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Out now: Issue 238 of Passenger Transport

Out now: Issue 238 of Passenger Transport

Issue 238 of Passenger Transport is published on April 2. Contents include:     LEAD STORY Burnham takes back control Mayor decides to implement bus franchising in major milestone for transport in Greater Manchester   NEWS ‘It will take time, it won’t happen overnight’ Andy Burnham says franchising is biggest...
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...
‘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...
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...
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...
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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...
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...
TfL prepares for £1bn farebox revenue slump

TfL prepares for £1bn farebox revenue slump

Andy Byford reveals TfL modelling suggests a likely scenario of patronage rebounding in the medium term to 80% of historical pre-Covid norms     London’s transport commissioner has warned that patronage recovery on the capital’s transport networks may take far longer than many within the industry expect. Speaking at a virtual event hosted by the...
Plenty of ambition, but ambiguity also

Plenty of ambition, but ambiguity also

  The National Bus Strategy sets out an attractive vision for the future of buses, but questions remain over how it will be achieved     For years we have been arguing that passengers in our areas don’t want on-street competition and private companies determining this key public service that they rely on. Instead they...
Curtain comes down on bus deregulation

Curtain comes down on bus deregulation

  Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT     Finally, we’ve published the National Bus Strategy. As ever when new “strategies” get published governments love to describe them as revolutionary or ambitious. The National Bus Strategy is no exception, with...
Listen to Episode 7 of our 'After Press' podcast!

Listen to Episode 7 of our ‘After Press’ podcast!

Listen to Episode 7 of ‘After Press’, the Passenger Transport podcast!     Having just completed Issue 236 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 insights from Passenger Transport’s survey of passenger transport professionals, Laura...
Battered by the storm, but staying optimistic

Battered by the storm, but staying optimistic

Our poll of passenger transport professionals serves as a large focus group, revealing how the sector feels about the Covid experience and the future     Public transport is not the only sector of the economy to have been battered by Covid. In fact, some might argue that it has been relatively sheltered; permitted to...
‘Public transport is social justice’ - Shoaf

‘Public transport is social justice’ – Shoaf

Urban Transport Group chair says now is a good time for the sector to remind itself, and those who work within it, of the essential role they play   Laura Shoaf: networks must be “fully functioning and supported”   The managing director of Transport for West Midlands has warned that any post-Covid cuts to public...
Happy birthday, Passenger Transport!

Happy birthday, Passenger Transport!

  It’s hard to believe that this great magazine has been around for 10 years. It’s been part of my development, and perhaps yours too   How time flies! 10 years ago, I was privileged to be selected by the founders of this great mag, Robert Jack and Andrew Garnett, to spend their very first...
Scotland’s target to cut car use is a ‘world first’

Scotland’s target to cut car use is a ‘world first’

Transport secretary sets out plans to achieve modal shift   Scotland’s transport secretary, Michael Matheson   The Scottish Government’s commitment to cut car use by a fifth over the next decade was identified as being among a set of “bold policy proposals” to decarbonise transport by Scotland’s transport secretary, Michael Matheson. The target was announced...
ORR reveals significant punctuality improvement

ORR reveals significant punctuality improvement

Stats show 74.7% of trains arrived on time in late 2020   ‘On time’ performance was the third highest quarterly percentage since the time series began in 2014-15   The latest statistics from the Office of Rail and Road have found that between October to December 2020, there were 1.7 million trains planned (11% fewer...