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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.


Rail demand springs into reverse as 12m journeys lost

Commuting falls drive national total down again

Demand for passenger rail services in the UK was gone in to reverse, as the impact of terrorism, poorer performance and industrial relations problems drives demand down on the three south of London franchises and the other businesses affected by industrial action.

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Bus unit labour costs on the rise again

As part of our work on the recent Bus Industry Performance report, it is clear that the falls in unit labour costs which occurred in the immediate aftermath of the recession are over, and that costs are on the rise again. This is of vital importance to an industry where 59% of total operating costs are spent on labour.

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Articles about the UK bus industry

Articles about railways

Articles about wider issues concerning transport, including rapid transit and environmental matters



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