Issue 160 of Passenger Transport is published on May 19
Contents include:

 

 

 

LEAD STORY

Game changers?
This month’s election of six new ‘metro mayor’s in England has been hailed as ‘a new era for politics’, with massive implications for urban transport

 

UITP 2017

Public transport sector ‘entering a new era’
The biggest event in public transport returned this week, in Montréal,
and discussion centred on rapid evolution in the sphere of urban mobility

Autonomous vehicle revolution is coming
UITP summit hears that the world should be braced for a fourth industrial revolution that will see the widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles

Growing acceptance of transport benefits
Growing political support is now driving transport investment

 

NEWS EXTRA: Metro mayors

‘Metro mayors’ target transport quick wins
England’s new ‘metro mayors’ are predicted to deliver growing impetus for major transport changes, but the first term is about getting up and running

New mayor’s first goal – ‘Take the buses back’
The new elected mayors of Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester have pledged to take control of buses, but could they change their minds?

 

NEWS

Labour plans ‘modern integrated transport’
Leaked manifesto reveals that both the rail and bus industry are part of
the party’s overall renationalisation agenda and a commitment to HS2

Which? steps up call for rail consumer rights
Lobby group reveals research investigating industry’s perception

Vantage busway a hit as patronage booms
TfGM reveals passenger numbers above forecast

SNP plots transport shake-up in Glasgow
Party is now council’s largest group and plans new transport body

 

ENVIRONMENT
In association with the Go-Ahead Group

TfL takes lead on fuel cell bus procurement
Exercise will see 139 buses purchased for EU-funded project

 

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY
In association with Transdev PLC

Citymapper launches ‘Smartbus’ trial route
The journey planning app unleashed three Mercedes-Benz minibuses onto the streets of London last week for a two-day “pop-up” bus service trial

 

TRAVEL TEST: Diversity

The diversity challenge
A visit to last week’s ALBUM Conference in Blackpool left me pondering the lack of diversity among the senior ranks of the bus industry, and what should be done about it

 

COMMENT

Nick Richardson: Understanding rail franchising
Further franchises are becoming available but there is a lot of rhetoric about the best way forward. It’s a very complex issue

Great Minister Grumbles: Let’s just imagine a Labour election win
Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT

 

CAREERS

Go North East scoops apprenticeship award
Bus operator is recognised at national Recruiter Awards

 

RECRUITMENT

Commercial Manager – Stagecoach Yorkshire

 

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