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Out now: Issue 240 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 240 of Passenger Transport

Issue 240 of Passenger Transport is published on April 30. Contents include:     LEAD STORY ‘Recalcitrant’ LTAs pressed on bus strategy Local authorities must produce ‘ambitious’ Bus Service Improvement Plans or ‘we will go back to them and say it is not good enough’, minister warns   NEWS ‘One...
‘Recalcitrant’ LTAs pressed on bus strategy

‘Recalcitrant’ LTAs pressed on bus strategy

Local authorities must produce ‘ambitious’ Bus Service Improvement Plans or ‘we will go back to them and say it is not good enough’, minister warns   Baroness Vere (centre) pointed out that extra funding was available for “those that I call my recalcitrant local authorities”   Local transport authorities in...
‘One third expect to use public transport less’

‘One third expect to use public transport less’

Research by Edinburgh Napier University suggests pandemic will deter public from using buses and trains, hindering key government objectives   36% anticipated using buses less and 34% using trains less   The Covid-19 pandemic may have long-term repercussions for the use of public transport in Scotland, a new study by...
The way forward is public transport

The way forward is public transport

  The government says it is serious about building back greener, and I believe them, but they need to start joining up the dots     Police Officer: Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention? Sherlock Holmes: To the curious incident of the...
Quarter of Cardiff Bus fleet set to go electric

Quarter of Cardiff Bus fleet set to go electric

Eleventh-hour orders with ULEBS funding have secured new electric buses for municipal fleets in Cardiff and Newport. Rhodri Clark reports   The 36 Yutong vehicles will account for 24% of the municipal operator’s fleet   Cardiff Bus has placed what it believes is the largest single order for electric buses...
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‘Government must fly flag for public transport’

‘Government must fly flag for public transport’

Transport secretary Grant Shapps says public transport ‘will be the natural first choice’ – but campaigners are urging action to encourage modal shift   The survey suggests that the government has a long way to go to get its messaging right and reverse the damage done during the pandemic   Government ambitions to achieve modal...
FlixBus talks big with renewed assault on UK

FlixBus talks big with renewed assault on UK

German-based operator aims to be largest in UK by 2025   Initial network of 18 routes between 12 cities   Following an abortive assault on the UK scheduled coach market during lockdown last year, FlixBus has announced it is to relaunch domestic UK services next week. This latest attempt to take on National Express and...
A game changer for customer service

A game changer for customer service

  A well-designed Service Quality Reporting regime could ensure that the needs of rail users are met – and perhaps bus users too   A Service Quality Reporting (SQR) regime has been developed by the DfT and involves mass auditing of the customer experience   To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of this great magazine, the...
Abellio reports ScotRail losses of £64.5m

Abellio reports ScotRail losses of £64.5m

Operator blames the impact of the pandemic for spiralling losses despite lockdown only coming into force in the last days of the accounting year     Abellio has blamed the early phases of the coronavirus pandemic for growing losses at the ScotRail franchise. The operator had previously reported a pre-tax loss of £11.0m in the...
Does the strategy ‘Bus Back Better’?

Does the strategy ‘Bus Back Better’?

  The long-awaited strategy has some good points for the future of buses in England, but also some naivety and a lack of understanding   Boris Johnson launched the Bus Back Better strategy in Coventry   The publication of Bus Back Better – the National Bus Strategy for England – has raised the profile of...
Listen to Episode 9 of our ‘After Press’ podcast!

Listen to Episode 9 of our ‘After Press’ podcast!

Listen to Episode 9 of ‘After Press’, the Passenger Transport podcast!     Having just completed Issue 238 of Passenger Transport Robert Jack and Andrew Garnett get together for a post-press debrief. The pair discuss the historic decision by Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, to introduce bus franchising. They also ask whether the...
Franchising - Burnham takes back control

Franchising – Burnham takes back control

Mayor decides to implement bus franchising in major milestone for transport in Greater Manchester   Transport for Greater Manchester will introduce a single brand for all buses   The mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has made a historic decision to take control of buses in the biggest shake-up to Greater Manchester’s transport network in...
‘TfL will never hit pre-Covid patronage’

‘TfL will never hit pre-Covid patronage’

Demand will remain around 40% less than pre-pandemic levels     Transport for London is unlikely to see patronage on its networks recover to pre-pandemic levels according to analysts at ratings firm Moody’s. The warning comes after Andy Byford, London’s transport commissioner, warned last month that patronage recovery on the capital’s transport networks may take...
Welsh strategy pledges to drive modal shift

Welsh strategy pledges to drive modal shift

The Welsh Government has published its new transport strategy which pledges a commitment to public transport   An electric bus in Newport. Diesel buses will be phased out in Wales by 2028   The Welsh Government has outlined a raft of measures to “drive modal shift to public transport” in its new transport strategy. One...
Williams - on the right track?

Williams – on the right track?

  The world which the railway faces today is very different to the one that Keith Williams saw when he began his review   Okehampton: an early win   One of the more dispiriting experiences in life is waiting on a station platform, only to see on the information display the expected arrival time of...
Listen to Episode 8 of our ‘After Press’ podcast!

Listen to Episode 8 of our ‘After Press’ podcast!

Listen to Episode 8 of ‘After Press’, the Passenger Transport podcast!     Having just completed Issue 237 of Passenger Transport Robert Jack and Andrew Garnett get together for a post-press debrief. The pair discuss the government’s National Bus Strategy… Is this the end of deregulation? Will future funding match the huge ambition? And why...
'I love buses' - Boris begins bus revolution

‘I love buses’ – Boris begins bus revolution

Bus Strategy marks biggest bus reform since the 1980s to achieve ‘substantial and untapped potential’   Boris Johnson visited National Express’s depot in Coventry on March 15, the day that the National Bus Strategy was published   Bus operators in England will no longer design and provide local bus services in isolation, in a major...