What’s going on in the world of BRT? Here is a selection of some of the key news stories from the past few months.


‘Twin-bend’ electric buses that will drive Brisbane’s Metro :  Electric-powered buses almost 30 metres long could move Brisbane commuters in the new “metro” service announced by Brisbane City Council READ MORE  

Birmingham’s 20 year masterplan to create 70,500 jobs and feature BRT:  A landmark growth plan which will create more than 70,000 jobs and add over £4bn to the regions economy has been set out by the UK Central Growth Company READ MORE  

EIB signs EURO 50m loan for Gran Canaria BRT:  The proposed scheme will create  more than 1,000 new jobs during the construction phase of the project READ MORE  

Will driverless cars increase reliance on roads?:  New research by scientists at the University of Leeds, University of Washington and Oak Ridge National Laboratory highlights the possibility the introduction of driverless vehicles could intensify car use, reducing or even eliminating promised energy savings and environmental benefits READ MORE  

NACTO – Transit Street Design Guide:  The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) based in the US has published the Transport Street Design Guide READ MORE  

The impact of congestion on bus passengers:  Read the Greener Journeys report into how congestion can impact journey times and the wider bus experience READ MORE 

Survey says busway is a hit:  Recent surveys indicate the Leigh to Ellenbrook Guided Busway in Greater Manchester is proving a huge success  READ MORE

BRT UK – Turning a new leaf : Alan Bailes the new Vice Chairman of BRT UK shares some updates on the BRT UK Board makeup and thanks several key characters for their input over the years.  READ MORE

A Common Standard for BRT in the UK : The BRT UK team are looking to establish our very own BRT standards. Building on the work of the ITDP to establish a global standard, we want to create a standard which is more appropriate to and useful in the UK. READ MORE

Can BRT deliver health benefits? : The link between transport and the economy is well established but what about the link between transport and public health. Researchers at Cambridge University have spent years studying the effects BRT can have on people’s health. We take a look at the findings. READ MORE

BRT in the UK: What to expect from 2016 at a glance : Belfast, to Bristol to an electric bus revolution we look at key developments we are expecting in 2016 READ MORE

Scania reveals ‘Mega Bus’ for Brazil BRT : 28 metres long, carrying up to 270 passengers and featuring 5 access points.  READ MORE

BRT UK Annual Conference 2015 Review : Dave Haskins, the new chair of BRT UK provides his views on the 2015 conference which was held in Glasgow and involved a technical visit to see the new Fastlink BRT system READ MORE

Welcome to the new BRTuk website: Over the past few months we have been working on a new website. The purpose of which is to provide an improved platform on which to engage with our members. We want to promote debate, lead discussions, bring you the latest industry news and keep you up to date with the work we undertake. New features include:- READ MORE

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2014 Conference Review : Well, it’s been another year and, I’m proud to say, yet another successful annual conference for BRTuk. Held in Edinburgh the conference provided a focus on the good work currently being undertaken by the likes of Strathclyde Passenger Transport, Transport Scotland and SESTran in the development and implementation of BRT. With a Scottish focus came valued support and sponsorship from Transport Scotland, for which we would like to thank them. READ MORE

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BRTuk Events 2015: Following last year’s successful site visit to Milton Keynes to see the new Wrightbus electric bus we are now looking forward to 2015. BRT UK aim to deliver events which offer an opportunity to see a project close up and talk to the people leading on them. READ MORE

Leeds NGT project awaiting inspectors report: After having sat for 72 days, the Public Inquiry into the New Generation Transport Project came to an end on Friday the 31stof October. The Inquiry Inspector, Martin Whitehead indicated that he expected to take until May 2015 to deliberation the findings and prepare his recommendations for the Secretary of State for Transport and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. READ MORE

First successful in bid to operate flagship busway: Bus operator First has been successful in winning the contract to operate services on a new flagship bus priority route between Leigh, Salford and Manchester – including the region’s first guided busway. Following a comprehensive procurement process, First has been selected by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to run the high frequency busway services, which will start later this year. READ MORE