The Insight Pages
Passsenger Transport Insight features analysis and comment on the passenger transport scene by our editorial team, including Chris Cheek and Alex Warner.
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 earlier articles, some dating back to 1991.
Recent emphasis on cycling is all very well, but measures to improve life for cyclists should not be at the expense of bus passengers.
Calls for a return to a single, vertically integrated, publicly owned railway are understandable, Chris argues, but are fraught with danger.
New figures from the Department for Transport show that bus passenger numbers were down by 13% in January-March quarter, as the coronavirus pandemic began to take hold.
Passenger numbers continued to drop in the run-up to COVID-19, so that bus demand in Great Britain maintained its downward trend in the quarter ended 31 December, falling by 2.7 per cent, according to statistics published by the Department for Transport. The third successive quarterly fall follows a short-lived upward movement last winter.
In his review of the most recent quarterly rail statistics, Chris Cheek notes that demand on the national rail network exceeded the 1923 total for the first time, despite falls at seven TOCs. He wonders how long it will be before that total is exceeded again.