01. London United
London United is one of the premier quality bus operating companies in the capital, contracted by Transport for London (TFL), the authority responsible for all transport in London.
London United’s network of 58 routes across central, west and south-west London, carries 155 million passengers a year covering a total of 23 million miles (37 million kilometers).
Maintaining a fleet of some 885 single-deck and double-deck vehicles including hybrid buses, London United operates from six garages.
It employs 2 450 employees, including 2 000 bus-drivers and more than 120 in maintenance.
02. Metrolink RATP Dev Limited
Metrolink RATP Dev Limited is the wholly-owned RATP Dev subsidiary tasked with operating and maintaining the Manchester tramway network from 2011until 2017 under the terms of its contract with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), the city’s transport authority.
The Manchester tramway network carries some 30 million passengers per year and now boasts seven lines, 92 km and 92 stops, making it one of the largest tramway networks in Europe. Several extensions to the network have been constructed since RATP Dev took over to connect Rochdale, East Didsbury, Ashton-under-Lyne and Oldham, which have ensured growth at a remarkable speed. Other extensions are already planned.
Metrolink continues to be a huge success story. As Britain’s first on-street light rapid transport system it transports more than 80,000 passengers each day across Greater Manchester with 3,200 people travelling per hour in the city centre.
Services start from approximately 05:30 and run every 12 minutes on each of the six lines and there are 81 vehicles available for passenger use daily which can each transport more than 200 people.
Metrolink is an environmentally friendly way to move people around urban areas. The system plays an important role in helping to control traffic congestion and air pollution. Journey times are faster, thanks to the segregated tracks in the suburbs.
The company currently employs more than 660 members of staff including 285 drivers, 111 Customer Service Representatives (CSR’s), 122 engineers and technicians and 23 Controllers
The 2 billion euros investment into extending the network between 2009 and 2016 has seen the network treble in size. The expansion programme has also seen the control room relocate from a facility at Queens Road (north of the city centre), where it has been for 20 years, to a new depot in Trafford.
Metrolink is proving to be the forerunner of many similar schemes around the country and its success has been made possible by the support that has been given by all ten district councils that make up Greater Manchester and by all the major political parties.