have been thinking about the prospects.
But falls restricted to eight TOCs whilst twelve maintain growth
Demand for passenger rail services in the UK remained in decline during the autumn, as the continued impact of terrorism, industrial relations problems and deteriorating punctuality drove passengers away from eight of the UK’s train operators.
We wonder whether the impending crisis over Network Rail’s continuing failure to deliver spells the end of the current rail industry structure.
The pace of economic and social change in the UK is rapid and accelerating, driven by new technology, BREXIT and shifts in the world economy. This article considers the impact on the railways.
I have recently been analysing the Virgin Trains East Coast business as part of my work on the 2016/17 financial performance analysis for this web site. This is particularly topical in the light of the recent controversy concerning the InterCity East Coast (ICEC) rail franchise.