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.
In an article published in The Big Book of Big Winners for the UK Bus Awards, Chris Cheek reflects on the evolution of the bus product over the last two decades.
English conurbations lead the downward slide as bus demand fell once more, leaving the annual bus passenger total for Great Britain below five billion again.
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.
Chris wonders whether the plan is addressing the customer deficit or papering over the cracks.
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.