Closure of the business

posted 31 Jan 2020, 02:39 by Roy McDonald   [ updated 31 Jan 2020, 02:39 ]

31st January 2020

Image result for closure of the businessIt is with deep regret that we announce that Roy McDonald Ltd will cease trading on 
Friday 31st January 2020.

This has been a tough decision, but trading as a specialist, independent consultant has become increasingly difficult in the last few years.

We would like to thank all our clients, friends and colleagues for their help and support over the last 9 nine years.

Roy McDonald will continue to be an active Transport Consultant, as a Partner in Agito Transport Planning and will also have more time to pursue some other interests.

This website will remain live for the present time.


posted 19 Feb 2019, 06:49 by Roy McDonald   [ updated 19 Feb 2019, 06:50 ]

February 2019

You may have been wondering why there have been so few updates to our website in recent times?

Well, we have not been idle (although we have been taking things a little easier!).

Rather than working on direct projects, we have, increasingly, been focusing our energies on working with our partner company, Agito Transport Planning.

In addition, we have also been pursuing some other, non-transport related, activities recently, which has taken up a lot of our time.

However, at Roy McDonald Consulting, we remain committed to supporting our great public transport industry. 

Bus, in particular, is going through some difficult times at present, but there are many good examples where quality operators and enlightened local authorities are working, together, to deliver successful services.

We look forward to working on many new projects over the coming months and years.

If there is a project, you think we could support you with, please feel free to contact us to discuss how we can help you to realise your goals.   

We are Seven!

posted 23 Apr 2018, 08:39 by Roy McDonald   [ updated 23 Apr 2018, 08:43 ]

23 April 2018

Time flies when you're having fun. 

And here at Roy McDonald Ltd, we are celebrating our seventh birthday.

Thank you to all our clients, colleagues and friends who have made these seven years so enjoyable.

We hope that there's many more to come.

RMC Ltd to assist TfGM again

posted 6 Jun 2015, 06:25 by Roy McDonald   [ updated 29 Sept 2015, 14:47 ]

June 2015

Roy McDonald Consulting is delighted to announce that Company founder and Managing Director, Roy McDonald has, once again, been invited to undertake a temporary placement at Transport for Greater Manchester.

During the Summer months, Roy will be supporting officers in the Operational Services Department across a diverse range of projects and activities. 

Roy commented, “I am very happy to be able to join up with TfGM, again, and to assist the Operational Service Planning team during a time of peak workload". 

Hello 140 characters

posted 8 May 2015, 05:21 by Roy McDonald   [ updated 8 May 2015, 05:26 ]

7 May 2015

Here at Roy McDonald Ltd we have finally succumbed to the lure of Social Media and have joined the Twitterverse!

We have already made some new friends and learned much, which would have otherwise passed us by (like just how many people want to share pictures of cute cats!).

But we must say, we are enjoying the challenge of keeping our pronouncements within the 140 character limit!

Please give us a follow @RMC_TptPlanning 
(and if we like you, we might even follow you back)

We are Four

posted 28 Apr 2015, 03:56 by Roy McDonald   [ updated 28 Apr 2015, 03:56 ]

28 April 2015

Here at Roy McDonald Ltd we are always looking for an excuse for a cake break... and what better excuse than celebrating our fourth birthday! 

The last four years have been so much fun. We've met new people, been to new places and had so many new experiences all on the back of doing the job we love.

Here's to many more years to come!

We might even partake of a small, sweet sherry this evening!


Bus network review

posted 27 Mar 2015, 05:32 by Roy McDonald   [ updated 27 Mar 2015, 05:33 ]

23 January 2015

As part of Agito Transport Planning, Roy McDonald has been commissioned by a Local Authority in North West England to conduct an independent review of the bus network in it's area. The work will involve consultation with the Community to identify their accessibility issues, and to use this feedback to identify potential modifications to the bus network which can address social deprivation and support sustainable economic growth and regeneration.

The outputs from the review will inform future bus partnership working between the Authority and the Operators. 

SPO no more

posted 2 Aug 2014, 04:30 by Roy McDonald   [ updated 2 Aug 2014, 04:31 ]

1st August 2014

Company Founder and Managing Director, Roy McDonald, has ended his temporary placement as a Service Planning Officer (SPO) at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM).

The role had been "backfilling" for one of the SPO's, who had been seconded to another project.

Roy commented, "I thoroughly enjoyed my stint back at TfGM. It's a really good team at TfGM and I was proud to have been asked to be a part of it and to be able to help them out. It was good to get my teeth into some real bus planning issues, and to renew connections with many old acquaintances!"

Roy returns to his routes (sic)

posted 9 Dec 2013, 13:36 by Roy McDonald   [ updated 9 Dec 2013, 13:37 ]

December 2013 

Roy McDonald Consulting is delighted that Company founder and Managing Director, Roy McDonald has been invited to undertake a temporary placement at Transport for Greater Manchester.

Roy will be “backfilling” for one of the Service Planning Officers, who is fulfilling a secondment to another team.

Roy commented, “I am very happy to be able to help TfGM and to support the Operational Services team for the next few weeks. For me, it turns back the clock to the role I was performing 10 years ago – it feels like I’ve never been away!”

Low Floor Bus - 20 years on...

posted 12 Jul 2013, 13:39 by Roy McDonald   [ updated 13 Jul 2013, 08:06 ]

July 12, 2013
I have just read in a tweet that it was 20 years ago, today, that Merseytravel introduced the first Low-floor bus onto the UK's roads. If I recall correctly, we just pipped London to that accolade?!
Apart from making me feel incredibly old, I am proud to say that I was part of the project team for this ground-breaking innovation - indeed, responsibility for the route and timetable of service 224 between the Liverpool City Centre and Brunswick Business Park rests solely at my door!
I used the phrase "ground breaking" advisedly, as I well remember the nervousness with which everyone approached the operation of low floor buses, carefully checking ground clearances and kerb heights throughout the line of route and designating specific out of service routes which must be followed. The biggest problem, as I recall was the road camber at the entrance to Green Lane depot!
For the enthusiasts, the vehicles put into service were Neoplan N4014s.
With low floor buses now taken for granted on our roads, it demonstrates how far we have come in a relatively short space of time, and how the stepless entry and wheelchair/buggy spaces have altered the demographic of bus travel.
Pictured below is a line up of low floor buses on William Brown Street, Liverpool as part of a promotion demonstrating the project to the public, councillors, operators etc. - probably early 1992?

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