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Out now: Issue 249 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 249 of Passenger Transport

Issue 249 of Passenger Transport is published on September 17. Contents include:     LEAD STORY ‘Operators should not rush back to normal’ New research by Transport Focus concludes that operators need to keep up additional Covid-19 measures and communications to reassure passengers   NEWS Government ‘not able to deliver...
‘Operators should not rush back to normal’

‘Operators should not rush back to normal’

New research by Transport Focus concludes that operators need to keep up additional Covid-19 measures and communications to reassure passengers   Wearing a face mask is the key safety measure for more nervous passengers   Although restrictions have eased and passenger volumes continue to recover, public transport operators have been...
Barbara Castle showed how to get things done

Barbara Castle showed how to get things done

  Harold Wilson said he wanted a ‘tiger in the tank’ of his transport policy when he appointed Barbara Castle – and that’s what he got   Barbara Castle showed us that you need to go out there and relentlessly sell radical change   On September 8th more than 350 people...
Don’t get complacent about punctuality

Don’t get complacent about punctuality

  Punctuality and reliability soared when lockdown took rail users away. We must not now regard the return of delays as inevitable   Unless we’re all over the detail, a trend of worsening punctuality could become a crisis in a few months’ time   “The problem with you is that...
Rethinking the railway for a post-Covid world

Rethinking the railway for a post-Covid world

  We have an opportunity to fundamentally reconsider how we use space on trains as well as the role of the national rail network   Before the pandemic, Dutch railway NS worked on train designs that enhance the experience for customers   The last 18 months have been a time...
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‘Governments need to get real’ - Stagecoach

‘Governments need to get real’ – Stagecoach

Launching group’s new sustainability strategy, boss Martin Griffiths called for ‘radical behaviour change and incentives to reward the right choices’   Martin Griffiths: We need to be more honest about the scale of the challenge   Stagecoach has issued a blunt warning to governments to turn warm words on greener travel into practical actions that...
A27 - a billion pound act of vandalism

A27 – a billion pound act of vandalism

  The proposed new dual carriageway between Lewes and Polegate reveals the flaws in the government’s £27bn road building plan   View of the A27 from Mount Caburn   As the COP 26 event in Glasgow approaches, greater scrutiny than usual is rightly being paid to the government’s environmental promises and, more pertinently, their actions....
It’s time to swap Teams for trains

It’s time to swap Teams for trains

  The rail industry must radically rethink its proposition to business customers in order to lure them out of their online bunkers   A radical reinvention is needed   What’s strange is how quickly people have changed! I’ve noticed a few times recently some bemused looks from industry folk when I’ve explained, often as a...
Scheduler of the Year Award returns for 2021

Scheduler of the Year Award returns for 2021

The Joe Wood Scheduler of the Year, sponsored by CitySwift, will again raise awareness of the profession and its importance to buses   Richard Sherratt: Joe Wood Scheduler of the Year 2020   The Covid crisis has challenged the capabilities of all bus company employees – not least the schedulers. Many regarded them as unsung...
Bus and Coach Awards are open for entries

Bus and Coach Awards are open for entries

The UK Bus Awards and UK Coach Awards will go ahead this year with a joint video presentation on November 16. Nominations are welcome   Bus services were vital to key workers during the pandemic   Prior to Covid-19 the UK Bus Awards had held an awards ceremony in London for 24 consecutive years –...
Railway urged to share data on Covid risks

Railway urged to share data on Covid risks

London TravelWatch wants RSSB to publish data that predicts potential deaths from Covid caught on trains, but safety body insists that ‘risk is low’     London TravelWatch is urging the rail industry to release its data on the risks of catching Covid on trains. The watchdog says it is “irresponsible” to launch a campaign...
Rising confidence for patronage recovery

Rising confidence for patronage recovery

Rail and bus operators have expressed a growing confidence for the future of the sector as rail minister says he believes passenger numbers will rebound   LNER has seen patronage bounce back to 94% over the last three weeks   There is a growing sense of optimism across the public transport sector following the easing...
Be like Rotterdam and ‘make it happen’

Be like Rotterdam and ‘make it happen’

  The planet is in danger. The trouble is that all too often targets and declarations can become ‘sign and forget’ – we need to act now   Rotterdam Centraal station   “The frequency and intensity of heavy precipitation events have increased since the 1950s over most land area for which observational data are sufficient...
We want to truly transform rail travel

We want to truly transform rail travel

With commuting patterns probably changed forever, many more train journeys now involve an active choice. We need to adapt – wrtes LNER boss David Horne   David Horne   Data released earlier this month by the Department for Transport shows that use of the National Rail network in Great Britain is back up to 55%...
Public transport sector braced for ‘pingdemic’

Public transport sector braced for ‘pingdemic’

Hull-based East Yorkshire was already seeing up to eight bus drivers a day ‘pinged’ by the NHS Test and Trace App ahead of ‘Freedom Day’ on July 19     Bus and train operators across the country are bracing themselves for the impact of the ‘pingdemic’ as coronavirus cases soar and their staff are ‘pinged’...
Go-Ahead names new group chief executive

Go-Ahead names new group chief executive

Christian Schreyer will take the helm on November 5   Christian Schreyer, 53, a German national, has been working for Transdev   Go-Ahead Group has this morning announced the appointment of Christian Schreyer as group chief executive with effect from the conclusion of the group’s Annual General Meeting on November 5. He will join the...
Jam tomorrow - we need a plan for 2021

Jam tomorrow – we need a plan for 2021

  In many ways the Transport Decarbonisation Plan is ambitious – but promises for 2050 are easier to make than immediate actions   Huw Merriman, chair of the Transport Select Committee, pictured in May at the launch of a campaign to get more people back on public transport. Let us see some ministers visibly on...