Issue 162 of Passenger Transport is published on June 16
Contents include:

 


LEAD STORY

Profit plunge threatens First bus investment
FirstGroup’s 2016/17 financial results show that the operating profit margin for the UK bus business has dropped to just 3%, after restructuring costs

 

NEWS

O’Toole – ‘Break-up is not the best option’
FirstGroup’s size and range has been an asset, says chief exec

Virgin targets drivers with ‘disruptive’ ads
Assertive campaign highlights car’s disadvantages

Winning SW bid had record quality score
‘Excellent confidence’ DfT requirements will be achieved

€1bn investment seeks 50% Dublin bus growth
Programme will see major investment in capital’s bus network

Scotland slump leads bus patronage fall
GB bus patronage falls 2.2% with Scotland by a substantial 6.7%

T1C service reprieved as free travel looms
Welsh Government retains lightly-used TrawsCymru route, but operators are still waiting to hear how plans for free travel at weekends will work

Refurbished Anglia 321s cut energy use 25%
Passenger groups and staff asked for views on new fleet design

Buses lose modal share in Cardiff city centre
Operator claims congestion behind fall in modal share

 

ENVIRONMENT
In association with the Go-Ahead Group

‘Target congestion to improve air quality’
Lobby group claims improving traffic flow would cut pollution

Green Week tackles the congestion issue
Stagecoach last week held its ninth annual Green Week highlighting environmental awareness, with a focus this year on tackling air pollution

 

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY
In association with Transdev PLC

West Midlands aims to become MaaS testbed
A trial of the revolutionary ‘Mobility as a Service’ concept will begin in the West Midlands in a few weeks, with the region seeking to become a leader

Transdev autonomous transport partnership
Fully automated, mobility-on-demand systems planned

 

TRAVEL TEST: Lost property

Now I understand why lost property matters
Lost property doesn’t excite anyone until they are desperately seeking a misplaced belonging, and I recently had a triple dose of that in Dubai

 

COMMENT

Thomas Ableman: What’s the outcome for public transport?
Theresa May’s gamble has backfired spectacularly, but what are the implications of the 2017 general election for public transport?

Ray Stenning: ‘Getting by’ isn’t going to be enough
Satisfying the minimum requirement is increasingly not going to be an option in the future of public transport, not by a long chalk

Nick Richardson: A clear need to adapt in order to survive
Community transport services are often defined by their costs rather than their benefits but circumstances are changing

Great Minister Grumbles: What happens now, heaven knows
Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT

 

CAREERS

Foxall named Traveline head
Graham Walter steps down as head of Traveline Cymru with Jo Foxall named as his successor

 

RECRUITMENT

Public Transport Officer – Brighton & Hove City Council

 

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