Issue 164 of Passenger Transport is published on July 14
Contents include:

 

 

LEAD STORY

Bus sector could face ‘perfect storm’ – ADL
Colin Robertson, chief executive of bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis, has warned that the bus industry faces a multitude of serious challenges

 

NEWS

GTR shuns RMT’s ‘accessibility guarantee’
Union plan would see end to rule allowing driver-only operation

Scots poverty advisor backs discounted travel
Discounted or free travel for under 25s would slash inequality

Minister backs bus campaign
Jesse Norman helps Greener Journeys to launch the fifth annual Catch the Bus Week initiative

Loss of coal drives rail freight into the red
Operators’ turnover falls 9.4% as demise of coal accelerates

Minister intervened on plan to scrap tram-train
The National Audit Office has revealed DfT officials were preparing to scrap the South Yorkshire tram-train pilot until Paul Maynard intervened

TrawsCymru free bus pilot has £1m budget
As the TrawsCymru free bus trial gets under way, the Welsh Government has revealed it has allocated £1m to the scheme. Rhodri Clark reports

ATW ‘working miracles’
Train operator praised for keeping antiquated diesel fleet in service

 

ENVIRONMENT
In association with the Go-Ahead Group

£86.1m earmarked to clean up London’s buses
London mayor Sadiq Khan has announced a programme that will see around 5,000 buses in the capital converted to meet Euro6 standards

Major bus groups seek air quality partnership
‘Big five’ bus groups have written to DfT and DEFRA seeking a consistent, national and evidence-based approach in order to maximise improvements

 

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY
In association with Transdev PLC

Contactless milestone with one billion trips
Transport for London has revealed a total of one billion journeys have now been made by contactless payment on London’s transport network

First partners to launch autonomous pod trials
Group partners with California’s GoMentum Station

 

INSIDE TRACK: Market monitor

Chilly winter for buses as numbers slip again
Bus patronage across Great Britain in the first quarter of 2017 was 2.2% down on the previous year, with Scotland experiencing a dramatic 6.7% fall

 

TRAVEL TEST: Half-term report

The good, the bad and the ugly so far in 2017
The nights are drawing in and it’s time for my half-term report on the UK passenger transport industry – the acid test of how everyone is performing

 

COMMENT

A transport strategy to boost high streets
The high street has been the focus for retail activities for centuries but times are changing and access to them remains important

Great Minster Grumbles: Don’t let franchising report gather dust
Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT

 

SPECIAL REPORT: Alexander Dennis

A perfect storm?
As bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis passes another landmark, storm clouds are looming overhead

 

CAREERS

Mellors joins South Western
FirstGroup and MTR name Andy Mellors as managing director of the new train operator

 

RECRUITMENT

Chief Executive – Greater Manchester Bus Operators Association Ltd

Transport Area Coordinator (2 posts) – Flintshire County Council

 

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