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Scotland moves ahead with free travel plan

Scotland moves ahead with free travel plan

Draft legislation will facilitate free bus travel for young people   Matheson: ‘Not only is this good news for young people, it’s good news for bus operators’   The Scottish Government is making preparations to extend free bus travel to all young people under the age of 19 who reside...
Oxford Bus Company reveals lost and found list

Oxford Bus Company reveals lost and found list

Firm reveal thousands of items lost by bus passengers   Did you leave a novelty animal head on the bus?   The Oxford Bus Company has revealed the unusual items which were left on services by passengers last year. Among the items left on buses and coaches in 2020 were...
TfL action on face coverings

TfL action on face coverings

Hard line taken against minority flouting face covering regulations   Around 1,700 Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued to those who have travelled on the network without a face covering and who are not exempt   Transport for London has stepped up its enforcement of face coverings seven months after...
First Bus names new West of England MD

First Bus names new West of England MD

Former Addison Lee director to succeed James Freeman   Doug Claringbold   First West of England has announced that Doug Claringbold will succeed James Freeman as managing director of the company when Freeman retires on March 31. Claringbold bas a background in the ground transport sector and was latterly global...
Former colleagues remember Brian Cox

Former colleagues remember Brian Cox

Former Stagecoach director was ‘one of the good guys’   With over 30 years’ public transport experience before his retirement in 2002, Cox was one of the few people to have worked in both buses and trains under nationalised and privatised regimes.   Former colleagues of Brian Cox have paid...
Passenger Transport: We will be back soon

Passenger Transport: We will be back soon

  WE WILL BE BACK SOON We regret to announce that Passenger Transport will suspend print publication for the next three issues. We were scheduled to return from our festive break on January 22. However, having reflected upon the reintroduction of lockdown restrictions, we have decided to postpone this by...
Out now: Issue 235 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 235 of Passenger Transport

Issue 235 of Passenger Transport is published on December 11. Contents include:     LEAD STORY ‘We must make Covid a defining moment’ Bus operators see opportunity to deliver ‘fundamental changes’ that shift the dial in favour of public transport as minister praises sector’s response   NEWS Bold vision for...
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We must not repeat the SRA’s mistakes

We must not repeat the SRA’s mistakes

  It makes sense having a strategic body overseeing the rail industry. The concept should have worked last time, but it didn’t. Why?   Established in 1999, the SRA was placed on a formal legal basis in 2001. It was abolished in 2006   In early December, it will be the 20-year anniversary of the...
Listen to Episode 6 of our 'After Press' podcast!

Listen to Episode 6 of our ‘After Press’ podcast!

Listen to Episode 5 of ‘After Press’, the Passenger Transport podcast!     Having just completed Issue 234 of Passenger Transport Robert Jack and Andrew Garnett get together for a post-press debrief. The pair chat about some of the content in the latest issue, including whether Covid can be a defining moment and plans for...
Rising to the challenge: The response to Covid-19

Rising to the challenge: The response to Covid-19

Welcome to the Rising to the challenge: How public transport responded to Covid-19. This special publication reflects on how the public transport sector has kept its vital services running throughout the pandemic. It celebrates the transport workers who have gone above and beyond and the innovations that have been accelerated by the crisis. We hope...
‘We must make Covid a defining moment’

‘We must make Covid a defining moment’

Bus operators see opportunity to deliver ‘fundamental changes’ that shift the dial in favour of public transport as minister praises sector’s response   Vere: ‘I am confident that public transport will … continue to make a huge contribution to a green and prosperous economy’   Bus operators have urged the government to use Covid as...
We must learn the art of seduction

We must learn the art of seduction

  When someone has paid to travel with us, they are not simply cargo. We must seduce them wickedly, devastatingly, completely   Seductive stunners: Have a gander at Transdev’s new double deckers just coming in on Witchway   Let’s talk about seduction. By and large, and increasingly over the years, the retail sector has really...
TfW reforms aim to beat pre-Covid income

TfW reforms aim to beat pre-Covid income

Direct operation of Wales and Borders rail franchise and a growing role in bus services aim to boost TfW’s revenue. Rhodri Clark reports   Transport for Wales felt a ‘reset’ was needed at Wales and Borders franchise in order to focus on delivery   Transport for Wales is aiming to exploit its direct operation of...
The world turned upside down?

The world turned upside down?

  What if the ‘normal’ we had before Covid isn’t there anymore? How will public transport respond to a fundamental realignment?   Mini-Switzerland: A visualisation of new Newport West railway station with bus and active travel interchange   There’s a risk that the short horizons of the Covid crisis, Zoom fatigue and the desire for...
Listen to Episode 5 of our 'After Press' podcast!

Listen to Episode 5 of our ‘After Press’ podcast!

Listen to Episode 5 of ‘After Press’, the Passenger Transport podcast!     Having just completed Issue 234 of Passenger Transport Robert Jack and Andrew Garnett get together for a post-press debrief. The pair chat about some of the content in the latest issue, including Stagecoach UK boss Carla Stockton-Jones being “incredibly optimistic” about the...
Paris has witnessed a cycling revolution

Paris has witnessed a cycling revolution

  A remarkable thing has happened in Paris. What could its bold, strategic micro-mobility vision do for cities in the UK?   Dedicated cycle routes now seem to be a default option on any route in Paris   As the world grapples with lockdowns, economic disruption and public health challenges, there is a longing to...
Stockton-Jones - ‘I am incredibly optimistic’

Stockton-Jones – ‘I am incredibly optimistic’

In her first interview since becoming Stagecoach’s UK managing director Carla Stockton-Jones explains why she remains positive about the future   Carla Stockton-Jones   Passenger numbers are about half what they were pre-Covid and the industry is dependent on life support government funding, but the boss of Britain’s biggest bus, coach and tram operator remains...
How green is your government?

How green is your government?

  The prime minister has unveiled his new 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution, but do his actions really match the rhetoric?   The recently upgraded A14: You cannot build your way out of congestion   How green is your government? It is a timely question with the UK due to host the next...
‘I’m spending money like water’ - minister

‘I’m spending money like water’ – minister

Baroness Vere remarks on ‘incredible’ scale of emergency funding and says national bus strategy will target non-users as well as existing ones   Baroness Vere (centre), pictured during a visit to York in September   Transport minister Baroness Vere offered an insight into her current thinking at an online event organised by Transport Focus this...