Issue 166 of Passenger Transport is published on August 11
Contents include:

 

 

LEAD STORY

Street launches traffic congestion action plan
West Midlands mayor says modal shift from cars to public transport is the long-term answer, but in the short-term he promises better co-ordination

 

NEWS

NEG to extend revenue boosting low fare zones
Sandwell and Dudley trial saw patronage and revenue growth

Huge change in travel plans during upgrade
Commuters are heeding warnings to avoid Waterloo

NR plan to open rail projects to competition
‘We will increase the pace of innovation,’ says Network Rail boss

Bus industry revenues and profits on the slide
As the industry struggles to meet financial targets, a new report has warned the government’s failure to tame congestion is now affecting productivity

Community transport braced for changes
An investigation into one community transport operator could lead to significant changes in the way the whole sector operates in the future

Busway defects lead to further legal action
Cambridgeshire counts the cost of repairs to its busway

New ombudsman for rail user complaints
TOCs agree to set up independent body for unresolved complaints

Welsh AMs call for national bus awareness
The Welsh Assembly has told the Welsh Government that it should plan a national campaign to raise awareness of the bus. Rhodri Clark reports

Wales finally gets hybrids
Two second hand Optare Solos are the first hybrid buses to enter regular service in Wales

 

ENVIRONMENT
In association with the Go-Ahead Group

CILT – Air Quality Plan is ‘weak and timid’
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport says government’s plan should have supported the introduction of charges for polluting vehicles

 

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY
In association with Transdev PLC

GATEway project steps up with full public trial
Members of the public will soon be able to travel by autonomous pod for first and last mile transportation around London’s Greenwich peninsula

Lothian upgrades app to support languages
Council-owned bus operator’s app goes multi-lingual

 

TRAVEL TEST: South West Trains

So long Stagecoach, and thank you
Stagecoach’s 21-year tenure of the South West Trains franchise comes to an end this month. Despite a difficult start, I think it leaves a positive legacy

 

COMMENT

Nick Richardson: Big tasks for new South Western team
Incoming First/MTR management face all the normal problems, but in this case a whole load more. They will be watched closely

Great Minster Grumbles: A ‘ground breaking, yet simple’ idea
Our Whitehall insider imagines what’s going on inside the minds of the mandarins at Great Minster House, home of the DfT

 

CAREERS

South Western’s senior management revealed
Following the appointment of Andy Mellors as managing director in July, FirstGroup and MTR have outlined the new TOC’s management team

 

RECRUITMENT

Commercial Director, Scotland – First Bus

Chief Executive – Greater Manchester Bus Operators Association Ltd

 

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