Issue 158 of Passenger Transport is published on April 21
Contents include:

 

 

 

LEAD STORY

Can Buses Bill become law before the election?
England’s Bus Services Bill is close to becoming law, but time is running out following the prime minister’s decision to call a general election in June

 

NEWS

RMT to strike over VTEC traincrew plans
Company accused of reneging on DOO guarantee

Stagecoach reveals £70m new bus order
ADL gets lion’s share, but Wrightbus wins breakthrough order

Anglo-Scottish sleeper coach service scrapped
Airline competition sees Megabus Gold sleeper scrapped

Southeastern users say ‘fix the basics’
Basic priorities include metro-style trains on short distance routes

Inquiry launched into HS2 contract award
CH2M withdrew amid questions over conflict of interest

Welsh concessionary payments reduced
Government funding cut by 0.9% to reflect fall in bus operating costs, but bus operators question the validity of the data. Rhodri Clark reports

Hendy seeks outward-looking rail industry
Network Rail chair endorses Independent Transport Commission report concluding railway development too important to be left to rail industry alone

GWR plans bus/rail smart ticketing
Operator will launch rail-only pilot next month

 

ENVIRONMENT
In association with the Go-Ahead Group

Yousaf reveals green bus fund
A seventh round of Scotland’s Green Bus Fund has been announced by minister Humza Yousaf

 

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY
In association with Transdev PLC

Transdev extends touchless tickets trial
A trial of touchless beacon-based m-ticketing technology has been judged to be such a success that it has been extended for a further three months

 

INSIDE TRACK: Market Monitor

Strikes dent patronage, but growth continues
Patronage falls on GTR’s Southern routes were offset by growth at other companies in the final quarter of 2016, but the rate of growth has slowed

 

TRAVEL TEST: Southern Vectis

Southern Vectis shines, but still I want more
Customer service is often lacking on the Isle of Wight, but bus operator Southern Vectis is an exception. I just wish that I could have used it more

 

COMMENT

Nick Richardson: Building new roads – when will we learn?
A new report restates what transport planners have known for years – road building may not generate the expected benefits

Great Minister Grumbles: Change is coming to the railways
Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT

 

CAREERS

First director’s 30-year career
John Gorman, business director at First Scotland East, is celebrating 30 years in the bus industry

 

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